Stephen Gately was born in Dublin, Ireland on 17th March 1976 to his parents Margaret
and Martin. He was a man of many talents -
As one fifth of Boyzone, Stephen was a household name. Boyzone were one of the most successful boybands in history, who over seven years in the 1990’s notched up no less than six number one singles, four number one albums and played to millions of fans the world over.
Stephen was the second youngest of five children, three brothers Mark, Alan, Tony and his sister Michelle. They came from a suburban house in Sheriff Street, on the north side of Dublin. As a child, Stephen loved performing. He got a small part in the film The Commitments' then after being successful at an audition in Dublin he was catapulted into the pop world through securing his place in Boyzone.
Stephen has achieved more than most thanks to seven amazing years with one of the biggest boybands of all time. Boyzone's debut single Love Me For A Reason' flew into the charts at no. 2 in 1994 ensuring that Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham became the most promising and exciting Irish export.
They followed this success with the singles 'Key To My Life' (No. 3), 'So Good' (No. 3) and then their cover of the Cat Stevens classic 'Father and Son' which hit the number two spot. Hit after hit ensued, from 'Baby Can I Hold You', 'Isn't It A Wonder' to 'I Love the Way You Love Me'. Boyzone's string of number one singles and albums is a guide book and bible to all future boybands. They recorded their version of 'When The Going Gets Tough' for Comic Relief which sold over 700,000 copies in the UK. Since their first release Boyzone became the first act in chart history to reach the top three with their first 14 singles and the first act since The Beatles to debut at number one with their first four albums.
In June of 1999, at the age of 23, Stephen discovered someone was trying to sell a story to the papers that he was gay, so Stephen decided to tell the fans himself. A brave move from a young man who has thousands of young fans, mostly girls and was part of one of the most talked about boy bands of the decade. In coming out so publicly Stephen broke barriers that had previously existed for gay artists and has paved the way for others.
In 2000 Stephen released his debut solo single titled New Beginning' and then his debut solo album, also named New Beginning'. Two further singles followed, I Believe, which was on the soundtrack of the movie, Billy Elliot, and Stay.
In December 2002 Stephen played the lead role in Bill Kenwright's new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which previewed in Oxford in December 2002 before moving to Liverpool over Christmas 2002 and finally to London's West End and the New London Theatre in Drury Lane in February 2003. Stephen received fantastic reviews for Joseph and played to enthusiastic audiences until September 2003.
Stephen continued to take on a range of different stage roles where he could combine
his love of singing and acting. In September 2004 Stephen took on a very different
role where he became quite unrecognisable after being transformed into the evil Child
Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium -
Stephen made his debut in pantomime at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley in December 2005 starring as Dandini in Cinderella and showcased another of his talents by writing a song called A Brighter Day especially for the show.
Then in April 2006 Stephen took on another new role in his musical theatre career
January 2007 brought a challenge of a different kind as Stephen paired up with Canadian champion skater Kristina Lenko to take part in ITV's smash hit Saturday night show Dancing On Ice. Stephen became good friend with Kyran Bracken who is now an Ambassador for the Stephen Gately Trust. In between rehearsals for this Stephen also presented the annual Childline Concert in Dublin.
In November 2007 Stephen joined Shane, Keith, Mikey and Ronan on stage again as Boyzone for BBC's Children In Need appeal and Stephen toured with the band starting in May 2008 in Belfast then all over the UK and Ireland through June, July and August 2008. In September 2008 Boyzone released their first single in eight years, Love You Anyway, which reached No 5 in the UK charts released a greatest hits album, Back Again...No Matter what which features 3 new tracks including their second single, Better. A further tour of the UK and Ireland followed and the band continue to work together to record a new Boyzone album for release in 2010.
Sadly, however, Stephen passed away suddenly on 10th October 2009 of an undiagnosed heart condition at just 33 years old. Through his love, his friendship, the joy he brought to people through his music and performances and his courage he has touched the lives of many people across the world. Whilst his passing leaves great sadness for many people Stephen would want to be remembered for the joy and the fun he brought to everyone who had the good fortune to have had him touch their lives.
Stephen was very close to completing his fantasy novel “The Tree of Seasons”, the book was finished and released posthumously by Hodder and Stoughton in May 2010 and spent 3 weeks on the UK Best Sellers List
Stephen’s Career History
17 Top 5 singles -
4 No 1 Albums -
Joseph in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The New London Theatre
The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The London Palladium
Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -
Dandini in Cinderella, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
The Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Jesus in Godspell, Peterborough and Manchester.
Dancing on Ice, ITV
Film 24 -
All Star Talent Show
The Wright Stuff
Watership Down -
Credo DVD in 2009 -
Rocky Horror Tribute Show DVD 2009 -
Dancing On Ice 2007 DVD -
Dancing On Ice 2008 DVD -
New Beginning -
New Beginning -
I Believe -
Kyran Bracken's Ice Party -
Christmas On Broadway -
Rocky Horror Tribute show -
Childline Concert 2006 -
Childline Concert 2007 -