Antony Daniel Costa (born 23 June 1981) is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the boyband Blue.
One of Costa’s earliest television roles was as a pupil in Steven Moffat’s sitcom Chalk. He then went on to appear in the BBC children’s drama Grange Hill.
In 2004, Costa, along with singer Peter André, was given the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair at the celebrations on the arrival of ten new members into the European Union which included Cyprus. He was a contestant on the 2005 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and was evicted from the programme on 3 December 2005 after fourteen days.
Costa released his debut solo single called “Do You Ever Think of Me” in February 2006. The single made its debut and peaked at number nineteen on the UK Singles Chart. He went on to compete in the 2006 Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up programme to find a competitor to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, but did not win the honour, with “It’s a Beautiful Thing”.
In June 2006 Costa posed naked for Cosmopolitan magazine’s 10 Years of Naked Male Centrefolds, alongside other stars including singer Ronan Keating, actor Danny Dyer, Labour MP Jim Devine, and TV presenter Craig Doyle.
Costa’s debut album, Heart Full of Soul was released on 3 July 2006 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The album failed to chart and he was subsequently dropped by his record label, Globe Records.
From 10 April 2006, Costa played the lead role of Mickey Johnstone in the London production of the long-running musical Blood Brothers, directed and produced by Bill Kenwright; his contract ran to February 2007. From March, Costa toured the UK in the tenth anniversary tour of Boogie Nights. Costa had his first solo UK tour in February and March 2008, performing songs from his debut album. His UK tour had eighteen dates, which started on 16 February 2008 at The Brindley, in Runcorn and finished on 26 March 2008 in Barrow in Furness. He modelled for Giorgio Armani in late 2008.
On 28 April 2009, Blue announced that they had reformed and would soon return to the stage that summer.
Costa played Jack in the 2009/2010 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, in Ipswich. Costa toured with the production Popstar: The Musical, playing the part of Cal between April and July 2010, at a series of theatres, across the UK.
Costa took part in a celebrity version of TV show Total Wipeout which aired on 18 September 2010.
Blue represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 held in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Born in Edgware, North London, Costa attended Hendon School in Barnet, also in North West London. His father is Greek Cypriot and his mother is Jewish. He attended the American Academy school in Larnaca before moving back to England. He has a sister Natalie and a brother Louis who appeared on The X Factor on 3rd September 2011 and who was also in a pop band called The Chase with former S club 8 member Jay Asforis.
His ex-fiancée Lucy Bolster gave birth to his first child Emilie Olivia in Enfield, North London, on 10 March 2004.
In February 2011 Costa was photographed urinating in public while using a cash machine. He was later reported as commenting, “I was just so disgusted with myself when I saw those pictures”
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