Ian H Watkins was a member of pop group Steps.
During 7 years in the pop word, Steps released 6 albums, 22 singles, including 4 UK no.1s, sold 20 million records, 2 million concert tickets and still hold the record for the no.1 pop act at Wembley.
After leaving the group, he formed a duo with Claire Richards (also an ex-member of Steps). They only released one album.
Ian took a short break from the spotlights and came back to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (New London), his West End debut.
He then trained at the Royal Academy of Music (where he was awarded a distinction) and at the Stella Adler Studio New York, which was documented by the Channel 4 series H Side Story.
After graduating he starred in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' (UK Tour), as Nick in 'Fame the musical' (Shaftsbury), Dave in ''Before Bristol' (Old Red Lion) Gareth in 'A Night on the Tiles' (Welsh tour) and a 5 episodes of the radio drama, 'Silverstreet' (BBC).
In 2008 Ian joined the cast of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' playing the iconic role of ‘The Childcatcher’, The West End Premiere of William Finns 'Make Me A Song' and took the lead in Frank Vickery's play 'Erogenous Zones'.
In the meanwhile he also played in panto's like 'Jack And The Beanstalk ' (Southport), 'Beauty & The Beast '(Grimsby) and 'Aladdin' (Nottingham).
Early 2011, rumours began circulating that Steps would reunite for a TV series and a one-off concert to mark the tenth anniversary of their 2001 split. Steps reformed in May 2011 for a four-part documentary series on Sky Living titled Steps: Reunion. The series started airing on 28 September, following an announcement of a second Greatest Hits album, The Ultimate Collection, that was released on 10 October 2011. In October they also announced their 14-date 2012 arena tour entitled 'The Ultimate Tour'.
And H was also starring in a musical called 'Rhinestone Monday' along with fellow Steps bandmember Faye Tozer. And he closed the year with another panto, 'Beauty & The Beast' (Fareham).
2012 was the year of Steps with their sell our arena tour in april and with a long list of summer gigs.
On 24 September 2012, the group confirmed they would release their fourth studio album Light Up The World on 12 November 2012, alongside a six-date Christmas tour, starting from 30 November and ending on 5 December.
In May 2013, it was announced that Steps were going to be taking a break due to heavily touring last year, confirming on several occasions, after some speculation, that they have not split up. During this hiatus they are each pursing solo projects.
Time for H to step back onto the stage as Joseph in the UK Tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'. And at the end of 2013 he starred in 'Jack And The Beanstalk' (Sheffield) before enjoying a well deserved break.
On a personal level 2016 was an amazing year for H and his partner Craig with the birth of their twin. They've been on an amazing roalercoast of changing nappies, sleepless night and seeing the boys turning 1 on March 7th.
And then on 31st December, the long awaited moment happend for Steps fans around the world when they returned to the stage at London's G-A-Y as surprise guests for New Year's Eve. 2017 marks twenty years since the band burst onto the scene with lots of exciting this to happen in the coming months.