Leona Lewis is a British singer, songwriter, actress, model and activist. She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006. Her winner's single peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and broke a world record for reaching 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes. In February 2007, Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States.
Leona's success continued with the release of her debut studio album, Spirit which was certified 10× platinum in the UK and became The fourth best-selling album of the 2000s and one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. The lead single, Bleeding Love, spent seven weeks at number one in over 30 countries, including the UK where it became the best-selling single of 2007 and the US Billboard Hot 100. Further albums and singles followed, making her the first British female solo artist to reach the top five with eight singles.
Her film debut was in Walking on Sunshine and her Broadway debut was in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. She had a recurring role on the American television series The Oath.