Ian Curtis

United Kingdom

Ian Curtis Bio

Who is Ian Curtis

Ian Kevin Curtis was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, in 1979 and recorded their follow-up, Closer, in 1980.

Early Life (Childhood)

Curtis was born at the Memorial Hospital in Stretford, Lancashire. He grew up in Macclesfield in Cheshire. He was awarded a scholarship at the age of 11 by the King's School, Macclesfield. Despite this, he was not a dedicated pupil and did not further his education beyond O-level

Interesting Facts

Ian's first (and last) "proper" job was as a civil servant for the Manpower Services Commission, initially in Manchester and later in Macclesfield. His life and death has been dramatized in the films 24 Hour Party People in 2002 and Control in 2007.

Personal Life

On 23 August 1975, Curtis married a school friend, Deborah Woodruff at St Thomas' Church, Henbury. At that time, he was 19 and she was 18. Their daughter Natalie was born on 16 April 1979. She is a photographer.


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