Rita SahatÁiu Ora (born 26 November 1990) is a British singer-songwriter and actress. Her debut studio album, Ora (2012), debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, and spawned the number-one singles "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)". After reaching the peak position as a featured act on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now", Ora became the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012. Ora has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She was nominated for three awards at the 2013 BRIT Awards, including the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act. She will play Mia Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Rita Ora was born in 1990 in Pristina, Kosovo[a] to Kosovar-Albanian parents and moved to the United Kingdom when she was 1. She grew up around Portobello Road in West London, and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from Sylvia Young Theatre School and then St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. She used to live in Kensington, London, but in January 2014 left and moved in with her sister. Ora began singing from a young age.
Ora has an older sister, Elena, and a younger brother, Don. She was named after her film director grandfather Besim SahatÁiuís favourite film star, Rita Hayworth. When she was 15, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and she stopped going to school. According to Ora,
My mum had always been one of those free-spirited women and her being ill was really confusing for me. I couldnít understand why my mum wasnít a superhero, why she wasnít, you know, unbreakable. Iíd sit around the house for days. I was really down.
Eventually, her sister convinced Ora to go back to school, and her mother made a full recovery. "The experience made me value family and life", Ora said.