We"d recognise those smiles anywhere! One Direction are as cheeky as ever in adorable childhood snaps

We'd recognise those smiles anywhere! One Direction are as cheeky as ever in cute childhood snaps

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10:08 GMT, 16 March 2012

They're on their way to becoming bigger than The Beatles in America, and are arguably the most successful boyband in the UK at the moment.

But before One Direction became household names, the boys were just children with big dreams.

And in just revealed pictures of the boys from their childhood, the quintet look as cheeky as ever as they grin for the camera.

We'd recognise those smiles anywhere! Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are instantly recognisable in these adorable childhood snaps of One Direction

We'd recognise those smiles anywhere! Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are instantly recognisable in these adorable childhood snaps of One Direction

We'd recognise those smiles anywhere! Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are instantly recognisable in these adorable childhood snaps of One Direction

Before they were famous! Fancy dress was a popular concept among the boys, judging by these pictures of (left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan

Before they were famous! Fancy dress was a popular concept among the boys, judging by these pictures of (left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan

Before they were famous! Fancy dress was a popular concept among the boys, judging by these pictures of (left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan

Before they were famous! Fancy dress was a popular concept among the boys, judging by these pictures of (left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan

All grown up: The boys as they are now, looking set to beat even The Beatles success in America

All grown up: The boys as they are now, looking set to beat even The Beatles success in America

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne,
Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson look adorable in the before they were
famous snaps, showing they had star quality even as babies and children.

Harry and Zayn are seen smiling
widely as they pose for official portrait shots, while Liam, Louis and
Niall are seen in less formal pictures.

It seems fancy dress was a big part
of One Direction's past, as Liam is seen dressed up as a cowboy, while
Niall dons camouflage gear and a gun to play soldier for the day.

Bouncing babies: Zayn (left) and Niall as adorable chubby-cheeked cherubs

Bouncing babies: Zayn (left) and Niall as adorable chubby-cheeked cherubs

Bouncing babies: Zayn (left) and Niall as adorable chubby-cheeked cherubs

Uber cute: Baby Louis is seen reclining in the sunshine clad in a pair of striped trousers and a white T-shirt

Uber cute: Baby Louis is seen reclining in the sunshine clad in a pair of striped trousers and a white T-shirt

Louis, meanwhile, is seen showing off
his athletic ability in a pair of red shorts and a white T-shirt as he
heads out for a run.

The super-cute pictures of the
British band come as the group were announced as being on their way to
eclipse even The Beatles' success Stateside, as their debut album Up All
Night is apparently on course to top the US Billboard charts –
something the Fab Five never managed to do during their careers.

Through the years: It seems Liam has always been a charmer, winking at the camera and showing off his musical skills as a youngster

Through the years: It seems Liam has always been a charmer, winking at the camera and showing off his musical skills as a youngster

Through the years: It seems Liam has always been a charmer, winking at the camera and showing off his musical skills as a youngster

Heartthrob: Liam was a good-looking boy even as a teenager, as he shows in this snap

Heartthrob: Liam was a good-looking boy even as a teenager, as he shows in this snap

According to The Sun, industry
experts are expecting the record to sell between 160,000 and 180,000
copies in the next week, meaning it would clinch the number one spot.

In addition, the boys are also set to become TV stars, after Nickelodeon signed up the group for a new project.

Growing up fast: Liam with some female relatives (left) and little Zayn rocking a pair of sunglasses

Growing up fast: Liam with some female relatives (left) and little Zayn rocking a pair of sunglasses

Growing up fast: Liam with some female relatives (left) and little Zayn rocking a pair of sunglasses

Suited and booted: Niall looks adorable in a sweater vest and tie at a family event as a youngster

Suited and booted: Niall looks adorable in a sweater vest and tie at a family event as a youngster

Nickelodeon tweeted: 'The rumors are true, our live-action slate does include a development project for @onedirection. Welcome to the family!'

It is believed the band are set to follow in the footsteps of S Club 7 and The Monkees with a similar concept series.