Feb. 13th, 1974
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
Robbie Williams' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2005 - The Magic Roundabout
2004 - De-Lovely
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Judges' Expert
Himself - Musical Guest
Robbie Williams was born in Stoke On Trent, England on February 13th 1974. Having played in school productions of 'Oliver' and obviously showing a flair for entertaining, Williams' mother saw an advert for auditions to be in a new boy band which he applied for and aged 16 was a member of Take That. After the incredible success of Take That and countless number one hits, Robbie Williams departed from the band in July 1995. He started his solo career slowly with modest sales for his debut album "Life Thru A Lens" on Chrysalis Records. Record sales exploded after the single "Angels" was released for Christmas 1997 - a beautiful ballad, written within 20 minutes, which recently got voted the second best song of all times by British voters. Since then, Robbie has released 4 more original albums: "I've Been Expecting You", containing the hit singles "Millennium", "Strong", "No Regrets" and "She's the One", the follow up "Sing When Your Winning", where he dueted with Kylie Minogue, the million seller "Escapology" and the live album "What We Did Last Summer", which was recorded in front of 375.000 people at his legendary Knebworth performances. Additionally to his original albums, Williams also released an extremely successful cover album of classic swing songs ("Swing When Your Winning"), on which he dueted with actress Nicole Kidman on the Frank Sinatra cover "Something Stupid", which charted in at Number 1 in the UK, and with Frank Sinatra himself. Impressed by Williams performance, Sinatra's family gave their permission for a digital mastered duet with Sinatra for the song "It Was A Very Good Year". In 2002, Robbie Williams signed a new contract with EMI worth £80 Million. His Greatest Hits album is expected for the end of 2004, his next studio album for 2005.
- In his song "The Actor" from his album "Rudebox" he mentions actress like 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv), 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv), 'Jayne Mansfield' (qv), 'Judi Dench' (qv), 'Meryl Streep' (qv), 'Glenn Close' (qv), 'Brigitte Bardot' (qv), 'Hilary Swank' (qv) and actors like 'David Niven (I)' (qv), 'Ted Danson' (qv), 'Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv) and 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv).
- In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, after being voted as the Greatest artist of the 1990s.
- He recorded duets with 'Jane Horrocks' (qv) ('That Old Black Magic', 'Things'), 'Rupert Everett' (qv) ('They Can't Take That Away From Me'), 'Jonathan Wilkes' (qv) ('Me And My Shadow'), 'Nicole Kidman' (qv) ('Somethin' Stupid'),'Kylie Minogue' (qv) ('Rose Stone (II)' (qv) ('Revolution') and 'Jon Lovitz' (qv) (Well Did You Evah?).
- It is estimated he is currently the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America with over 3 million sold, as well as the best selling international artist outside North America this century (2008).
- Supporter of Port Vale Football Club.
- In February 2007, he was admitted to a US clinic for treatment for prescription drugs.
- Parents: Janet and Peter Williams