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Name: Robbie Williams
DOB: 13 February 1974
Birth Place: Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Singer
- Robbie kicked off his solo career with a cover of George Michael’s Freedom 90.
- He has a keen interest in UFOs
- Robbie performined for an incredible 375,000 fans over 3 nights in 2003 at Knebworth Park.
- His Life Thru a Lens album sold 57 million records worldwide.
- Robbie has won more Brit awards than anyone else.
Midlands born Robert Peter Williams rose to fame gracing our bedroom walls as one fifth of nineties boy band Take That. Back then Robbie was known as ‘the fat one’ due to his ...er... limited dance skills.
The band attacked the British charts racking up 7 number one hits including "It Only Takes a Minute" and "Could It Be Magic." Robbie bopped around with Take That until 1995 when the shock news broke Robbie was leaving the band due to ‘disagreements’ with the other members.
Before Robbie was able to launch his solo career he fought a legal battle to get out of a contract with Take That’s record label. Once free, Robbie kicked off his solo career with a cover of George Michael’s aptly titled ‘Freedom ‘90’. Meanwhile, Robbie got into all sorts of trouble with drugs and alcohol and it wasn’t long before, in true celeb style, Robbie was checking into Clouds House Drink and Drugs Rehabilitation Clinic.
Despite his rough start (not to mention 40lb weight gain) Robbie went on to have a solo career of epic proportions. Robbie made history when he sold out 3 nights at Knebworth Park performing for an incredible 375,000 fans over 3 nights in August 2003.
His first album Life Thru a Lens hit number 1 on the UK album chart and every one subsequent studio albums have also hit the top spot shifting 57 million records worldwide. No prizes for guessing "Angels" is Robbie’s biggest hit to date.
British pop fans voted it the top UK single of the past 25 years in 2005. Also during this time he managed to fit in a ten month fling with Rod Stewart’s ex Rachel Hunter, Geri Halliwell and Natalie Appleton. All while winning more Brit awards than any other artist to date.
While Robbie is unquestionably pop royalty over here those folks across the pond just don’t seem to agree. Despite his attempts no Robbie Williams song has managed the top 40 in the U.S., and Escapology, his biggest hit album in the U.S., only reached number 43.
Since then Robbie has found love, marrying Amercian actress Ayda Field last year and in a shock move has rejoined his former band mates Take That for one album of new material and a summer tour. Of the reunion Robbie has said: "I get embarrassingly excited when the five of us are in a room. It feels like coming home,"