Robbie Williams

Biography

Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams, 13.2.1974)

Robbie Williams is a British pop singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as a member of the boy band Take That and has experienced continued success with his solo career.

Robbie Williams: Childhood

Robbie Williams was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, by his mother Janet and his father Peter Williams. He also has a sister, Sally.

Robbie attended Mill Hill Primary School, followed by St. Margaret Ward's Roman Catholic School in Tunstall.

Robbie Williams: Music Career

Along with Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange and Howard Donald, Robbie Williams formed Take That in 1990. The band became hugely successful, with their debut album spawning four number one singles in the UK.

Robbie Williams quit the group in 1995. His increasing drug use had led to a near-overdose before performance at the MTV Europe Awards show. After leaving the band, Robbie Williams was frequently photographed out partying with members of Oasis, especially Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher. He even attended Glastonbury Festival with them that year.

Robbie William's first solo release was a cover of 'Freedom' by George Michael. It reached number two in the UK singles chart.

Williams was then introduced to Guy Chambers, with whom he would have a long-standing songwriting partnership. The debut single, Life Thru A Lens, was released in September 1997. The fourth single from the album, 'Angels' became his best-selling single in the UK and has been certified double platinum.

Robbie Williams' second solo album, I've Been Expecting You, was released the following year and was hugely successful. The first track, 'Millenium', was inspired by the work of John Barry (specifically his James Bond music). 'No Regrets' was a collaboration between Williams, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The fourth single from the album was another cover: 'She's The One' originally featured on the World Party album Egyptology.

The Ego Has Landed was Williams's first album for Capitol Records and was released in July 1999 and saw his international profile increase considerably, especially in the USA and Canada.

The debut single taken from 2000's Sing When You're Winning was 'Rock DJ'. The song was reportedly inspired by the late Ian Dury. Its follow-up single, 'Kids' was a collaboration with Kylie Minogue.

Williams' next album was recorded during a two-week break from touring and was heavily inspired by his love of singers such as Frank Sinatra. The album was entitled Swing When You're Winning and the first track, 'Have You Met Miss Jones?' which was included on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Swing When You're Winning included a number of duets, with artists including Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Wilkes, Nicole Kidman and Rupert Everett.

Robbie Williams signed an £80 million recording contract with EMI in 2002. The contract was well-publicised, as it was one of the highest-value contracts ever signed in the music industry at that time. Williams began writing without the help of Guy Chambers and 'One Fine Day' and 'Nan's Song' were two of the tracks that first wrote on his own. His fifth solo album, Escapology, was released across the globe in 2002.

The track 'Something Beautiful' was originally intended for Tom Jones, but the track was reworked and included on Escapology. Shortly after its release, Williams played three live concerts at Knebworth House, which attracted a total of 375,000 fans.

In 2004, Robbie Williams started working with Stephen Duffy (also known as Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy). Some of his collaborations with Duffy were included on his 2004 Greatest Hits album. One of the tracks, 'Radio' went straight to number one upon its release in the UK.

Robbie Williams and Stephen Duffy continued to work together for Williams' next album, Intensive Care. The track 'Ghosts' was inspired by 'Louise' by the Human League.

In November 2005, a documentary about Take That was screen ed on ITV1. Robbie Williams decided not to attend the preview screening in Notting Hill West London. The rest of the band was reunited for the event.

Williams' next album was entitled Rudebox. The album ventured into dance and electronic territory, far more than his previous album and featured collaborations with William Orbit, Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and Joey Negro. The album received mixed reviews.

The single 'Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'Aime Plus', a duet with Lily Allen, was released in Latin America in 2007.

2009 saw the release of a new album from Robbie Williams. Entitled Reality Killed The Video Star, the album features production work from Trevor Horn and the first track, 'Bodies', was debuted on Chris Moyles' BBC Radio 1 show.

Robbie Williams also stated in 2009 that he felt ready to re-join Take That.

Robbie Williams: Personal Life

Robbie Williams has had a number of friendships with high-profile celebrities and has stated that it was Elton John who first booked him into a clinic to deal with his drug addiction.

He has been romantically linked with Rachel Hunter and is now dating Ayda Field

Read More

Robbie Williams Falls Off Stage, Breaks Fan's Arm & Doesn't Apologise?

4th July 2014 -

 News

Robbie Williams reportedly did not apologise to a fan whose arm he broke whilst performing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne last month. The 40-year-old fell off stage at Metro Radio Arena and landed on the arm of a...

Metallica To Cover 'Wonderwall' At Glastonbury, But What Are The Best Oasis Covers?

4th June 2014 -

 News

In a similar fashion to the announcement of Jay Z in 2008, metal titans Metallica’s headline slot at the iconic Glastonbury Festival has been met with a wave of criticism and derision from commentators who...

Robbie Williams And Wife Ayda Field Expecting Second Child Together

30th April 2014 -

 News

Robbie Williams is going to be a father for a second time.The 40 year-old singer and his wife, Ayda Field, are set to welcome another child into the world later in the year.Williams confirmed the...

Mel Gibson? Actors Who 'Could' Have Been James Bond

26th February 2014 -

 News

Before Bourne, there was Bond. James Bond is a name that has become synonymous with the idea of classic British sophistication and suave. Professionally trained and with a license to kill, 007 has been played...

Bruce Springsteen Back At No. 1 With 'High Hopes'

20th January 2014 -

 News

Bruce Springsteen released his latest album, High Hopes, in the UK last week and at the first time of asking the latest collection of songs from The Boss soared straight to the top of the...

BBFC Makes Plans To Introduce Music Video Age Ratings To Combat Inappropriate Themes

16th January 2014 -

 News

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced plans for a new age-rating system designed to tackle online music videos deemed inappropriate material for young people. The organisation's assistant director, David Austin, said the...

Robbie Williams Keeps Gary Barlow Off The Top Spot On UK Album Chart

30th December 2013 -

 News

It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late...

Robbie Williams Buys Michael Winner's 46-Room Mansion for £17 Million

2nd December 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams has purchased a Grade II-listed mansion previously belonging to the late Sir Michael Winner. The former Take That star - who recently moved back to the UK from Los Angeles - paid £17...

One Direction Hit No.1 Again With 'Midnight Memories' [Video]

2nd December 2013 -

 News

Sunday's official UK charts countdown brought the somewhat predictable news that boyband One Direction had yet again scored a number one record with their newly released Midnight Memories. Their third and latest studio album was...

One Direction On Course For Another UK No.1 Album With 'Midnight Memories'

28th November 2013 -

 News

One Direction are yet again set for another official UK chart number one with their newly released album, Midnight Memories. The five-piece boyband have topped the midweek charts, outselling the rest of the top five...

Royal Variety Show: Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Olly Murs And Gary Barlow Bring The Noise

26th November 2013 -

 News

Yesterday evening, the London Palladium played host to the 86th Royal Variety Performance where Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla welcomed a starry line-up of celebrity guests and entertainers. The annual gala's line-up consists of high...

So Robbie Williams Has The 1000th UK No.1 Album, But Who Did it First?

25th November 2013 -

 News

While one charismatic, sweet-talking solo singer has marked a landmark for British music by recording the country’s 1000th number one, the man who make the mould for such a singer kicked the whole thing off...

Robbie Williams Makes Chart History After 'Swings Both Ways' Becomes UK's 1000th No.1 Album

25th November 2013 -

 News

British pop-star Robbie Williams has made chart history due to his new big band album 'Swings Both Ways' achieving the UK's 1000th No.1 album.The 39 year-olds newest studio set went straight to the top spot,...

Robbie Williams Was in Los Angeles So Long, Self-Improvement Was Just Inevitable

22nd November 2013 -

 News

According to Robbie Williams, if you’re in L.A long enough, you’re going to pay for some self-improvement. That’s just a thing. And that’s what happened to him, he revealed to Graham Norton, admitting that he...

Robbie Williams' Hair Transplant, "I Had Three Months off And Got Bored"

22nd November 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams had admitted that he had a hair transplant despite not needing one, whilst living in Los Angeles. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show - set to air tonight (November 22, 2013) - Williams...

Robbie Williams Reopens Feud with Liam Gallagher, Over Nicole Appleton

15th November 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams has reopened his seemingly age old feud with Liam Gallagher over the former Oasis frontman's alleged infidelity. According to a New York Post report, Gallagher had an affair and fathered a child with...

Mature And Balanced Robbie Williams On The Promotional Trail For 'Swings Both Ways'

11th November 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams’ upcoming album will represent a drastic change in pace and style, as the singer himself has explained. According to Williams’ official website, Swings Both Ways (interesting title choice there) will be out 18...

Robbie Williams Gutted After Being Branded Irrelevant By Nick Grimshaw

12th October 2013 -

 News

Singer Robbie Williams has been left reeling after BBC Radio 1 personality Nick Grimshaw said that he and his music were "not relevant" to the stations target audience and failed to put the pop star's...

Robbie Williams Dismayed At Losing His "Main Oxygen," Radio 1

11th October 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams has reopened his beef with Radio 1 over the station's decision to cease playing his singles. Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw had previously said Williams, 39, was "not relevant" to the station's...

Robbie Williams Releases New Single 'Go Gentle' Out November 11th 2013

11th October 2013 -

 Press

Robbie Williams will release the single "Go Gentle" on November 11th on Island Records. "Go Gentle" is one of six brand new tracks to feature on Robbie's forthcoming album, "Swings Both Ways", due for...

New Gary Barlow Solo Album Due November After 14 Years

18th September 2013 -

 News

Gary Barlow has announced that he's nearly ready to drop his first solo effort in 14 years this November. Bar the Queen's Diamond Jubilee album, Sing, that he released with the Military Wives and the...

Robbie Williams Working With Lily Allen, Michael Bublé And More For 'Swings Both Ways'

12th September 2013 -

 News

Robbie Williams has announced plans to release a new album in time for the festive period, with the big band and swing album Swing Both Ways set to be released in the UK on 8...

Beloved Stage Designer For The Rolling Stones, Mark Fisher, Dies At 66

27th June 2013 -

 News

Mark Fisher OBE – the talented stage designer for bands like The Rolling Stones, U2 and Pink Floyd, passed away yesterday (Wednesday, June 26). He was 66. Fisher, who also worked with celebrities like Robbie...

Robbie Williams - Live at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester June 6th 2013

25th June 2013 -

 Review

Crushed on a tram between middle aged women with recently acquired leathery tans and a group of 'lads' bantering about their adoration for Olly Murs to anyone who awkwardly casts an eye in their direction...

Robbie Williams Kicks Back At Liam Gallagher Comments; Are We In The 90's Again?

22nd June 2013 -

 News

You could have been forgiven for thinking we'd gone back in time to the nineties earlier this week, when Liam Gallagher unleashed a scathing attack on singer Robbie Williams for, well, being Robbie Williams. And...

Liam Gallagher v Robbie Williams Round... 975? Ding Ding!

20th June 2013 -

 News

We’ve lost count of the public media battles between Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams; one of them from an honest rock band, the other an honest pop star. Musically, they were poles apart, but...

How Did It Come To This? Liam Gallagher and Robbie Set For 'The Voice'

14th June 2013 -

 News

We bet while Liam Gallagher was travelling the world with Oasis in the heady 1990s, he didn't expect to appear on a dodgy singing contest with Jessie J, Tom Jones and that bloke from The...

Dizzee Rascal: New Album 'The Fifth' Announced

11th June 2013 -

 News

Famous for wearing a cardboard shark head in the crazy video for hit track 'Bonkers', Dizzee Rascal shows he's fond of the aquatic theme, analogising his journey on Radio 1: "If my last record was...

Robbie Williams Hooks Up With Dizzee Rascal At Radio 1 Big Weekend To Kick Start The Festival In Style

25th May 2013 -

 News

Dizzee Rascal was on the bill to open day one of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry’s Ebrington Square on Friday (May 24), but rather than just keep the performance to himself the rapper...

Nick Grimshaw Gets Car Clamped To End a Rough Week In Radio

15th May 2013 -

 News

Nick Grimshaw didn't need this. Just days after being on the receiving end of one of Robbie Williams rants at the Sony Awards, the Radio One DJ woke up on Wednesday morning to discover his...

Back to top

Robbie Williams Images

More Robbie Williams Pictures

Back to top

Robbie Williams Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Robbie Williams

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Our Tastebuds Are Tingling For This Year's Hottest New Artists

The world's biggest fast food chain presents three of the top up-and-coming indie...

Our Tastebuds Are Tingling For This Year's Hottest New Artists

Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett: Meet The Cast of Andy Serkis’s ‘The Jungle Book’

Hot on the heels of Disney announcing their star filled Jungle Book cast, Warner...

Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett: Meet The Cast of Andy Serkis’s ‘The Jungle Book’

Maroon 5 - Animals [Lyric] Video

Ahead of their fifth studio album, 'V', in September, Maroon 5 is continuing their promotion by releasing the lyric video for their...

Maroon 5 - Animals (Lyric Video) Video

God Help the Girl Movie Review

With bouncy pop tunes and a breezy tone, this Scottish musical sometimes feels so weightless that it seems to float right out...

God Help the Girl Movie Review

Reviews: 'The One I Love' - Moss and Duplass Shine

Starring Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, The One I Love follows Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) attempt...

Reviews: 'The One I Love' - Moss and Duplass Shine

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks with Quentin Tarantino for 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Lawrenceis in negotiations withQuentin Tarantinoto star in his forthcoming...

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks with Quentin Tarantino for 'The Hateful Eight'
Advertisement

Miley Cyrus Banned From Performing In Dominican Republic

Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing in the Dominican Republic. The...

Miley Cyrus Banned From Performing In Dominican Republic

Chris Pratt Pays Visit To Children's Hospital As Peter Quill

The world keeps on falling in love with Chris Pratt over and over again. After a...

Chris Pratt Pays Visit To Children's Hospital As Peter Quill

Win A Pair Of Lady Gaga Heartbeats Headphones From Beats By Dre

Welcome all you eagle-eyed freebie spotters to our latest competition where...

Win A Pair Of Lady Gaga Heartbeats Headphones From Beats By Dre


More recommendations

Comments

brittany's picture

brittany

hi i just want to say what a dream come true hearing on 92.9 in perth that robbie williams is coming to perth if you read this i want to say thankyou many people in perth are over joyed and we idol you i was wondering if like you do read this if you could e-mail me and say that you do bcoz other wise i dont know if im wasting my time saying lovely things about you adn truely you have missed out us australian women are beautiful xbetty_headland@hotmail.comthankyouxoxbritt

8 years 2 months ago
Report
View Comments

brittany's picture

brittany

hello i just want to say omg cant wait till robbie come to perth going to be great does anyone know which hotel he is staying at?brittxox

8 years 2 months ago
Report
View Comments

How cool is Robbies new video?'s picture

How cool is Rob...

Hi there, don't know if you guys have seen Robbie's new video, it's awesome!!!!If you haven't then take a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5XyNegMgIU It's so good I just might add it to my myspace too!!!

8 years 3 months ago
Report
View Comments

Amie's picture

Amie

Hope you get well soon robbie and hoping to see you soon on stage singing in the true robbie williams style. Love from Jeanette, Amie and Ryan Williams xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

7 years 6 months ago
Report
View Comments

robbiesgirl's picture

robbiesgirl

happy new year robbie,..l pray this year bring you happiness and more better things in your personal life and carreertake careand bring it on,something newxxx keep the faith

7 years 7 months ago
Report
View Comments

MARISAJIMENEZ's picture

MARISAJIMENEZ

ROBBIE WILLIAMS,HE´S WONDERFULL,INTELLIGENT,MUCH LIFE AND LOVE.I LOVE ROBBIE,HE AND YOUR MUSICS TO BE MY FRIENDS IN MY LIFE.PLEASE TO SEND FOR ME PHOTOS AND THE NEWS OF ROBBIE WILLIAMS. KIS AND

3 years 8 months ago
Report
View Comments

MARISAJIMENEZ's picture

MARISAJIMENEZ

"ROBBIE,HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY,YOU ARE WONDERFULL AND GOOD MAN,I LOVE YOURS SONGS AND YOU TOO,DON´T FORGET." MARISA JIMENEZ.

3 years 8 months ago
Report
View Comments

brittany's picture

brittany

hi i always hear things about robbie williams not likeing what people writing bad thigns about him on the internet iam here to write i think you are the most amaxing person in the music industry you are succesfull and i really love you i think you are so talented and i cant wait to see you in december in perth it is going to my dream come true dont think people think bad about you because i definently dont for sure.brittanyxox

8 years 2 months ago
Report
View Comments

piggypink's picture

piggypink

hi i saw robbie at milton keynes,he was sexy,brillant.and top it the best show i've in ages as we had 2 very good supporting bands and when you think you can't be taken any highier robbie brought in jonny wilkes, and the wonderful ant and dec.what a ace concert.thanks to robbie for the best night ever.but please take a much needed break and rest mate.love you tracy and pinky

7 years 11 months ago
Report
View Comments

robbiesgirl's picture

robbiesgirl

this message is from ur african fans,...just to let u know that we really love u so much for what u are and ur music,and we will be very happy if u will acknowlegde us,......we wish to see u life one day..acknowledge us, by coming to africa to perform .....keep rockinglove always

7 years 9 months ago
Report
View Comments