Robbie Williams (full name Robert Peter Maximillian Williams) was born 13th February 1974 and is from Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire.
In his early career, Robbie Williams found fame through undoubtedly the biggest boyband on the planet – Take That. He later went to forge a successful solo career.
Robbie Williams was not academic and left school without any qualifications. He took on a number of dead end jobs but always showed glimmers of hope singing and acting.
Luckily for him, his mother saw an advert for auditions for a boyband - the rest is history!
Take That compromises Robbie Williams who was 16 when he joined the band in 1990 (the youngest in the group), and was accompanied by Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald.
For years, Take That produced smash hit after smash hit: Take That and Party (1992), Everything Changes (1993) and Nobody Else (1995) before the group decided to split up in 1996 following Robbie Williams’ serious drug problems.
After fighting a legal battle with Take That’s manager, Robbie Williams launched himself as a solo artist with his first release being George Michael's "Freedom" and proved commercially successful – reaching #2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1996 and the next year he launched his debut album Through The Lens.
Through the Lens compromises the very popular singles "Old Before I Die", and "Angels", "Let Me Entertain You” which propelled him into the charts and made him also worldwide famous as far as Latin America – unheard of for a British singer. Robbie Williams was on a roll and continued pumping out hit after hit.
In 1998, “Millennium” pushed the boundaries and reached the top 20 in Europe as well as far afield as Australia and his next album I've Been Expecting You overtook all expectation and went 10x platinum.