Robbie Williams

Born 13 February 1974.
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John Bishop chats with Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams sits in for Dermot and is joined actor and comedian John Bishop.

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Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer-songwriter, and occasional actor. He is a member of the pop group Take That, but has found greater commercial success as a solo artist.

Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch a hugely successful solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach number one in the UK. Williams also released seven number-one singles and found similar success across Europe. On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That. The group's subsequent album became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history and the fastest-selling record of the century so far. He continues to perform both as a member of Take That and as a solo artist.

Williams has sold over 70 million records worldwide, which ranks him among the best-selling music artists worldwide. He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom, and in 2006 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day. He has also been honoured with seventeen BRIT Awards—more than any other artist—and eight ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted as the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s." Williams is married to actress Ayda Field. He has a net worth of £105.2 million.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Take the Crown

    Take the Crown 2012

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    This ninth album finds Robbie sounding rather too serious, rather too often.
  2. Review of In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010

    In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010 2010

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    Williams seems to be psychologically clearing the decks for a certain reunion.
  3. Review of Reality Killed the Video Star

    Reality Killed the Video Star 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The ego has landed, again, but he’s a lot more endearing this time around.
  4. Review of Rudebox

    Rudebox 2006

    Reviewed by Julie Broadfoot
    Confused? It's a confusing album.
  5. Review of Intensive Care

    Intensive Care 2005

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    Gloriously imperfect, the personality makes the album, and it's his best yet: almost...
  6. Review of Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits 2004

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    It's been a rocky 13 years, but towering above the personality, the drugs, the girls...
  7. Review of Swing When You're Winning

    Swing When You're Winning 2001

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The singer’s voice can’t compete with the scale of the music around him.
  8. Review of Sing When You're Winning

    Sing When You're Winning 2000

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Robbie’s first truly international hit, but at a cost.
  9. Review of I’ve Been Expecting You

    I’ve Been Expecting You 1998

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Little he’s produced since has seemed quite so times-defining of content.
  10. Review of Life Thru a Lens

    Life Thru a Lens 1997

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Just the beginning of a career that would eventually eclipse Take That’s.
  11. Review of Escapology

    Escapology

    Reviewed by Jacqueline Hodges
    The self proclaimed King of Light Entertainment takes a break from impersonating Frank...