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Robbie waxwork at Tussaud's "Stoke on Trent's musical genius"?
Who could we be talking about? ... Robbie Williams!


We profile the life of Stoke-on-Trent's cheeky chappy on this page!
Robbie gets mauled - but it's only a waxwork! See Robbie News for May 2005

Robbie Biography
RobbieRobbie Williams was born Robert Peter Williams in Stoke-on-Trent on 13th February, 1974.

At the age of three, his parents divorced and he resided with his mother and sister.
He went to high school and was renowned for being mischievous, so it wasn’t surprising when he didn’t pass any of his G.C.S.E’s.

With few options open to him, he got a job as a salesman but destiny had a lot more in mind; his mother had noticed an article in the newspaper for an audition for a boy band and considering Robbie’s talented voice and acting abilities, she decided to get him to audition and he stepped on the first step to stardom.

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Hear Robbie's Mum talk about Rob
On February 6th 2004, Jan chatted with BBC Stoke presenter Stuart George for nearly an hour about Robbie, his troubles, his early life and Give It Sum
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Take That
He joined Take That in 1990. For five straight years, the success of Take That was undisputed
but, in 1995, Robbie decided that he wanted to quit - and interviews that followed this incident never really cleared up whether Robbie had been pushed out, or was quitting the band of his own free will.

But one thing was for sure; he had always felt that being in a band was constricting and prevented him from being his own person; he had stopped giving input and stopped doing as he was told (perhaps being young was not an advantage, after all!).
The rules set out for the band were too much for someone as extroverted as Robbie - which led to him resorting to alcohol and drugs; while ensuing legal battles with BMG, which was his record company, to allow him to go solo (apparently there was a clause that prevented him from becoming a solo singer if he ever left Take That) drained his energy.

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Hear Robbie's Dad talking about Rob
Pete Conway chatted with BBC Stoke presenter Den Siegertsz about what Robbie is really like
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Going solo
On the 27th of June, 1996, Robbie announced that his contract with BMG was coming to an end and that he was now signed on with Chrysalis Records.

His first single was the cover version of ‘Freedom’ by George Michael; it hit No. 2, narrowly beaten by the ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls.

He met Jacquie Hamilton-Smith at a New Year’s Party and soon moved in with her and he started leading a life of parties; the previous months had been very hard on him and after a whole year he returned to his senses.

He followed the advice of Sir Elton John and various other artists, and went to a rehab centre to recover from drug and alcohol addiction (Clouds House Drink and Drugs Rehabilitation Clinic, Salisbury).

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Hear (just a little bit!) of sister Sally talking about Rob
BBC Stoke's Jo Morris asked a number of people on the street in Stoke about Robbie's marriage prospects. By coincidence she bumped into Rob's older sister Sally!
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The best in the business
From this point his music career has gone uphill, receiving international fame and many No 1s. He has also taken many awards in the process.

And you too can add to this page ...
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Have you ever met him?...

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Did you know?

  • He went to St. Margaret Ward High School in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • His mother used to own a pub which was on the same road as Port Vale Football Club (the second division club based in Stoke-on-Trent).
  • He bites his nails.
  • He is also very absent-minded and has a tendency to lose things.
  • He burns candles at both ends.
  • He has only one sister - Sally.
  • He is very optimistic and always sees the funny side of situations.
  • He loves to talk!
  • He likes to drink Lowenbrau (a lager).
  • He likes to wear boots in the winter and trainers in the summers.
  • Amongst his many favourite artists are Oasis and U2.
  • He uses a lot of his money to fund a charity called Give It Sum (click here for more details about Give It Sum)
  • He loves roller-blading.
  • He is a footie fan; he supports Port Vale and plays football whenever he gets the chance.
  • He used to work at a florist.
  • He also worked as a double glazing salesman - though his employers didn’t appreciate it too much as he would tell the customers how bad the glazing was (surprise, surprise!).
  • He was engaged to Nicole Appleton (of ex-All Saints and now Appleton)
  • He joined Take That at the age of 16!
  • His dad is comedian Pete Conway

    Star Sign:
    Aquarius
    Height: 6’ 0"
    Eye Colour: Green
    Hair Colour: Dark Brown
 
Robbie Williams at Stoke and Staffordshire!
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