Has a twin brother called Rupert and an older sister, Emma. William's mother, Annabel, runs a market garden and lives with his father, Robin, a business man. He represented his school, Wellington College, in rugby, football, basketball, athletics, long jump and triple jump. William went to Exeter University at 19 and received a 2.2 in politics.
Apart from his musical career he has also appears in the BBC film Mrs Henderson Presents and during the early months of 2007 has been appearing as Nicky Lancaster in Noel Coward's The Vortex in Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.
Début single "Anything Is Possible/Evergreen" enters the UK chart at Number 1, having sold 1.1 million copies in its first week of release, and remains in that position for three weeks. [3 March 2002]
Voted the 92nd worst Briton in Channel Four's poll of the 100 Worst Britons. [11 May 2003]
"Anything Is Possible/Evergreen" is one of the 20 biggest-selling singles of all time in the UK.
Nominated for the Best British Male award at the Brit Awards 2004 (2004) (TV). [12 January 2004]
Winner of the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Artist. [February 2003]
Won the first series of "Pop Idol" (2001) on 9 February 2002.
2nd single "Light My Fire" enters the UK chart at Number 1 and remains there for two weeks. [2 June 2002]
3rd single "The Long and Winding Road/Suspicious Minds" with Gareth Gates enters the UK chart at Number 1 and remains there for two weeks. [29 September 2002]
5th single "Leave Right Now" enters the UK chart at Number 1 and remains there for two weeks. [30 November 2003]
2nd album "Friday's Child" enters the UK album chart at Number 1. [7 December 2003]
Début album "From Now On" enters the UK album chart at Number 1. [13 October 2002]
4th single "Don't Let Me Down/You and I" enters the UK chart at its peak position of Number 2. [17 November 2002]
6th single "Your Game" enters the UK chart at its peak position of Number 3. [21 March 2004]
7th single "Friday's Child" entered the UK chart at its peak position of Number 4. [11 July 2004]
Winner of Top Newcomer and Top Single at 2002 Top of the Pops Awards (2002) (TV). [29 November 2002]
Winner of Favourite Album for "From Now On" at The National Music Awards 2003 (2003) (TV). [26 October 2003]
Winner of Favourite UK Male Singer and Favourite Newcomer at The National Music Awards 2002 (2002) (TV). [27 October 2002]
Took part in the Band Aid 20 re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?". [14 November 2004]
Winner of the Brit Award for Best British Single for "Your Game". [9 February 2005]
Nominated for the Best British Male award at the Brit Awards 2005 (2005) (TV). [January 2005]
8th single "Switch It On" enters the UK chart at its peak position of Number 5. [20 November 2005]
3rd album "Keep On" entered the UK album chart at number 2. [27 November 2005]
Nominated for the Best British Male award at the Brit Awards 2006. [10 January 2006]
9th single "All Time Love" enters the UK chart at its peak position of Number 3. [22 January 2006]
10th single 'Who Am I?' peaked on the UK singles chart at Number 11. [1 May 2006]
Will was nominated at the Brits 2006 for Best British Single with his song All Time Love. This song was in the final line-up and Will was the only solo singer to be nominated. The winners were the newly re-formed Take That with their single Patience.
Close friends with Cheryl Cole.
When he won the first series of Pop Idol in 2002, it was watched by 14 million people.
Money has brought me power and respect but it hasn't brought me a boyfriend.
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