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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 March 1977Exeter, Devon, England, UK
Birth NameChristopher Anthony John Martin
Height 6' 1" (1.86 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the UK's most distinctive and popular singers and songwriters, Chris Martin was educated at the prestigious Sherborne School in Dorset. As a child he was musically inspired by artists such as A-Ha, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, U2 and Peter Gabriel, who achieved commercial success in the 1980s by melding intelligent songwriting with musical sophistication. Martin then went to University College, London, to study Ancient World Studies, where he also met his future Coldplay bandmates.

Martin achieved fame in 2000 when the band's album, "Parachutes", became a major hit and spawned the popular single "Yellow". Many critics saw Coldplay as the natural heirs to Radiohead but with a more radio-friendly sound. Since the success of "Parachutes", Coldplay have remained one of the biggest bands in the world, a constant presence on radio and one of the few British stadium bands of the 21st century.

In 2003, Martin's celebrity status increased with his marriage to the American actress and Hollywood movie star Gwyneth Paltrow. Martin has become renowned for his political activism and he is a an avowed supporter of the human rights organisation Amnesty International. In 2014, he paid tribute to one of his biggest musical influences when he inducted Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Gwyneth Paltrow (5 December 2003 - 15 July 2016) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

When performing usually has the words 'make trade fair.com' written on his left hand or, since 2005, an equal sign ("=").
His distinctive singing voice

Trivia (30)

Singer with the band Coldplay.
Performed at the anti-war "One Big No" concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London. [March 2003]
Plays piano and guitar.
Performed a version of The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" at London's Astoria. [October 2002]
Wrote the song "Moses" for wife Gwyneth Paltrow
He is a big fan of 1980s cult rockers, Echo & The Bunnymen.
Daughter, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Apple Martin (Apple Blythe Alison Martin), was born on 14 May 2004, in London, England, UK.
Shares a birthday with Jon Bon Jovi.
Took part in the Band Aid 20 re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?". [November 2004]
Met wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, in October 2002 at his band's concert.
Learned how to sing the lyrics to his song "The Scientist" in reverse for the music video, so that the final product would show his body in reverse while he sang the lyrics normally.
Wrote a song for the late Johnny Cash, the song is called "Til Kingdom Come".
Is a vegetarian.
Educated at Sherborne School, Dorset (other alumni include Jeremy Irons, John le Carré, James Purefoy, Hugh Bonneville and Richard Eyre) and University College, London, where Coldplay was formed.
Chris and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, are expecting their second child [January 12, 2006].
Won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" [2002].
Won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for "Parachutes" [2001].
Won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "In My Place" [2002].
Won a Grammy Award for Record Of The Year for "Clocks" [2003].
Won Best International Group at the 2006 Juno Awards in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Wrote the song "Fix You" for his wife Gwyneth Paltrow.
Son, Moses Martin, with his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, born on April 8, 2006 in New York City.
Brother-in-law of Jake Paltrow.
Son-in-law of Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow.
He has said that he considers The Verve's song, "Bittersweet Symphony", to be probably the best song ever written and the band's singer, Richard Ashcroft, to be the greatest singer of all time.
Godmother, of his daughter Apple Martin, is Mary Wigmore.
Simon Pegg is the godfather of his daughter, Apple Martin.
Besides Simon Pegg, Martin's Coldplay band-mate, Jon Buckland, is also a godfather of his daughter, Apple Martin.
Was voted as "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by PETA. [2005]
In 2014, he was chosen to induct the former Genesis frontman and solo artist Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Martin recalled buying a cassette of Gabriel's album "Us" and performed a song from it, "Washing of the Water" with Gabriel at the ceremony.

Personal Quotes (13)

Awards are essentially nonsense, but we're all going to die when George Bush (George W. Bush) has his way - it's good to go out with a bang.
People like Richard Ashcroft and Morrissey (Morrissey) are brilliant but when there's a band there's a little bit of spark there; a bit of tension maybe that makes it work.
Being voted the world's sexiest vegetarian is about as cool as it gets. It's not quite as cool as Brad Pitt, but it'll do. Those have been the two biggest challenges of my life: trying to follow Radiohead, and trying to follow Brad Pitt.
It's hard for us sometimes because we are English and we do not like to admit that we think we are great.
[on EMI] Deadlines mean nothing to us. We'll sink the whole company if we have to.
I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world.
When I'm 40, too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music.
We want to make something that moves us when we hear it. Because after all the hype and awards and whatever, that's all music is.
You can try to be catchy without being slick, poppy without being pop, and you can be uplifting without being pompous. Because we're sometimes playing quieter stuff, it's hard to sound like we're trying to change things, but we wanted to be a reaction against soulless rubbish.
We're one of the world's worst but most enthusiastic plagiarists as a band. We'll try and copy anything but tends to fail so we come up with something that's a bit...sounds like us, only through trying to sound like somebody else.
[on A-Ha] Unbelievable songwriting. One of the first bands I loved.
[inducting Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] And Phil The Collins said unto him, "Who are you, oh angel?" And the angel replied, "I am Gabriel." ... "Ye shall be the singer of Genesis now." And the Phil that was called Collins was awestruck in the presence of the angel and replied, "How can this be, oh angel? I am but a humble drummer. I can't dance. I can't talk. The only thing about me is the way I walk."
I would still give my left ball to write anything as good as OK Computer.

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