In December 2011, Will Young cautiously celebrated the 10th anniversary of winning Pop Idol. That a reality TV show winner has endured for a decade in the British music industry, collecting plaudits, fans and multimillion sales, as well as crafting some of the deftest British music of his era, seems enough reason to celebrate. But that he has done it his own way, thoughtfully, carefully and retaining his uniquely British sensibility is astonishing and his career continues to go from strength to strength
This multi-award winning singer-songwriter was born in Wokingham, Berkshire. He has a twin brother Rupert and an elder sister, Emma.
He was educated at Horris Hill preparatory school and Wellington College. He also studied at D'Overbroeck's College, Oxford. He went on to read Politics at the University of Exeter and graduated with a 2:2 honours degree.
Then in September 2001, he became a student at the Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, London, starting a three-year course in musical theatre with a scholarship.
Winning Pop Idol was his launchpad and his career took off in spectacular style.
In June 2002, Young performed at the Queen's Jubilee Concert in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. His first song was ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, followed memorably by ‘We Are the Champions’ with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor.
November 2002 brought an appearance at the Royal Command Performance where he opened the show singing a James Bond medley. In November 2003, he demonstrated more of his versatility when he performed the classic wartime song ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.’
In 2005, he was asked to give his second Royal Command Performance performing his new song ‘All Time Love.’
On 1 July 2007, he appeared at the Concert for Diana at the new Wembley Stadium.
Will has broadened his performance repertoire by launching an acting career, taking a role in the BBC film ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents’, starring alongside Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. He played the character Bertie. The film was released in the UK in November 2005, and received excellent reviews, not least for Will’s performance as actor and singer in the movie.