William Robert Young, known to the music world as Will Young, was born January 20, 1979 in Wokingham, Berkshire as one of two fraternal twins. Will also has an elder sister. He had a happy childhood and was educated in three independent schools: Horris Hills, near Newtown in Berkshire, Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire, and D’Overbrock’s College in Oxford. He went on to study politics at University of Exeter, in Exeter Devon and graduated with 2:2 honors degree. In 2001 he became a student at Arts Education School in Chiswick, London entering a three year course in music and theatre on a scholarship. This British singer-songwriter and actor rose to fame despite a 2002 tabloid intended to “out” him to the public, exposing his gay lifestyle.
In 2002, Will competed in the British talent search Pop Idol and won instant fame, making him the first winner in the now worldwide Idol format. His popularity and success grew to the production of over eight million albums and the winning of multiple music awards including, BRIT Award’s Best Breakthrough Artist in 2003, Best British Single in 2005, and Best Pop Video in 2009. He has performed with renowned music artist such as Burt Bacharach, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Elton John, as well as performing for the Queen’s Jubilee Concert on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Will launched his acting career in 2005 when he accepted the role of “Bertie” in the BBC film “Mrs. Henderson Presents”. Some of his other acting roles include the leading role as “Nicky Lancaster” in the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of “The Vortex” by Noel Coward, and an appearance in the Marple drama “The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side.” Young continues to work on a series that started in February, 2011 called “Bedlam”. The show features supernatural happenings taking place at a disused asylum turned into loft style apartments and is aired on British television.
This famous British music artist is involved in various charity campaigns. Perhaps one of his most popular efforts is a 2004 documentary entitled “Runaways” which highlights problems faced by distressed teens. These teens, which have run away from home, end up being picked up by pimps offering them work and drugs. The series aims at presenting the limited options for these children, their only help comes when they are picked up by police and sent to refuge centers.
Young is an ambassador for Mood Foundation, a database of private therapists and alternative therapists treating various kinds of depression issues in youth. The Foundation was created by Young’s twin brother, Rupert Young. Will is also an ambassador for Catch 22, a UK young people’s charity which supports patrons in tough situations like poverty, broken homes, and crime in order to keep them off the streets and out of jail.