William Robert Young (born January 20, 1979) is an English singer and actor. He catapulted to fame in 2002 after winning the first inaugural UK Pop Idol contest, and continues to sustain a successful music career.
Young was born in Reading/Wokingham, Berkshire, with a non-identical twin, Rupert. He also has an elder sister, Emma. He was educated at Horris Hill preparatory school and Wellington College.
He then attended the University of Exeter where he read Politics. At university, some of his haunts included Timepiece, The Old Firehouse, and Harry's, where he used to work. In September 2001, he became a student at the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London, starting a three-year course in musical theatre with a scholarship.
In February 2002 Young came to national prominence by winning the ITV television programme contest Pop Idol.
Contrary to popular belief, Will did not come from behind to win the contest. After having beaten the widely-accepted frontrunner Gareth Gates in the final show, it emerged that he had in fact gained the most votes in six out of the nine weeks of the live show. Many casual viewers of the sh...
|Born||January 20, 1979|
|Associated acts||Gareth Gates|