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Will Young

Will Young is one of the most well-known and recognizable figures in British contemporary music and on the performing art scene.  Since 2002 he has had a career encompassing multi-platinum albums, sell-out live tours, acting in both film and TV and a foray into film production.

After studying politics at the University of Exeter he went on to study musical theatre at Arts Ed in London. He put his studies on hold in late 2001 to become a contestant on Pop Idol which he won in 2002 and went on to release his debut album - which went straight to number 1. Since then he has continued to dominate the charts and has worked with a variety of artists and performed live with James Brown, Elton John and Burt Bacharach.

After his No 1 album ‘Echoes’ was released in 2011 and sold over half a million copies, Will decided to explore his other passions. He moved back to theatre with a critically acclaimed performance as The Emcee in Rufus Norris’ Cabaret (for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award and won Best Newcomer at the WhatsOnStage Awards); presented an ITV documentary on surrealist artist René Magritte; filtered his love for politics via blogs for the likes of Huffington Post; wrote a best-selling biography and fronted a campaign for Stonewall. He also started teaching and mentoring other singer-songwriters. He had a major acting role in the acclaimed film ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ in which he starred alongside Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. On stage he starred in Noel Coward’s ‘The Vortex’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre, whilst in television Will guested in an episode of Channel 4’s ‘Skins’, ITV's 'Miss Marple', and was a lead character on Sky’s 2011 drama, ‘Bedlam’. Will was the subject of a South Bank Show special and has appeared on Question Time twice. He has hosted TV shows such as ‘The One Show’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ and was a co-producer for Ralph Fiennes' film 'Coriolanus'

More recently, his critically-acclaimed sixth studio album ‘85% Proof’ was released in 2015 and went to the coveted No.1 spot, making it his fourth to date. He was hailed by the NME (New Musical Express) as Britain’s “most sophisticated man in pop” (NME) and 2015 culminated in a sell out 23 date tour.

Will was proud to support WWF’s ambitious campaign launched at the end of 2015. His unique version of the classic hit by Burt Bacharach ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love’ was used in a visually stunning TV ad, showcasing some of nature’s most incredible landscapes and species along with some startling facts. Speaking about the song, Will, whose passion for wildlife and the environment began at a young age, said: “It’s shocking to think that since 1970 wildlife populations have declined by over half and that our forests and oceans continue to remain at risk. It’s a real wake up call.  Ultimately what the world needs now is every one of us to take action and protect our world for the future.”

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