Will Young is one of the most well-known and recognisable 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, a debut podcast launch, acting in both film and TV, and theatre appearances.
Most recently, Will reprised the Olivier Award-nominated role of Emcee for a new UK tour of Cabaret alongside Louise Redknapp. He previously played the critically acclaimed role in a short nationwide tour of the Rufus Norris production in 2013 (for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award and won Best Newcomer at the WhatsOnStage Awards). Previous theatre credits include the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of The Vortex by Noël Coward in 2007.
Earlier this year, Will launched his debut podcast series, Homo Sapiens – a weekly “in conversation” podcast featuring interviews with a wide range of personalities discussing LGBTQ+ issues which he presents with director Chris Sweeney. Inspired by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, the series includes a series of celebrity guests discussing an eclectic range of LGBTQ+ subjects including the representation of gay people on TV; being LGBTQ+ in the army; the relevance of Pride; living with HIV and much more. Season 1 guests included journalist Owen Jones; Nigerian gay rights activist Bisi Alimi; actress Rebecca Root; LGBTQ+ activist James Wharton; American musician John Grant; and TV screenwriter and producer Russell T Davies. After the success of season 1 (The Observer’s 10 Best Podcasts of 2017), season 2 of Homo Sapiens is planned for 2018.
After winning the 2002 inaugural series of the ITV talent contest Pop Idol, his double A-sided debut single Anything Is Possible/Evergreen was released and became the fastest-selling debut single in the UK. His debut album From Now On went straight to Number 1. Friday’s Child (2003) followed and enjoyed greater success, eventually going platinum five times in the UK and spawning three top five singles. His following albums Keep On (2005), Let It Go (2008) and Echoes (2011) also went multi-platinum and his most recent release 85% Proof (2015) became his fourth UK number-one album. His albums have spawned many songs that have achieved top ten positions in the UK, four of which went to the Number 1 spot.