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Will Champion

Background information
Born 31 July 1978 (1978-07-31) (age 31)
Southampton, England
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Drummer, Percusionist, Musician
Instruments Drums, Vocals, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Synthesiser, Tin whistle
Labels Parlophone, Capitol
Associated acts Coldplay

William "Will" Champion (born 31 July 1978) is a multi-instrumentalist and the drummer of English rock band Coldplay.


Early life

William Champion was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, and was brought up in a small urban area called Chandlers Ford, just outside Southampton, where his father, Timothy Champion, is a professor of archaeology. As a youth, his musical influences included Tom Waits and traditional Irish folk music. He grew up playing guitar, but also had experience on the piano, bass, and tin whistle. Before Will joined Coldplay, he performed in a band called Fat Hamster. He went to college at Peter Symonds College.


Champion was the last of the four band members to join the ensemble on 31st July 1997 (Also his birthday). He took up the position as drummer with no prior experience, but quickly adjusted to fill the role.[1]

In 1999, Singer Chris Martin sacked Champion but the band asked him to return soon after.[2]

During the Viva la Vida Tour Champion sang and performed an acoustic version of the song "Death Will Never Conquer". A version of the song was included on Coldplay's live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft. He has also done lead vocals on a live version of "Til Kingdom Come" and their B-side "The Goldrush".

Other projects

In Autumn 2004, Champion and Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman guested on a-ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen's first solo album, Past Perfect Future Tense.

Personal life

Champion was the first Coldplay member to marry: He married Marianne Dark, a teacher, in 2003. Their first child, a girl named Ava, was born on 28 April 2006. On 7 May 2008, Marianne gave birth to fraternal twins Juno and Rex.[3]


Champion currently uses a Yamaha drum kit[4] with Zildjian cymbals.[5]



  • Roach, Martin (2003). Coldplay: Nobody Said It Was Easy. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-9810-8.

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