Will Champion

William “Will” Champion (born 31 July 1978) is an English musician and the drummer of rock band Coldplay.

0wn 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 primary school at Portswood primary school, he went to college at Peter Symonds College and his secondary school was Cantell Maths and Computing College. He went to church at Highfield church, Highfield, Southampton.


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

In 1999, lead singer Chris Martin sacked Champion, but the band asked him to return soon after.

In Coldplay, he is often regarded as the rationality of the group. His vote can, at times, be worth more than the entire remaining band members’ consensus. As Chris Martin has said in multiple interviews, “We [Coldplay] are all just working for Will Champion.”

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 performed lead vocals on a live version of “Til Kingdom Come” and the Life in Technicolor II b-side “The Goldrush”.


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

He is a strong supporter of English 2nd tier team, Southampton Football Club.

Champion’s mother died in the year 2000. The Album “Parachutes” was dedicated to her.

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.


Champion currently uses a Yamaha drum kit with Zildjian cymbals.

Will Champion
Background information
Born 31 July 1978 (age 32)
Southampton, England
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Drummer, Percusionist, Musician
Instruments Drums, Vocals, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Bass, Banjo, Keyboard, Chimes, Recorder, Resonator, Timpani, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone
Labels Parlophone, Capitol
Associated acts Coldplay
Notable instruments

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