Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams (born 13 February 1974
is an English
singer, songwriter and occasional actor.
He was a member of the pop group Take That
from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012.
He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s.
After many disagreements with the management and group members, Williams left the group in 1995
to launch a hugely successful solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach number one in the UK.
Williams also released seven number-one singles and found similar success across Europe.
On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That
The group's subsequent album became the second fastest-selling album in UK chart history
and the fastest-selling record of the century so far.
Gary Barlow has since confirmed that Robbie Williams had left the band for a second time,
although the departure was amicable and that Williams was welcome to rejoin the band in the future.