Pop Idol winner and global singing sensation, Will Young has enjoyed an extensive career in the spotlight. Best known for his success as a music artist he has also gained a reputation for his West End performances and authored books. Using his platform to advocate for others, Will is a supporter of LGBT rights and mental health issues and has openly discussed his personal experiences with both, throughout his career.
Winning the first-ever series of Pop Idol saw Will’s career instantly skyrocket, and his debut single, Anything is Possible/ Evergreen, made history as the fastest-selling in the UK. Will has since released several albums including From Now On, Keep On and Friday’s Child which went Platinum five times. In total, he has amassed four UK Number 1 Singles and spent 96 weeks in the top 40, a testament to his popularity as a vocalist. For his song ‘Your Game’ Will received the British Single of the Year at the Brit Awards and ‘Evergreen’ was celebrated at the Top of the Pops Awards with Best Single.
A talented performer, Will has diversified his career over the years to include television appearances, such as on Strictly Coms Dancing and has been an avid supporter of numerous charities. Equally recognised for his acting, Will has starred in the likes of Mrs Henderson Presents, Bedlam and Cabaret which saw him nominated for the prestigious Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award.
Having been openly gay for much of his personal and professional life, Will has used his prominence to champion LGBT+ rights and is an active voice for the community. Promoting inclusion in every industry, Will’s latest book ‘To Be a Gay Man’ explores his own journey to acceptance, the impact on his mental health and how to empower others to live authentically as themselves. These topics Will explores as a powerful keynote speaker at events in a bid to promote greater diversity and inclusion in corporate audiences.