As a successful musician, performer, podcaster and motivational public speaker, Will Young has been in the public eye for over 17 years, collecting multi-platinum albums, sold-out live tours, various awards and an Olivier Award nomination in the process.
It was through the inaugural series of “Pop Idol UK” in 2001/2 that Will captured the attention of the UK, winning the competition watched by 15 million.
Prior to Will’s Pop Idol adventure he earned a 2:2 in Politics from Exeter University and completed a term at drama school before stardom came calling. Other notable accolades include 2 Brits, 12 Brit Nominations, GQ award, Attitude award and Elle Style award.
Since 2002, Will has sold in excess of 10 million records, released the all-time fastest selling single for a debut artist and sung with icons including Queen, James Brown, Elton John and Burt Bacharach.
Beyond music, Will has written 4 biographies, guest edited Attitude Magazine and contributed to The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Huffington Post. He is also no stranger to the screen, having acted alongside Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins and twice appeared on BBC Question Time.
In 2017, Will returned to the stage for a musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning film ‘Strictly Ballroom’, which is still running at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.
This year Will’s podcast ‘Homo Sapiens’ has continued to go from strength-to-strength. Named as The Observer’s 10 Best Podcasts of 2017, it is a weekly “in conversation” podcast featuring interviews with a wide range of personalities discussing LGBTQ+ issues which he presents with director Chris Sweeney.
Within all this Will underwent a journey of self-discovery and overcame and resolved serious illness to enable him to now deliver talks and forums on wellbeing and how to lead a content and fulfilling life.
Will speaks on mindfulness, wellbeing, conflict resolution, anxiety, trauma, the importance of finding your voice and shame. His recent events have included clients as diverse as the BBC and BNP Paribas.
In his new book To Be a Gay Man, which came out September 2020, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.
Will knows exactly where he wants to be – helping himself and others to truly connect.
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