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Chris Martin Biography

Birth Name:
Christopher Anthony John Martin
Birth Place:
Exeter, Devon, England
Musician, actor

Fast Facts

  • Is the great-great-grandson of William Willett, the inventor of Daylight Saving Time
  • Played in several bands before forming Coldplay, including Identity Crisis, Floating Insomnia and the blues band Rocking Honkies
  • Met Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman at university in 1996; they formed Coldplay in their dorm, though the band's debut album, Parachutes, wasn't released until 2000
  • Has collaborated with Nelly Furtado, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ron Sexsmith, Ian McCulloch and many others
  • Named comedian Simon Pegg godfather of his daughter, Apple, and also made a cameo in Pegg's 2004 film, Shaun of the Dead
  • Contributed vocals to Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 2004
  • Is an active advocate of fair trade
  • Is a vegetarian and yoga enthusiast


  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated