Chris Martin

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Chris Martin
Image from Extras
Date of Birth 02 March 1977
Place of Birth Exeter, Devon
Education University College London
Occupation Singer/Songwriter
Partner Gwyneth Paltrow
Parents Anthony and Alison Martin
Children Apple Blythe Alison
Moses Bruce Anthony

Christopher Anthony John Martin (born 2 March 1977) is an English singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, best known for his work as lead vocalist of the band Coldplay.



Martin is the frontman of Coldplay, a British alternative rock band formed in London, England in 1998. The group also includes lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Will Champion. Coldplay have sold 40 million albums and are also known for their hit singles, "Yellow", "The Scientist", "Speed of Sound", "Fix You", "Viva la Vida" and the Grammy Award–winning "Clocks."

Coldplay achieved worldwide fame with the release of their single "Yellow", followed by their debut album, Parachutes (2000), which was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Its follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), won multiple awards such as NME's Album of the Year. Their next release, X&Y (2005), received a slightly less enthusiastic yet still generally positive reception. The band's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), was produced by Brian Eno and released again to largely favourable reviews. All of Coldplay's albums have enjoyed commercial success.



Martin appeared as himself on the fourth episode of the second series of Extras which was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. He played an arrogant rock star who managed to convince Damon Beasley to let him guest star as himself in Andy Millman's sitcom, When The Whistle Blows. Andy was annoyed with his guest appearance since it seemed highly unlikely that an international rockstar would show up at a factory in Wiggan.


  • Chris Martin: This screen, you gonna project anything on that?
    Woman: Oh, we don’t know yet, we’re not quite sure.
    Chris Martin: Ok, cause we have an album coming out, Greatest Hits. Maybe just put the picture of the album cover on it. Just simple.
    Woman: Oh uh, I think probably if we’re gonna project anything we’ll show, sort of, pictures of people dying because of a lack of clean water.
    Chris Martin: Could they be holding the album?
  • Chris Martin: Can we get on with this? I’ve got to do AIDS and Alzheimers and landmines this afternoon and I wanna get back for Deal Or No Deal. Plus Gwyneth’s making drumsticks.


  • Martin appeared in the film Shaun of the Dead with Simon Pegg. Martin and Pegg are close mates, and Pegg is the godfather to Martin's daughter, Apple.

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