Williams' rise from 'fat dancer' to global star
ROBBIE Williams was once dismissed as the "fat dancer from Take That" by Noel Gallagher, but he became one of the biggest stars of British music.
He chalked up a string of hits as a member of Take That, but after a lost weekend with Oasis's Gallagher brothers, he quit the group and embarked on a solo career.
He started with a flourish in 1996, making it to number two with a cover of George Michael's 'Freedom'. By 1998 he had chalked up his first solo number-one single, 'Millennium.'
But he battled personal demons -- drink and drugs -- along the way and often said success had not necessarily led to happiness.
In 2009, he shared a stage with his old friends for a Children In Need concert, an event organised by singer Gary Barlow.
Last month, Take That ended years of speculation by announcing they had reunited for a new album.