12 Robbie Williams side projects you didn’t know about

December 20, 2013

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1. In 2005 a British film adaptation of The Magic Roundabout was released. It was made using modern computer animation, and adopted the approach of the original creator, Serge Danot. The character voices included, Robbie Williams as Dillon the snail. The film features five of the original Magic Roundabout episodes on the second disc.

2. In September 2008, a special presentation evening at Robbie Williams’s former school was extra special for five pupils who received personal awards from the superstar. More than 100 students of St Margaret Ward Catholic School and Arts College in Tunstall, were in the Victoria Theatre of the school.

And a small group of teens were the first to collect accolades. Williams has created his own personal award to help inspire teenagers.

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3. On 26 August 2010, it was announced Williams would become a guest vocal coach on the ninth series of German reality television show Popstars: Girls forever to teach candidates for a girl group.

4. On 20 September 2010, Williams released his second book called You Know Me in collaboration with Chris Heath. The book features a collection of photographs of Williams from the past 20 years of his career and discussion of them by Williams as transcribed by Heath.

5. Williams launched a radio show titled Radio Rudebox on 6 October 2011 where he played music and interviewed Gary Barlow.

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6. Williams features in his own karaoke video game, We Sing Robbie Williams which was released on 12 November 2010 by Nordic Games.

7. Williams has a strong interest in UFOs and related paranormal phenomena, and has pursued this interest during his 2007–08 sabbatical. His interest in the subject led to him taking part in a documentary for BBC Radio 4 with Jon Ronson.

8. An interest in the occult has been something that Williams has held since childhood. His desire to understand his childhood fears, and the objects of his mother’s interest in the world’s mysteries, such as elves, demons and witchcraft has always been with him.

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9. Williams has set up a charity in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent entitled Give It Sum. Its goal being to “improve local conditions and strengthen community life,” by giving money to those who are disadvantaged.

10. With the help of friend Jonathan Wilkes, Williams has organized charity football matches called Soccer Aid to raise money for UNICEF UK. A mixture of celebrities and professional football players have played Soccer Aid matches in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 at Old Trafford and Wembley.

11. Williams has been the Patron of the children’s charity the Donna Louise Trust, based in Stoke-on-Trent, since 2002. The charity offers respite and palliative care to terminally ill and life-limited children who are not expected to live past the age of 16.

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12. In his own eyes Robbie will never hold a candle to his grandfather Jack ‘the Giant Killer’ Farrell, a Stoke-on-Trent native with a notable wardrobe. Robbie has honoured his late grandfather and mentor with a fashion label in his name. The Farrell Range, is partly designed by Williams himself.

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