Billy Idol Biography


Billy Idol

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Birth Name: Billy Idol
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Birth Country: United Kingdom
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Birth Sign: scorpio
Age:   62 Years
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ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards winner William Michael Albert Broad is English rock musician and songwriter and he is well known in the world by his professional name Billy Idol. He is also a famous actor. Broad was an idle since he was in his school and his school teacher gave him the title, Billy Idol. Billy Idol was born as William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom to British parents. He is English and is of white ethnicity.

From 1980 to 1989, Billy had romantic love affair with Perri Lister. Perri Lister is an actress, singer, model, as well as dancer. As a loving couple they also had a son and they named him Willem Wolf Broad.

Soon after breaking up with Perri Lister, he began dating Linda Mathis. Within a year, they also welcomed a baby girl and they named her Bonnie Blue. He has not been married yet.

When Billy was two, his parents moved to United States, he remained there for the next four years and then he returned back to United Kingdom. Interested in music since he was child, Billy joined Chelsea as a guitarist in 1977 but went on founding Generation X some years later. He became the lead singer of this band and they appeared on the Top of the Pops. They published three successful albums but this band went on a hiatus in 1980 and he began his solo career after that. He finally released his debut solo album titled, Billy Idol on 19th of July 1982. The annual salary he has been earning is unknown but his net worth is $35 million dollars.

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Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, England

1955 30th of November

Billy Idol was born as William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom to British parents. He is English and is of white ethnicity. He is five feet and nine inch tall and is of average weight.

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Moved to United States

1958

Though he was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, he spent his early childhood days in United States. When Billy was two, his parents moved to United States, he remained there for the next four years and then he returned back to United Kingdom. 

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Joined Sussex University

1975

He received his primary education from Ravensbourne School for Boys. After being there for few years, he joined Worthing High School for Boys. He completed his secondary education from there and then he joined Sussex University in 1975.

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Formed the band, Generation X

1976 21st of November

His musical career began from his own band Generation X which he founded along with Tony James at the end of 1976. Though he was a guitarist in Chelsea, he became the lead singer of this band. 

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Joined Chelsea

1977

He joined Sussex University and majored in English but he remained there only for about a year. He began pursuing his musical career after that. He travelled around the United Kingdom in 1976 and finally joined Chelsea as a guitarist in following year.

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Performed in the movie, DOA: A Rite of Passage

1980

As a lead singer of punk rock band, Generation X, he signed with recording studio, Chrysalis Records and then Generation X released three successful albums. They also performed in the movie, D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage. 

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Began dating Perri Lister

1980

In 1980, he became romantically linked with multi talented actress, Perri Lister. British native Perri Lister is an actress, dancer, singer as well as a model. She is also famous for being the choreographer, former model and screenwriter.

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Began his solo career

1981

Though Generation X released three successful albums within three years, this band went on a hiatus in 1980 and he began his solo career after that. To strengthen his solo career, he began working with ex-Kiss manager Bill Aucoin. 

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Released his debut solo album, Billy Idol

1982 16th of July

Intelligent and industrious Billy Idol finally released his debut solo album in 1982. It was released under the title, Billy Idol on 16th of July. He received several positive words for this albums and it also entered into Billboard 200 ranking 45th. 

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First child, Willem Wolf Broad

1988 15th of June

He became father for the first time in his life in 1988. He and his ex girl friend actress, singer and model, Perri Lister welcomed their first child together on 15th of June. Their first child, Willem Wolf Broad is now a popular musician.

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Broke up with Perri Lister

1989

From 1980 to 1989, Billy had romantic love affair with Perri Lister. Perri Lister is an actress, singer, model, as well as dancer. As a loving couple they also had a son and they named him Willem Wolf Broad.

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Second child, Bonnie Blue

1989 21st of August

He also became father for the second time in his life in 1989. It seems like his extra affairs was the main reason for his breakup with Perri Lister as he welcomed his second child, daughter Bonnie Blue with Linda Mathis. 

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Won MTV Video Music Awards

1990

Till now, he has been nominated in MTV Video Music Awards for ten different times and out of these ten nominations he has been honored only once. He was honored with this award in 1990 for Best Video from a Film.

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Won ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

1991

In 1991, he got nominated in ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for the first time in his life. He was nominated in this award for his role in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and he won this award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures.

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Won BRIT Awards

1991

BRIT Awards is one of the prestigious musical awards in Britain and this award is mainly awarded by the British Phonographic Industry annually. He has also been honored with this award once and that was in 1991 for Best British Video.

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