Chris Martin

Coldplay in Concert on NBC's "Today Show" at Rockefeller Center in New York City - October 21, 2011

Martin in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Christopher Anthony John Martin

Place of Birth: Exeter, Devon, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 March, 1977

Ethnicity: English

Chris Martin is an English singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the lead singer of the band Coldplay. The other members of the band are Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion.

He is the eldest of five children. His father, Anthony Martin, is a retired accountant. His mother, Alison (Fleming), is a music teacher, who is from Zimbabwe. He has two children with his former wife, American actress Gwyneth Paltrow. His uncle is Conservative Party politician David Martin.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was John Besley Martin, CBE (the son of John Martin and Catherine Mary Besley). Chris’s grandfather John was born in Rewe, Devon, England. He founded a caravan and motorhome sales business, Martins of Exeter, in 1929. He was also a High Sheriff and Mayor of Exeter. Chris’s great-grandfather John was the son of Edward Martyn/Martin and Elizabeth Radford. Catherine was the daughter of William Besley and Mary Elizabeth Hepper.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was named Muriel Pattison. Muriel was born in Devon, England.

One of Chris’s great-great-grandfathers was prominent builder William Willett, who campaigned for and made daylight saving time a prominent practice.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Martin (focusing on his father’s side) –

5 Responses

  1. Jason 7 says:

    I wonder what percentage of England is still 100% English, and how many of those that are marry americans and so on with little to no English ancestry?

  2. andrew says:

    Chris’s surname was spelled “Martyn” a few generations back.

  3. andrew says:

    add paltrow link

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