Home > Categories > Art and Entertainment > Musicians > Matt Willis's Biography

Matt Willis's Biography

Browse biogs A-Z
Matt Willis was born on 8 May 1983.

The former Busted star was interviewed by Top Of the Pops in May 2006 and asked whether he would go on a reality TV show, he replied:

"I'd personally never do that ... "

However, within the year Matt Willis was in the jungle on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and having got down to the last three, along with Myleene Klass and Jason Donovan, he went on to be crowned King of the Jungle.

Busted were the first ever band to chart their debut singles at no.3 ("What I Go To School For"), no.2 ("Year 3000"), and then no.1 with "Crash and Burn".

Busted had four number ones and their two albums, both sold more than a million copies.

However, Busted broke-up, mainly at the instigation of Charlie Simpson, who left for his new rock band Fightstar, and Matt Willis fell apart - at one point checking into the Priory.

In May 2006, Matt Willis launched his solo career with the single Up All Night and the album Don't Let It Go To Waste.

Matt Willis told The Observer how he liked Kettle Chips with houmus and breakfasts at Banners in Crouch End.

In 2007, Matt Willis and his future wife Emma Griffiths presented ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now.

In 2011 Matt Willis was cast in the lead role of Chuck in the stage version of Footloose.

In 2013, it was revealed that Matt Willis would play Garthy in the resurrected sitcom Birds of a Feather.

In December 2013, the BBC announced that Matt Willis had been cast as Luke, the boyfriend of Stacey Branning, in EastEnders.

In January 2019, the BBC carried an article about how Busted got back together, in which Matt Willis said:

"The biggest thing we've learned is not to sweep things under the carpet. When you think about when Busted broke up, the reason it broke up and what happened afterwards is because no-one said anything about what the others were going through. We were in this whirlwind, this money-making train that you weren't allowed to mess with."

In 2022, BBC One announced that it had commissioned a documentary with the working title, Matt Willis: Addiction And Me.

In the same year he was cast opposite Laura Whitmore in the West-End production of 2:22 - A Ghost Story.

In 2023, he appeared in Cooking with the Stars (co-hosted by Emma Willis) and was partnered with Shelina Permalloo.

Back to Top

Latest User CommentsAdd your comment
Add your comment
To ensure you are a real person and not a computer please enter the following characters shown below: