Ricky Wilson (singer)

Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (born 17 January 1978) is an English singer-songwriter, and the frontman of five-piece band Kaiser Chiefs. Before the formation of the band, in 2003, Wilson was a member of the band Runston Parva (later known as Parva), which consisted of members of Kaiser Chiefs. On 19 September 2013, Wilson was confirmed as a coach on The Voice UK.[1] He was the winning coach for both the fourth[2] and fifth series of the show,[3][4] being the only coach to win two years consecutively. Wilson left the show after three series,[5][6] following the show's move to ITV.[7][8]

Ricky Wilson
Wilson performing with Kaiser Chiefs in 2014
Background information
Birth nameCharles Richard Wilson
Born (1978-01-17) 17 January 1978
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • television personality
  • Drums
  • Ukelele
  • Tambourine
  • vocals
Years active1999–present
Associated acts

Early life

Wilson was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire to Glynne and TV producer, Geoff Wilson.[9] He has one brother, James.

He attended Leeds Grammar School after Ghyll Royd primary school, and later attended Leeds Metropolitan University and completed his BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Arts and Design in 2000 before undertaking his master's degree in Art and Design.[10][11] He then taught at Leeds College of Art for a year before the band's big break.[12]


Wilson, with Nick Hodgson and Andrew White, formed the band Runston Parva. After the group failed to land a record deal, the band re-formed as Parva, with their old friends, Simon Rix and Nick Baines, joining the group, following their return from university. The band landed a record deal; they were later dropped following the closure of Mantra Recordings. They had just recently released their debut album 22 and their first three singles.

Following this, the group decided to re-form for the third time, with intentions to sign a new long-term record label and release new musical material, now named Kaiser Chiefs. Their name was adapted from the South African football team Kaizer Chiefs. James Sandom became their new manager and they soon signed a recording contract with B-Unique Records.

Outside music

The Voice UK

On 19 September 2013, Wilson confirmed he would replace Danny O'Donoghue as a coach on the third series of The Voice UK alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones, and fellow new coach Kylie Minogue, who replaced Jessie J.[13][14] During the series, Katy B appeared as Wilson's team mentor.[15] For the fourth series, Wilson appeared alongside Tom Jones, will.i.am and Rita Ora. He was named the winning coach during the 4 April 2015 live final when Stevie McCrorie won the public vote. The following year, he again appeared alongside will.i.am with new coaches, Boy George and Paloma Faith.[16] On 9 April 2016, he became winning coach for the second time when Kevin Simm won the fifth series. [17] The final pitted Team Ricky against Team Ricky with both of Wilson's acts knocking the other coaches out of the live final.[18] The win made him the Voice UK coach with the most wins. He left the show prior to its move to ITV.[19]

Media work

Wilson has twice been a guest on the BBC Two television show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, firstly in 2005 as a panellist and then as a guest host in 2006. He also featured on the panel of the BBC Television comedy series, Shooting Stars, in 2009. In 2008, he appeared in Peter Kay's talent show parody, Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, in a duet with the show's protagonist, Geraldine McQueen.[20] Wilson had a minor role in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, as the rock star boyfriend of Sarah Harding's character, Roxy. Wilson stated on his Radio X show that he was cast to appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 fronting a wizard band made up of actual musicians. When the band was replaced with CGI instruments, he was invited instead to appear in a background role as Dirk Cresswell in a scene at the Ministry of Magic. Between November 2012 and January 2013, Wilson took on the role of the Artilleryman in the staged musical, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation. Wilson and Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix wrote and performed the theme tune for Zig and Zag.[21] Wilson joined new radio station Radio X in September 2015. He currently presents the Sunday morning show from 11 am to 2 pm.[22]

In October 2015, Wilson became the host of Sky 1's music and comedy panel show Bring the Noise.[23] He appeared on the show opposite former The X Factor judge and the Pussy Cat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, stand up comedian Joel Dommett, rapper Tinie Tempah and comedian Katherine Ryan.[24] However, in April 2016, it was announced that the show had been cancelled after just one series due to declining ratings.[25]

In 2017, he appeared as a guest on The Grand Tour, a motoring programme presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

In 2018, Ricky became patron of MAS Records, part of Kidderminster College, alongside Robert Plant.

Personal life

During the early days of Kaiser Chiefs, Wilson was well known for wearing stripy blazers, waistcoats, turn-up jeans, and winkle picker shoes, a style that won him the Shockwaves NME Award For Best Dressed Person in 2006.[26] Lately, he has adopted a more casual dress code. Wilson is well known for his energetic stage presence, climbing scaffolding, standing on the safety barrier, and at times crowd surfing. Of crowd surfing, Wilson says he likes to "get out and see the crowd, see what they smell like".[27] Such exploits have occasionally resulted in injury, such as torn ankle ligaments after jumping off stage during a concert in Portugal.[28]

In May 2006, Wilson was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Leeds. He was hit by a car while attempting to walk over a pedestrian crossing, suffering bruising and a broken toe owing to a 'Ricky trademark jump' which resulted in him hitting the windscreen and being flipped over the top of the vehicle rather than trapped underneath.[29]

Wilson has been in a relationship with celebrity stylist Grace Zito since early 2015. They became engaged in April 2018 and are due to marry in August 2019.

Wilson and the band are supporters of Amnesty International[30] and Nordoff-Robbins music therapy.[31]


Self credits
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Friday Night Project Himself Guest apperanace – with Kaiser Chiefs
2005, 2017 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Himself Guest appearance – with Kaiser Chiefs
2005 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself Musical guest appearance – with Kaiser Chiefs
2005 Popworld Himself Guest appearance – with Kaiser Chiefs
2005 Kaiser Chiefs: Enjoyment Himself Short video
2005 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Guest presenter
2006 Top of the Pops Himself Guest appearance
2006 Later...with Jools Holland Himself Interview appearance (solo)
2007 Brit Awards Himself Guest appearance – with Kaiser Chiefs
2007 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself 2 guest appearances
Interview appearance (solo)
Interview appearance – with Kaiser Chiefs
2009 Shooting Stars Himself Guest appearance (solo)
2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Rockstar Actor
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dirk Cresswell Cameo (solo)
2011 Breakfast Himself TV interview; later musical performance – with Kaiser Chiefs
2012 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation The Artilleryman Actor
2014–16 The Voice UK Himself Main cast; coach/judge; 45 episodes (solo)
2014 The Voice: Louder on Two Himself 5 episodes; guest appearances
2014-18 Celebrity Juice Himself 6 episodes; guest appearances
2015 Bring the Noise Himself Main presenter (solo)
2015— The One Show Himself Guest presenter (4 episodes)
2017 The Grand Tour Himself, guest[32] Celebrity Face Off, Series 2 Episode 1
2018 The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bakeoff Himself[33] Contestant, Episode 2


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  20. Ricky Wilson on Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor. YouTube. 12 October 2008.
  21. Zig and Zag theme by Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and Simon Rix on CBBC. YouTube. 16 August 2015.
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  24. "Bring The Noise Coming soon Bring It On!". Sky. 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
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  26. "ShockWaves NME Awards 2006". Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
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  31. "Kaiser Chiefs break ground at Newcastle centre". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  32. "The Grand Tour season 2 confirms celebrity guests". 27 November 2017.
  33. "Meet the contestants taking part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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