An exceedingly earnest rocker, British singer-guitarist-keyboardist Chris Martin was the frontman for the massively popular alt-rock band Coldplay. Upon releasing the group's mellow debut, <i>Parachutes</i>, to considerable attention in 2000, the boyishly good-looking Martin and his three inconspicuous bandmates began playing before progressively bigger crowds. The charming musician's fame was solidified when Coldplay's second album, <i>A Rush of Blood to the Head</i> (2002) became even more successful, fittingly accompanied by a grander stadium-ready sound. In late 2002, Martin met willowy American actress Gwyneth Paltrow; the two were quickly inseparable, and they wed the following year. (The couple separated in March 2014.) After some downtime as a newlywed, Martin got back to the business of fronting Coldplay, unveiling the accessible and well-received <i>X&Y</i> in 2005. He and the lads next ventured into more dynamic sonic territory with <i>Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends</i> (2008). The restless and bold album found favor with critics and audiences alike, though Coldplay's subsequent outing, the ambitious 2011 record <i>Mylo Xyloto</i>, didn't inspire quite the same level of enthusiasm. Outside of Coldplay, Martin has worked with other pop/rock superstars, including his friend Jay-Z, and appeared in a number of film and television productions, most notably the satirical celebrities-are-jerks series "Extras" (BBC, 2005-07) and the gleefully garish big-screen comedy "Brüno" (2009). Consistently pegged as an amiable guy-next-door, Martin has tried to escape that image on occasion, while never indulging in clichéd rock-star antics or any other unseemly behavior.