14 May 1941 (80 y/o)
When Robbie was born, his parents ran a pub called 'The Red Lion' in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Robbie's parents divorced in 1977, when Robbie was three years old. After the divorce, Theresa Janet Farrell became a florist and raised Rob on her own. Rob is very close with his mum and she has been partially responsibile for her son's rise to fame. She spotted an advert for auditions for Take That in a local newspaper; the band that launched his career. Jan has been named as the inspiration behind some of his songs, including One of God's Better People. In In 1998 Robbie said: "My mum is the pillar of strength that has kept me sane throughout my mad life. She's the most important woman in my life and always will be." Jan also had a career as an alcohol and drugs counselor.