William "Will" Champion (born 31 July 1978) is the drummer of the band Coldplay.
William Elan Champion was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England where his father, Timothy Champion, is a professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton. As a youth, his musical influences included Tom Waits and traditional Irish folk music. He grew up playing guitar, but also had experience on the piano, bass, and tin whistle. Before William Champion joined Coldplay, he performed in a band called Fat Hamster.
In Autumn 2004, Champion and Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman guested on a-ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen's first solo album, Past Perfect Future Tense.