The band's members, Chris Martin (guitar, lead vocals, piano/keyboards), Guy Berryman (bass), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Will Champion (drums, backing vocals), met each other and formed the band while they were students at University College London. The band enjoyed both commercial and critical success relatively early in their existence through their first full-length album, Parachutes, and the single "Yellow". Along with the acclaim, Parachutes was sometimes criticised for bearing a strong resemblance to the music of Radiohead in their The Bends - OK Computer era. The band's second full-length album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was generally considered to be musically and lyrically more mature and sophisticated, and less obviously the product of one particular influence.
Parachutes was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2000 and won the Best Alternative Music Performance award in the 2001/44th Annual Grammy Awards.
Coldplay has a huge fan base, particuarly in Europe and in the U.S. Lead singer Chris Martin has been, and continues to be, romantically linked to the actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Indeed, some reports suggest they may have married in early December 2003. On 14th May 2004, Paltrow gave birth to a daughter by Martin, Apple Blythe Alison Martin.
Chris Martin is a vocal supporter of John Kerry, most notably during his acceptance speech for the 2004 Grammy Awards Record of the Year, Clocks.