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London, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Dido Armstrong (born 25 December 1971) is a BRIT Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter.

Dido was born in London, UK on Christmas day; she was christened Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong. She lived with her poet mother and publisher father in London.

One day she looked up the story of her first name. “I thought it was strange that I was called after a woman who killed herself in ancient literature. It’s great for me now but there’s no denying that I hated it. That was just another thing that made me stand out.”

Young Dido enjoyed reading and playing tennis against the garden wall; when she was just 6, she was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music in London. By 10 she could play the piano, violin and recorder.

Some of her teenage years were spent touring the UK with a Classical Ensemble and waitressing at Cafe Flo in Islington. She left school to pay her way through university, and eventually enrolled as a law student at Birkbeck University.

At 16 she became enthralled with the music of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and her brother’s music collection.

Her brother, Rollo, plays in the group Faithless and she featured on the group’s five million selling debut album Reverence in 1995 on the tracks Flowerstand Man which she co-wrote and Salva Mea. Dido later featured on another Faithless album Sunday 8pm in 1998 on the tracks Postcards and Hem of His Garment which she co-wrote.

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