Roger Taylor: 8 interesting facts about the Queen drummer

20 July 2018, 15:52 | Updated: 24 July 2018, 15:53

Roger Taylor
Picture: PA

By Tom Eames

It's relatively rare for a drummer to become something of a household name, but Roger Taylor managed it.

Not to be confused with Duran Duran's drummer of the same name, the Queen musician is still rocking with longtime bandmate Brian May to this day.

  1. What Queen songs did Roger Taylor write?

    Roger Taylor wrote many of Queen's hits, including:

    - Radio Ga Ga
    - A Kind of Magic
    - Heaven for Everyone
    - The Invisible Man
    - Breakthru
    - Innuendo
    - These Are the Days of Our Lives

  2. How many solo albums has Roger Taylor released?

    Roger Taylor has released five solo albums from 1981 to 2013. His most recent was 2013's Fun on Earth.

    His biggest solo hit was 1994's 'Nazis', which reached number 22 in the UK.

    He has also been a member of The Cross, who released three albums from 1988 to 1991.

  3. Who is playing Roger Taylor in Bohemian Rhapsody?

    Roger Taylor will be portrayed by Ben Hardy in the upcoming Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Hardy is best known for playing Peter Beale in EastEnders, and has also had film roles including X-Men: Apocalypse.

  4. Who is Roger Taylor's wife?

    Roger Taylor and Sarina Potgieter
    Picture: PA

    In 1977, Roger Taylor began dating Dominique Beyrand. Despite their relationship breaking down by 1988, they decided to marry in order to protect their children's interests in the future.

    Roger Taylor remarried in 2010, to his partner of six years Sarina Potgieter (above).

  5. How many children does Roger Taylor have?

    With his first wife, Taylor has two children: Felix Luther and Rory Eleanor.

    While married, he began seeing Debbie Leng (who can be seen in Queen's 'Breakthru' video), and they had three children: Rufus Tiger (a drummer for The Darkness and a touring musician for Queen + Adam Lambert), Tiger Lily and Lola Daisy May.

  6. How old is Roger Taylor?

    Roger Taylor was born on July 26, 1949.

    He celebrates his 69th birthday in 2018.

  7. What is Roger Taylor's net worth?

    According to The Sunday Times Rich List, Roger Taylor was worth £80 million ($127 million) as of 2011.

  8. What's the deal with the stamps?

    In 1999, Roger Taylor became the first living person, other than members of the British Royal Family, to appear on a Royal Mail stamp, as he was seen behind Freddie Mercury as part of a 'Great Britons' issue.

    This caused controversy at the time, as it was a rule that the only living people allowed to appear on British stamps could be members of the Royal Family.