- Met Graham Coxon, the lead guitarist of Blur, at school when he was 12.
- Was a tea boy at the Beat Factory studio after leaving acting school after the first year.
- His band Blur formed in 1989, and continued till 2003; the band reunited in 2009.
- He created the virtual band Gorillaz in 1998.
- Got an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of East London in 2006.
- Is a vegetarian.
- Appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 New Year Honours.