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Overview (3)

Born in Frodsham, Cheshire, England, UK
Nickname Gaz
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Gary Barlow was born on January 20th 1971 in Frodsham, Cheshire, UK, the second and youngest son of Marge and Colin Barlow. He has an older brother named Ian. His first school was Weaver Vale Primary School, and he moved on to Frodsham High School in 1982. He was the founding member of successful pop group Take That, who split up in 1996. His acting debut came in 2000 when he starred in Heartbeat, shortly after his marriage to Dawn Andrews, and shortly before the birth of son Daniel. Their daughter Emily was born in 2002. He now works as a record producer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Diane Butler <butlerd2000@yahoo.co.uk>

Gary was born in Frodsham, Chesire. He developed an early interest in music and taught himself piano at the age of 10. He spent his teens touring and gigging around the north of England, and teaching himself all he could about pianos, keyboards and production. He began writing songs at age 15. When he was 19, he was approached by manager Nigel Martin-Smith to front a new boy band - Take That - as lead singer and songwriter. Between the period of 1990-1996, Take That had 8 UK number 1s and many top 10 singles, the vast majority of which were written by Barlow, including the worldwide smash hit "Back For Good", which reached no.1 in 31 countries and peaked at no.7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Since the reformation of Take That in 2005, they have gone on to have continued success, breaking records with their album tour ticket sales (many of which were set by them). Their groundbreaking 2011 Progress tour consisted of an unprecedented 8 nights at Wembly Stadium. Barlow has won many awards, including 5 Ivor Novellos, and as part of Take That. As of 2011, Gary also accepted the role of head judge on the UK version of "The X Factor".

Gary first met his wife Dawn when they were teenagers, but the pair never got together until she became a dancer on Take That's 1996 tour. They married in 2000, and now have 3 children - Daniel, Emily and Daisy.

Gary has done and organised many large projects for charity, including gathering a team of celebrities to climb Mt. Killimanjaro in 2009 for Comic Relief and organising charity concerts for Children in Need in 2009 and 2011, entitled "Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall" and "Children in Need Rocks Manchester", all raising millions. He also appears regularly to lend support to other, smaller charity events organised by others, and makes donations himself.

Despite his charity works, Barlow was heavily criticised in 2014 when it was revealed he had invested millions of pounds in a tax avoidance scheme. Prime Minister David Cameron, who won Barlow's backing at the 2010 General Election, publicly rejected calls from Labour politicians for Barlow's OBE to be removed, arguing that he had done great things for Britain, but stated that he should pay all taxes due.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: shivydoherty@yahoo.co.uk

Spouse (1)

Dawn Andrews (12 January 2000 - present) ( 4 children)

Trivia (6)

He is a close friend of the music legend Sir Elton John. He sang backup on John's hit "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the film The Lion King (1994). In 2014, he attended the wedding of Elton John to his husband David Furnish.
He rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter of Take That, who dominated the UK charts as Britain's biggest pop act from 1992 until they announced their split on 13 February 1996.
He became a father for the first time at the age of 29 when his wife Dawn Andrews gave birth to their son Daniel Barlow on 16 August 2000. He became a father for the second time at the age of 31 when Andrews gave birth to their daughter Emily Barlow on 31 May 2002. He became a father for the third time at the age of 37 when Andrews gave birth to their daughter Daisy Barlow on 14 January 2009. When Barlow was 41, his wife Dawn Andrews gave birth to their stillborn daughter Poppy Barlow on 4 August 2012.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Entertainment Industry and to Charity.
At one point in his life in 2002, Barlow weighed 238lbs and secluded himself in his home for 4 months.
He suffers from a bad back, which plagued him when he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, 2009. It took four days to scale, and two to get back down. It raised 1.4 million pounds for charity.

Personal Quotes (23)

[on "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush] I don't think you can listen to this song without feeling inspired, it could save anybody. The lyrics are so inspirational. Specifically I was having a very low moment in the 1990s and the song came on the radio. There have only been a very few times when I've had to pull the car over to listen to a song - this was one of them.
Pet Shop Boys was the first CD I ever bought. I've followed their whole career and always loved their unique approach to records and live performance.
I don't think you'll ever be happy about anything unless you've done it.
[on Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds"] That album, actually it's been an album that's sort of popped up throughout my career. It sort of got me off playing classical piano and onto synthesizers, that record did.
I get a good song for every 25 songs I write. So I've got to go through the process of writing 25 songs to get what I think is a good one. And that's a lot of time.
Tony Hadley, I think one of my top five favourite singers of all time. I just love his voice, it's just one of those voices you can relax to, even when he sings his up-tempo songs it's so smooth and silky, always loved his vocals, and I always loved the band Spandau Ballet. I'm a good friend of Gary's [Gary Kemp], I've known them throughout the years, and I just thought the songs were incredible. And as a career, as a body of music and a songbook, I think they have some of the best. Especially when you go to concerts, you don't want to be sat at a concert thinking "Is this singer going to pull it off tonight?" You don't want that at all, you want to feel safe and I always feel like I'm sat in the most comfortable armchair when I listen to his voice.
Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows that I'm constantly posting pictures of new keyboards I've bought.
When One Direction announced their album was called "Four", I thought "Yes, they've lost a member!"
[to fellow X Factor judge Tulisa] I'm not sure what has offended me more - what you've said or your fag ash breath.
I'm just a jibbering wreck. I can't even watch a Disney film without crying anymore.
Ladies, that's the sound of 3000 men who have been dragged to a Gary Barlow concert.
When we were at school, I think we were about 16, like just before I left school, we were doing this study on wheelchairs. So the school had got us some wheelchairs, and one of us would sit in the wheelchair and then someone would push. We were gauging the reactions of how people looked upon people in wheelchairs - were they helpful, were they dismissive and all the rest of it. Anyway, I decided to go renegade and went on my own. I was wheeling myself down this road and I came to a crossing, and someone tried to help me. And by helping me, they sort of tipped one wheel off the side of the pavement and I fell out of the wheelchair. Now, at this point, what do you do? Do you stand up and go "Listen, you know, I'm..." or go "It's a miracle!" or do you just lie there and let them help you back onto the wheelchair? Now that was my choice. And I acted it out, sadly, you know, that I couldn't walk... and they helped me back on the wheelchair. It was so embarrassing.
[to an X Factor contestant] The work that needs to be done to your voice is surgical work.
You can't give up. What's the point in giving up?
[to an X Factor contestant who had auditioned before] You've matured like a bad curry, mate.
[asked what he wears in bed] Nothing. Not a thing.
Marky [Mark Owen] has such good taste, you know, and he never boasts about what he's bought either. He'll turn up with a nice little car and you'll say "That's nice Marky." And he'll say "Oh I've had it for about six months now."
I dreamt I had fallen asleep on a Twix bar.
Oh, they [some horses in an enclosure in front of him] like me. Typical. [he does not like horses]
[asked how Take That decide who sings lead vocals on their songs] We use judo to decide.
If Liverpool doesn't have the X Factor I'll eat this suit.
Every year, I swear I look forward to May the 4th just so I can say: "May the 4th be with you".
When I joined the band, I never drank, never smoked. I was very boring in that regard. While I was in the band I discovered alcohol. When we went out I always drank a lot and everyone thought it was very funny when I was drunk. In the end we all smoked, every single one of us. Oh, we were naughty. That's one thing I left the band as, as a chain smoker.

Salary (2)

The X Factor (2004) £1,500,000 (Season 10)
The X Factor (2004) £1,500,000 (Season 9)

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