Birth name David James Gandy

Birthday
19 February 1980

Star sign Aquarius

Birthplace
Billericay, Essex

David Gandy
was born to mother Brenda and father Chris in Essex in 1980. His parents worked in the property industry.

Growing up he attended Billericay School, where he played rugby. In 2010 David revealed that he’d had a tough time bonding with other students.

‘I got bullied quite a lot – partly because I was quite fat for a while, and partly because of the way I sounded,’ he said.

After leaving the comprehensive, David enrolled at the University Of Gloucestershire to study marketing.

Before he completed his degree, a pal saw star potential in David and secretly entered him into a modelling contest on ITV’s This Morning.

David Gandy proved to be a natural and won the competition, landing a contract with Select Model Management contract. He was soon posing for prestigious brands including Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera and 7 For All Mankind.

In 2006 David became the face of Dolce & Gabbana. The following year saw him strip down to a tiny pair of white pants to promote the Italian brand’s Light Blue fragrance. The toned hunk returned as the face of the perfume in 2010 and 2013.

Celebrity snapper Rankin captured David on camera in 2009 for a BBC Four show named Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion, while 2010 saw him team up with Helena Christensen for a W Hotels mini-movie.

Another notable career moment came in 2012 when David was selected to be the only male walking in the Olympics closing ceremony. He strutted down a Union Jack-themed catwalk alongside Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss.

David had another successful year in 2013, bagging major campaigns for Jaguar and Marks & Spencer. In 2014 David joined forces with M&S again to launch his own line of underwear.

Away from the runway, David enjoyed a 10-month relationship with The Saturdays’ Mollie King in 2010. He was thought to be dating actress Samantha Barks for short while in 2013. 

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