The name Gary Barlow isn’t strange to the media and music industry. The media icon is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor: most famous for being the leader of the broadly popular British pop band Take That, and judge of the talent shows, The X Factor UK and Let It Shine.
Gary Barlow Bio (Age)
Gary Barlow was born on January 20, 1971, in the market town of Frodsham, Cheshire, England, to Colin Barlow (father) and Marjorie Barlow (mother). The second child of the family, he has a brother called Ian Barlow.
He attended Weaver Vale Primary School and enrolled at the Frodsham High School afterward – in 1982 precisely.
Gary is said to have been intrigued by music from a relatively young age: training himself in all kinds of pianos, keyboards and music production at the age of 10, and entering a Christmas song competition show in BBC’s Pebble Mill at One at the age of 15.
The competition Gary entered got him an invitation to London’s West Heath Studios to record his song. There, he was inspired to perform on the northern club circuit, singing cover versions and his own songs, and later earning his first performance in Wales at the Connah’s Quay Labour Club for £18 per performance on Saturday evenings.
From then on, Gary started touring and performing songs in England before being spotted by Nigel Martin-Smith: a casting agent who hired him to form a boy band in 1989 named, “Take That”.
Nigel decided to use Barlow as the lead singer of the band after being impressed by his vocals and songwriting skills that included a self-written material – an early demo tape of Barlow’s “A Million Love Songs”.
Take That’s debut album was released in 1992 entitled Take That & Party which began the success stories of Gary Barlow with the band as they continued to reach the peak after releasing Everything Changes and Nobody Else.
Gary then went solo in 1996 when the band decided to go on break. He sang ‘Love Won’t Wait’ and ‘Forever Love’; both being number one singles in the UK. His album, Open Road, was also a chart-topper. Other albums and singles include top hits like The Circus Progress, ‘How Deep Are Your Love‘, ‘Patience’ and much more.
One of Britain’s most successful songwriters, Gary has written fourteen number one singles and twenty-four top 10 hits; and as a solo artist, he has had three number one singles, six singles that made the top 10 list, and two number one albums. He has additionally had seventeen top 5 hits, twelve number one singles and seven number one albums with Take That.
Gary Barlow has sold over 50 million records worldwide, and won many awards in his career: including six Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, and an award for Outstanding Services to British Music.
Apart from the band, Gary is also a TV personality and an actor. In 2011, he became a head judge on The X Factor TV series – continuing in the role in 2012 and 2013 until he resigned to continue his solo career – and served as judge of Let It Shine in 2017. He also acted in the ITV1 drama “Heartbeat”.
In 2012, Gary was honored in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honors for his phenomenal success across the world; coupled with his efforts to raise money and awareness for various charities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen for “services to the Entertainment Industry and to Charity”.
Gary Barlow tied the knot with the beautiful Dawn Andrews on the 12th of January, 2000. The couple met when Dawn was aged just 17 and performing as a backing dancer for Take That before they got married.
The couple has four children together – Daniel (born in 2000), Emily (born in 2002), Daisy (born in 2009); the last child (Poppy) was delivered stillborn in 2012.
Gary Barlow’s Height
Gary is good looking and has an average height of 5 foot 9 inches (1.75 m). His weight and other details about his body stats are unavailable.
Is He Gay?
As far as we can tell, Gary Barlow isn’t gay; and he isn’t known to be having an extra-marital relationship affair. He is happily married and sharing an incredible bond of friendship with his wife. There is no sign of any separation or divorce either.