Gary Barlow - Updated Feb 2024

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Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and television personality from England. Moreover, Gary Barlow is popular as the lead singer of the British pop group, Take That, formed in 1990.

Early Life

Gary Barlow came to the world on the 20th of January 1971, in Frodsham, Cheshire, England. According to his birth date, Barlow is 52 years old and holds English nationality.

Moreover, he has a birth sign of Aquarius and believes in Christianity by religion. He is the son of Colin Barlow (father) and Marjorie Cowan (mother). He grew up with his elder brother whose name is unknown at the moment.


Regarding his academic career, Barlow has not yet shared information regarding his academic qualifications. It seems that this multi-talented man might have completed his graduation from a well-known university near his hometown.

Professional Career

Gary Barlow became interested in music from a young age. This man began playing the piano at an early age. At the age of 15, he entered the BBC Pebble Mill at One Christmas song competition.

He made it to the show’s semi-finals and was invited to record his song at London’s West Heath Studio. This outcome motivated him to pursue music. In his early career in the late 1980s, he was paid 18 pounds a performance while playing on Saturday evenings at the Connah’s Quay Labour Club.

‘Take That’ was created in 1990, with Barlow as the lead singer, and consisted of Robbie Williams, Jason Orange, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen. With “Do What U Like” the band made their UK debut in 1991.

On August 17, 1992, the group’s debut album, ‘Take That & Part,’ was released and peaked at number two on the ‘UK Albums Chart.’ On October 23, 1993, their second album, ‘Everything Changes,’ was released.

This album launched the band to the top, with Barlow’s song ‘Pray’ earning him his first ‘Ivor Novello Award’ (1994), and the album itself winning the ‘Mercury Prize’ (1994). Their third album, ‘Nobody Else,’ was released on May 8, 1995, and quickly became the group’s best-selling record of all time.

It included the songs ‘Sure,’ ‘Never Forget,’ and ‘Back for Good,’ all of which featured Barlow on lead vocals, and it earned him another ‘Ivor Novello Award’ (1996).

‘Take That’ split up in 1996 and reformed in 2005. On November 26, 2006, their new album, ‘Beautiful World’ was released, with top-charting hits like ‘Rule the World,’ ‘Shine,’ and ‘Patience.’ Since then, the band has produced many albums, including ‘The Circus’ (2008), ‘Progress’ (2010), ‘III’ (2014), and ‘Wonderland’ (2017).

Solo Career and other appearances

He moved straight to work on his debut solo album after the split of ‘Take That’ in 1996. His first two songs, ‘Forever Love,’ released on July 5, 1996, and ‘Love Won’t Wait,’ released on April 25, 1997, both reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

On May 26, 1997, the official album ‘Open Road’ was released and has subsequently been certified Platinum. On October 11, 2009, his second album ‘Twelve Months, Eleven Days’ was released. It failed to match its predecessor’s popularity, as two of its most popular songs, ‘Stronger’ and ‘For All That You Want,’ failed to rank in the top ten.

Gary Barlow

Caption: Gary Barlow performing in front of a huge crowd (Source: Instagram)

In 2009, he returned with the duet ‘Shame,’ co-written with Robbie Williams. The song was an instant smash, earning the British Phonographic Industry Silver certification.

His third solo album, ‘Sing,’ was also a great chart-topper. ‘Since I Saw You Last,’ his fourth solo album, was released on November 22, 2013, and included some of his best songs, including ‘Let Me Go,’ ‘Face to Face,’ and ‘Since I Saw You Last.’

He has also appeared in cameo roles in ‘Heartbeat’ (2000), ‘Keith Lemon: The Film’ (2013), and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (2017). Moreover, he was also a judge on ‘The X Factor,’ (2011, 2013, 2013) and ‘Let It, Shine,’ (2017).


As a singer, this multi-talented man has earned several awards and recognitions. Further, he has earned seven  Ivor Novello Awards (19993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2008, 2012). In 1996, Back for Good earned the Billboard International Hit of the Year, and in 1997, he earned the Echo Award for Best Single.

He earned the two GQ Awards for Man of the Year in 2007 and 2012 for Outstanding Achievement. Later, in 2010, he earned the Blue Peter Gold Badge. In 2011, he earned two Q Awards for Classic Songwriter and Best Collaboration.

Likewise, he earned the Heart for Best Single of 2013.  He earned the OBE at the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the entertainment industry and charity.

Gary Barlow – Net Worth 2024

As a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and television personality, he earned a huge sum of money in his career. As of 2022, his net worth is estimated to be around $125 million, and has not shared information regarding his salary and income.

Relationship Status

In 2000, he married Dawn Andrews, a former dancer. Dawn was a dancer on the Take That’s 1995 Nobody Else Tour. With the marriage, the couple has three children whose names are Daniel, Emily, and Daisy. Poppy, their fourth child, was stillborn in 2012.

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Caption: Gary Barlow with his wife (Source: Instagram)


In 2014, he was found guilty of tax evasion and had to repay the government millions of dollars. Moreover, he also had a public rivalry with ‘Take That’ bandmate Robbie Williams, who claimed that Barlow was the driving factor behind his decision to leave the group.

On ‘The X Factor,’ he replied to co-judge Tulisa, “I am not sure what has offended me more – what you have said or your fag ash breath,” which drew considerable criticism.

Body Measurements

This multi-talented singer stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 68 kg. Moreover, he has blue eyes with light brown hair color and has an athletic body type.

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Caption: Gary Barlow posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Gary Barlow – Social Media

On his Instagram page, there are more than 865k followers. Likewise, there are more than 4 million followers on Twitter and more than 1.6 million on Facebook. Gary Barlow has a self-titled YouTube channel, there are more than 526k subscribers at the moment.