David Gandy born 19 February 1980 in Billericay, Essex, England is a British model. He grew up in Essex in a working-class family.
After winning a televised model-search competition, he became a successful male model.
For several years, he was the lead male model for Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana who featured him in their campaigns and fashion shows. The increase in Gandy's popularity and name recognition resulted in a broad portfolio of magazine covers, editorial photo shoots, interviews and industry awards. He has gone on to participate in fashion-related and personal projects such as writing a blog for British Vogue, writing car reviews for British GQ, mobile app development and charity work.
In his youth, David James Gandy wanted to be a veterinarian but his grades were not high enough to meet the needed standards for that line of study. So, while studying multimedia computing, he went to work for Auto Express, delivering the latest Porsches and Jaguars to the track for testing.
Before graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a Marketing degree, Gandy's flatmate entered him (without his knowledge) into a modelling competition on ITV's œThis Morning hosted by Richard and Judy.