Gary Barlow is the lead vocalist of the pop band Take That
He was head judge on series 8, 9 and 10 of The X Factor UK
He is one of the best songwriters in Britain's history, with 14 number one singles (3 as solo artist, 12 with take That), 24 top 10 songs and 7 number one albums
He sold over 50 million records worldwide (himself and with the band)
Gary was appointed an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in 2012 for his services to music and charity
Gary Barlow wrote most of Take That's songs
He won in 1994 an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for the hit "Pray"
In 1994, Gary made backing vocals for Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
After Take That split up, Gary was expected to be the next George Michael, not Robbie Williams, as in fact happened
Robbie and Gary had a song together in 2010, where they tell their story and lost and found friendship
Gary wrote the song "Sing" for the Diamond Jubilee (Queen Elizabeth II's birthday in 2010)
Gary Barlow was voted the greatest British songwriter of all time in 2009, before John Lennon and Paul McCartney
He is a prolific songwriter - he wrote songs for Robbie Williams (Candy), Westlife, Lily Allen, Blue, Elton John, Olly Murs Matt Cardle, T-Pain, Will Young N-Dubz, Lawson, Shirley Bassey, Donny Osmond, Elaine Page, Agnetha Fältskog (ABBA)
Gary composed and sang with Take That "Back for Good", that went no 1 in 31 countries
In 2000, Gary debuted as actor in the ITV1 drama named Heartbeat.
In 2016, Gary will have his own "X-Factor" at BBC One called "Let It Shine"
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