David Gandy

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Gandy in 2011, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: David James Gandy

Place of Birth: Billericay, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 19 February, 1980

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish

David Gandy is a British fashion model.

He is the son of Brenda (Rabey) and Christopher Gandy. He grew up in Essex, in a working-class family. For several years, David was the lead male model for Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, who featured him in their campaigns and fashion shows. David has a daughter with his partner, barrister Stephanie Mendoros.

He has stated:

People are always surprised when I speak. They can’t believe I am a born-and-bred Essex boy… Everyone asks me if there is Mediterranean in my blood — but my mum’s ancestors are Scottish and my dad is from East London.

David’s paternal grandfather is surnamed Gandy.

David’s paternal grandmother is surnamed Lewis.

David’s maternal grandfather is named James A. Rabey.

David’s maternal grandmother is Doreen Winifred Bruce (the daughter of Thomas F. Bruce and Dorothy Esther Grover). Doreen was born in Paddington, London, England. Dorothy was the daughter of Charles Grover and Lucy Valentine.

67 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Just Google Rabey+Cornwall. Some examples:


    His maternal grandfather likely has roots in Cornwall, being such surname so common there.

  2. JohnnyB says:

    Rabey is a Cornish surname. The Gandy surname is also heavily associated with Exeter in Devon.

  3. ses101 says:

    There seems to be a lot of hate aimed at British people on this site. People don’t seem to want to accept that Britain can produce good looking people as well as talented people.

  4. andrew says:

    If you want to add it, at the same website in the link he also stated “there’s got to be a link to Spain or somewhere like that…”

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