2D (character)

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Background information
Birth name Stuart Pot
Also known as 2-D, Stu-Pot, 2 Dent
Born (1978-05-23) May 23, 1978 (age 36)
Origin Crawley, West Sussex, England, UK
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, clavinet, melodica, guitar, panpipes
Years active 1997–present
Labels Parlophone, Virgin Records
Associated acts Gorillaz, Nathan Haines

Stuart "2D" Pot is a fictional musician and member of the British virtual band, Gorillaz. He provides the lead vocals and plays the keyboard for the band. 2D's voice is provided by Blur frontman Damon Albarn on Gorillaz' recordings and performances, while in additional material, he is voiced by the actor Nelson De Freitas. He was created by Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.


2D was born as Stuart Pot in the English county of Hertfordshire and raised in Crawley, West Sussex. His father David worked as a mechanic and fairground owner while his mother Rachel was a nurse.[1] He hit his head as an 11 year old when falling from a tree, which caused his hair to fall out. When it grew back it was an azure blue.[1] He did not put effort in at school and wondered what his career path would be. He first wanted to become a Storm Chaser and then he wanted to paint (inspired by Banksy's graffiti works). He developed an interest in machinery when he and his father customised his Casio VL-1 keyboard.[2] His musical idol is Augustus Pablo and his favorite band is The Human League.[1] His black eyes are a result of two separate reckless driving incidences caused by bandmate Murdoc Niccals, both of which resulted in an injury giving him permanent Hyphema in both eyes.[3][4]

On the Gorillaz website it was recently stated by 2D, in the Plastic Beach adventure game,[5] that Murdoc "kindly" had 2D gassed and shipped to Plastic Beach, where he was forced to sing for his new demos.

Role as musician[edit]

2D sings and plays keyboard. He can play guitar, as can Murdoc, but both leave it to Noodle. In most cases, 2D's singing voice is much lower than his warbly speaking voice. His vocal range is very wide, and he has sung everything from Baritone to a falsetto Soprano. All his singing voices are provided by Albarn, including the spoken verses in the 2005 hit Feel Good Inc. 2D apparently has had some influence in the lyric-writing process (as evidenced by the credits on the insert of the Gorillaz debut album, even though his intelligence is reputedly negligible). Apparently Murdoc has had Damon Albarn teach 2D from time to time to sing better than he already could, and apparently even sing in some of their songs, as stated in an NME interview with Damon.[6]

2D was featured on the songs "FM" by Nathan Haines and "Small Time Shot Away" by Massive Attack.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Brown & Gorillaz 2006, p. 18.
  2. ^ Brown & Gorillaz 2006, p. 19.
  3. ^ Brown & Gorillaz 2006, p. 20.
  4. ^ Brown & Gorillaz 2006, p. 22.
  5. ^ "Plastic Beach". Gorillaz.com. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  6. ^ "NME Magazine". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Damon Albarn Contribution Tracks". Vblurpage.com. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 

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