Dave Vanian (born David Lett, 12 October 1956) is a rockmusician and lead singer of the punk rockbandThe Damned. Formed in 1976 in London, The Damned were the first British punk band to release a single, an album, have a record hit the UK charts, and tour the United States. Despite a fluid line-up since their founding, Vanian has been ever-present, the only member to have been so.
He has kept his personal life out of the limelight, even opting out of any input towards The Damned biography The Light At The End Of The Tunnel by Carol Clerk. He married first wife Laurie in 1977, the year after he joined The Damned, but they separated in the mid 1990s. Not long after their split, he married former Sisters of Mercy bassist Patricia Morrison and now lives in north-west London. In 2004 Morrison gave birth to daughter Emily Vanian.