Jimmy Constable

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Jimmy Constable
911 live at the SECC.jpg
Constable (left) performing live with 911 in Glasgow on 7 May 2013.
Background information
Birth name James Michael Constable
Born (1971-09-21) 21 September 1971 (age 43)
Origin Toxteth, Liverpool, England
Genres Pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts 911, B*Witched

James Michael "Jimmy" Constable (born 21 September 1971 in Toxteth, Liverpool, England) is an English pop singer and dancer. He is the oldest member of the pop band 911.

Early life[edit]

Constable was born in the Liverpool Maternity Hospital (now Liverpool Women's Hospital) in Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside to parents Margaret and Ronnie Constable.

He is a fan of Liverpool F.C..[1]

Career[edit]

1990s: The Hit Man and Her[edit]

Constable began his career in the early 1990s as a dancer on the late-night ITV dance music show The Hit Man and Her.

1995–2000: 911[edit]

Whilst on the show, Constable met Simon "Spike" Dawbarn and Jason Orange. Having seen how successful the latter went on to become with his band Take That, Constable and Dawbarn (who had become even more popular than the acts they were dancing for) decided to put their own band together, and 911 was born. Lee Brennan, who was a fan of both the boys and The Hit Man and Her, agreed to join Constable and Dawbarn and they became a trio.

911 spent several months building up a fanbase from scratch, performing gigs in schools and small public venues. After independently releasing two singles which both made the UK top 40, "Night to Remember" and "Love Sensation", 911 were signed up by Virgin Records after a major label bidding war.[2]

911 were extremely successful, selling over 10 million singles and six million albums worldwide before splitting up in 2000.[3] Constable was the one who announced the split live on Radio 1. In a 2005 interview with The Guardian, Constable: "I didn't have any time to get my head around it. I had a lump in my throat saying it, then we came out of Radio 1 and the other two guys went to the pub. I got in my car and took off and I never saw them for two years."[4]

Post-split[edit]

After the band split, Constable turned to drink and drugs, admitting "I found myself in my old ­single bed with a bottle of Jack Daniel's and a bottle of pain killers and thought about ending it there and then. The only thing that stopped me was thinking about the devastation it would cause for my family."[5]

2006 saw Constable return to the music industry by taking part in the MTV series Totally Boyband. The series followed ex-members of other boy bands forming into a new band. The new band was called Upper Street, yet their first single was a commercial failure, charting at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart. The band quickly disbanded, with the whole project deemed a disaster. On 28 August 2007, he appeared on the BBC Two game show Identity, billed as an 'ex boyband member'.

2012–present: The Big Reunion and 911 comeback[edit]

On 18 October 2012, it was announced that 911, along with B*Witched, Five, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz and Liberty X, would be reuniting again for the ITV2 documentary series The Big Reunion.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Jimmy was previously in a nine-year relationship with his girlfriend Bernadette Robertson, whom he met in 1985. He proposed to her in 1988 and four years later she gave birth to their son, Scott. In 1994, Jimmy left Bernadette in order to move to Glasgow, Scotland and focus on his music career with 911, although he did agree to give her away at her next wedding.[8] Jimmy currently lives in Cambridgeshire with his wife Claire and two other children, Taylor and Ellie, whilst Scott lives with Bernadette in Dublin.[3] On 7 June 2013, he appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show to talk about the issues that almost destroyed his life.[9] He has admitted that has always been a huge fan of, and would love to go on, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Noel's House Party Himself Episode #7.18
2005 Hit Me, Baby, One More Time Special TV show
2007 Identity Mystery guest (1 episode)
2011 Celebrity Juice Special guest (1 episode)
2013 The Big Reunion 9 episodes
Big Brother's Bit on the Side 1 episode (4 August)
The Big Reunion: On Tour 3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profiles-LEE, JIMMY, SPIKE !!!". Tcyaw.tripod.com1. 
  2. ^ "Account Suspended". 911official.com. 
  3. ^ a b Nash, Lauren (16 September 2013). "911 singer Jimmy Constable saved from depression by love of St Neots woman". Hunts Post. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Lynksey, Dorian (10 May 2005). "Jimmy Constable: Boybands ruined my life". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Ingham, James (3 February 2013). "911's Jimmy Constable's pop scars". Daily Star (Northern & Shell). Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Goodacre, Kate (18 October 2013). "Atomic Kitten, 5ive, B*Witched, 911, more to reunite for ITV2 show". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Harvey, Joanna (18 October 2012). "Atomic Kitten, 5ive, Liberty X, 911, B*Witched and The Honeyz are all to reunite for ITV2 show The Big Reunion". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "MY SON'S 911 IN A MILLION; Pop star Jimmy left fiancee and baby ... then gave her away at her wedding.". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 24 February 1999. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jimmy Constable (911) - Jeremy Kyle Interview (2013)". YouTube. 
  10. ^ http://thisisverified.com/entertainment/1508548#