Dougie Poynter

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Dougie Poynter
Dougie pulling his classic 'funny face'
Dougie pulling his classic 'funny face'
Background information
Birth nameDougie Lee Poynter
Born (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 33)
Orsett, Essex, England
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • author
  • amateur actor
  • model
Years active2003–present
  • Island (2003–07, 2010–present)
  • Super (2008–present)
Associated acts

Dougie Lee Poynter (born 30 November 1987) is an English musician, songwriter, fashion model, aspiring clothing designer, children's author and actor. He is the bassist of the pop rock band McFly.


Early life[edit]

Poynter was born in Orsett, Essex, England.[1] He went to school at Herd Lane Primary School, Corringham and later, Gable Hall school in Corringham. He has one sister.


In 2003, a then 15 year-old Poynter auditioned for and subsequently became the bass player for the English band McFly. The band consists of Poynter, Tom Fletcher (vocals/guitar), Danny Jones (guitar/vocals), and Harry Judd (drums).[2]

McFly rose to fame with their first single, "Five Colours in Her Hair," which was released March 2004 and entered the UK Singles Chart at number one in April 2004. Their first album, Room on the 3rd Floor, also hit number one in the UK Albums Chart and would earn McFly a Guinness World Record for being the youngest band to have a debut album enter the chart in the top position, previously held by the Beatles.[3] That year, McFly would support Busted on tour before going on to headline a personal tour in September 2004.

The band's second studio album, Wonderland, was released in 2005 followed by Motion in the Ocean in 2006. A Greatest Hits compilation was released in 2007 followed by two more studio albums: Radio: Active (2008) and Above the Noise (2010).

A second greatest hits album, Memory Lane: The Best of McFly, was released in November 2012. Also in 2012, the band debuted their first written autobiography, McFly: Unsaid Things... Our Story with Transworld Publishers Ltd.[4]

In April 2016, McFly announced that they would be going on tour for a three-night residency in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and London.[5] The Anthology tour, in which they will play all five of their albums, will serve as McFly's first live reunion since 2013. The tour was postponed from June until September 2016 after drummer Harry Judd injured his neck.[6]


In November 2013, McFly joined the band Busted to form the super-group, McBusted. They played a 34-date tour called The McBusted Tour. It was the biggest UK tour of 2014. McBusted concluded the tour headlining the British Summer Time concert series in Hyde Park where they performed for an audience of over 60,000 attendees.[7]

In 2015, the band went on tour for a second time. McBusted's Most Excellent Adventure Tour consisted of 21 shows.

Fashion career[edit]

Poynter made his runway debut in January 2016 at the Joshua Kane with Lab Series Autumn/Winter show for London Collections Men.[8] Off the catwalk, Poynter is a front-row fixture at LCM and other global fashion weeks, garnering invites from top brands including Topman, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, and Saint Laurent Paris. Runway-side, Poynter is celebrated for his trend-setting personal style.

Poynter served as a guest fashion writer for Fault Magazine during LCM in June 2016.[9] He provided an insider's perspective with his recaps of Topman S/S 2017, Katy Eary S/S 2017, and Christopher Raeburn S/S 2017. His most notable editorial work includes the fashion film At Full Tilt for Vogue India (August 2014),[10] an online exclusive for Notion Magazine (August 2015),[11] and a spread in Issue 19 of Adon Magazine (March 2016).[12] Poynter also modelled alongside his then-girlfriend Ellie Goulding in the February 2016 issue of Glamour.[13]


Poynter is credited as a lead writer and cowriter on many of McFly's tracks. He served as the lead writer for McFly's seventh number-one hit single 2007's "Transylvania." He also wrote an unrecorded track called "Silence Is a Scary Sound."[14]

In addition to his work with McFly, Poynter has written collaboratively for talent such as 5 Seconds of Summer[15] and One Direction (for the track "I Would" from the album Take Me Home and for the track "Don’t Forget Where You Belong" from the album Midnight Memories, respectively). He also worked alongside seasoned artists Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) to develop the album for the McFly + Busted supergroup, McBusted.[16] He is also credited in Busted's album "Half Way There" for the song "Nineties".[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

Poynter won I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2011.[17]

Poynter wrote a children's book with McFly band-mate Tom Fletcher titled The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas. It sold over 72,000 copies and became the most popular debut children's novel of 2012.[18] The follow-up book titled The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet was released the following year in August 2013.[19] Poynter also wrote the children's book Plastic Sucks!: How YOU Can Reduce Single-Use Plastic and Save Our Planet (2019).

Poynter is also an active participant of The 5 Gyres Institute and their mission to eradicate the pollution of plastic in the ocean.[20] He supports the banning of microplastic materials across Europe, citing the serious detrimental impact of these substances on the marine environment as the reason of his disapproval.[21]

Poynter has also been part of charity endeavors alongside McFly. The band has raised money for causes such as Comic Relief,[22] Children in Need,[23] Live 8, Sport Relief, and Earth Hour.

In addition to this, Poynter has founded various clothing lines. His skate clothing brand Zookie is still active under different ownership. He also owned and founded Saint Kidd, and Polonius, both of which are no longer trading.

Personal life[edit]

Poynter dated Frankie Bridge (née Sandford) of The Saturdays from 2008–2010.[24] His relationship with fellow musician Ellie Goulding was confirmed in February 2014;[25] the couple split in 2016.[citation needed]

In 2021, it was revealed he is related to Josh Franceschi who is the lead singer of English rock band You Me at Six.


  1. ^ "McFly Vodcast - Episode 2 - The One With Emily From Friends". YouTube. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  2. ^ "McFly". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Youngest double toppers". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  4. ^ McFly: Unsaid Things . . . Our Story. Transworld Publishers. 1 November 2013. ISBN 9780552168540.
  5. ^ "McFly". Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ Sarah Deen (25 May 2016). "McFly postpone their tour after drummer Harry Judd suffers neck injury". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  7. ^ Eustace, Christopher (7 July 2014). "McBusted bring the fun at British Summer Time Festival". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Dougie Poynter Made His Catwalk Modelling Debut And It Was Awesome". The Huffington Post. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Dougie Poynter". FAULT Magazine. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  10. ^ "At Full Tilt: Another Vogue India fashion film". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  11. ^ "INTERVIEW: DOUGIE POYNTER - NOTION Magazine". 18 August 2015. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Adon Exclusive Film: Dougie Poynter by Joseph Sinclair". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  13. ^ Branch, Kate. "Ellie Goulding Opens Up About Being a Musician and What It's Like to Date One". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  14. ^ "McFly - Silence Is A Scary Sound Lyrics". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  15. ^ "5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Blink-182's Mark Hoppus writes 'cool songs' with McBusted |". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  17. ^ Busk-Cowley, Mark (2014). I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!: The Inside Story. Bantam Press. p. 213. ISBN 978-0593073483.
  18. ^ "McFly: 'Reading to children is far more nerve-wracking than performing to thousands'". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  19. ^ Seamus Duff (22 July 2013). "Which pop star is reading a new children's book?". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Why We Must Stop Using Microbeads". 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Dougie Poynter". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  22. ^ "McFly give a lesson in Comic Relief". BBC. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Children in Poverty presented by McFly". YouTube. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  24. ^ "Frankie Sandford and Dougie Poynter Relationship Timeline". 8 March 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  25. ^ Hodgson, Claire (21 May 2014). "Dougie Poynter confirms Ellie Goulding romance in McBusted documentary with Fearne Cotton". Retrieved 24 June 2016.

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Preceded by
Stacey Solomon
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Winner & King of the Jungle

Succeeded by
Charlie Brooks