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The Take That star turns the big 40 on Thursday. We salute you Gary with 40 fantastic photos and yourv messages.
He is one Britain's most successful songwriters and performers - but here's Gary backstage in the early days of Take That.
The budding songwriter was part of the boy-band formed in Manchester in 1990.
Gary's first public gig was at the Connah's Quay Labour Club - salary £18.
Gary's first TV appearance came on Pebble Mill's 'Song for Christmas' where he penned and performed 'Let's Pray for Christmas' which made it to the final.
Gary with two Ivor Novello awards (he's won five in total) for PRS most performed work and best selling song.
Gary's song 'Pray' gave Take That their first UK No 1.
Bare and backstage with Robbie, Howard, Mark and Jason.
Gary Barlow performing during his solo period in Hyde Park. Gary's first two solo singles 'Forever Love' and Love Won't Wait' both went to No 1.
Gary meets his fans and signs autographs
Gary once recorded a single under the stage name of Kurtis Rush.
Gary pictured at a Take That studio session on March 1, 1993
Gary freezing in the snow during a Take That visit to America.
Robbie and Gary in America in 1993.
Gary received an Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song in 1994 for the song 'Pray'.
Gary Barlow (and dancer) during a Take That concert at the MEN Arena, Manchester.
Take That attend the 2006 Q Awards at London's Grosvenor House Hotel
Gary signs copies of his autobiography, My Take, at WHSmith in the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
Gary arrives for the 51st Ivor Novello Awards, at the Grosvenor Hotel, central London. 2006.
Gary Barlow and Mark Owen perform on stage in concert at the NEC in Birmingham.
Take That performing in concert at the O2 Arena, London
Gary Barlow peforming during a Capital FM event in Hyde Park London.
In 2000 Gary played the part of Micky Shannon in a episode of Heartbeat.
Gary Barlow performs on stage during the 2008 MTV Europe Music Video Awards at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Gary playing the clown (extremely well) during Take That's The Circus tour live in 2009.
A trim Gary leads the Take That boys in their performance of 'Greatest Day' at the BRITs 2009. After descending from the ceiling of Earls Court in a dry-ice powered space ship wearing glasses.
Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole pose after boarding a flight to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief at Heathrow Terminal 4 on February 27, 2009.
Gary with model Kate Moss at the SingStar Take That Extravaganza at the Tabernacle on November 25, 2009. Pic: Getty
Gary Barlow and Chris Martin arrive for the BRIT Awards 2009.
Mark Owen (left) & Gary Barlow at the Los Angeles premiere of "Stardust" at Paramount Studios, Hollywood.
Former member of 90's boy band Take That Gary Barlow, arrives at the launch of their new CD/DVD 'Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection', at the Coronet Cinema,
Gary Barlow attending the British Academy Children's Awards 2010, at the London Hilton on Park Lane, central London.
Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow perform live in concert at L'Alhambra in Paris, France. Pic: PA Photos
Robbie and Gary on the pitch together prior to the 2010 Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford.
Dizzee Rascal, Gary Barlow and Noel Clarke attend the Kick-Ass European Film Premiere after-party
Gary with his wife of 10 years (2000) Dawn Barlow
Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow arrive at the launch of their new CD/DVD 'Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection', at the Coronet Cinema,
Take That performing live at Wembley Stadium
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen wave to fans
Gary Barlow with his wax work model at London's Rock Circus.
Happy Birthday Gary!