Dave Gardner has a face that you might well recognise, but probably can’t work out why.
Since 2001, the eternally youthful football agent has been a permanent fixture in the background of celebrity photos – head down as the paparazzi jostle for pictures of his famous friends.
But despite his low-key public persona, the 38-year-old has had a central position in two of London’s most important social circles for more than a decade; he is David Beckham’s best friend and also a key member of Kate Moss’s Primrose Hill posse.
And now, Dave has managed to bag one of Hollywood’s brightest beauties, the actress Liv Tyler, and the couple are expecting a child together.
So who is this man and how did he become one of London’s most-connected men?
It all started at the tender age of 14, when Dave joined the Manchester United Youth team.
Even though the signing lasted for just five years, it was to eave a permanent impact on both his professional and love lives.
It was at Manchester United that Dave became close friends with Ryan Giggs and also a young David Beckham.
Gardner and Beckham were both promising sportsmen who spent every evening on the football pitch and quickly became best friends.
But while Beckham went on to join Giggs as one of the best players of his generation, Gardner struggled to keep up and left the club in his late teens.
His time spent at the club wasn’t wasted though – soon after he left, Dave set up the Elite Sports Agency with Six Alex Ferguson’s son Jason,
The pair’s contacts meant they soon became two of the biggest football agents in the Premier League.
After a few years, Dave decided to start up his own company, which is still going strong today.
Despite the pair no longer training together, Dave Gardner’s friendship with Beckham has stayed the test of time and he is one of two old friends the superstar credits with keeping his feet on the ground.
He is David’s eldest son Brooklyn’s godfather and just last week he and Liv attended a party in the ex-England captain’s honour in London.