Liv Tyler’s ex Dave Gardner spotted with model Jessica Clarke while out in London with celeb mates

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Dave Gardner has a face that you might well recognize, but probably can’t work out why.

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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.

So who is this man and how did he become one of London’s most connected men?

Dave Gardner pictured with a David Beckham and Mazdack Rassi at the launch of Beckham's Haig whiskey

Dave Gardner pictured with a David Beckham and Mazdack Rassi at the launch of Beckham's Haig whiskey

Dave Gardner pictured with a David Beckham and Mazdack Rassi at the launch of Beckham’s Haig whiskey

It all started at the tender age of 14, when Dave joined the Manchester United Youth team.

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Even though the signing lasted for just five years, it was to have 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,

Dave with James Corden at a magazine party in 2013

Dave with James Corden at a magazine party in 2013

Dave with James Corden at a magazine party in 2013

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’s friendship with Beckham has stood 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.

In 2014 he was one of the friends the star invited to join him on a ‘find yourself’ lads’ holiday to Brazil.

It was his friendship with Ryan Giggs that formed much of his personal life for the last decade though.

In Dave’s early twenties, Ryan was dating his sister Emma, ​​whom he then dumped for Hollyoaks actress Davinia Taylor.

Dave Gardner with ex-girlfriend Rita Ora and Harry Styles at a party in February 2013

Dave Gardner with ex-girlfriend Rita Ora and Harry Styles at a party in February 2013

Dave Gardner with ex-girlfriend Rita Ora and Harry Styles at a party in February 2013

At the time, Dave was in a long-term relationship with model Stacey Cooke and the couple were a permanent fixture on Manchester’s social scene. But the relationship came to an abrupt end after Stacey left him for Ryan.

A heartbroken Dave and Davinia – who is also heiress to a multi-million pound loo roll empire – took solace in each other’s company and it ended up being a well-made match as the pair eventually married in 2003.

Beckham was best man at the £875,000 wedding, while Atomic Kitten singer Jenny Frost was a bridesmaid.

For the next few years, the couple were key components of the famous Notting Hill set – a group of well-known British stars including Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Meg Matthews, Sienna Miller and Rhys Ifans that centered around Kate Moss.

In 2007, Davinia gave birth to their child – a son called Gray – and Kate Moss and David Beckham were named the godparents.

For a while, it seemed that the couple had it all, Dave lavished expensive gifts on his wife and the pair regularly took groups of friends on vacation to Davinia’s father’s yacht in the Mediterranean.

Dave Gardner and Kate Moss- the supermodel introduced him to his girlfriend Liv Tyler

Dave Gardner and Kate Moss- the supermodel introduced him to his girlfriend Liv Tyler

Dave Gardner and Kate Moss- the supermodel introduced him to his girlfriend Liv Tyler

But gradually, Davinia’s problems with alcohol and bipolar disorder proved too difficult and cracks started to appear in the relationship – according to reports, he was often left at home looking after the child.

The pair divorced in 2010, with Dave citing Davinia’s ‘unreasonable behavior’ as the grounds for the split and he gained custody of their three-year-old son.

The couple sold their home Supernova Heights for £3 million to comedian David Walliams.

For a while Dave made very few appearances on the showbiz circuit and was hesitant to return to the dating scene.

A short-lived romance with Stephanie Dorrance, who was the ex-wife of the heir to Campbell’s soup business, reportedly ended because he felt she was too flash with her money.

Then in early 2013, Dave hit the headlines again after it was revealed that he was enjoying a relationship with the pop star Rita Ora, who was 15 years his junior.

The pair were spotted on numerous dates and Rita was pictured doing the ‘walk of shame’ early one morning from her London home in the same outfit she had worn the night before.

But the relationship was once again just a brief spell and Rita moved on to her now ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, while Dave allegedly enjoyed a short dalliance with Kelly Brook.

It was only in mid-July of 2014 that the first rumors arose of his romance with Liv Tyler – the Hollywood actress and daughter of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

Liv is no stranger to the British Isles – her previous husband and father of her first child is Leeds-born Royston Langdon from the band Spacehog.

It has been reported that Kate Moss conspired to set up the pair after becoming convinced that they would hit it off.

A source told The Sun newspaper at the time: ‘This is the real deal. Dave and Liv are madly in love.

They have a child the same age which is ideal. They’re at a similar place in their lives and ready to settle down with the right person.’

The supermodel was right – they were engaged the following year and enjoyed a seven-year relationship.

Liv and Dave went on to have two children, Sailor and Lula, and settled in the Cotswolds.

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