Gary Barlow says Heartbeat appearance was ‘worst thing’ he’s ever done ‘I got 78p!’

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Gary Barlow, 50, has had a glittering music career, but his one regret professionally was agreeing to an appearance in Heartbeat over 20 years ago. The Take That star had played a hitchhiker in the police drama, who ran into difficulties along the way.

I swear that thing will not leave me

Gary Barlow

When asked to recall his memorable appearance on the show, Garry said: “Oh f**king hell! I swear that thing will not leave me.

“It’s funny, when it gets repeated on something like Gold I get a cheque.

“And I got one this year for 78p, so it wasn’t even a financial decision!

“It was just one of the worst things I’ve ever done, it really was,” he added to The Mirror.

His cameo was part of Heartbeat ­celebrating its 150th episode, and came before his boyband Take That made a sensational comeback.

However, now the star is focused on music and is taking a departure from pop, made evident in last year’s orchestral solo album release.

Gary explained how the likes of Depeche Mode influenced him originally to become a musician.

He revealed: “Once I saw that on Top Of The Pops I wanted a keyboard.

“My music has never really reflected my passion for synthesizers, I do it as a hobby on the side, but who knows in the future?”

The singer recently took fans inside his home music studio on social media and explained how it’s possible to make “good music”.

Speaking directly to the camera he shared: “It’s always an interesting question, equipment and what tools you need to do what we do.

“The truth is, and I’m a bit of a one for buying equipment, but you don’t really need that much to make good music, you really don’t,” he said.

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“I’ve got a lot of pieces of gear in my collection but the truth is, truthfully, you kind of just need a laptop… and you need to learn how it works.

“If you’re thinking of investing and want to start a music career get a good computer, I’d start there. 

“There are amazing thing you can do now with a laptop and that’s all I have for computing stuff.

“All this extra stuff is just extra toys for the bag but you don’t need it, you really don’t,” he finished.

Throughout the year, Gary has released weekly and sometimes daily videos of him duetting with other singers from across the globe.

During the lockdown he has been regularly seen with just his guitar and computer, Gary sang duets with the likes of Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John, Sting, Boy George, Leona Lewis.

He is married to Dawn Andrews and the couple have three children – Daisy, Daniel and Emily.

In September Gary will take to the stage in Kingston, Surrey to play three shows in one day for loyal fans.

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