George Barnett (musician born 1988)

George Barnett (born 9 August 1988) is the English drummer of the band These New Puritans. He is also a male model, having appeared in campaigns for brands such as Burberry, Lanvin and Valentino.

George Barnett
Background information
Born (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 32)
United Kingdom
OriginSouthend-on-Sea, England
GenresArt rock
Occupation(s)Musician, model
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active2005–present


At 18, he worked for designer and photographer Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme in Paris from 2006 to 2007, after a chance meeting. He went on to both walk and co-write the soundtrack for the A/W 2007 show, both the show and music received good reviews one stating " du jour, These New Puritans, provided a sound track that left one wanting more, their drummer George Barnett made for an appealing muse...".[1]

When Hedi Slimane left Dior Homme, Barnett moved to London and recorded These New Puritans debut album, Beat Pyramid, released in 2008 with his twin brother Jack Barnett. It received many reviews one by NME stating they demonstrated a "span of ideas and singularity of vision that simply shouldn't happen to 20-year olds. They've created their own imperfect world."

Whilst touring the Beat Pyramid album he signed a modelling contract with Bananas Models in Paris and Models 1 where he shot the following fashion campaigns[2] for Lanvin,[3] Levi's,[4] Alfred Dunhill, Aquascutum[5] and COS.[6] He has walked as a catwalk model for Dior Homme, Prada,[7] Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Burberry, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Dries van Noten amongst other brands.[8]

In his modelling career, he has worked with fashion photographers Willy Vandereperre, Hedi Slimane, David Sims, Nick Knight[9] and Alasdair McLellan.[10] He has also appeared in many fashion magazines including British Vogue,[11] i-D Magazine,[12] LOVE magazine, Arena Homme+, AnotherMan, and Dazed and Confused.

In 2010, Barnett's second album Hidden with These New Puritans won NME 's 'Album of the Year 2010'.[13] In late 2010, a series of full live performances of Hidden, entitled 'Hidden Live', took place at venues such as the Barbican Centre[14] (featuring the Britten Sinfonia) and the Pompidou Centre.

Personal lifeEdit

As of February 2013, Barnett lives in Clapton with Pixie Geldof, who is a model and singer.[15] They were married in 2017.


  1. ^ Blanks, Tim (7 January 2007). "Dior Homme Review".
  2. ^ "George Barnett on".
  3. ^ "Lanvin F/W 2008 Campaign".
  4. ^ "Levi's Campaign". thefashionisto blog. 15 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Aquascutum Campaign".
  6. ^ "COS Campaign".
  7. ^ "Prada Mens Show 2011".
  8. ^ "'Meet the Artrocker Moonlighting on the Mens Runways' by Tim Blanks". 20 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Notes on Modern Masculinity". i-D Magazine.
  10. ^ "Glamorama: The Life of a Boy Model". Arena Homme+.
  11. ^ "British Vogue". Vogue.
  12. ^ "iD Magazine". i-D Magazine.
  13. ^ "2010 NME Album of the Year". NME Magazine. 30 November 2010.
  14. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (24 October 2010). "These New Puritans with the Britten Sinfonia – review". London: The Guardian Newspaper.
  15. ^ Jess Cartner-Morley (15 February 2013). "Pixie Geldof: rocking 20s style". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

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