David was awarded the OBE in 1999.
David flies his own helicopter.
David has a tattoo of a star on his shoulder.
David spent time as part of West Ham Juniors.
His mother was a self taught pianist.
David's father was an East-End docker.
David was nominated for a BAFTA for his role in the film That'll Be The Day.
In 2006, David released his greatest hits album.
David wrote the musical Mutiny.
At one time, David owned 100 motorcycles.
David's single Rock On was nominated for an Emmy in 1974.
David reached number one with his single Hold Me Close.
David reached number one with his single Gonna Make You A Star.
David played Che in Evita.
For Godspell David won the Variety Club of Great Britain's "most promising newcomer".
David played Jesus in Godspell.
David has had 23 top 30 singles in Britain alone.
David is the father of one daughter and twin sons.
David was nominated for a Grammy for his smash hit single Rock On in 1974.
David is a gypsy and is a past president of the Romany Union of Great Britain.
Played St Peter in the stage musical Boogie Nights 2.
David: I find it surprising that you can write and record something that people still relate to 25 years later.
David: But it didn't change me in any way. I don't have headed notepaper with David Essex OBE on it.
David: (On recieving his OBE) That was a big day. I took my two eldest kids, and me mum even went out and bought a new hat!
David: (Referring to his role as Jim Maclaine in That'll be the Day (1973) and Stardust (1974))All of a sudden you become God, but you know you're not God. So many of the things we were doing in the film were happening in real life. There were times when I didn't know whether I was Jim or David.