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David Furnish


David Furnish


David James Furnish (born 25 October 1962) is a Canadian-British filmmaker and former advertising executive. He is the husband of English singer, pianist and composer Sir Elton John.

David Furnish was born at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Gladys and Jack Furnish, a director at the Bristol-Myers pharmaceutical company. He has an older brother, John, and a younger brother, Peter. Furnish graduated from the Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in 1981 and received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (HBA) from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 1985.

After graduation, he was recruited by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather Canada in Toronto. At 27, he asked his firm to transfer him to their UK principal offices in London. Furnish flourished in England, becoming the firm's youngest Director of Account Services.

Furnish is co-chief of Rocket Pictures along with his husband, Sir Elton John. Furnish serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, attending fundraisers and other events in support of that cause.

Furnish is a contributing editor for Tatler magazine and also is a regular columnist for Interview and GQ.

In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed men in Britain.

In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Queerty named him, along with John, as one of the Pride50 "trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people".

Furnish began a relationship with singer Elton John in 1993. John proposed to Furnish in May 2005 at a dinner party with friends and family at one of their homes in Old Windsor. Furnish and John entered into a civil partnership on 21 December 2005, the first day that civil partnerships could be performed in England, in the town of Windsor, Berkshire. Their first child, son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born on 25 December 2010 in California via surrogacy.

On 11 January 2013, the couple's second son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, was born through the same surrogate. After same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in March 2014, Furnish and John retroactively converted their civil partnership into a marriage and marked the occasion with a ceremony in Windsor on 21 December 2014, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership.

In 2016, Furnish sought an anonymised privacy injunction in the case PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd.

  • Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras; director (1997)
  • Women Talking Dirty; producer (1999)
  • Desert Flower; co-producer (1999)
  • Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm; executive producer (2002)
  • Fame and Fashion: Inside Gucci – Sex and Fashion; director, script writer (2002)
  • Fame and Fashion: Inside Versace – Fame and Fashion; director, script writer (2002)
  • It's a Boy Girl Thing; producer (2006)
  • Pride and Predator; producer (announced 2009)
  • Gnomeo & Juliet; producer (2011)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical Live; executive producer (2014)
  • Virtuoso; executive producer (2015)
  • Sherlock Gnomes; producer (2018)
  • Rocketman; producer (2019)
  • Elton John: Never Too Late, director (2024)
  • Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...; producer (2008)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical; executive producer (March 2005).
  • David Furnish at IMDb

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