Dougie was born the 30th of November in Orsett, Essex. He was educated at carringham primary school since he moved to Gable Hall School, which was an art school. When he was 15, he auditioned for McFLY and joined the band being the bassit of it. He is the back singer, occasionally lead singer and usually the co-writer of MCFLY. He dated and lived with Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays, until the pair briefly split up in March 2010.They reunited in April 2010,but split up again in November of the same year. Dougie states that they will not be getting back together for the third time.