Tom Parker (singer)

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Tom Parker
Tom Parker 2012.jpg
Parker in 2012
Born (1988-08-04) 4 August 1988 (age 32)
Bolton, England
Kelsey Hardwick
(m. 2018)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2009–present
Associated actsThe Wanted

Tom Parker (born 4 August 1988)[1] is an English singer best known for being a member of the British-Irish boy band the Wanted.[2]


Parker grew up in Bolton, England.[3] He learned to play the guitar at the age of sixteen after trying out his older brother's guitar. He then went on to audition for The X Factor, but did not get past the first round. He went to Manchester Metropolitan University and studied Geography, but dropped out in pursuit of a professional singing career.[4] Parker joined a Take That tribute band known as Take That II and toured Northern England, before joining the Wanted in 2009.[5]

As a member of the boyband the Wanted, Parker has achieved 10 UK top 10 singles and has released 3 UK top 10 albums. The band also achieved widespread international success and has sold over 10 million records.[citation needed]

Parker is also an avid DJ, and collaborated with Richard Rawson on a track called "Fireflies", which was released in August 2014. In May 2015, he was confirmed to take part in the UK version of Celebrity Masterchef.[6][7] He was eliminated during the semi-finals of the competition. In October 2015, Parker released a solo single titled "Undiscovered" along with his own website and tour dates. In February 2016, it was confirmed that he was to replace Tina Hobley on the Channel 4 show The Jump after she fell on her arm and dislocated her elbow. He eventually finished third in the series.[8]

In 2017, Parker was cast in the UK tour of Grease as Danny Zuko.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Parker married Kelsey Hardwick in 2018.[11] They have a daughter born in 2019,[12] Their second child was born 26 October 2020.[13]

On 12 October 2020, Parker announced that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma. He suffered a seizure in July and was put on the waiting list for an MRI, later suffering a seizure on a family trip.[12]

On 7 January 2021, Parker posted to Instagram that his tumour had been "significantly reduced" and that he was continuing his treatment.


  1. ^ O'Kane, Caitlin (12 October 2020). "The Wanted's Tom Parker diagnosed with inoperable brain tumor at 32 years old". CBS News. Retrieved 13 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ The Wanted announce split to take time ‘to pursue personal endeavours’,
  3. ^ "The Wanted have a scream at Manchester show". The Bolton News. UK.
  4. ^ "Alastair Campbell in a spin as charity match turns ugly". The Daily Telegraph. London. 5 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Who are the members of "take that 2"".
  6. ^ "Celebrity MasterChef 2015: full list of contestants revealed". London Evening Standard. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Tom Parker shares his relationship secrets and hopes for Celebrity Masterchef with HELLO!,
  8. ^ Bennion, Chris (March 16, 2017). "The Jump: Ben Cohen beats favourite Tom Parker to win the final - plus other talking points". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved March 27, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Tom Parker on making his stage debut in Manchester, and getting The Wanted back together". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ The Wanted's Tom Parker to put wedding on hold for Grease musical tour,
  11. ^ "The Wanted wedding! Boyband star Tom Parker marries Kelsey Hardwick - pictures". Manchester Evening News. July 28, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Savage, Mark (12 October 2020). "The Wanted star diagnosed with brain tumour". BBC News. Retrieved 12 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "The Wanted's Tom Parker becomes father for second time after brain tumour diagnosis". BBC News. 17 October 2020. Archived from the original on 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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