David Beckham

The U. K.'s square-jawed, chiseled-bodied archetype of both sporting achievement and rugged glamour, David Beckham became the most celebrated and desired British athlete of his generation. A prodigy at his sport from an ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1975 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (19)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 (Movie)

KGB Agent (Actor)

David Beckham Into the Unknown 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Goal! 3 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Class Of '92 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Cartoon Network's Hall of Game Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The TeenNick HALO Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Teen Choice 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Asterix at the Olympic Games 2008 (Movie)

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Goal! 2 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 Teen Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Snoop Dogg's Father Hood 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real: The Movie 2005 (Movie)

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Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

The U. K.'s square-jawed, chiseled-bodied archetype of both sporting achievement and rugged glamour, David Beckham became the most celebrated and desired British athlete of his generation. A prodigy at his sport from an early age, Beckham fulfilled a childhood dream by joining the youth squad of Manchester United as a teenager and becoming an ace midfielder before the age of 20. His fairy tale ramped up upon meeting pop diva, Victoria Adams, member of the then-popular act the Spice Girls, whom he would eventually marry in lavish splendor. Though once reviled for costing the English national team its match against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup, Beckham's continued excellence at his sport kept his star ascendant through the early 2000s, weathering infidelity scandals, intra-team controversy and the eventual jump to European rival club Real Madrid. Beckham set records for pay, from the $22 million contract given him by Manchester United in 2003 to the later aggregate $250 million five-year contract that lured him across the Atlantic to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The move proved more of a Hollywood media event than a sports milestone, and Beckham's U.S. career was marred by injury and increasing skepticism as to his dedication to the game versus the perquisites of celebrity. Routinely selected in lists of the most attractive people in the world, Beckham achieved an iconic status that transcended his sport, so much so that British citizens once voted him over Winston Churchill as a prospective next face to grace the country's currency. Upon his retirement from soccer in 2013, Beckham announced that rather than his status as a pop culture icon, he wished to be remembered for his career as a "hardworking footballer."

Relationships

Victoria Beckham Actor

Wife
Began dating 1997 Married July 4, 1999

Ted Beckham

Father

Brooklyn Beckham

Son
Born March 4, 1999; mother, Victoria Beckham

Romeo Beckham

Son
Born Sept. 1, 2002; mother, Victoria Beckham

Cruz Beckham

Son
Born Feb. 20, 2005; mother, Victoria Beckham

Harper Beckham

Daughter
Born July 10, 2011; mother, Victoria Beckham

Sandra West

Mother

Milestones

2013

Announced retirement from soccer

2013

Signed five-month deal with soccer club Paris Saint-Germain; entire salary during his time in Paris donated to local children's charity

2012

LA Galaxy defended MLS Cup title; finals marked his final game with Galaxy

2011

As member of LA Galaxy, won MLS Cup

2008

Inducted into English Football Hall of Fame

2007

Moved to Los Angeles, CA after signing with Major League Soccer (MLS) team Los Angeles Galaxy

2005

Made film debut with cameo in soccer-themed film " Goal! The Dream Begins"; also appeared in 2007 and 2009 sequels

2003

Began playing for Spanish club Real Madrid

2002

Inspired comedy film "Bend It Like Beckham," starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley

2000

Named captain of English national team

1997

Met future wife Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham at a Manchester United game

1996

Delivered game-winning goal in FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea

1995

Made professional league debut with Manchester United

1991

Selected by Manchester United to join its youth team

Began playing soccer with neighborhood club the Ridgeway Rovers; attended Manchester’s Bobby Charlton Soccer School

Bonus Trivia

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In November 2003, Queen Elizabeth honored Beckham by bestowing on him the Order of the British Empire.

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Beckham founded the David Beckham Academy football school in 2005, which operated from two sites in London, England and Los Angeles.

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