Dougie Lee Poynter (born November 30 1987 in Corringham, Essex, England) is bass player and backing vocalist for the British pop rock/pop punk band McFly, along with fellow band members Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher and Harry Judd. McFly rose to fame after the release of their first single, "Five Colours In Her Hair", which reached #1 in the charts, as did their following debut album Room On The Third Floor. They were also helped by former band (and friends) Busted who invited them to tour with them, as support act, in October 2003 (on their A Ticket For Everyone tour). Poynter is the youngest member of the band, being only fifteen when he joined.
During his younger years, Poynter would breed lizards, earning himself the nickname 'Lizard King' at school (he was also known as 'Grunger', for his different music and fashion tastes as compared to the other students). He was in a punk rock band called Ataiz. His decision to leave for London was clearly taken with mixed sentiment amongst Poynter's friends, as expressed in the statement (below), taken from the old Ataiz Website:
''"Everything was beginning to look up for the band and they were on the brink of sending their demos off and seriously trying to get signed just after their East Thurrock gig when suddenly Poynter announced that he was leaving to join another band called mcfly [sic], who were well marketed and produced by a large, expensive label called Universal Island Records. This was a shock to the band and a shame as it was always assumed that if they'd make it, they'd make it together."
Poynter is a publicly shy person, rarely commenting during earlier McFly interviews. However, he has since admitted this was mostly down to his father's abandonment a few weeks before he joined McFly. Despite this shy exterior, he is also known to be the bubbliest band member and, according to fellow bandmates, often says things without thinking. Tom Fletcher has on more than one occasion stated concern that the bassist will one day land the band into trouble by saying something offensive or upsetting to someone or in front of an audience. Recently Poynter has become more relaxed with the band's growing fame, and has begun speaking more in interviews, as well as performing 'riskier' stunts in front of an audience.
Poynter has four tattoos - a star on each ankle (one blue, one red), the word "Athletes" across the top of his foot (as in Athlete's Foot; the other McFly members have similar tattoos), and a large space-themed scene - complete with rocket and lizard-skull - over his upper right chest, which he got to celebrate his eighteenth birthday; in the summer of 2006 he had the tattoo extended down his right arm. In an interview, he admitted that after he had received the tattoo he had passed out due to not having eaten anything and lying still for 13 hours.
Poynter owns a small 'zoo' (as he himself dubbs it) of animals; being fond of pets from an early age, especially terrapins and squamata's. In 2005 he purchased a young bearded dragon lizard, Jerry (this came about when one of his two childhood pet dragons, Buffy, died) he also has another dragon named Zukie. When (in 2005) the band (McFly) moved into separate quarters, Poynter also purchased: two tortoises a breading pair of Fiji iguanas, two snakes, two rhino iguana's and, in 2007, a chocolate labrador puppy named Flea. He has admitted to being allergic to horses, budgies and hamsters and, when once asked what his favourite type of pet was in an interview, he replied: "Well, it's hardly going to be a cat, is it?".
Poynter currently lives on the bottom floor of a three-storey apartment block; bandmate Danny Jones lives on the top floor, with the band's personal studio situated in the middle. Other bandmates Harry Judd and Tom Fletcher also live in the same gated community. Poynter is an open skateboarding fan and often wears skate/surf brand clothing to highlight this, as well as having a half-pipe ramp in his back garden. Poynter and (bandmate) Jones claim to be the 'flashest' members of McFLY, each owning, more than one, wide-screened television set complete with surround sound, as well as, more recently, clubbing together to buy a seven-seater hot tub, which is situated in the duos back garden.
Poynter plays the bass guitar, provides backing vocals and occasionally has solos. At the age of fourteen, he wrote the song 'Silence is a Scary Sound' with some input from previous bandmates in Ataiz; the song was debuted on McFly's 2005 arena tour (Wonderland). Poynter also co-wrote (with Tom Fletcher) 'Transylvania' (however Fletcher admitted the song was 'Dougie's baby') the double A-side to 'Baby's Coming Back'; this was the band's first single to feature Poynter on lead vocals. He also penned a b-side to the "The Heart Never Lies" single, called "Ignorance". It sounded nothing like McFly at all, it was an obvious influence from Poynters favorite band, Blink 182.
Poynter has played bass since "before he can remember", according to one interview; he later specified this age at being, 'about thirteen'. Band members Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher recall Poynter as being by far the best technical bassist they auditioned.
Poynter has appeared with McFly at many televised music events, including T4 on the Beach and the first annual Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards. They also starred in the teen comedy film Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine.