Former Towie star Mark Wright has been officially crowned a 28-year-old, now married to Michelle Keegan, has been signed up as the 'Grosvenor Gent' to promote Grosvenor Casinos. And to mark the occasion Mark felt it only right to offer Mirror online some tips and advice on how to be a gentleman. Here are his thoughts:
I think I have wanted to be stylish for as long as I can remember. At school I always made sure my shoes were polished and my tie at secondary school when the cool guys had short ties with big knots, I always liked to keep my tie long.
That comes from my granddad. Whenever my granddad comes round the house whether it is for a cup of tea or going out for dinner, he is always suited and booted and smart. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to dress to impress.
HEALTH & FITNESS
My main tip is don’t think about it as all or nothing. If you are going to go and train and go on a nice diet to get yourself in shape, just do things in moderation. I have got some friends who will come to for five weeks solid and eat a salad when we are in a burger bar or we will have a beer and they will have a water. Most people can’t live like that. I might diet in the daytime but when I go home on the sofa I will have a few sweets or a bit of popcorn. And I won’t go to the gym every single day, I will go around three times a week and keep it ticking over. Don’t drive yourself mad, the minute you get depressed with training or diet it makes you go completely the other way.
I get them from all my family but mainly my granddad and mum and dad. From as early as I can remember they made me say please and thank you and that when people were talking to me to listen to them. It was embedded in me growing up. It is important to make people feel comfortable. I like people to walk away and think I am a polite person, rather than walking away with a bitter taste in their mouth. Politeness is a key part of being a gentleman.
For me it is not about standing out it is about feeling comfortable. I would like to go to a casino or a nightclub and just be as smart as anyone else. I don’t really go for anything too funky or new styles, just in case it goes Pete Tong.
I look up to Becks, he has got it perfectly. He does take risks that I don’t do enough, but when he dresses smart, everything he wears smart is perfect.
GOING TO A CASINO
I remember when I first went in I was quite daunted. You see people they know all the rules.
I just think go in there have a drink or a bit of dinner and watch people.
I have to say out of my group of friends I am not one of the lucky ones, which is why I make sure I always play with a comfortable amount of money rather than stretching myself. I am not someone who likes to go to a casino and lose an amount that is going to make me feeling very upset when I leave. It is fun for me.
I love even numbers that half into even numbers so starting at 32, 16, 8, 4, 2 so I would normally go for them numbers on roulette and maybe throw in my birthday or my mum’s birthday.
I will also do superstitious things like if I am doing red or black I will always turn my head really quickly and the first colour I see I will go for.
It became a problem in Vegas because we stayed in a hotel with red walls or ceilings, so every night was red.
* Grosvenor Casinos are launching a campaign called Grosvenor Gent, a series of top tips and ‘how to’ videos hosted by Mark Wright which will run on Twitter and Facebook from August 6.