English musician best known as the lead vocalist of The Damned, a rock and punk band that formed in London in the mid 1970s. He also became known for his gothic-style clothes.
Before becoming a musician, he worked as a gravedigger.
He played with a rockabilly music group called David Vanian & the Phantom Chords.
He married Patricia Morrison; they welcomed a daughter, Emily, in 2004.
He and bassist Captain Sensible both performed with The Damned.