In Dancing with the Stars season 8, Gilles Marini partnered Cheryl Burke.
Gilles and Cheryl were runners-up.
Gilles Marini played Dante, who often appeared nude and lived in the beach house next door to Kim Cattrall's Samantha in the Sex and the City movie.
As a result of Sex and the City, Gilles Marini won "best rear" at Bravo's A-List Awards.
Gilles Marini's mother was Greek and his father, who was a baker, was Italian, however Gilles was born in Grasse in France.
Gilles Marini had a stint with the French army and served as a fireman for the Brigade des Sapeurs Pompiers de Paris.
He then became a model including working in Milan as a runway model for Armani Jeans.
After moving to the USA, Gilles Marini gained work as an actor as well as a model. His credits include Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Criminal Minds, and he was also cast as Vanessa Redgrave's husband on Nip/Tuck.
Asked about his appearance in Sex in the City, Gilles Marini told People Magazine: "We are from France, so sex is very well-accepted."
The Daily Mail carried a photo of Gilles Marini dressed only in a towel after training for Soccer Aid.
His official site has a biography of Gilles Marini.