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Declan Donnelly

Declan Donnelly British television personality, presenter and actor

British television personality, presenter and actor
Declan Donnelly
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro British television personality, presenter and actor
Is Television presenter
From United Kingdom
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 25 September 1975, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, North East England
Age: 44 years
Star sign LibraLibra
Stats
Height: 1.6637 m
The details

Biography

Declan Joseph Oliver 'Dec' Donnelly, OBE (born 25 September 1975) is an English television presenter, producer and actor, best known as one half of the British acting and TV presenting duo Ant & Dec, with the other being Anthony McPartlin.

Donnelly came to prominence in the children's drama series Byker Grove and as one half of the pop music duo PJ & Duncan. Since then, Donnelly and McPartlin have had a very successful career as television presenters, currently presenting I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! since 2002, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway since 2002, Britain's Got Talent since 2007 and Text Santa since 2011.

Before then, the duo presented other ITV entertainment series such as PokerFace, Push the Button, Pop Idol and Red or Black?.

Early life

Donnelly is the youngest of seven children born to Irish parents Alphonsus (died 2011) and Anne Donnelly. He has three brothers, Martin, Eamonn and Dermott; and three sisters, Patricia, Moyra and Camalia. His parents hailed from Desertmartin, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, but migrated to Newcastle, where they bought a house in the 1950s. The family lived in the council estate of Cruddas Park for many years and all seven children were raised there. Donnelly's future double act partner Anthony McPartlin was raised in a nearby estate but the duo only met in 1986, on the set of Byker Grove.

Donnelly attended St Michael's Roman Catholic Primary School and the all-boys St Cuthbert's High School, leaving with 8 GCSEs. He considered becoming a Catholic priest but quipped that he changed his mind after seeing the girls from Sacred Heart, the local Catholic girls' school.

Career

Donnelly, pictured in 2006

The part of Duncan on Byker Grove was Dec's first well-known TV appearance. At the age of 12, he saw an advert in a local newspaper stating that a new children's TV show would be filmed in Newcastle and was looking for young actors. It was his father who suggested that he audition. At first Dec said he didn't want to, but he later phoned the producer and asked for an audition. He was successful and it was on the Byker Grove set that he first met McPartlin.

Donnelly and McPartlin soon became the famous duo known today, who host Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, an entertainment show in which they compete against each other and the audience can win prizes. They also host ITV's reality TV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in which celebrities are placed in the jungle in Australia and have to compete to win the show. They also host another ITV show, Britain's Got Talent, a talent search to find an act to perform at the Royal Variety Show in front of the Royal Family and most recently Ant & Dec's Push the Button, with the same idea as Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. Most recently, they hosted Red or Black?, a game show which is based on roulette. In April 2009, Donnelly and McPartlin achieved wide international exposure after interviewing Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle, whose audition would become the most-viewed YouTube video of 2009. They also starred in the 2006 film Alien Autopsy.

Ant & Dec have their own production company Mitre Television where they produce their shows.

Personal life

Donnelly was the best man at Anthony McPartlin's wedding to Lisa Armstrong on 22 July 2006. On 13 November 2014, it was announced that Donnelly had become engaged to their longtime manager Ali Astall, whom he had been dating since 2013.

After getting engaged to Ali Astall in November 2014, Donnelly and Alstall were married on 1 August 2015 at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elswick, Tyne and Wear. The ceremony was conducted by his brother Fr Dermott Donnelly, a Catholic priest. Ant was his best man.

Donnelly has stated that he is a practising Roman Catholic but does not publicly discuss religion or his family in depth.

Donnelly is a supporter of the Labour Party.

Charity

Donnelly and McPartlin are patrons of the charity Sunshine Fund. When their single 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble' reached No.1, Ant & Dec donated the single's success to the charity ChildLine. They also support the Text Santa appeal.

Donnelly also supports the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle's Youth Ministry Team, directed by one of his older brothers Fr Dermott Donnelly, Dean of St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle.

They opened the W4 Youth Centre in 2013.

Earnings

In 2007, Donnelly and McPartlin signed a 2½ year, £30 million contract with ITV.

Honours and awards

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and entertainment.

Ant and Dec have won or been nominated for the following awards:

In September 2006, they were voted by the general public as number 7 in a poll of TV's 50 Greatest Stars.

1994

  • Brit Award Nomination – Best Song: "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble"

1995

  • Brit Award Nomination – British Breakthrough

2006

  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Personality
  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

2008

  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards: Best Entertainment Show (Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards 2008: Favourite Funny Person, Best TV presenters and Best Family TV show (Britain's Got Talent)

2009

  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards: Best Entertainment Show (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards:Outstanding Contribution Award

2010

  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)

2012

  • Freesat: Best TV Presenter(s)

2013

  • TRIC Awards: TV Personality of the Year
  • TRIC Awards: TRIC Special Award (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)
  • RTS Awards: Entertainment Performance (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)
  • Nominated – British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)

2014

  • British Academy Television Awards:(BAFTA) Entertainment Performance (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • British Academy Television Awards: (BAFTA) Entertainment Programme (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)

2015

  • British Academy Television Awards: (BAFTA) Entertainment Performance (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • British Academy Television Awards: (BAFTA) Entertainment Programme (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)

National Television Awards

Ant & Dec have won the National Television Award for Most Popular Entertainment Presenter(s) 16 years running 2001 to 2017.

Year Award Show
2001 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2002 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Pop Idol
Special Recognition Award
2003 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Most Popular Reality Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
2004 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
2005 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2006 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Quiz Programme Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon
2007 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Most Popular Reality Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
2008 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2009 There were no NTAs in 2009
2010 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
2011 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
2012 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Reality Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
2013 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
2014 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Landmark Award
2015 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

NTAs by number won

Award Won
Most Popular Entertainment Presenter 16
Most Popular Reality Programme 3
Most Popular Entertainment Programme 9
Special Recognition Award 2
Most Popular Quiz Programme
Landmark Award

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role
1989 Byker Grove Duncan
1994 The Cinder Path Stable Boy
1995–97 The Ant & Dec Show Himself
1998 Ant & Dec Unzipped Himself
1998–2001 SMTV Live Himself
CD:UK Himself
1999–2001 Friends Like These Himself
2001, 2015–16 BRIT Awards Presenter
2001 Slap Bang with Ant & Dec Presenter
2001–03 Pop Idol Presenter
2002–09 Engie Benjy Voice
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? Himself
2002–09, 13— Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Presenter
2002— I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Presenter
2005 Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon Presenter
2006, 08 Soccer Aid Presenter
2006–07 PokerFace Presenter
2007— Britain's Got Talent Presenter
2009 Ant & Dec's Christmas Show Presenter
2010–11 Ant & Dec's Push the Button Presenter
2011—12 Red or Black? Presenter
2011— Text Santa Presenter
2016 The Prince's Trust (working title) Presenter

Film

Year Title Role
2003 Love, Actually Himself
2006 Alien Autopsy Ray Santilli

Television advertisements

Year Title Role
2000 Wispa Bite Himself
2001 Ambrosia Splat Himself, voice only
Woolworths Himself
2002 McDonald's Himself, voice only
2008 Sainsbury's Himself
2010–11 Nintendo Wii & DS Himself
2013— Morrisons Himself

Apps

  • An official Saturday Night Takeaway app known as Studio Rush launched on 30 January 2013.
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