DECLAN Donnelly famously forms one half of the UK’s favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec.
Ant is expected to return to his hosting duties for I’m a Celeb 2019.
Let’s get the lowdown on the well-loved TV presenter who will be hosting the Britain’s Got Talent 2019 Final tonight.
Who is Declan Donnelly?
Declan Joseph Oliver ‘Dec’ Donnelly, OBE, 43, is an English television presenter, producer and actor.
He is best known for working with long-time childhood friend Ant McPartlin, as part of presenting duo Ant and Dec.
Dec, who is from Newcastle, was born on September 25, 1975, and stands at 5 foot 6 inches in height.
He is the youngest of seven children.
Who is Declan Donnelly’s wife?
Dec married his long-time other half Ali Astall on August 1, 2015, at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Elswick, Tyne and Wear.
The couple started dating in 2013 and announced their engagement a year later, with Ant as the best man on his big day.
On September 1, 2018, the couple announced their daughter had arrived.
The presenter broke the news writing: “Ali and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born just after 9 o’clock this morning. Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! D x”.
How did Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin meet?
Ant met Dec on the children’s television show Byker Grove when Ant joined in 1990. Dec was on the show from 1989.
They played PJ (Ant) and Duncan (Dec), sharing storylines and creating a friendship off-screen as well as on.
After leaving Byker Grove, they launched a pop career in 1994, known as PJ & Duncan – their characters on Byker Grove.
However, the duo’s music career didn’t last too long as their record label decided not to renew their contract in 1997 – but by then they had already re-branded as Ant and Dec.
Having become real-life best friends, their on-screen chemistry proved a winner and the TV duo moved into comedy presenting.
What shows have Ant and Dec presented?
Ant and Dec have formed one of the most successful partnerships in TV, and are known as television royalty.
They have fronted a number of shows, but really hit the big time when they presented children’s Saturday morning show SMTV Live, which launched the career of Cat Deeley, as well as CD:UK, a music chart show.
They then moved away from kids’ TV and have had success with Saturday Night Takeaway and are also well known for fronting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Britain’s Got Talent.
On March 31, Dec presented Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the first time and gave an emotional speech afterwards in which he thanked the production team and audience.
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What is Declan Donnelly’s net worth?
Dec’s net worth is estimated to be around £62million.
His 2007 presenting deal with ITV was rumoured to be worth around £40million.
Ant and Dec are both property investors too – reportedly owning properties worth around £10million combined.
It is also thought that they are each insured against the other’s death, with the amount reportedly being around £1million.