DECLAN Donnelly is loved by many for being one half of the UK’s favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec.
Let’s get the lowdown on the experienced TV presenter who is back hosting Britain’s Got Talent:The Champions.
How tall is Declan Donnelly?
Declan Joseph Oliver ‘Dec’ Donnelly, OBE, 43, is an English television presenter, producer and actor best known for working with long-time childhood friend Ant McPartlin.
They are known and loved by fans as 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.
How did Declan Donnelly meet Ant McPartlin?
The pair first met on the children’s television show, Byker Grove in 1990.
They played PJ (Ant) and Duncan (Dec) – Dec was on the show from 1989 and Ant joined in 1990.
Their friendship began when they shared storylines on the show, creating a bond off-screen as well as on.
The duo then went on to launch a pop career in 1994, known as PJ & Duncan – their characters on Byker Grove.
Their music career didn’t last too long – their record label decided not to renew their contract in 1997.
Having become real-life best friends, their on-screen chemistry proved a winner and they moved into comedy presenting.
And in real life Ant and Dec are inseparable and even live on the same street in Chiswick, West London.
Such is the extent of their close working relationship the pair just have the one joint Twitter account @antanddec.
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 old is Dec’s daughter?
Declan’s daughter was born on September 1, 2018.
He and wife Ali named their firstborn Isla Elizabeth Anne.
Writing on the social media account he shares with Ant, he told fans at the time: “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.
He added: “Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! D x”
The Sun on Sunday revealed the couple were expecting their first child in March 2018.
The pair, who tied the knot in 2015, first broke the news they were having a child to close friends and family, including Ant McPartlin, until Dec’s wife was safely over that period.
What is Dec’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.
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.
Here are some of the many shows Dec has presented alongside Ant:
- The Ant & Dec show
- Ant & Dec unzipped
- SMTV Live
- Friends Like These
- Pop Idol
- Saturday Night Takeaway
- Britain’s Got Talent
- I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
All the latest on Dec
When does Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions start?
The BGT spin-off started on Saturday, August 31 and will run for six weeks – with this in mind the show is likely to end on October 5, 2019.
However, the final was actually taped at Wembley Arena at the end of July.
Embarrassingly enough, the act who won the contest showed off their trophy outside the arena – we won’t spoil it for you, but if you do care to know who’s won the show, a simple Twitter search will bring up the answer in no time.