Declan Donnelly

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Declan Donnelly
OBE
Declan Donnelly (of Ant and Dec).jpg
Donnelly in 2014
Born Declan Joseph Oliver Donnelly
(1975-09-25) 25 September 1975 (age 42)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Residence London, England
Nationality English
Education St Michael's Roman Catholic Primary School
St Cuthbert's High School
Occupation Television presenter, actor, singer, rapper, comedian
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Ali Astall (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Anne Donnelly
Alphonsus Donnelly (deceased)
Website Official Website

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 TV presenting duo Ant & Dec alongside 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 with McPartlin. Since then, the duo have had a very successful career as television presenters, presenting I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway since 2002, Britain's Got Talent since 2007 and Text Santa between 2011 and 2014. The duo did not present the final series of Text Santa in 2015.[2] [3]

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

Early life[edit]

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.[4] His parents hailed from Desertmartin, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, but migrated to Newcastle, where they bought a house in the 1950s.[5] The family lived in the council estate of Cruddas Park for many years and all seven children were raised there.[6] 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.[7][8]

Donnelly attended St Michael's Roman Catholic Primary School and the all-boys St Cuthbert's High School, leaving with 8 GCSEs.[9] 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.[10]

Career[edit]

Wax model of 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[edit]

Donnelly was the best man at Anthony McPartlin's wedding to Lisa Armstrong on 22 July 2006.[11] 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.[12]

Donnelly and Astall 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.[13]

Donnelly has stated that he is a practising Roman Catholic but does not publicly discuss religion or his family in depth.[7][8][10]

Donnelly is a supporter of the Labour Party.[14]

Charity[edit]

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.[10][15][16]

They opened the W4 Youth Centre in 2013.[17]

Earnings[edit]

In 2007, Donnelly and McPartlin signed a 2½ year, £30 million contract with ITV.[18]

Honours and awards[edit]

Donnelly was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and entertainment.[19]

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

1994

  • Brit Award Nomination – Best Song: "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble"[20]

1995

  • Brit Award Nomination – British Breakthrough
  • Royal Television Society Awards- The Ant and Dec Show

1996

1997

1998

2000

2001

2002

2005

2006

  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Personality[21]
  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme[22]

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

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

2015

2017

  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Programme (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • British Academy Television Awards: Live Event (The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration)

National Television Awards[edit]

Year Award Show
2001 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2002 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Pop Idol
Special Recognition Award
2003[25] 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[26] 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[27] 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!
2016 Most Popular Entertainment Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Most Popular TV Presenter
2017 Most Popular Entertainment Programme Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Most Popular TV Presenter
Challenge Show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

NTAs by number won[edit]

Award Won
Most Popular Entertainment/TV Presenter 16
Most Popular Reality Programme 3
Most Popular Entertainment Programme 11
Special Recognition Award 1
Most Popular Quiz Programme
Landmark Award
Challenge Show

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1989−1993 Byker Grove Duncan
1994 Gimme 5 Guest co-presenter
1995−1997 The Ant & Dec Show Co-presenter
1995−1997 The Big Breakfast
1997 Ant and Dec's Geordie Christmas[28]
1998 Ant & Dec Unzipped
1998−2001, 2018— SMTV Live
1998−2001 CD:UK
1999−2001 Friends Like These
2001, 2015–2016 BRIT Awards
2001 Slap Bang with Ant & Dec
2001−2003 Pop Idol
2002-2004 Engie Benjy Engie Benjy, Jollop and Trucker Troy (voice)
2002 A Tribute to the Likely Lads Himself
2002−2009, 2013– Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Co-presenter
2002– I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
2005 Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon
2006, 2008 Soccer Aid
2006−2007 PokerFace
2007– Britain's Got Talent
2008 Wanna Bet?
2009 Ant & Dec's Christmas Show
2010−2011 Ant & Dec's Push the Button
2011−2012 Red or Black?
2011−2014 Text Santa
2016 When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of The Prince's Trust
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration

Film[edit]

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

Television advertisements[edit]

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
2010–2011 Nintendo Wii & DS Himself
2013–2015 Morrisons Himself
2016— Suzuki Himself

Apps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Declan Donnelly". Desert Island Discs. 29 December 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/ant-dec-too-busy-host-6563423.
  3. ^ "Text Santa". 
  4. ^ "Declan Donnelly left devastated by the death of his father". Daily Mail. 25 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Whelan, Dave (20 January 2014). "BGT's Declan Donnelly gets mum on the phone to savour Irish music in Belfast's Duke of York pub". The Belfast Telegraph. Belfast. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dec leads mourners at dad's funeral". Evening Chronicle. 28 August 2011. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Ant and Dec are laughing all the way to the bank". Daily Mail. 10 April 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "The boys next door". The Guardian. 10 September 2005. 
  9. ^ THE IoS PROFILE: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly; Likely lad[dead link] Archived from The Independent (London)
  10. ^ a b c Jones, David (August 2013). "Declan Donnelly: TV presenter and brother of a Catholic priest". Catholic Life. pp. 62–64. 
  11. ^ "Wedding". 
  12. ^ "Declan Donnelly engaged to Ali Astall". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 13 November 2014. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Declan Donnelly marries agent Ali Astall in Newcastle". BBC News. 1 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ant and Dec: just the two of us". The Guardian. 23 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Cathedral Life — Clergy and Staff: Father Dermott Donnelly". stmaryscathedral.org.uk. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Youth Village Opening". ymt.org. July 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Gibson, Owen (18 April 2007). "Kings of Saturday night TV scoop £30m jackpot". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B13. 
  20. ^ "h2g2 – Ant and Dec – British Television Presenters". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "British Comedy Awards 2006: The Winners – TV News". Digital Spy. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Television – News – British Comedy Awards 2006: The Winners. Digital Spy (13 December 2006). Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  23. ^ "Ant and Dec top children's awards". BBC News. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  24. ^ Ant and Dec's Award Surprise. Sky UK. 8 August 2009
  25. ^ "Ant and Dec win trio of TV awards". BBC News. 15 October 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  26. ^ "National TV Awards 2006: Full winners list – TV News". Digital Spy. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "National Television Awards: The Winners – TV News". Digital Spy. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Ant and Dec's Geordie Christmas (1997)". 

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