Is that who I think it is?

Ant & Dec presenting the Brit Awards

July 2024

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. Declan Donnelly lives in Grove Park with his wife Ali Astall. Ant McPartlin used to live next door, until he split from his wife Lisa to move to Wimbledon with his former PA Anne-Marie Corbett. They have been a familiar site in local pubs and restaurants for years.

Anthony McPartlin, OBE and Declan Donnelly, OBE first met as teenage actors on children’s television show Byker Grove. Out of that developed a short career in pop music before they embarked on their hugely successful career as television presenters.

When their careers brought them to London they first bought adjoining terraced houses in Strand on the Green, then built larger houses beside each other in Grove Park.

As well as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! They’ve presented SMTV Live, CD:UK, Friends Like These, Pop Idol, PokerFace, Push the Button, Britain’s Got Talent, Red or Black?, Text Santa and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. They also presented the annual Brit Awards in 2001, 2015 and 2016.

In January 2017 they collected their OBE awards ‘for services to broadcasting and entertainment’. They have also bagged many TV awards in their career together, including Best Reality Show for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Best Entertainment Show for Saturday Night Takeaway in the 2017 TV Choice Awards. They have their own TV production company, Mitre Productions.

In 2017 Ant McPartlin had a spell in rehab for treatment for addiction to painkillers following a knee operation and in April 2018 he was convicted of drink-driving. He took a bit of time out of the limelight. Holly Willoughby replaced him on I’m a Celebrity in 2018 and Saturday Night Takeaway was cancelled.

He made his comeback In 2019, returning to Britain’s Got Talent in January and I’m a Celebrity in September.

Ant and Dec released their bestselling autobiography Once upon a Tyne to celebrate their 30 years together on TV in 2020. As you would expect of the duo, it’s a witty and entertaining collection of their best stories and photographs from their first show Byker Grove.

In 2022, they began presenting a new ITV game show called Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win in which contestants must answer trivia questions and climb the ladder to an unlimited jackpot.

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Profile update by Ciara Fitzgerald, July 2024