Anthony McPartlin

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Anthony McPartlin
Anthony McPartlin (2009).jpg
McPartlin in 2009
Born Anthony David McPartlin
(1975-11-18) 18 November 1975 (age 39)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Residence London
Nationality British
Occupation Television presenter, actor, singer, rapper, comedian
Years active 1987–present
Net worth £62m (approx.)
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) Lisa Armstrong
(m. 2006-present)
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 29 December 2013.[1]

Anthony David "Ant" McPartlin (born 18 November 1975) is an English television presenter and actor, perhaps best known as one half of the English comedy and television presenting duo Ant & Dec, with the other being Declan Donnelly. He initially came to prominence in the early-to-mid-1990s in the children's drama series Byker Grove and as one half of the pop music duo PJ & Duncan.

Since the late 1990s, Ant & Dec have had a very successful career as TV presenters, fronting programmes such as SMTV Live, Friends Like These, Pop Idol, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain's Got Talent, PokerFace, Push the Button, Red or Black? and Text Santa. They have also returned to acting, starring in a 2002 Tribute to The Likely Lads and the 2006 film Alien Autopsy.


Main article: Ant & Dec

Ant's first appearance on television was on the children's workshop programme Why Don't You?[2] but he rose to prominence playing PJ in the Children's BBC series Byker Grove. It was here that he first met Declan Donnelly, who was cast in the part of Duncan, and real life mirrored the programme as the two became best friends both on set and off. In the guise of "PJ & Duncan AKA", they had a number of hit records, starting with "Tonight I'm Free", a song that they had performed on the show.[3] The two left the series in 1993.

Since that time the pair have appeared together in such programmes as SMTV Live, Friends Like These, Pop Idol, Britain's Got Talent, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, PokerFace and Push the Button. They have also returned to acting, starring in a 2002 Tribute to The Likely Lads and the 2006 film Alien Autopsy.

In 2007 it was discovered that two shows, Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which he co-presented with Donnelly, had defrauded viewers participating in phone-ins. The latter was produced by the pair's own production company.[4]

In April 2009, Ant & Dec achieved wide international exposure when, as backstage commentators for Britain's Got Talent, they interviewed contestant Susan Boyle, whose audition would become the most viewed YouTube video of the year and whose record album topped sales charts in dozens of countries.


Ant & Dec have won a considerable number of awards over the years for their television work, as well as awards for Best New Act during their singing career.

They have gained:


In 2007, McPartlin with his on screen partner Donnelly, signed a £30 million two-and-a-half year contract with ITV.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, McPartlin was temporarily banned from driving after being caught speeding at 127 mph through County Durham in his Audi TT.[6]

On 22 July 2006 he married longtime girlfriend and make-up artist Lisa Armstrong at Cliveden, a hotel in Buckinghamshire.[7] They met when they were both performing at a pop concert at Newcastle City Hall in 1994. McPartlin was there as part of PJ & Duncan AKA, whilst Armstrong was in the pop band Deuce.[8]

On 8 March 2011 whilst watching a football match and relaxing in a local pub, he was the subject of an unprovoked attack by an unknown assailant who then fled the scene.[9]

McPartlin was formerly a Labour Party supporter. However at the 2010 election he voted for the Conservatives. In February 2013, he told The Guardian newspaper that he would struggle to justify voting for the Conservatives or the Labour Party "at the moment".[10]


  1. ^ "Anthony McPartlin". Desert Island Discs. 29 December 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Ant and Dec - those cheeky chappies | Presenters | I'm A Celebrity... | Programmes". Retrieved 23 April 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (10 September 2005). "Interview: Simon Hattenstone meets Ant and Dec". Guardian. 
  4. ^ Slack, James (14 May 2008). "Fraud police could probe Ant & Dec fix". 
  5. ^ Gibson, Owen (18 April 2007). "Kings of Saturday night TV scoop £30m jackpot". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Ant nicked at 127mph
  7. ^ Comic Ant ties the knot
  8. ^ At his wedding, Dec was his best man.Ant's Bride
  9. ^ Still smiling: TV presenter Ant McPartlin continues with work commitments after he is 'punched in pub in unprovoked attack'
  10. ^ "Ant and Dec: just the two of us". The Guardian. 23 February 2013. 


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