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Anthony McPartlin

Anthony McPartlin (of Ant and Dec).jpg
McPartlin in 2014
Born
Anthony David McPartlin

(1975-11-18) 18 November 1975 (age 43)
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityEnglish
OccupationTelevision presenter, actor, singer, rapper, comedian
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Lisa Armstrong
(m. 2006; div. 2018)

Anthony David McPartlin OBE (born 18 November 1975) is an English television presenter, producer and actor. He is best known for working alongside Declan Donnelly as part of the presenting duo Ant & Dec. McPartlin came to prominence, alongside Donnelly, in the children's drama series Byker Grove, with both men establishing successful careers as television presenters, in which they are most known for presenting SMTV Live (between 1998–2001), I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (since 2002), and Britain's Got Talent (since 2007).

Other notable highlights of McPartlin's career alongside Donnelly include presenting PokerFace, Push the Button, Pop Idol, and Red or Black?, being hosts of charity appeal Text Santa (between 2011 and 2014), and also performing as pop music duo PJ & Duncan.

Career

McPartlin at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards, April 2009.[2]

McPartlin's first appearance on television was on the children's workshop programme Why Don't You?,[3] but his big break came when he rose to prominence playing the character of PJ in the CBBC series Byker Grove. It was during his time on the programme that he first met Declan Donnelly, who was cast in the part of Duncan. The pair formed a close friendship on the programme, both socially and professionally, with the men performing as their characters until their departure from the programme in 1993. During their tenure, the pair created a number of hit records under the label of "PJ & Duncan AKA", including the song "Tonight I'm Free" that had been performed on Byker Grove.[4]

From that part onwards, McPartlin and Donnelly worked together on television, creating the presenting duo of Ant & Dec. Initially, the pair continued to work in children's television with the Saturday morning hit SMTV Live, before they eventually branched out into gameshows – Friends Like These, PokerFace and Push the Button – along with talent shows – Pop Idol, and Britain's Got Talent – and entertainment programmes – I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. The pair continued to maintain work in acting, starring in a tribute to The Likely Lads, in the form of a remake of an episode from the show's sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? entitled "No Hiding Place".[5] In 2006, McPartlin and Donnelly starred together in the 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.[6]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life

On 22 July 2006, McPartlin married his longtime girlfriend, make-up artist Lisa Armstrong at Cliveden, a country house hotel in Buckinghamshire.[7] The pair remained married for 11 years before eventually announcing on 15 January 2018 that they were divorcing.[8] The divorce was granted on 16 October 2018.[9]

McPartlin was mainly a Labour Party supporter until the 2010 election, when he voted for the Conservatives. In February 2013, he told The Guardian newspaper that he would struggle to justify voting for either political party in the future.[10]

In 2015, McPartlin went into hospital for an operation to treat his knee, but was advised to take prescription drugs to combat pain after the surgery was botched. Over the course of the following two years, he slowly became addicted to taking the drugs along with alcohol, including use before television appearances. In June 2017, he sought treatment for his addiction and checked himself in for rehabilitation;[11] he was released two months later. On 18 March 2018 McPartlin was involved in a road traffic collision in London, after which he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. The following day, on 19 March, he met with his colleague Donnelly and ITV and suspended further presenting duties in order to return to rehab for further treatment.[12][13] Two days later, on 21 March, he was interviewed under caution and subsequently charged with drink-driving.[14] McPartlin pleaded guilty to the offence at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court the following month, and was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.[15]

In August 2018 McPartlin announced he would be taking a break from television presenting duties until 2019, saying: "My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off."[16][17]

Charity

McPartlin and Donnelly 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.

They opened the W4 Youth Centre in 2013.[18]

Earnings

In 2007, McPartlin, with his on-screen presenting partner, Donnelly, signed a £30 million two-and-a-half year contract with ITV.[19]

Honours and awards

McPartlin was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and entertainment.[20]

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

1994

  • Brit Award Nomination – Best Song: "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble"[21]

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[22]
  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme[23]

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

National Television Awards

Year Award Show
2001 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2002 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Pop Idol
Special Recognition Award
2003[26] 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[27] 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[28] Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
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!
2018 The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Most Popular TV Presenter
Challenge Show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role
1989–1993 Byker Grove PJ
1994 Gimme 5 Guest co-presenter
1995–1997 The Ant & Dec Show Co-presenter
1995–1997 The Big Breakfast Guest co-presenter
1997 Ant and Dec's Geordie Christmas[29] Co-presenter
1998 Ant & Dec Unzipped Co-presenter
1998–2001 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–present Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Co-presenter
2002–2017, 2019 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Co-presenter
2005 Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon Co-presenter
2006, 2008 Soccer Aid
2006–2007 PokerFace
2007–present 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

Year Title Role
2003 Love, Actually Himself
2006 Alien Autopsy Gary Shoefield

Television advertisements

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
2016–2018 Suzuki Himself

Apps

References

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  2. ^ "BAFTA Television Awards 2009 – Outside arrivals (Anthony McPartlin)". Livingly Media, Inc. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Ant and Dec – those cheeky chappies | I'm A Celebrity... | stv.tv Programmes". Programmes.stv.tv. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
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  5. ^ Gallagher, William (12 May 2002). "Ant and Dec's likeable lads". BBC News. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ Slack, James (14 May 2008). "Fraud police could probe Ant & Dec fix". Thisismoney.uk.
  7. ^ "Entertainment – TV's Ant weds, with Dec best man". BBC. 2006-07-22.
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  12. ^ "Ant McPartlin goes back into treatment". BBC News. 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Ant McPartlin steps down from TV shows and seeks treatment". BBC News. 19 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Ant McPartlin charged with drink driving". BBC News. 21 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink driving". BBC News. BBC. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
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