Declan Donnelly

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Declan Donnelly
OBE
Declan Donnelly (of Ant and Dec).jpg
Donnelly in 2014
BornDeclan Joseph Oliver Donnelly
(1975-09-25) 25 September 1975 (age 43)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityEnglish
EducationSt Michael's Roman Catholic Primary School
St Cuthbert's High School
OccupationTelevision presenter, actor, singer, rapper, comedian
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Ali Astall (m. 2015)
ChildrenIsla Elizabeth Anne Donnelly
Parent(s)Anne Donnelly
Alphonsus Donnelly (deceased)
WebsiteOfficial Website
Signature
Declan Donnelly signature.jpeg

Declan Joseph Oliver Donnelly OBE (born 25 September 1975) is an English television presenter, producer and actor. He is best known for working alongside Anthony McPartlin as part of the presenting duo Ant & Dec. Donnelly came to prominence, alongside McPartlin, 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 Donnelly's career alongside McPartlin 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.

Early life[edit]

Donnelly is the child of Irish parents Alphonsus and Anne Donnelly, who originally resided in Desertmartin, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, before migrating to Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1950s.[2] He is among seven children the couple raised within the council estate of Cruddas Park,[3] with Donnelly having three brothers – Martin, Eamonn and Dermott – and three sisters – Patricia, Moyra and Camalia.[4]

Donnelly's education took place first at St Michael's Roman Catholic Primary School, and later at the all-boys St Cuthbert's High School, with him receiving 8 GCSEs.[5] Although he eventually moved towards a career in television, he originally considered becoming a Catholic priest but changed his mind upon seeing the students from the all-girls Sacred Heart Catholic High School.[6]

Career[edit]

Wax model of Donnelly, pictured in 2006

Donnelly's career in television began at the age of 12, when his father suggested that he audition for Byker Grove, a new children's television programme being created by CBBC in Newcastle upon Tyne that had been advertised in local newspapers. His success in this audition led to him securing the role of Duncan, whereupon he first met Anthony McPartlin. Although he was raised in an estate close to Donnelly, McPartlin had never met him until their involvement in the children's drama.[7][8] The pair worked together on the show until their eventual departure in 1993, whereupon they began to bond as friends, both socially and professionally.

After a short tenure in music, Donnelly and McPartlin furthered their careers in television by becoming the presenting duo Ant & Dec. The pair continued to work in children's television, fronting ITV's saturday morning children's programme SMTV Live. After leaving the programme in 2001, the pair branched out to front other shows, including game shows – Friends Like These, PokerFace and Push the Button – 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 acting careers, starring in a tribute to The Likely Lads in 2002, in the form of a remake of an episode from the show's sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, entitled "No Hiding Place",[9] and in 2006 film Alien Autopsy. In April 2009, Donnelly, along with 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.

Ant & Dec have their own production company Mitre Television where they produce their shows.

Personal life[edit]

On 22 July 2006, Donnely was the best man for McPartlin's wedding to Lisa Armstrong.[10] In August 2011, Donnelly attended his father's funeral, after Alphonsus died in hospital after losing his battle with cancer.[3][4]

Donnelly dated television presenter Georgie Thompson from January 2009 until April 2011.[11][12] On 13 November 2014, Donnelly became engaged to the duo's manager Ali Astall, with whom he had been in a relationship for over a year,[13] with the marriage taking place at St Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elswick, Tyne and Wear, on 1 August 2015. The ceremony was conducted by his brother, Father Dermott Donnelly, a Catholic priest, with McPartlin as his best man.[14] On 1 September 2018, after announcing earlier in the year that the couple were expecting their first child, Donnelly's wife gave birth to a daughter, whom the couple revealed had been named as Isla Elizabeth Anne.[15]

Donnelly has stated that he is a practising Roman Catholic but does not publicly discuss religion or his family in depth. [7][8][6] He is a supporter of the Labour Party.[16]

Charity[edit]

Donnelly and McPartlin are patrons of the charity Sunshine Fund. When their single 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble' reached No.1 in 2012, 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.[6][17][18]

They opened the W4 Youth Centre in 2013.[19]

Earnings[edit]

In 2007, Donnelly and McPartlin signed a 2½ year, £30 million contract with ITV.[20]

Honours and awards[edit]

Donnelly was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and entertainment.[21]

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

1994

  • Brit Award Nomination – Best Song: "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble"[22]

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[23]
  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme[24]

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[27] 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[28] 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[29] 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!

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[30]
1998 Ant & Dec Unzipped
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– 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
2016–2018 Suzuki Himself

Apps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Declan Donnelly". Desert Island Discs. 29 December 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "Dec leads mourners at dad's funeral". Evening Chronicle. 28 August 2011. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Declan Donnelly left devastated by the death of his father". Daily Mail. 25 August 2011.
  5. ^ THE IoS PROFILE: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly; Likely lad[dead link] Archived from The Independent (London)
  6. ^ a b c Jones, David (August 2013). "Declan Donnelly: TV presenter and brother of a Catholic priest". Catholic Life. pp. 62–64.
  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. ^ Gallagher, William (12 May 2002). "Ant and Dec's likeable lads". BBC News. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Wedding".
  11. ^ Declan Donnelly dating Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson Archived 5 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Dec and Georgie Thompson announce split" 22 April 2011, RTE.ie Archived 30 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Declan Donnelly engaged to Ali Astall". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 13 November 2014. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Declan Donnelly marries agent Ali Astall in Newcastle". BBC News. 1 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Declan Donnelly and wife Ali Astall welcome baby girl". BBC News. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Ant and Dec: just the two of us". The Guardian. 23 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Cathedral Life — Clergy and Staff: Father Dermott Donnelly". stmaryscathedral.org.uk. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Youth Village Opening". ymt.org. July 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  20. ^ Gibson, Owen (18 April 2007). "Kings of Saturday night TV scoop £30m jackpot". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  21. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B13.
  22. ^ "h2g2 – Ant and Dec – British Television Presenters". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  23. ^ "British Comedy Awards 2006: The Winners – TV News". Digital Spy. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  24. ^ Television – News – British Comedy Awards 2006: The Winners. Digital Spy (13 December 2006). Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  25. ^ "Ant and Dec top children's awards". BBC News. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  26. ^ Ant and Dec's Award Surprise. Sky UK. 8 August 2009
  27. ^ "Ant and Dec win trio of TV awards". BBC News. 15 October 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  28. ^ "National TV Awards 2006: Full winners list – TV News". Digital Spy. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  29. ^ "National Television Awards: The Winners – TV News". Digital Spy. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  30. ^ "Ant and Dec's Geordie Christmas (1997)".

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