Ant and Dec - Biography
Born: November 18, 1975 (Ant McPartlin); September 25, 1975 (Declan Donnelly)
Famous for: Their enduring onscreen double act
Between them, the inimitable Ant and Dec have become the kings of the small screen. The Newcastle-born lads began their careers on popular teen soap Byker Grove. After establishing a charismatic TV presence, the gregarious Geordies went on to pursue a music career as PJ & Duncan, using the trademark names of the teen soap characters they had come to embody. Now, however, their singles are routinely mocked by the pair, as they shed their gawky teen image and became the dynamic duo that we know and love today.
First beginning their presenting career at SMTV live, the cheeky pair were joined by Cat Deeley to present the hit comic children's show. Leaving the days of Wonky Donkey far behind, tears were shed by many a child as the pair departed the award-winning hit programme in 2001. The duo then went on to receive an offer for their first prime time slot in Pop Idol during the same year.
Going from strength to strength, the pair now present I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! as well as talent competition Britain's Got Talent. Unsurprsingly, Ant and Dec have since gone on to win eleven National Television Awards for Best Presenter, as well as scoring a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ages of just 27.
Although unseperable on screen, their romantic lives have gone down different routes. Ant McPartlin wed make-up artist love Lisa Armstrong in 2006 and, naturally, his partner in crime Dec was his best man. Dec, however, has been unluckier in love. The star dated Grange Hill actress Clare Buckfield for ten years, but the pair went on to split in 2003. Single until 2009, the presenter found love in the form of Sky Sports presenter Georgie Porter, whom he dated for two years. Single since 2011, the star is one of the most eligible bachelors in the British media circuit.