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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 of the boys 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).

Career

McPartlin's first appearance on television was on the children's workshop programme Why Don't You?​​​​, 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. Other notable highlights of McPartlin's career alongside Donnelly include presenting PokerFacePush the ButtonPop 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.

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". 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.

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.

Personal Life

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

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.

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; 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. Two days later, on 21 March, he was interviewed under caution and subsequently charged with drink-driving. McPartlin pleaded guilty to the offence at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court the following month, and was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000, Britain’s highest-ever penalty for drink-driving.

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."

In January 2019, McPartlin returned to his television duties alongside Donnelly at the Britain's Got Talent auditions.

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.

Earnings

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

McPartlin was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for his services to television.

The following listed below are the television awards that McPartlin has been nominated for or awarded with, primarily while working alongside Declan Donnelly as Ant & Dec:

1994

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



1995

  • Brit Award Nomination – British Breakthrough
  • Royal Television Society Awards- The Ant and Dec Show



1996

  • British Academy Children's Awards: Children's Entertainment Show (The Ant and Dec Show)



1997

  • Nominated – British Academy Children's Awards: Children's Entertainment Show (The Ant and Dec Show)



1998

  • British Academy Children's Awards: Children's Entertainment Show (Ant and Dec Unzipped)



2000

  • British Academy Children's Awards: Children's Entertainment Show (SMTV Live)
  • TV Choice Awards: Best Children's Show (SMTV Live)
  • Royal Television Society Awards: Best Children's Entertainment Programme (SMTV Live)
  • TV Hits Awards: Best Teen Show (CD:'UK)
  • Loaded Carling Good Work Fellas Awards: Best Double Act
  • British Comedy Awards: The People's Choice (SMTV Live)



2001

  • TV Choice Awards: Best Children's Show (SMTV Live)
  • Broadcast Awards: Best Children's Programme (SMTV Live)
  • Royal Television Society Awards : Best Television Presenters
  • Disney Channel Awards: Kids Awards (The Ant and Dec Show)
  • Nominated – British Academy Children's Awards: Best Children's Entertainment Show (SMTV Live)



2002

  • Nominated – British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (Pop Idol)
  • British Academy Children's Awards: Children's Entertainment Show (SMTV Live)



2005

  • Nominated – British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)



2006

  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Personality
  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme



2007

  • Nominated – British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)

2008

  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards: Best Entertainment Show (Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards 2008: Favourite Funny Person, Best TV presenters and Best Family TV show (Britain's Got Talent)



2009

  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards: Best Entertainment Show (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards:Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Nominated – British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)



2010

  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!)
  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Programme (Britain's Got Talent)



2012

  • Freesat: Best TV Presenter(s)



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

  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Programme (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)



2015

  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Performance (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)
  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Programme (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway)



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)



2018

  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Programme (Britain's Got Talent)



2019

  • Guinness World Records: Most NTA wins for Best Presenter won consecutively
  • British Academy Television Awards: Entertainment Programme (Britain's Got Talent)

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 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 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 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!
2019 The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Most Popular TV Presenter

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 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, 2013–2018, 2020- 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 A History of Tyneside
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
2013–2015 Morrisons
2016–2018 Suzuki
2019–present Marks & Spencer
2019–present Santander Bank

Apps

  • An official Saturday Night Takeaway app known as Studio Rush launched on 30 January 2013.
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