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Anthony David "Ant" McPartlin, OBE (born 18 November 1975) is an English television presenter, producer and actor, best known as one half of the English acting and TV presenting duo Ant & Dec, with the other being Declan Donnelly.

Anthony McPartlin
OBE
Anthony McPartlin (of Ant and Dec).jpg
McPartlin in 2014
Born Anthony David McPartlin
(1975-11-18) 18 November 1975 (age 42)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Residence London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Television presenter, actor, singer, rapper, comedian
Years active 1987–present
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) Lisa Armstrong
(m. 2006)

McPartlin came to prominence in the children's drama series Byker Grove and as one half of the pop music duo PJ & Duncan. Since then, McPartlin and Donnelly have had a very successful career as television presenters, currently presenting I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! since 2002, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway since 2002, Britain's Got Talent since 2007 and Text Santa between 2011 and 2014 . Both him and Donnelly didn't present Text Santa in 2015 [2] which was the last year of the appeal. [3]

Before then, the duo presented other ITV entertainment series such as PokerFace, Push the Button, Pop Idol and Red or Black?.

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CareerEdit

 
McPartlin at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards, April 2009.[4]

Ant's first appearance on television was on the children's workshop programme Why Don't You?[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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 lifeEdit

On 22 July 2006 he married longtime girlfriend and make-up artist Lisa Armstrong at Cliveden, a country house hotel in Buckinghamshire.[8] 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.

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 Labour "at the moment".[9]

In June 2017 McPartlin checked himself into rehab for drink and drug addictions. It was revealed that he had been battling a prescription drug addiction for around a year after a botched knee operation left him in pain. [10]

CharityEdit

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.[11]

EarningsEdit

In 2007 McPartlin, with his on-screen presenting partner Donnelly, signed a £30 million two-and-a-half year contract with ITV.[12]

Honours and awardsEdit

McPartlin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and entertainment.[13]

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

In September 2006, they were voted by the general public as number 7 in a poll of TV's 50 Greatest Stars.[14]

1994

  • Brit Award Nomination – Best Song: "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble"[15]

1995

  • Brit Award Nomination – British Breakthrough

2006

  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Personality[16]
  • British Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Entertainment Programme[17]

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

National Television AwardsEdit

Ant & Dec have won the National Television Award for Most Popular Entertainment Presenter(s) 16 years running 2001 to 2017.[20]

Year Award Show
2001 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2002 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme Pop Idol
Special Recognition Award
2003[21] 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[22] 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[23] Most Popular Entertainment Presenter
2009 There were no NTAs in 2009
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 TV Presenter
Most Popular Entertainment Programme I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
2017 Most Popular TV Presenter
Most Popular Challenge Show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Most Popular Entertainment Show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

NTAs by number wonEdit

Award Won
Most Popular Entertainment/TV Presenter 16
Most Popular Reality Programme 3
Most Popular Entertainment Programme 11
Special Recognition Award 1
Most Popular Challenge Show
Most Popular Quiz Programme
Landmark Award

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role
1980s Why Don't You? Himself
1989 Byker Grove PJ
1994 The Cinder Path Stable Boy
1995–97 The Ant & Dec Show Himself
1998 Ant & Dec Unzipped Himself
1998–2001 SMTV Live Himself
CD:UK Himself
1999–2001 Friends Like These Himself
2001, 2015 BRIT Awards Presenter
2001 Slap Bang with Ant & Dec Presenter
2001–03 Pop Idol Presenter
2002–04 Engie Benjy Jollop, Trucker Troy (voice)
2002–09, 2013–present Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Presenter
2002–present I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Presenter
2005 Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon Presenter
2006, 08 Soccer Aid Presenter
2006–07 PokerFace Presenter
2007– Britain's Got Talent Presenter
2009 Ant & Dec's Christmas Show Presenter
2010–11 Ant & Dec's Push the Button Presenter
2011–12 Red or Black? Presenter
2011–14 Text Santa Presenter

FilmEdit

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

Television advertisementsEdit

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
2010–11 Nintendo Wii & DS Himself
2013–15 Morrisons Himself
2016–present Suzuki Himself

AppsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anthony McPartlin". Desert Island Discs. 29 December 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/ant-dec-too-busy-host-6563423.
  3. ^ https://www.itv.com/textsanta/text-santa
  4. ^ "BAFTA Television Awards 2009 – Outside arrivals (Anthony McPartlin)". Livingly Media, Inc. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ant and Dec – those cheeky chappies | Presenters | I'm A Celebrity... | stv.tv Programmes". Programmes.stv.tv. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (10 September 2005). "Interview: Simon Hattenstone meets Ant and Dec". Guardian. 
  7. ^ Slack, James (14 May 2008). "Fraud police could probe Ant & Dec fix". Thisismoney.uk. 
  8. ^ "BBC NEWS – Entertainment – TV's Ant weds, with Dec best man". news.bbc.co.uk. 
  9. ^ "Ant and Dec: just the two of us". The Guardian. 23 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ant McPartlin checks into rehab after becoming addicted to prescription drugs". The Daily Telegraph. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Gibson, Owen (18 April 2007). "Kings of Saturday night TV scoop £30m jackpot". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B13. 
  14. ^ TV's 50 Greatest Stars. IMDb.com
  15. ^ "h2g2 – Ant and Dec – British Television Presenters". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "British Comedy Awards 2006: The Winners – TV News". Digital Spy. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Television – News – British Comedy Awards 2006: The Winners. Digital Spy (13 December 2006). Retrieved on 5 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Ant and Dec top children's awards". BBC News. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  19. ^ Ant and Dec's Award Surprise. tv.sky.com. 8 August 2009
  20. ^ "Winners – The National Television Awards". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ant and Dec win trio of TV awards". BBC News. 15 October 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "National TV Awards 2006: Full winners list – TV News". Digital Spy. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "National Television Awards: The Winners – TV News". Digital Spy. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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