By Tharmini Kenas

12th November 2019

Ant And Dec: Age And Crazy Shenanigans 

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are probably the most famous duo at the moment in the British television industry. You would be surprised to know Ant and Dec’s age since it takes exceptional talent to achieve so much at such a young age. 

Presenters, comedians, and rappers- both of them are also well known for all the crazy shenanigans they get up to! 

We are going to find out Ant and Dec’s age and their crazy doings that have warmed them up to the British audience. 

Ant And Dec’s Age And Their Timeline

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So, what is Ant and Dec’s age and what makes them much-loved by their fans and audience?

They are both 44 years old! 

It is indeed an amazing feat to have achieved what they have done within such a short time. 

They first met with each other in 1989 when they acted on BBC’s children’s drama, Byker Grove

Ant and Dec credits Byker Grove as the platform that propelled them to stardom! 

Ant said: 

“If it wasn’t for Byker Grove we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

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According to Dec:

“We kind of owe everything to Byker Grove. It’s where we learnt to do what we do.”

After the stint, they ventured into pop music as PJ & Duncan (that’s who they were in Byker Grove).

Their first single was Tonight I’m Free and the duo hit some sweet success in their pop career! 

After that, they made their lasting impressions as presenting duo. Some of their TV presenting adventures, back in the days were:

  • SMTV Live
  • CD: UK 
  • Friends Like These
  • Pop Idol
  • PokerFace
  • Push the Button
  • Red or Black?
  • Text Santa
  • Brit Awards in 2001, 2015 and 2016

What Are They Presenting Now? 

Right now, they are rocking presenting Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and Britain’s Got Talent. 

They are also television producers and they have their own production company named Mitre Television. 

A Fun Fact: A BBC poll in 2004 named them as the 18th most influential people in the British culture! 

The success of the show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway which ran for 15 series till 2018 gave them all the boost they needed to land more prominent projects in the industry. 

A Fun Fact: The TV show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is all set to make a comeback in 2020!

Their Rightfully Deserving OBE Moment

To honour their achievements and services to the world of broadcasting and entertainment, Ant and Dec were awarded the OBE by Prince Charles in 2017. 

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Considering this is a top-notch achievement from Buckingham Palace, Ant and Dec must have done something right to land the OBE. 

According to Dec,

“You don’t expect things like this to happen to lads like us from the west end of Newcastle so it’s a huge honour.

“We’re humbled and honoured and ecstatic about the whole thing. We hope it can inspire young people from backgrounds like ours that things like this do happen to us sometimes.

“Put your head down and work hard and you can achieve what you want. You can end up in Buckingham Palace.”

Inspiring? You bet! 

But things were not that great for both Ant and Dec after that…

The Dark Days For Ant And Dec

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Ant McPartlin was arrested in March 2018 for drink-driving and crashing into two other vehicles. He was fined £86,000 and was banned from driving for 20 months. 

“I just want to say I’m truly sorry for what happened.

“High standards are expected of me, I expect them of myself. I’ve let myself down, I let a lot of people down. And for that, I am truly sorry.

“I’d like to apologise to everybody involved in the crash and I’m just thankful no-one was seriously hurt.”

Apart from causing trouble for a lot of people, his actions also altered Dec’s presenting. 

Ant had to take a step back from Saturday Night Takeaway leaving Dec to run his own show. 

Meanwhile, Holly Willoughby took over his part on I’m A Celebrity

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Quite remarkably, Simon Cowell stood by Ant throughout the ordeal and was ready to welcome him back to host Britain’s Got Talent

“We’ve known each other a long time, and you stand by the people you work with over the years, for the obvious reasons. 

“We always stand by our friends. We’re all human.

“The most important thing is he’s manned up, he’s going to get himself back together. And the show goes on, it’s as simple as that.”

“People, for whatever reason, they get into a rut and at times like this you stand by your mates. It’s always been that way.”

Good friends and second chances! 

The Duo Are World Record Holders!

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Any guesses to who were awarded Guinness World Record in January 2019? 

Ant and Dec were awarded the Guinness World Record for ‘The most National Television Awards won consecutively for Best Presenter’.

Some of the National Television Awards they won are Most Popular TV Presenter and The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award in 2019, Most Popular TV Presenter and The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award in 2018, as well as Most Popular Entertainment Programme and Most Popular TV Presenter in 2017. The list goes on and on but you get the drill!

Ant and Dec are amazingly talented and incredibly creative duo! 

Their Top Three Crazy Shenanigans That Only They Can Pull Off!   

The crazy duo are known to pull pranks at celebrities. While all of them are very entertaining and crazy, here are three ‘just way too crazy’ pranks they successfully pulled! 

Source/Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

  • They pranked James Corden three times in a single morning!

First, they refused him entry into the Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway studios. Next, they parked another car in his parking lot. 

The final straw was when a trained stuntman acted as if he was badly injured on the show.  

Source/Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

  • Ant and Dec joined forces with Simon Cowell to prank Piers Morgan!

Piers was so worried when he broke a piece of expensive artwork which was claimed to be Simon’s and what’s more, Simon went just too well with the storyline! 

Source/Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

  • They auditioned for American Idol to fool Simon Cowell!

The duo used fake facial hair and hid behind sunglasses to be unidentifiable. They performed Paula Abdul’s Opposites Attract but unfortunately, Simon could see who they were and failed the prank! 

Their Lives Outside ‘Ant And Dec’…

Despite it looking like they are always together, Ant and Dec do have their own personal lives.

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Dec’s wife is Ant and Dec’s manager Ali Astall.

However, for over a decade the couple remained professional and didn’t venture into a romantic relationship. Things changed in 2014 when they started dating. 

Dec married Ali in less than a year and in 2018 they welcomed their baby girl, Isla.

On the other hand, Ant recently split with his ex-wife Lisa Armstrong who he was married to for 11 years. 

Apparently, Ant cheated on her with his current girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett. 

But, according to Ant, she helped him get his life back!

“Anne-Marie honestly is the fundamental reason for the great change in my life. She’s been my rock.

“She’s a beautiful soul. We’re very happy. I’m in the best place I’ve been in my life, to be honest with you. It’s great.”

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