Date of Birth : Sep 25th 1975
Ant and Dec both met each other whilst working on the BBC’s children’s TV drama Byker Grove. Still at the age of 13 they became the best of friends, although at first they didn’t really think much of each other! When asked in interviews, Dec always tells the story as when he first saw Ant “He was sitting in the corner with his head in his hands and I thought ‘What a miserable bugger!'” Declan had been at Byker Grove from the start, Ant was a newcomer at the beginning of the 2nd series.
Later the duo moved into television presenting. They enjoyed success fronting ITV’s Saturday morning children’s programmes SM:TV Live and CD UK and subsequently moved to Saturday evening to present fare aimed at adults such as Friends Like These, Pop Idol and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Their highest audience figures to date were obtained whilst presenting I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in February 2004.
In 2005, as part of the ITV Network’s 50th birthday celebrations, they were back on television fronting Ant and Dec’s Gameshow Marathon, a celebration of some of ITV’s most enduring gameshows from the past 50 years.