Born Declan Joseph Oliver Donnelly on September 25, 1975 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Dec is one-half of the English television personality known as Ant and Dec, alongside Anthony David “Ant” McPartlin.
The youngest of seven children Dec’s family is originally from Northern Ireland. They moved to Newcastle and bought a house in 1988. He attended St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Primary School and St. Cuthbert’s High school.
Dec’s first television appearance was on the BBC series Byker Grove. At first, he didn’t want to audition and it was only his dad who was pressuring him. It was also here where he met his partner in crime Dec. They were best friends in the show and somehow this relationship found itself materializing in real life. Before leaving the show in 1993, the duo had several hit records with songs they performed on the show.
After leaving the show, Ant and Dec have appeared in several shows, such as SMTV Life, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here, And & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Poker Face, and Pop Idol. In 2006, they have appeared in a film called Alien Autopsy. In 2007, a scandal broke as it was revealed that two of the tandem's shows, namely Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon and And & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, had defrauded viewers who participated in phone-ins. Both denied any knowledge of the acts and said to be appalled at what happened.
Despite this, the duo has several awards and recognitions under their belt, winning Best Entertainment Presenter at the National Television Awards for the past six years and six awards at the British Comedy Awards, to name a few.
Along with Ant, Dec hosts the ABC reality game show Wanna Bet? It features celebrities as they wager on ordinary people doing physically and mentally challenging stunts. Celebrities will compete with each other to take home big money that will be donated to the charity of their choice.