Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly met at the age of thirteen on BBC Children’s drama, Byker Grove.
Their characters, PJ and Duncan, were mates in the show and Ant & Dec soon became firm friends in real life.
Ant & Dec are signed exclusively to ITV, a deal originating in December 2000. They have gone on to host an array of hit shows including Pop Idol, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent, Red or Black?, Push the Button and most recently the relaunch of the BAFTA winning show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Since 2001 Ant and Dec, along with their shows, have won over a staggering 28 National Television Awards (including Most Popular Entertainment Presenters for over 13 consecutive years), six British Comedy Awards, five BAFTA’s and a variety of other industry accolades.
In 2014, Ant & Dec hosted their first live arena tour around the country with Takeaway on Tour, a live adaptation of the TV Show, playing to over 300,000 people.
Spring 2015 will see them host The BRITS for a second consecutive year and launch a brand new series of the hugely successful 'Saturday Night Takeaway'.