BGT Host Declan Donnelly Personal Life Insight

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BGT Host Declan Donnelly Personal Life Insight

Declan Donnelly earned his fame as a host of the British talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, alongside his longtime friend and co-host, Anthony McPartlin. The duo is known as Ant & Dec.

He has appeared in 221 episodes of Britain’s Got Talent to this date alongside Anthony from 2007. However, this is not the only show that he hosts with Anthony; the duo has also been hosting their show, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, from 2002.

Some of Declan's other famous works and TV appearances include shows such as I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002 to 2019), This Morning (2003 to 2020), and Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions (2019). 

Declan Donnelly's Personal Life: Wife & Kid

Declan is married to Ali Astall. The couple met when Ali was working as Ant & Dec’s manager. They didn’t start dating right away because of their working relationship.

The couple only became a thing in 2013. However, they didn’t reveal their relationship to the public right away.

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After being in a romantic relationship for about a year and a half, Declan popped the question. He proposed to her in 2014 while both of them were in Australia. He was working in I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, and Ali was there as his manager.

Then, on the 1st of August 2015, the couple tied the knot. They held their wedding in Declan’s hometown, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Elswick, Newcastle, and Anthony served as his best man.


Declan and his wife Ali Astall on their wedding day (Photo: Chronicle Life)

Declan then became a father for the first time in 2018. His daughter, Isla Elizabeth Anne Donnelly, was born on the 1st of September 2018.

Past Relationships

Before Declan got together with Ali, he was in a longterm relationship with actress Clare Buckfield. The couple was together for about ten years before ending their relationship in 2003.

After moving on from Clare, Declan dated Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson.

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However, this courtship didn’t last, either, as they broke up after two years.

Declan Donnelly's Bio: Age & Family

Declan was born on the 25th of September 1975 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, the United Kingdom. His parents are Anne Donnelly and Alphonsus Donnelly.

He has three brothers and three sisters. His brothers’ names are Martin, Eamonn, and Dermott, and his sisters are Patricia, Moira, and Camelia. Dermott is a priest and runs a Catholic retreat in County Durham.

Facts About Declan Donnelly

  • Declan’s full name is Declan Joseph Oliver Donnelly.
  • He stands at the height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 meters).
  • He attended St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School in Newcastle.
  • Declan has won three BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards, and 15 National Television Awards UK.
  • He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.