What age is Ant McPartlin, what is his net worth and will he return to I’m A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway?
ANT McPartlin forms one half of the popular presenting pair Ant and Dec.
He stepped away from TV commitments “for the foreseeable future” in the spring of 2018 following a car crash and a subsequent drink drive conviction. Here’s his story…
Ant McPartlin is a British television presenterNews Group Newspapers Ltd
Who is Ant McPartlin?
Anthony David “Ant” McPartlin, OBE, 42, was born on November 18, 1975.
He is an English television presenter, producer and actor.
He is best known as one half of the TV presenting duo Ant & Dec, with best pal Declan Donnelly.
Ant stands at 5 foot 8 inches tall.
Will Ant be returning to I’m A Celebrity 2018 and Saturday Night Takeaway?
No, he won’t! The Sun’s Bizarre column confirmed Ant will not be returning to I’m A Celebrity in 2018, and Saturday Night Takeaway.
In an exclusive statement to The Sun, the 42-year-old announced he will be off until at least 2019 – also ruling himself out of next year’s series of Takeaway because pre-production work begins months in advance.
He said: “My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.
“I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”
Dec, also 42, will still head to Australia to front I’m A Celebrity without his partner for the first time, and will instead be joined by This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby.
Dec explained: “Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision.
“I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.”
ITV Director of Television Kevin Lygo said: “ITV is completely supportive of Ant taking as much time as he needs in his recovery and of this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019.
“Ant is clearly making good progress and we wish him all the very best and look forward to him returning to ITV next year.”
When did Ant McPartlin plead guilty to drink driving?
On Sunday, March 18, Ant was involved in a three-car smash in Richmond, London.
On Wednesday, March 21, the Met Police confirmed the TV star was being charged with drink driving.
McPartlin attended Kingston police station and was interviewed before being charged.
The presenter was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving in April 2018.
The couple married in 2006 but are now getting divorced
Is Ant divorcing his wife?
On January 14, 2018, The Sun revealed that Ant is divorcing his wife of 11 years Lisa Armstrong.
In a statement released to The Sun on Sunday, Ant’s spokesman said: “In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
“Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statement will be made.”
It WAS also reported that she could get HALF of his fortune, meaning she could walk away with £31million.
The Sun revealed that the couple’s marriage would officially end on October 16 on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour and Ant’s adultery.
Who is Anne-Marie Corbett?
After a tumultuous year, the Britain’s Got Talent star found love with 42-year-old personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett.
Taking to Twitter, his Lisa posted a series of broken heart Emojis, followed by a love heart.
Fans have since responded and sent messages of support to Armstrong, saying: “Sending you love and hugs. Keep strong”
The couple’s relationship is going strong and they were photographed on Friday, July 20 on a double date with pals Dec and his pregnant wife Ali Astall.
Ant and Dec shot to fame as PJ & DuncanTcc – the Children's Channel
How did Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly meet?
Ant met Dec on the children’s television show Byker Grove when he joined in 1990. Dec was on the show from 1989.
They played PJ (Ant) and Duncan (Dec), sharing storylines and creating a friendship off-screen as well as on.
After leaving Byker Grove, they launched a pop career in 1994, known as PJ & Duncan – their characters on Byker Grove.
However, the duo’s music career didn’t last too long as their record label decided not to renew their contract in 1997 – but after they had already re-branded as Ant and Dec.
Having become real life best friends, their on-screen chemistry proved a winner and they moved into comedy presenting.
What shows have Ant and Dec presented?
Ant and Dec have formed one of the most successful partnerships in TV, and are known as television royalty.
They have fronted a number of shows, but really hit the big time when they presented children’s Saturday morning show SMTV Live, which launched the career of Cat Deeley, as well as CD:UK, a music chart show.
They then moved away from kids’ TV and have had success with Saturday Night Takeaway and are also well known for fronting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Britain’s Got Talent.
Ant and Dec are considered British television royaltyPA:Press Association
What is Ant McPartlin’s net worth?
Ant’s net worth is estimated to be around £62million.
His 2007 presenting deal with ITV was rumoured to be worth around £40million and a more recent deal is said to be worth around £30million – split between himself and Dec.
Ant and Dec are both property investors too – reportedly owning properties worth around £10million combined.
It is also reported that they are each insured against the other’s death, with the amount reportedly being around £1million.
ITV boss Carolyn McCall revealed telly favourite Ant will be making a comeback on ITV — but wouldn’t be pushed into anything too soon.
Carolyn said: “He will come back when he’s well and when he is ready.
“ITV will not be putting him under any pressure to come back unless he’s well and fit enough to return.”
She was then asked: ” But he will be returning to the channel?”
McCall responded: “As far as I know, that is true.”
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Why did Ant go to rehab in 2017?
Ant spent his two-month stint in rehab in summer 2017 after enduring a two-year addiction to strong painkillers, which almost killed him.
In a world exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, the presenter revealed how he was rushed to hospital at 5am after an “insane” pills binge.
The emotional star said: “I was at the point where anything – prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs – I would take.
“And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, ‘You could have killed yourself.’ ”
He has now praised the “brilliant” NHS doctor who saved him from the painkiller addiction in an exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre Column.
The star’s descent into dangerous prescription drugs came after he damaged his knee in 2014, then had a botched operation on it the following year.