At the age of 12, he saw an advert in a local newspaper stating that a new children's TV show would be filmed in Newcastle and was looking for young actors. At first Dec said he didn't want to, but he later phoned the producer and asked for an audition.
He was successful and it was on the Byker Grove set that he first met Ant.
They returned to acting, starring in a 2002 Tribute to The Likely Lads and the 2006 film Alien Autopsy.
Donnelly is the youngest of seven children born to Irish emigrants, Anne and the now deceased Alphonsus Donnelly (died 2011).
Fearne Cotton, Pamela Anderson and Sarah Harding are among his previous conquests.‘It’s been quite a few months now that we’ve been dating and Ben and I are in a great place.’The ‘Ben’ in question, just to clarify, is Sir Ben Ainslie – winner of four golds and one silver at the Olympics, the last of which was at London 2012, and recent hero of the USA team’s America’s Cup victory.
They’ve been dating since April, with Georgie, 36, rather sweetly referring to him intermittently throughout this interview as ‘Popeye the sailor man’.
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However, they’re not content with sitting on their laurels...
When Roberts admitted to jungle queen Charlie Brooks that she was keen on sex in the jungle, the I'm a Celebrity host said: "'Oh my gosh.
Everything I want to say is unbroadcastable or illegal - or career-ending.
Speaking to the Sun she said: "We're trying to keep it out of the public eye.
We're just getting to know each other."According to reports, sparks began flying between the pair after Donnelly confessed his feelings for her live on air.