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Dec to marry his manager Ali Astall

Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall at the 2014 National Television Awards. Credit: PA

Geordie TV Presenter, Declan Donnelly is engaged to his girlfriend and manager Ali Astall.

The 39-year-old I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! host is currently filming the new series in Australia, with on-screen partner and former Byker Grove co-star, Ant McPartlin.

Dec was Ant's best man in 2006 and is expected to return the favour. Credit: PA

Donnelly, who has won the National Television Awards Most Popular Entertainment Presenter ten times alongside McPartlin, has dated TV presenter Georgie Thompson and actress Clare Buckfield in the past.

Talking about their relationship previously, Donnelly admitted it was "a little strange" when the couple first got together because they had been work colleagues for so long, but said: "It's going good. Everything's hunky-dory."


'This will be a Godsend...' says Dec after opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

After opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital, alongside Alan Shearer, Declan Donnelly, from celebrity duo Ant & Dec said the opportunity for families to be able to stay with their children during their heart operations 'at a really incredibly stressful time' would be 'a Godsend'.

Ant & Dec and Alan Shearer opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

Ant & Dec with Alan Shearer after his Testimonial match in 2006. Credit: PA

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec) are opening brand new family accommodation for families of child heart patients at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

The celebrity presenters and Newcastle United legend are unveiling Scott House, a £1.85mil ‘Home for Home’, as part of their work for the The Sick Children's Trust and Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), where they are patrons.

Alan Shearer with 7-year-old Sadie Metin at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Credit: PA

The free accommodation hopes to give emotional, as well as practical support for families through en-suite rooms and a self-contained flat for families with children who have undergone a heart transplant.

The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.

Ant and Dec in Newcastle ahead of Takeaway filming

Ant and Dec signing autographs as they get ready for tonight's filming of 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The boys are back in town!

Ant and Dec have had a busy few days, what with hosting the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony and now getting ready to film their 'Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour' live in their hometown of Newcastle.

They were outside greeting fans and signing autographs this afternoon. Make sure to watch tonight's programme to see them talking to our very own Kenny Toal.

Dec speaks to ITV Tyne Tees' Kenny Toal Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Full report: Ant and Dec talk tour dates, charity work...and selfies

Ant and Dec are about to go into rehearsals for their national Saturday night takeaway tour.

The Geordie duo say it will be one of the most exciting and demanding things they have ever done.

They will bring their show to the North East at the start of September. And before those rehearsals begin, they told Kenny Toal they're a little bit excited!

Saturday night Takeaway coming to Newcastle

ITV's primetime show 'Ant and Dec's Saturday night Takeaway' is embarking on a nationwide tour later this year.

'Takeaway On Tour' will be visiting cities across the UK and it's coming to Newcastle in September.

Here's some behind the scenes pictures ahead of the tour:

Costumes for Ant and Dec's Takeaway On Tour Credit: ITV
Costumes for Ant and Dec's Takeaway On Tour Credit: ITV
The trophy and Ant and Dec will compete for during the tour Credit: ITV
A model of the Takeaway On Tour set Credit: ITV
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