Declan Donnelly marries his manager Ali Astall in summer wedding


Declan Donnolly marries agent Ali Astall. Image: BBC

Declan Donnolly marries agent Ali Astall. Image: BBC

Geordie comedian Declan Donnolly – one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec – has married his long-term girlfriend and agent Ali Astall in a sunny Newcastle ceremony.

Celebrity guests, fans, and the bridal party (obviously), converged on St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Elswick, Newcastle for the marriage of TV funny-man Declan Donnelly, in a ceremony conducted by the groom’s own brother, Father Dermott Donnelly.

His best friend and comedy partner Ant McPartlin was the best man at the star-studded nuptials, with the pair seen posing outside the church in matching blue suits before the ceremony took place.

Perhaps Ant was returning the favour following his own 2006 nuptials to make-up artist Lisa Armstrong where Dec was played the part of best man.

Declan Donnolly and  best man Anthony McPartlin in Newcastle. Image: BBC

Declan Donnolly and best man Anthony McPartlin in Newcastle. Image: BBC

Donnelly proposed to Astall in November last year at an exotic island retreat off the coast of Australia before the 39-year-old started filming the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Bride Ali Astall arrives at her wedding to Declan Donnelly. Image: Mirror

Bride Ali Astall arrives at her wedding to Declan Donnelly. Image: Mirror

Speaking during an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Dec recently described how he proposed at sunset and put to bed rumours that being colleagues with his soon-to-be wife would be an issue, saying “It’s going good. Everything’s hunky-dory.”

The exclusive guest list for the wedding included comedian Keith Lemon, ex-Newcastle United sticker Alan Shearer, and the cream of daytime TV presenting; Fearne Cotton, Phillip Schofield, Tess Daly and of course Vernon Kay.

On the morning of the wedding, the groom tweeted “Morning! I know I’ve got somewhere to be today but I can’t for the life of me remember where….D”.


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