Dec Donnelly arrives at BAFTA TV Awards without partner Ant McPartlin
Dec Donnelly has arrived at the BAFTA TV Awards without his presenting partner Ant McPartlin.
Two of their shows, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent are up for the entertainment programme prize.
Of course, Geordie star Dec was forced to host SNT on his own following Ant’s drink-drive arrest.
It was the first time Dec had worked on his own since they first teamed up on the set of children’s TV show Byker Grove back in 1988.
And although he seemed a little nervous at first, he was praised for his bravery at going it alone.
Dec hosted the final two episodes of the show without Ant, and will lead the proceedings solo when Britain’s Got Talent goes live.
The star arrived with his pregnant wife Ali Astall.
He looked dapper in a sharp tuxedo, complete with shiny shoes and bow tie.
He smiled brightly as he posed alongside Ali, who showed off her growing baby bump in a gorgeous silver gown.
The couple headed to the Royal Festival Hall, in London for the glitzy ceremony.
Dec announced the happy news that he was expecting his first child back in March.
Taking to Instagram, he shared a picture of himself and his stunning wife on their wedding day.
Alongside the black and white snap, he wrote: "Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages. The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child. Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it"
Dec is attending the awards bash without Ant for the first time in his 30-year career.
It comes after Ant was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after he admitted drink driving following a three-car smash on April 16.
Having battled an addiction to painkillers in 2017, he checked back into rehab three days after the crash, which landed a four-year-old girl in hospital.
It is not know how long he will continue seeking professional help for, however, he has cancelled all work on BGT and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here for the ‘foreseeable future’.
And BGT’s Stephen Mulhern said he is unlikely to return to screens before 2019.
"Fingers crossed, Ant will get the treatment he needs and be back to his old self for next year," he said.
*The TV BAFTAs will air at 8pm tonight on BBC One
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