Ant & Dec
After making their names on Byker Grove, Ant & Dec joined CITV in 1994 for Gimme 5. A couple of programmes with the BBC and Channel 4 later, and the Geordie Duo returned to CITV in 1998 for the SMTV Live. It was in those four years alongside Cat Deeley that the boys cemented their place on our screens and have gone on to become best presenters in the business (16 consecutive National Television Awards says so anyway!).
The pair front hugely popular shows Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Saturday Night Takeaway, and were even the hosts for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations last year, picking up OBEs in the process. Oh, and they also starred in a film, Alien Autopsy, but perhaps the less said about that the better.
In fairness to Cat Deeley, she probably helped build Ant & Dec’s popularity on SMTV Live, and although the 40-year-old hasn’t gone on to quite a star-studded career as her co-stars, she has still managed to carve out a pretty decent career since leaving CITV in 2002.
Cat has presented Fame Academy and Stars In Their Eyes here in the UK, and in 2006 cracked America by presenting So You Think You Can Dance on Fox. Needless to say she was an instant hit in the States and is still fronting the programme today. Whilst appearing on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway earlier this month, not only was it revealed that Deeley was the infamous ‘maskface’, but the trio also agreed to do a one-off 20th anniversary special of SMTV Live next year!