Little Ant and Dec now from muscle gains to boozy reunions – Grimsby Live

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Little Ant and Dec were stars in their own right, providing endless comedy every week on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night takeaway.

Tiny versions of Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly were brought onto the show to give us a double dose of Geordie laughs.

And it was thought that the mini duo might take over their larger counterparts one day, but they actually became a bit of a problem.

Cheeky lads James Pallister and Dylan McKenna-Redshaw first rocked up in the studio in 2003. The young lookalikes managed to bag exclusive interviews with big name celebrities, powerful politicians and famous models.

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The original Little Ant and Dec have grown up since their days on the show
The original Little Ant and Dec have grown up since their days on the show

The pair loved playing practical jokes on elite stars, but their cheeky business wasn’t always well received.

They got into trouble with Will Smith for jokingly making him wait over an hour while they mucked around in the swimming pool ahead of the Venice Film Festival.

Other Hollywood stars also fell foul of the terrible twosome, including Robert De Niro when the pair they started giggling upon meeting him.

They dressed Katie Price up in a fat suit and a bald cap, got Ewan McGregor to teach them how to play the bagpipes and made Hugh Grant wear a pair of massive ears.

On a shopping trip with Victoria Beckham they cheekily tried to sign son Brooklyn up for their beloved football club Newcastle United.

Then they went one step further by trying to dupe Golden balls himself, David Beckham, into playing for their home team.

The pair left Saturday Night Takeaway after appearing in five series, to return to their normal lives and focus on school.

Dylan played little Ant and James played little Dec
Dylan played little Ant and James played little Dec

But, the era of Little Ant and Dec wasn’t lost as the pair were replaced by a new pair in 2013.

Bosses decided that the original Little Ant and Dec were too old to carry on, which made a lot of sense as they were nearing their 20s.

There was another big reason they would no longer work in the roles, as they had grown a lot taller than Ant and Dec, and the pair have certainly grown out of looking like the much-loved presenters ditching their trademark Ant and Dec hairstyles.

Neither of the pair has moved away from the North East – with James going on to work as a vehicle technician for BMW according to his Facebook page.

While Dylan started his own nutrition business, helping people with weight loss, muscle gain and sports performance.

Dylan even snapped himself enjoying a beer with the actual Ant and Dec during a boozy reunion in 2013.

Youngsters Neil Overend and Haydn Reid took over from longstanding pair during series 10. In keeping up with tradition, they had some unforgettable encounters with a host of celebrities.

Once again, the same issue arose as show bosses decided the boys had “outgrown their role”.

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The second pair of Little Ant and Dec have also left the show after outgrowing their role
The second pair of Little Ant and Dec have also left the show after outgrowing their role

Like their predecessors, they were also in danger of eclipsing the real Ant and Dec in the height stakes.

A source told the Daily Star: “Little Ant and Dec have outgrown the role, quite literally, and as such won’t be returning to the show this year.”

They added: “Little Dec has his SATs next year and Little Ant is moving to high school so it felt like the right time for them to move on and focus on their studies.”

They are now too told to return for sketches and interviews, but the pair are frequent visitors to the Saturday Night Takeaway studio.

 

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