Declan Donnelly discovers he’s related to wrestling icon Dixie Carter


Dec is connected to wrestling star Dixie Carter (Picture: ITV)

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey shocked fans when it was revealed that Declan Donnelly is actually cousins with wrestling legend, Dixie Carter.

Dec got a bit of a shock when he was sent a video from the team on the show of Impact Wrestling president Dixie in action in the ring, getting thrown from a height through a table.

Related on Dec’s father’s side, sharing a four-times great-grandfather, the team were able to track their ancestral connection and unite them for the first time in Ireland.

Ant joked that he should try and wrestle Dixie, 55, and put her through a table – but for some reason Dec didn’t think that was the best idea.

Finally united in a pub, Dec and Dixie got on like a house on fire immediately, and Dec admitted to Ant afterwards that despite never meeting, he felt oddly bonded to her.

‘It feels weird, you immediate have this kind of connection with them,’ he said.

Dixie was introduced to Dec in a video where she’s thrown through a table (Picture: ITV)

Dixie hasn’t been doing too bad for herself – with Impact Wrestling and her other businesses raking in a cool $5billion last year.

But viewers couldn’t get over that Geordie host Dec had such a high-ranking connection … especially one that’s such a badass.

This wasn’t the biggest shock of the pair’s DNA search either, with the first half of the two-part special revealing a host of unknown facts about their family.

Ant discovered that his great-grandfather was a war hero, while Dec’s great-grandad was arrested three times for fleeing his duty during the Crimean War.

They also discovered that a small village in Ireland named Drumkeeran, found on the border of Northern and Republic of Ireland, was home to 121 of Ant’s cousins.

Ant and Dec discover hundreds of relations in the new special(Picture: ITV)

The emotional journey was shot over two years, stopping in 2018 following Ant’s drink-drive arrest and time in a rehab facility.

Filming for the show started two years ago, but production was halted after Ant took time off from the spotlight to focus on his sobriety, after incidents threatened to end both Ant and Dec’s careers. 

In March 2018, Ant crashed his Mini into two parked cars, one of which contained a child, after drinking in Chiswick.

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He was fined £86,000 and removed himself from the spotlight for a year to enter an addiction treatment programme, leaving Dec to go it alone.

But in February this year, they relaunched the project, and in the emotional journey since they’ve discovered dozens of new relatives.

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.



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