Declan Donnelly and wife Ali Astall enjoy dog walk in the sunshine during UK coronavirus lockdown

Declan Donnelly relaxed in the sunshine for a stroll with his wife Ali Astall and pet dog as they headed out on their daily exercise during the coronavirus lockdown.

The presenter, 44, whose live show Saturday Night Takeaway with presenting partner Ant McPartlin has now been scrapped due to the UK lockdown, enjoyed some fresh air with his wife and dog Rocky.

The couple, who are proud parents to baby daughter Isla, dressed down as they left their home for a dog walk, with Dec sporting a padded gilet over a grey jumper.

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Ali also kept it casual in a puffer coat, jeans and trainers while making their way out in the sunshine.

It comes after Ant and Dec were praised as “heroes” for continuing to host last week’s Saturday Night Takeaway amid the pandemic, with the studio audience element of the show being scrapped.

The comedy duo were in high spirits as they kicked off the show on Saturday 21 March and did their usual routine of energetically going down the stairs where the audience are normally sat.

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Dec couldn’t help but poke fun at the odd situation as he pretended to high five the invisible studio audience members.

Ant McPartlin, also 44, and his comedy partner Dec continued to keep up good spirits as they continued to present the show, which is usually heavily reliant on audience participation.

The pair’s fans rallied around to support them from afar as they tweeted their praise and love for Ant and Dec.

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One wrote: “Have to hand it to @antanddec – the vibe of the show is set to feed off a live audience but like troopers they give us a sense of normality. Anyone with negative feedback needs to give some thought to how much worse we would feel without our favourite show #SaturdayNightTakeway”.

While another added: “@antanddec will forever be at the top of their game. well done for continuing on today guys and still being able to deliver a great show with no audience. we’re all watching, we love you!!”

And a third gushed: “@antanddec please don’t be nervous you guys are smashing it as always oh and I cried at the beginning love you both to the moon n back #SaturdayNightTakeway xxx”. [sic]

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