Who is Lisa Armstrong? Everything you need to know about the make-up artist and ex-wife of Ant McPartlin

Lisa Armstrong

by Catriona Watson |
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Who exactly is the Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist and ex-wife of Ant McPartlin?

Who is Lisa Armstrong and what is her background?

Lisa Armstrong started her career as a dancer after winning a place at the infamous BRIT School for Performing Arts in Croydon at the tender age of 14.

In 1994 Lisa joined the band Deuce after her friend did some work experience for a music company. They released their debut single, Call It Love in January 1994 and it peaked at number 11 in the charts after entering at number 21. The band released two more singles but split up in 1997.

Lisa Armstrong in Deuce

How old is Lisa Armstrong and where is she from?

Lisa Armstrong is 42 years old. She was born on the 25th October 1976 in Oxford.

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Is Lisa Armstrong married?

Lisa Armstrong was previously married to I’m a Celeb, Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway presenter Ant McPartlin.

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When did Lisa Armstrong meet Ant McParlin?

Lisa Armstrong met her now ex-husband Ant at a pop concert in 1994. The gig was in Newcastle City Hall and Lisa was performing with Deuce while Ant performed with best pal and long-time co-host Declan Donnelly.

The couple dated for a long time until Ant proposed to Lisa during a holiday to Dubai on April 26 2005. They married at a country house hotel in Buckinghamshire on 22 July, 2006.

The couple did not have any children but they did share a chocolate labrador together, called Hurley.

Lisa Armstrong, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
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When did Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin get divorced?

After 11 years of marriage, the couple announced their divorce in January 2018. A statement given to The Sun on Sunday, said: “In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.

“Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statement will be made.”

Lisa and Ant divorced officially on October 16 2018. The reason cited on the divorce papers was ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

It has been reported that their relationship ended over their apparent struggle to have children coupled with Ant’s rehab stints for alcohol and prescription painkiller addiction.

CHECK OUT Lisa and Ant's relationship timeline


GALLERY: Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong

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Ant & Lisa 1998

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong met at a pop concert at Newcastle City Hall in 1994. In one of their VERY early red carpet appearances, Ant and Lisa are super young and sweet with their pals Dec Donnelley and his girlfriend Claire Buckfield.

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Ant & Lisa 2001

As Ant and Dec's career started to soar, Lisa and Claire joined their boyfriends on the red carpet of the National Television Awards. They were pretty much the original #squadgoals

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Ant & Lisa 2002

Ant and Lisa looked carefree as they were papped out and about in Australia while Ant filmed I'm A Celebrity. Check out those painfully noughties outfits too!

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Ant & Lisa 2005

Ant proposed to Lisa while on holiday in Dubai on April 26 2005. They looked SO loved up.

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Ant & Lisa 2006

Lisa and Ant were the very picture of happiness when they married on July 22 2006, in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. Guests included Philip Schofield and Nicky Clarke. Dec didn't turn up... (ONLY JOKING, OBVS)

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Ant & Lisa 2010

Ant and Lisa celebrated Valentine's Day with a trip to the theatre. Do we need to say who joined them on date night?

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Ant & Lisa 2015

It was best mate Dec's turn to get married (to Ali Astal), and Ant and Lisa clearly looked chuffed for their friend's romance.

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Ant & Lisa 2016

The squad look all grown up and sophisticated at (yet another) NTA ceremony. Who would have thought that trouble was just around the corner?

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Ant & Lisa 2016

In some of the last photos of the pair together, were cracks starting to appear?

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Ant & Lisa 2018

Ant released a statement saying that he and Lisa were separating in January 2018. A couple of months later, he was charged with diving while under the influence of alcohol.

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Ant & Lisa 2018

Lisa is living her best life as a makeup artist on Strictly Come Dancing, and she has shared photos of a sizzling hot new look.

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Ant & Lisa 2018

Ant has been pictured looking happy and healthy after a stint in rehab. He is also dating personal assistant Anne-Marie Corbett.

How much money will Lisa Armstrong get from the divorce?

Now the ex-couple have officially divorced, they have begun legal battles over Ant’s £70m fortune.

As legal battles are ongoing, it is unclear how much Lisa will get from the divorce but it has been estimated at around £30million.

Lisa is reportedly fighting for half of Ant’s fortune, their previous home in West London and a portion of his future earnings.

It is unclear who will get custody of their shared Dog, chocolate Lab, Hurley.

It has also been reported that Ant is paying for Lisa’s legal fees and expenses with the hope of speeding up the divorce process.

Lisa Armstrong

What does Lisa Armstrong do for a career?

After ending her career as a pop star in Deuce, Lisa became a professional make-up artist.

Lisa has worked on This Morning, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Britains Got Talent and The X Factor.

Lisa is now head of make-up and hair for the glitzy ballroom favourite, Strictly Come Dancing. Lisa has even wowed viewers of the BBC’s spin off show, It Takes Two with her make-up tutorials.

Lisa Armstrong Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist

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Since Ant and Lisa's divorce, Ant has started dating friend and former personal assistant to Lisa and Ant, Anne-Marie Corbett.

In a recent interview, Ant spoke about his relationship with Anne-Marie for the first time, describing his new girlfriend as “a beautiful soul” who was the reason for a “fundamental change” in his life.

It seems Lisa isn’t impressed with what Ant had to say about her and has since liked tweets from her supporters – which may be considered a subtle dig at Ant.

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