Anton Du Beke
Anton is a Strictly legend!
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Anton du Beke is part of the Strictly furniture, although his performance on the dancefloor is anything but wooden. He’s been on the team since the first series, partnering with the likes of Laila Rouass, Patsy Palmer, Jan Ravens, Jerry Hall, Judy Murray and Gillian Taylforth over the years.
My favourite dance is the Foxtrot. It's a proper dance with proper music.Anton du Beke
But it’s his more comedic pairings that Anton is best remembered for: the unintentionally funny routines with both Nancy Dell'Olio and former MP Ann Widdecombe are the stuff of Strictly legend. In fact, Ann and Anton even made it all the way to the quarter-final in 2010, despite scoring consistently low marks throughout the series. One memorable routine saw Ann fly in over the stage to the dance floor, earning her the nickname "Starship Widdecombe" by Bruno Tonioli.
But 2015 was a different story, with Anton finally within reach of the Glitterball trophy. An inspired pairing with Proms and Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham saw him dance his way to the Grand Final and nab fourth place. But in 2016, his experience was a slightly shorter but no less sweet, only making it to week five with partner Lesley Joseph.
He fared better in 2017, bowing out in week eight with TV presenter Ruth Langsford. For 2018 he's partnered up with fashion expert Susannah Constantine, but will their routines be as dazzling as their outfits?
Anton grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent with his Spanish mother, Hungarian father, and his brother and sister. He started dancing at 14, studying contemporary, jazz, ballet and modern theatre dance, as well as being a junior boxer and county footballer.
Anton had a lot of ground to make up though, as by 14 most people were already experienced competitors on the junior circuit. At 17, Anton specialised in Ballroom, favouring the Foxtrot, much like his idol Fred Astaire.
In 1997, Anton met Erin Boag, and within a year the duo had captured the New Zealand Championship – a feat they repeated the following year.
Anton loves golf and was thrilled to play a round with Bruce Forsyth.
He is also quite the charmer – Tess Daly has previously said she would choose Anton over Antonio Banderas anytime! And Lesley Garrett stated "Every woman should spend half an hour with Anton Du Beke!"
Anton likes the theatre, cinema, and eating out at high-end restaurants: "Basically I like anything grand."