Who is Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke and will he be dancing in the new series? – The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing just wouldn't be the same without Anton Du Beke.

The dancing legend Anton has been on the show since it started back in 2004 and now he is a judge.

Who is Anton Du Beke?

Anton, 55, is a British ballroom dancer and television presenter born on July 20, 1966.

He is best known for his work as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing and has been on the show since its inception.

Anton has appeared on various other TV shows, including The Underdog Show, Step Up To The Plate, Hole In The Wall and Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas.

Before his professional dancing career was launched, Anton had humble beginnings as a salesman. He now lives in Buckinghamshire.

When was Anton announced as a Strictly judge?

On June 24, 2021 it was revealed Anton had replaced Bruno Tonioli as a judge on Strictly.

He'll join returning Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse on the judging panel for 2021.

Anton joined Strictly during its first series and is the only professional dancer to have danced in every series to date.

Announcing he's swapping the dance floor for a seat at the judges' table, Anton said it was a "dream come true".

“My loves I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno’s brogues for the next series of Strictly," he said.

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Will Anton Du Beke be dancing on Strictly Come Dancing's new series?

As Anton is now a judge he won't be able to take part in any of dances, including the weekly group dance.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain he said: "Well traditionally the judges don’t get involved in the group numbers unless it’s sort of like a Halloween theme or something like that.

"I would be hugely disappointed if I wasn’t able to do something.

"Maybe if somebody comes in and does a turn or song or something, I could grab one of the girls and we can have a bit of a dance.

"I’d love that, this is the thing I’m going to miss the most, and I know all the pros are getting into the studio now… and I’m already feeling a little bit… bereft of that."

Is Anton Du Beke married?

Anton is married to Hannah Summer.

The pair started dating in 2009 after meeting at a golf club.

Hannah was the head of telecommunications firm Adaptive Mobile Security Ltd at the time.

In 2016, Anton hinted he was ready to tie the knot with her, and said: “She’s just perfect. I love her above all things. Will we marry? Maybe next year. We’re very happy.”

Anton surprised fans everywhere by secretly getting hitched to his long-term love in 2017.

The couple sparked rumours they’d tied the knot after Hannah, wore an engagement ring and wedding band during the first day of Chelsea Flower Show in 2017

The Strictly stalwart’s spokesman later confirmed they had indeed got married on the quiet following the birth of their twins.

When were Anton Du Beke's twins born?

Hannah and Anton became parents to a boy and a girl, named George and Henrietta, on March 30, 2017.

The pair were expecting the babies to arrive on April 4, 2017, but despite arriving nearly a week early Anton had assured fans that the twins and the new mum were all fine.

Anton announced the arrivals with a cute Instagram post of a top hat and cane framing two pairs of baby dancing shoes – one with blue bows and one with pink.

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