Anton du Beke
|Anton du Beke|
|Born||Anthony Paul Beke
20 July 1966
Sevenoaks, Kent, England, UK
|Occupation||Professional ballroom dancer
|Television||Strictly Come Dancing (2004—13)
Hole in the Wall
Anton du Beke (born 20 July 1966) is a British ballroom dancer and television presenter, best known as a professional dancer on the BBC One celebrity dancing show Strictly Come Dancing since the show began in 2004. In 2009, he presented the UK version of Hole in the Wall, for the BBC, replacing Dale Winton after being a team captain in 2008.
His professional dance partner since 1997 has been Erin Boag.
Family and early life
Du Beke was born Anthony Paul Beke in Sevenoaks, Kent to a Hungarian father, Antal Xavier Beke (1939-2001), and a Spanish mother, Ascensión  (née Lema). He also has two younger siblings. He attended Wildernesse School in Sevenoaks.
Du Beke began dancing at 11, when he discovered his local dance school, the Holton School of Dancing in Sevenoaks. The school was run by Beryl Holton together with her mother Velda and later with her husband Stephen Turner. He took his first dancing exam in June 1978 and started competitive dancing a few years later. He had three partners during these formative years before the Holton School of Dancing closed in 1987 when Beryl and Stephen Turner moved with his banking career to Dorset. Du Beke left school at 16 to follow an amateur dancing career. At 17 he decided to specialise in ballroom. Whilst he danced during the evenings and at weekends he had a day job as a salesman in "The Bed Post" in Petts Wood, South London.
Strictly Come Dancing
He has appeared in all eleven series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. In the first series, he danced with singer Lesley Garrett and finished in third place. For the second series, he partnered presenter Esther Rantzen; they were eliminated in the third week. He danced with actress Patsy Palmer for the third series and finished in fifth place. In the fourth series, he danced with actress and impressionist Jan Ravens but was eliminated in week 5 of the competition. His partner for the fifth series was TV presenter Kate Garraway; the couple was voted out in week 7. His partner for the sixth series was actress Gillian Taylforth; the couple was voted out in week 2 (the first week of dancing for the female celebrities). In series seven, he was partnered with Laila Rouass. Together, they made it to week 12 before being voted out in favour of Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe. In 2010, he partnered Conservative politician Ann Widdecombe and had made it through to week 10. For its ninth series, Nancy Dell'Olio was Anton's partner, the couple were eliminated in week 5, the Halloween Special. His celebrity partner for the tenth series was supermodel and actress Jerry Hall. They were eliminated during Hollywood Week. His partner for series 11 is actress Fiona Fullerton. They were eliminated in week 9 in Blackpool.
On 14 November 2008 for Children in Need 2008, he took part in a Strictly Come Dancing special. His dance partner was Tess Daly. They won the Golden Pudsey award, beating Terry Wogan and his dance partner Flavia Cacace. Anton, overcome with excitement at winning, yelled, "SIX YEARS!" (the amount of time he had been on Strictly without winning the show at that stage) on learning he and Tess had won.
|Year||Celebrity partner||Week||Dance||Judges' scores|
|Horwood||Phillips / Dixon||Goodman||Tonioli||Bussell||Total|
|Spring 2004||Lesley Garrett||1||Waltz||6||8||8||7||29|
|Autumn 2004||Esther Rantzen||1||Waltz||5||6||7||6||24|
|Lesley Garrett||Christmas special||Waltz||7||8||8||8||31|
* Rouass only performed half her routine due to injury. The judges scored her on how she was doing until that point.
For the seventh series, he was partnered with actress Laila Rouass. In September 2009, an article in the News of the World claimed that after Rouass applied fake tan for the show, du Beke told her, "Oh my God, you look like a Paki." Du Beke offered an unreserved apology, which Rouass accepted. On BBC Two's It Takes Two, he and Rouass appeared together and spoke about the incident and their reconciliation. The BBC issued a statement: 'Racially offensive language in the workplace is entirely unacceptable. Anton was right to apologise quickly and without reservation and Laila has wholly accepted his apology. Everyone is very clear that there can be no repetition of this behaviour.'
Other television appearances
Du Beke has presented the BBC cookery show Step Up to the Plate. He served as a captain and from series 2 the host on the UK version of Hole in the Wall, which premiered on 20 September 2008 on BBC One. On 24 December 2009, he appeared in Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas, in a sketch called "Beyond The Marigolds", where he spoofed his Strictly Come Dancing role by being paired with fictional soap star "Bo Beaumont" (played by Julie Walters). Beaumont quit the show when unable to master Du Beke's warm up steps.
In 2011 Du Beke won the Rear of the Year award.
Du Beke has released a book called Anton's Dance Class (published by Kyle Cathie, London, 2007), which has been serialised in the Mail on Sunday.
Du Beke's A-Z on Ballroom Dancing, B is for Ballroom, (published by Constable, London, 2012) is also now available.
- Births and Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006
- Anton Du Beke biodata
- Marriage indexes, June 1966, reference page 1966M2-B-0060, at FreeBMD.org.uk
- "Anton du Beke interviewed by Kent Life". Kent Life. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- Anton 'Paki' Slur News of the World, 4 October 2009
- Du Beke on-air apology for remark BBC News, 9 October 2009
- Bruce Forsyth: Strictly race row taken too seriously The Guardian, 8 October 2009
- "Anton's Book".; ISBN 1-85626-731-8
- "B is for Ballroom".; ISBN 9781472100689
- "About Us". The Music Hall Guild. Retrieved 2010.
- "Anton du Beke". Official website.
- "Anton du Beke and Erin Boag". Official website of the partnership.
- Anton du Beke at the Internet Movie Database
- "Up Close with Ballroom's Arch Seducer". The Daily Telegraph (London). 21 December 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Gordon, Jane (19 October 2007). "Anton du Beke Dances with Cherie and Tony Blair". Daily Mail (London).