Anton du Beke

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Anton du Beke
Anton du Beke and Erin Boag -Symphony Hall -Birmingham 27j2008.jpg
Du Beke and Erin Boag at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, January 2008
Born Anthony Paul Beke[1]
(1966-07-20) 20 July 1966 (age 49)
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Hungarian-Spanish
Occupation Professional ballroom dancer
television presenter
Television Strictly Come Dancing (2004—present)
Hole in the Wall

Anthony Paul Beke (born 20 July 1966), known professionally as Anton du Beke, is an English 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[edit]

Du Beke was born in Sevenoaks, Kent to a Hungarian father, Antal Xavier Beke (1939-2001), and a Spanish mother, Ascensión (née Lema).[2][3] He also has two younger siblings.[1] He attended Wildernesse School in Sevenoaks.

Du Beke began dancing at 14, 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 1981 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.[4]

Du Beke lives in Buckinghamshire with girlfriend Hannah.[5]

Career[edit]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

He has appeared in all twelve 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 was actress Fiona Fullerton. They were eliminated in week 8 in Blackpool. For the show's twelfth series, his partner was tennis coach Judy Murray. They were also eliminated on week 8 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.

Series Celebrity partner Place
1 Lesley Garrett 3rd
2 Esther Rantzen 8th
3 Patsy Palmer 5th
4 Jan Ravens 9th
5 Kate Garraway 9th
6 Gillian Taylforth 15th
7 Laila Rouass 4th
8 Ann Widdecombe 6th
9 Nancy Dell'Olio 11th
10 Jerry Hall 13th
11 Fiona Fullerton 9th
12 Judy Murray 9th

Other television appearances[edit]

In March 2007 du Beke was a contestant on the BBC Two series The Underdog Show and was paired with homeless dog Ginger, they were eliminated in week three of the competition.

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.

During the week of 5 to 9 May 2014, Du Beke appears on Channel 4 game show Draw It!.[6]

In 2011 Du Beke won the Rear of the Year award.

Strictly Come Dancing performances[edit]

Series 1 - with celebrity partner Lesley Garrett; placed 3rd

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "He Was Beautiful" 6 8 8 7 29 No elimination
2 Rumba / "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
3 Tango / "Sensation" 7 8 7 7 29 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "La Cumparsita" 7 7 8 8 30 Bottom two
5 Samba / "Mas que Nada" 7 6 7 7 27 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Spinning Around"
8
6
8
6
9
7
9
7
34
26
Bottom two
7 Quickstep / "That Old Black Magic"
Jive / "My Baby Just Cares for Me"
8
7
8
7
8
8
9
7
33
29
Third place

Series 2 - with celebrity partner Esther Rantzen; placed 8th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "Moon River" 5 6 6 7 24 Safe
2 Rumba / "The Look of Love" 2 4 5 5 16 Bottom two
3 Tango / "Tanguera" 2 4 5 5 16 Eliminated

Series 3 - with celebrity partner Patsy Palmer; placed 5th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "Fly Me to the Moon" 3 4 6 6 19 Safe
2 Rumba / "She" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
3 Tango / "Una Musica Brutal" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
5 Samba / "Go Back to My Roots" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
6 Quickstep / "Lover Come Back to Me" 7 8 8 8 31 Bottom two
7 Cha-Cha-Cha / "A Little Less Conversation" 6 4 7 7 24 Bottom two
8 Jive / "Two Hearts"
American Smooth / "It Had to Be You"
6
7
6
8
7
8
8
8
27
31
Eliminated

Series 4 - with celebrity partner Jan Ravens; placed 9th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
2 Quickstep / "When You're Smiling" 6 6 6 6 24 Safe
3 Jive / "Do You Wanna Dance" 3 4 6 5 18 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Night and Day" 5 5 7 7 24 Bottom two
5 Viennese Waltz / "Iris" 5 6 7 7 25 Eliminated

Series 5 - with celebrity partner Kate Garraway; placed 8th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
2 Quickstep / "Love Machine" 2 4 5 4 15 Safe
3 Tango / "They" 4 5 5 5 19 Safe
4 Samba / "Dancing Queen" 3 3 6 4 16 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "I Could Write a Book" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
6 Salsa / "Peanut Vendor" 3 4 6 5 18 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Somebody Told Me" 4 5 7 5 21 Eliminated

Series 6 - with celebrity partner Gillian Taylforth; placed 15th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
2 Foxtrot / "Razzle Dazzle" 4 5 7 6 22 Eliminated

Series 7 - with celebrity partner Laila Rouass; placed 4th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
2 Tango / "El Choclo"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Sway"
7
6
8
7
7
6
8
6
30
25
Safe
3 Quickstep / "Strike Up the Band" 8 8 7 7 30 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Just in Time" 8 9 9 8 34 Safe
5 Jive / "Modern Love" 5 7 5 5 22 Safe
6 Samba / "He's the Greatest Dancer" 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Once Around the Block" 8 9 8 8 33 Safe
8 Paso Doble / "Layla" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
91 Rumba / "Rule the World" 3 7 6 6 22 Safe
10 Waltz / "Fascination" 6 8 7 8 29 Bottom two
11 Charleston / "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" 6 9 8 8 31 Safe
12 American Smooth / "My Kind of Girl"
Salsa / "Cogele el Gusto"
6, 62
5, 52
7
6
7
5
7
5
33
26
Eliminated

1 Rouass and du Beke only performed half of their routine, due to an injury.
2 Scores from guest judge Darcey Bussell.

Series 8 - with celebrity partner Ann Widdecombe; placed 6th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
1 Waltz / "My Cherie" 2 5 5 5 17 No elimination
2 Salsa / "Mambo Italiano" 1 4 4 3 12 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Puttin' On the Ritz" 3 5 5 5 18 Safe
4 Tango / "La Cumparsita" 3 7 6 5 21 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Wild Thing" 2 5 5 4 16 Safe
6 Charleston / "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" 2 6 5 4 17 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "You Make Me Feel So Young" 3 6 6 5 20 Safe
8 Samba / "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" 1 5 4 3 22 Safe
9 Rumba / "My Heart Will Go On" 1 5 5 3 14 Safe
10 American Smooth / "Hello Dolly" 2 5 4 3 14 Eliminated

Series 9 - with celebrity partner Nancy Dell'Olio; placed 11th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
1 Waltz / "In Napoli" 1 4 3 4 12 No elimination
2 Salsa / "Papa Loves Mambo" 3 5 2 4 14 Safe
3 Tango / "Be Italian" 4 5 5 6 20 Bottom two
4 Paso Doble / "Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto" 3 5 5 5 18 Bottom two
5 Rumba / "Spooky" 2 5 3 4 14 Eliminated

Series 10 - with celebrity partner Jerry Hall; placed 13th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha" 3 5 5 5 18 No elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Pennies from Heaven" 3 5 5 5 18 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Mrs. Robinson" 3 6 5 4 18 Eliminated

Series 11 - with celebrity partner Fiona Fullerton; placed 9th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Tango / "A View to a Kill" 5 6 7 6 24 No elimination
2 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Beggin'" 6 6 5 5 22 Safe
3 Waltz / "True Love" 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
4 Rumba / "World Of Our Own" 4 6 6 6 22 Safe
5 Quickstep / "If My Friends Could See Me Now" 7 7 8 8 30 Safe
6 Charleston / "Jeepers Creepers" 6 7 8 7 28 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Song 2" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
8 American Smooth / "Come Fly with Me" 6 7 8 8 29 Eliminated

Series 12 - with celebrity partner Judy Murray; placed 9th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "Mull of Kintyre" 3 4 6 5 18 No elimination
2 Cha-Cha-Cha / "She's a Lady" 2 5 5 5 17 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Don't Rain on My Parade" 3 5, 53 5 5 23 Safe
4 Tango / "Jealousy" 4 6 6 6 22 Safe
5 Charleston / "Varsity Drag" 3 5 5 5 18 Safe
6 American Smooth / "Cruella de Vil" 3 6 6 5 20 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "I Fought the Law" 3 5 5 5 18 Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "Let's Go Fly a Kite" 4 6 7 7 24 Eliminated

3 Score from guest judge Donny Osmond.

Books[edit]

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.[7]

Du Beke's A-Z on Ballroom Dancing, B is for Ballroom, (published by Constable, London, 2012) is also now available.[8]

Philanthrophy[edit]

Du Beke is an honorary patron of The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.[9]

Controversy[edit]

For the seventh series of Strictly, 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."[10] Du Beke offered an unreserved apology, which Rouass accepted.[10] On BBC Two's It Takes Two, he and Rouass appeared together and spoke about the incident and their reconciliation.[11] 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".[12]

In 2014, Du Beke was reportedly quoted in a newspaper, saying that he was fed up with the BBC giving him people who were rubbish and older since 2009. He then went on to describe his celebrity partner, Judy Murray's dancing as 'shit', despite the couple dancing together on the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Tour and how they had a positive friendship during the series run.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Births and Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006
  2. ^ Anton Du Beke biodata
  3. ^ Marriage indexes, June 1966, reference page 1966M2-B-0060, at FreeBMD.org.uk
  4. ^ "Anton du Beke interviewed by Kent Life". Kent Life. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/strictly-star-anton-du-beke-7584553
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Anton's Book". ; ISBN 1-85626-731-8
  8. ^ "B is for Ballroom". ; ISBN 9781472100689
  9. ^ "About Us". The Music Hall Guild. Retrieved 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Anton 'Paki' Slur News of the World, 4 October 2009
  11. ^ Du Beke on-air apology for remark BBC News, 9 October 2009
  12. ^ Bruce Forsyth: Strictly race row taken too seriously The Guardian, 8 October 2009

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