Who is Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke? – The Sun | The Sun

STRICTLY Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke and Giovanni Pernice will be swapping the ballroom for the sun-kissed island of Sicily.

Anton and Giovanni's Adventures In Sicily is a new show coming to BBC One.

Who is Anton Du Beke?

Anton, 56, 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.

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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.

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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.

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 the 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.

When will Anton & Giovanni's Adventures in Sicily be on?

Anton and Giovanni’s Adventures in Sicily will begin on BBC One on March 21 at 9 pm.

The full series will also be available on iPlayer from 9 pm.

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Speaking about the new series, Giovanni said: “To say this has been a dream project is an understatement! Taking Anton to my much-loved home of Sicily was simply Bellissima! We danced, we laughed, and had the time of our lives – with great culture, food and company.

"I cannot wait for viewers in the UK to come on this journey with us."

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