Anton du Beke
“As a proud new Father to healthy twins, a daughter and son, I applaud the exceptional care given by our maternity professionals, in bringing our children into the world.
The Baby Lifeline £5 million Monitoring for Mums campaign, is a fantastic appeal to provide much needed equipment for maternity and neonatal units nationwide.
The equipment will support the care of pregnant women and their babies, and I am delighted to be a part of such a great campaign as an Ambassador.
I ask everyone to get involved and have fun raising money that will truly make such a difference.”
Anton Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable figures in the world of dance today. Affectionately known as ‘the king of ballroom’ and a familiar sight on television, he is best known for appearing in all 14 series of the BBC hit show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ aired to date.
He is possibly most famed for his pairing with the formidable Ann Widdecombe – with comedic routines reaching a record 11.9 million viewers and causing nothing short of a nationwide sensation. With the viewing public’s support he has also made ballroom belles of leading ladies including Lesley Garrett, Dame Esther Rantzen, Jerry Hall, Judy Murray, Katie Derham and Lesley Joseph to name but a few.
Anton’s interest in dance started at the age of fourteen when he was sent to a local dance class in Sevenoaks, Kent, to meet his sister one evening. Starting off as a Ballroom dancer, instantly hooked, he went on to study Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern theatre dance and began competing by the age of seventeen.
He teamed-up with Erin Boag in 1997 to form an enduring professional partnership which would see them win many national and international awards before being spotted by the BBC for the pilot of ‘Strictly’. The pair continue to tour nationwide every year with full orchestra-backed productions, and perform each Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall. Anton’s natural abilities to dance – and sing – continue to captivate audiences, and the performances are regular sell-outs.
His quick wit, style and charm, combined with such broad appeal as an entertainer, have seen Anton present popular daytime programmes such as ‘Step Up To The Plate’ and ‘Hole In The Wall’, as well as appearing on some of TV’s most popular chat and quiz shows including ‘A Question Of Sport’ where his sporting knowledge comes to the fore. Not just an avid sports fan, Anton is in fact an accomplished golfer with a handicap of 5 – his competitive streak extending from the ballroom to the fairways!
The ever-popular and consummate entertainer, Anton is in year round demand and is highly sought after as a host and compère.
Anton actively supports a number of charities including Nordoff Robbins, The NSPCC, CHUF, and the Not Forgotten Association.