Strictly's Anton Du Beke recalls life before finding fame on dancefloor
19.09.2023 - 20:43
Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke is a bonafide show original, having starred on it as a pro dancer since its conception in 2004.
The 57 year old is the only professional dancer to appear in every Strictly series so far - before moving to the judging panel in 2021, for its 19th season. But life for Anton wasn't always quite so glamorous, as he recalled once working at a bakers at the age of 21, whilst dancing on the evenings and doing events. Here's what Anton had to say as Strictly struts its way back to our television screens...
Strictly is back for its 21st series! How does it feel to return to the judging panel for such a monumental series? I tell you what, I am naturally, brilliantly excited about the whole thing, I can't wait. For me it's just a magical time of year when Strictly returns to our screens. It always starts in the summer and goes into the autumn and winter.
It's just brilliant.
The excitement about Strictly Come Dancing coming back with all the celebrities and just being in the building with everybody milling around, delighted and happy and joyous and all the brilliant teams back together. It's so wonderfully exciting. We’ve asked all the pros what they were doing when they were 21 - what were you doing when you were 21? I would have been dancing, competing, practising and flying about trying to get better, that was my life really.
I have literally been dancing every day of my life and also at 21 I think I was working in a bakery. I would have started work at the bakery at 3 o'clock in the morning, and then dancing at night and competing at weekends. Baker by day, dancer by night! There's so much excitement when Strictly comes back - what do you think keeps audiences tuning in? It's so multi
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