This British man is a professional ballroom dancer, singer, and television presenter. He is popularly known as a dancer on the celebrity dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing. Anton Du Beke has featured regularly on the series since its inception in 2004 and since 1997, Erin Boag has been his professional dance partner.
Anton has presented for several shows including Hole in the Wall. He also has a studio album to his name. The man has proved himself as a dancer of exceptional talent; he once served as an honorary patron of The Music Hall Guild of Britain and America.
Anton Du Beke Bio
The dancer was born Anthony Paul Beke on July 20, 1966, in Sevenoaks, to a father of Hungarian descent, Antalya Xavier Beke, and a Spanish mother, Ascensión Lena. He is the first of three children. Anton attended Wilderness School for his early education.
Anton began dancing when he was 14 – after he was registered for local dance classes. It was a pretty old age to take up dancing, but his ability to learn quickly combined with his natural talent allowed him to advance easily. Anton Du Beke loved dancing and studied several disciplines: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and modern theatre dance. He also enjoyed other pastimes like boxing and football.
The young dancer began working a number of odd jobs to pay for his dance training after leaving school at the age of 16. A year later, he decided to specialize in ballroom dancing and began competing as an amateur, preferring to follow the steps of Fred Astaire, his Hollywood hero. His movement of choice was the Foxtrot, which he liked because it was romantic, stylish, and timelessly classic.
In 1997, Anton met Erin Boag, and she became his dance partner. They began competing professionally, going on to win numerous international and national awards, including the NZ Championships which they won the following year and retained a year later.
Anton Du Beke has competed in Strictly Come Dancing, in all fifteen seasons, dancing with stars like Lesley Garrett, Esther Rantzen, Patsy Palmer, Jan Ravens, Kate Garraway, and Gillian Taylforth. Interestingly, he has never won the series or finished above third place. His worst appearance was in season 6 when he got eliminated in the very first week. He is the longest-serving male professional dancer on the show.
Over the span of his career, Anton has won several championships, becoming the IDTA Classic Champion in 2003, UBC Canadian Champion in 2002, BDF Star Ball Finalist in 2003, UK & International Rising Star Finalist in 2003, and British National Finalist in 2002 and 2003.
The veteran dancer is also known for his work on Down to Earth, Hole in the Wall, Step Up to the Plate and Doctors. He is estimated to be worth $10 million.
His Wife – Hannah Summers and Twins
Unfortunately for admirers all over, Anton Du Beke is no longer single. In fact, he hasn’t been single for a long time. He is married to the brilliant businesswoman, Hannah Summers. The two met at a golf club and dated for six wonderful years until they tied the knot in 2017 in a secret ceremony.
Hannah is the Chief Market Officer at a top range mobile network security company called AdaptiveMobile. The company is responsible for at least half of the text messages sent in the world. Hannah studied at the University of Bristol where she bagged a degree in English Literature.
The couple is enjoying the haze of marital bliss, it is said that they live in Buckinghamshire, in a four-bedroom home estimated to worth £800,000. Their family has grown to include their twins and the following are some interesting facts about Anton Du Beke’s twins.
1. The children took a long time coming along. Hannah found it hard to conceive after trying for several years; they decided to try IVF treatments and three months into it, she became pregnant.
2. The twins are a boy and girl named George and Henrietta respectively.
3. They were born on March 30, 2017, and Anton announced their birth on Instagram.
4. Most people didn’t know the names of the twins until one year after they were born because Anton and Hannah wanted to protect their identities, and shield them from public glare.