Sunday Mirror

Just who did they think An­ton was?

Fam­ily his­tory show mis­took Strictly pro for comic

- Rob Brydon · Jacqui Smith

An­ton du Beke says he was snubbed by Who Do You Think You Are? – af­ter pro­duc­ers mis­took him for Rob Bry­don.

The Strictly Come Danc­ing pro thought his dreams of ap­pear­ing on the BBC ge­neal­ogy pro­gramme were about to come true a few years back.

But he was left to fox­trot off when they took back the of­fer – and, he says, ad­mit­ted they’d got the wrong per­son.

“I have a real in­ter­est in his­tory,” says An­ton, 54. “I was ap­proached for Who Do You Think You Are? but they mis­took me for Rob Bry­don.

“When they found out I wasn’t him, they were less in­ter­ested.”

It’s not the first time he has been mixed up with the 55-year-old Gavin and Stacey ac­tor. He tells Talk TV how a fan ask­ing for an au­to­graph made the same mis­take

– and he ended up play­ing along with the woman’s case of mis­taken iden­tity.

An­ton says: “I had to re-sign it with ‘Lots of love, Rob Bry­don’.”

But An­ton isn’t tak­ing his snub too se­ri­ously. He adds: “This is not the first time some­one’s con­fused us and I doubt it’ll be the last. I do hope WDYTYA come knock­ing on my door again.”

An­ton’s love for his­tory has in­spired his writ­ing – in­clud­ing his third book, A Christ­mas To Re­mem­ber, which is out now. He says: “With my mum be­ing Span­ish and the war in Europe hav­ing started be­fore the Sec­ond World War, I have an in­ter­est in that pe­riod.

“Ball­room was in­vented and took off be­tween the wars.”

He is now in talks to turn his books into a telly drama. He re­veals: “I’m in con­ver­sa­tion with peo­ple. That’s ex­cit­ing. Hope­fully it comes off.”

In the mean­time, he is busy on Strictly with his celeb part­ner, for­mer MP Jac­qui Smith , who turns 58 this week.

And de­spite re­ports ev­ery year that the se­ries will be his last, An­ton in­sists he is there to stay. He says: “I love it more than any­thing. I’ve never once al­luded to not want­ing to come back.

“The worst bit is wait­ing to see if you’re go­ing through or not – that’s the same now as in the first se­ries. If I didn’t feel that, I might have to re­con­sider. Oth­er­wise, I’m here for a long time to come.”

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