Man of the mo­ment an­ton du Beke

The 52-year-old Strictly star is daz­zling us on the dance floor once again and has just re­leased his de­but novel, One En­chanted Evening

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An­ton lives in Buck­ing­hamshire with his wife, Han­nah Sum­mers. They wel­comed twins, Ge­orge and Hen­ri­etta, in March 2017.

My rise to fame… When the

BBC came along and said “We’re do­ing this show called Strictly Come Danc­ing and we need some pro­fes­sional dancers”, I was scep­ti­cal, and I know a lot of the other dancers they ap­proached were too. Danc­ing had moved on a lot since the old days of Come Danc­ing [the BBC show that ran from 1950 to 1998], and we were wor­ried that wouldn’t be re­flected in this show. How wrong we were! In fact, it was such a hit they did two se­ries in the first year.

My favourite Strictly mo­ments…

I have some in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries, from my first waltz with Les­ley Gar­rett to fall­ing over do­ing the paso doble with Ruth Langs­ford! On a per­sonal note though, do­ing a num­ber with Bru­cie [Bruce Forsyth] was amaz­ing, and I’ll never for­get Erin [Boag] and I danc­ing to Tony Ben­nett as he sang live on stage. That was un­be­liev­able.

My fans… I re­ally en­joy it when peo­ple come and say hello or ask for a photo. If you ask peo­ple to buy your book, buy your al­bum, come and see your show, the least you can do is give them a bit of your time.

Han­nah and I are lov­ing be­ing par­ents. We’re lucky be­cause Ge­orge and Hen­ri­etta do ev­ery­thing at the same time – eat, sleep, play. They’re my favourite things in the whole world.

I can’t tell you how ex­cited I am. We’ll be spend­ing it at home this year, and the house is go­ing to be full of Christ­mas trees – I love them. We watch Scrooge on Christ­mas Eve and Han­nah does the lunch be­cause she’s rather mar­vel­lous at it.

My first novel, One En­chanted Evening… I’ve al­ways wanted to write a novel, but never thought I’d ac­tu­ally do it, so this feels re­ally spe­cial. I hope peo­ple will en­joy read­ing it as much as I en­joyed writ­ing it.

One En­chanted Evening by An­ton du Beke (Zaf­fre) is out now.

My sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers… My Christ­mas…

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