Brought to the public’s attention through the hit BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing, Anton Du Beke has become a household name and a familiar face on our TV screens. Whether he’s dancing, presenting, or making television guest appearances — he’s fast becoming a media personality in his own right and earning himself the title ‘Mr Showbiz’.
Witty, charismatic and a natural entertainer, Anton’s skills in front of an audience extend far beyond his dancing: he is now widely known for his quick wit, repartee and inimitable sartorial style. Coined ‘the ultimate gentleman’, Anton defines modern-day dapper: classically stylish and always impeccably turned-out – much like his hero Fred Astaire whom Anton upholds as his style icon.
It’s no wonder that Anton’s mischievous charm caught the attention of television producers. His distinct likability and showbiz flair brought him invitations to present non-dance programmes on primetime television including the BBC’s ‘Step up to the Plate’ with Loyd Grossman O.B.E, and cult Saturday night hit show ‘Hole in the Wall’ in which he appeared in over twenty-one episodes, firstly as a team captain in series one, then returning to host the show himself in series two.
A born showman, and relaxed in front of the camera, Anton excels at light entertainment – a genre he suits very well. From an expanding diversity of television credits, his charm, manner, wit… and comic timing are growing his popularity and appealing to generations young to old. And now through social media channels too, he’s attracting an ever-widening fanbase.
My goal is to be the best TV presenter, the best entertainer, the best singer. I still want to be the best dancer, I want to be the best at everything I do.
Speaking of fans, it’s reputed that the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles as well as David Cameron all tuned in to see Anton and Ann Widdecombe’s show-stopping Strictly performances – their flamboyant routines causing nothing short of a nationwide sensation with over twelve million viewers tuning in!
Keep an eye on ITV’s This Morning as Anton draws on his experience as a professional baker and presents “Anton Du Beke’s Baking Fails” – visiting members of the public and helping them rectify their baking mistakes to master culinary creations in their own kitchens. He was also invited to co-present This Morning alongside Rochelle Humes during Ruth & Eamonn’s holiday leave, much to the delight of existing – and new – fans!
Beyond his television roles – and his YouTube Channel featuring dance lessons and workouts live-streamed during lockdown – Anton’s popularity ensures he’s much in demand for hosting, presenting and speaking at corporate, charity and media events. With showbiz sparkle and inimitable style, Anton Du Beke is the consummate and all-round entertainer.
For me, entertaining is all about having fun and connecting with the audience.