Wednesday 21 February 2018

Strictly star Anton Du Beke 'over the moon' at news of twins after 'years of trying'

Anton Du Beke with dance partner Leslie Joseph. Photo: Jay Brooks/BBC/PA Wire
Anton Du Beke with dance partner Leslie Joseph. Photo: Jay Brooks/BBC/PA Wire
Lesley Joseph, pictured with Anton Du Beke, was the fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing professional Anton Du Beke and his girlfriend Hannah Summers are expecting twins.

Following Saturday night's live episode of the BBC programme, the 50-year-old dancer wrote on Twitter: "Hannah and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting twins in the spring. We are over the moon!"

He also shared a picture of a top hat and two pairs of infant-sized dancing shoes under which it read: "We hear the 'tippety-tap' of tiny feet!"

The twins, conceived with the help of IVF treatment, will be the first children for Du Beke and Summers, who have been together for nearly five years.

In a 2014 interview, Du Beke spoke fondly of his partner.

He told the Mail on Sunday: "She's a top marketing expert and we've been together since April 2012. I love her above all things."

Lesley Joseph, pictured with Anton Du Beke, was the fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Lesley Joseph, pictured with Anton Du Beke, was the fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)

He went on to describe her as "so beautiful, bright and funny".

Du Beke has appeared on Strictly since the show's inception back in 2004 although he has never won the prestigious glitterball trophy, and he is often cited as a possible replacement for head judge Len Goodman when he steps down at the end of this year.

He was recently knocked out of the current series with his partner, actress Lesley Joseph, and he has previously danced with the likes of Ann Widdecombe, Kate Garraway and Jerry Hall.

Congratulations poured in for the dancer, his former Strictly co-star Kristina Rihanoff and Dragons' Den's Peter Jones leading the charge.

Du Beke's former partner Judy Murray, with whom he danced in series 12 in 2014, wrote along with baby bottle emojis on Twitter: "BOOM."

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