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Strictly Come Dancing: Which stars have been paired with Anton Du Beke?

The ballroom veteran appears to have finally found a competitive partner in EastEnders star Emma Barton.

Anton Du Beke (Ian West/PA)
Anton Du Beke (Ian West/PA)

By PA Reporters

Anton Du Beke has appeared in every series of Strictly Come Dancing since it debuted in 2004.

But despite this, the veteran ballroom dancer and fan favourite has never won.

Du Beke is also the only remaining professional dancer from the original line-up.

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Soap star Emma Barton (Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA)

Fans suspect this has had much to do with him often being paired with the contest’s older, and sometimes less nimble, female stars.

But it appears that this year the 53-year-old has finally found himself a competitive partner in EastEnders star Emma Barton.

Here is a look back at his celebrity partners.

Series 1 – Lesley Garrett

The dancer had a strong start in the first series, when he was partnered with soprano singer Lesley Garrett.

Judges were particularly impressed by their foxtrot to I’ve Got You Under My Skin and their quickstep to That Old Black Magic and they ended up in third place in the final.

Series 2 – Esther Rantzen

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Esther Rantzen with Anton Du Beke (BBC)

He did not have quite so much luck in the second series, when he was paired with TV presenter Esther Rantzen.

They were already in the bottom two by the second week after failing to dazzle with a rumba to The Look Of Love and they were eliminated in the third week after their tango got a score of two from judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Series 3 – Patsy Palmer

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Patsy Palmer and Anton Du Beke (BBC)

Matched up with EastEnders star Patsy Palmer for the third series, the couple enjoyed a good run.

Their tango in week three bagged them 34 points but they were in the bottom two for two weeks in a row before their time ran out and they were kicked out in week eight, placing fifth.

Series 4 – Jan Ravens

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Jan Ravens and Anton Du Beke (BBC)

For his fourth series Du Beke teamed up with Spitting Image impressionist Jan Ravens.

They started strongly with a quickstep to When You’re Smiling but by the fourth week they were in the bottom two and they were out in week five, placing ninth.

Series 5 – Kate Garraway

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Kate Garraway and Anton Du Beke (BBC)

TV presenter Kate Garraway had a bumpy start in the competition, receiving just 15 points when she was first scored by the judging panel.

She showed some improvement by week five when the judges enjoyed her foxtrot to I Could Write A Book but she struggled with the salsa and was eliminated in week seven after a patchy paso doble.

Series 6 – Gillian Taylforth

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Gillian Taylforth and Anton Du Beke (Guy Levy/BBC)

The sixth series of the show was one of Du Beke’s shortest runs when he was paired with EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth.

The duo performed just one dance to be scored by the judges – the foxtrot to Razzle Dazzle – before they were unceremoniously booted off the dancefloor.

Series 7 – Laila Rouass

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Laila Rouass and Anton du Beke (Guy Levy/BBC)

His luck improved considerably in the seventh series, when he was matched up with Holby City actress Laila Rouass.

Their first dance together – the tango to El Choclo – landed them 30 points and they made it all the way to week 12, when they eventually came fourth.

Series 8 – Ann Widdecombe

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Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke (Guy Levy/BBC)

One of Du Beke’s most famous pairings was with former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe.

While she failed to impress the judges, frequently scoring just one point from Revel Horwood, she was beloved by fans watching at home.

Eventually her lucky streak came to an end and the pair got the chop in week ten, coming sixth overall.

Series 9 – Nancy Dell’Olio

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Nancy Dell’Olio and Anton Du Beke (Guy Levy/BBC)

Lawyer Nancy Dell’Ollio, who came to public attention as the girlfriend of former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, was Du Beke’s partner for the show’s ninth series.

She had a rocky start to the show, landing just 12 points in week one for her waltz and was in the bottom two in weeks three and four before she was eliminated in week five after her rumba to Spooky.

Series 10 – Jerry Hall

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Jerry Hall and Anton Du Beke (Des Willie/BBC)

For the show’s tenth series Du Beke was paired with model Jerry Hall.

Unfortunately she could not translate her catwalk sashay to dancefloor moves and the couple were out in week three after a quickstep to Mrs Robinson.

Series 11 – Fiona Fullerton

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Anton Du Beke and Fiona Fullerton (Guy Levy/BBC)

Former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton was Du Beke’s partner for series 11.

The duo enjoyed a slightly better run than the dancer had managed in earlier years and they made it to week eight, eventually placing ninth in the series.

Series 12 – Judy Murray

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Anton Du Beke and Judy Murray (Guy Levy/BBC)

The tennis coach and mother of champion Andy Murray was keen to show the public a different side when she was paired with Du Beke in series 12.

As with Fullerton, the duo made it to week eight and took ninth place.

Series 13 – Katie Derham

Du Beke had a much better run in 2015 when he was paired with newsreader Katie Derham for series 13.

They particularly impressed with their American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head in week nine and in week 11 with their foxtrot to Maybe This Time, picking up 35 points on both occasions.

They made it all the way to the final, where they came fourth.

Series 14 – Lesley Joseph

Birds Of A Feather actress Lesley Joseph was the oldest contestant to take to the dancefloor when she was teamed with Du Beke for series 14 when she was 70.

Her performing background stood her in good stead and she impressed with a Charleston in week four but got the boot in week five after a weak tango to Whatever Lola Wants.

Series 15 – Ruth Langsford

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Anton Du Beke with Ruth Langsford (Guy Levy/BBC)

Du Beke was matched up with This Morning star Ruth Langsford.

While she launched into her dances with great enthusiasm, she struggled to impress the judges and made it as far as week eight.

Series 16 – Susannah Constantine

Last year there was disappointment when Du Beke exited during the first elimination, when his partner, What Not To Wear star Susannah Constantine, got the boot.

Fans posted messages on social media calling for the dancer to be given a stronger contender when the show returned in 2019.

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