Strictly’s Anton Du Beke taken aback by ex-partner Judy Murray’s book request

Anton Du Beke shares his ‘greatest fear’ about his career

Anton Du Beke was blown away by Judy Murray’s reaction to his latest book project away from Strictly.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge, 57, sent the first draft of his novel to former Strictly partner Judy to get some feedback from the tennis star.

Initially he thought he might receive kind words, a well done, and maybe some suggestions.

Instead, the Ballroom champion received a manuscript which indicated spelling errors, grammatical corrections, and parts she just didn’t think worked.

The tennis coach, 64, who is mother to athletes Sir Andy and Jamie Murray, was partnered with the pro dancer in 2014’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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The duo did not win the glitterball, but placed 8th in the competition and have remained bonded ever since. 

Judy appeared on Good Housekeeping Live on Friday to explain her feedback to Anton, admitting she is a “stickler for grammer”. 

She quipped that Anton was shocked by the detailed feedback she gave. 

Judy said: “He sent it to me and said, ‘Have a read of that partner, let me know what you think’.”

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“I returned it with detailed notes, as I’m a stickler for grammar”

Referring to her Strictly partner, she mentioned he said to her: “Could you not have just said, well done Anton?”

She replied: “I told him, well you asked!”

Judy has just released her first fiction book, The Wild Card, and attended the Wigtown Book Festival, in Wigtownshire, to promote it.

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Speaking at the event, she detailed how she had helped to save the Strictly star from potential embarrassment in his ballroom-inspired novel.

Judy recalled she began looking over the book during COVID and said: “Like everybody else, I wasn’t doing very much.

“I love to read, I’m a spelling geek, I’m a grammar geek, I’m a vocabulary geek. He didn’t know any of that.” 

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