David Mitchell says Strictly’s Robert Webb has very good chance despite heart op


Robert Webb’s Peep Show pal David Mitchell says the new Strictly Come Dancing star is ‘a really good dancer’ and has become a fitness fanatic since his heart operation in 2019

David Mitchell backs his Peep Show pal on Strictly

Robert Webb has a “very good chance” of winning Strictly despite his heart op, says his comedy partner.

David Mitchell, Webb’s co-star in Peep Show and their sketch series, said: “He’s a really good dancer. He won Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

“And he’s really fit and healthy.”

Mitchell, 47, said Webb, 48, had become a “fitness fanatic” since his heart operation in 2019.

A routine check-up revealed a heart murmur. A cardiologist told him: “This heart is going to fail in the next two to six months.”

He finished filming comedy series Back and underwent a mitral valve prolapse op – and quit booze.

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Robert Webb as Kylie Minogue in 2018



Mitchell, who hosts Dave’s new comedy series Outsiders, says his friend was known for his dancefloor prowess during their student days together at Cambridge.

He added: “But in a less structured environment. So that will be the key: how does he work with structure.”

Webb said of doing Strictly: “I am ludicrously excited.

“It’s a big, generous, joyful show and I can’t wait to get packed into a Spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon directly at Claudia Winkleman.

“At least I think that’s what happens.”

Robert Webb has been confirmed as a celebrity contestant for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing



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David Mitchell added: “He’s also a performer – a natural, funny, charismatic performer so I think he’s got a very good chance.”

Robert Webb said: “My goal is to try and survive from week to week without causing serious injury to myself or innocent bystanders.

“I know it’s going to be a challenge. To do well in this competition is a test of character, although mainly it’s a test of dancing.”

Bookies have Robert as a joint favourite with McFly’s Tom Fletcher to take home the Glitterball trophy this year.

Series 19 of Strictly Come Dancing is due to start on September 18 on BBC1.

  • See David Mitchell test six comedians’ survival skills in Outsiders, on Dave from Wednesday September 29.

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