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
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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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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.”
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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.