Who comedian Robert Webb is married to as he quits Strictly due to ill health

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Peep Show actor Robert Webb, 49, has been forced to quit the show due to ill health, revealing that he had undergone open heart surgery two years ago.

Robert said in a statement, read on Wednesday’s It Takes Two: "I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

"Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.

"I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show."

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Who is Robert Webb married to?

Comedian Robert Webb is married to fellow comedian Abigail Burdess.

The sweet couple tied the knot back in 2006, and Robert's comedy partner David Mitchell was his best man.

Robert and his wife Abigail live together in a home in London.

Abigail works as a writer for television, radio and stage, and you might recognise some of her work, which includes the BAFTA-nominated Sorry I’ve Got No Head (CBBC) and Watson and Oliver (BBC2).

The couple share two daughters, and Robert has previously revealed to Lifestyle Daily that they're just like any other married couple.

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"Like any other couple, we fight, but probably using slightly more stupid voices. We’re not really competitive with each other," he explained.

Robert added: "There’s a disparity between who’s had a break when.

"I had a massive break with Peep Show in 2003 but it hasn’t really happened for Abi in quite the same way. She’s very successful compared with most actors and writers in that she makes a living, but she hasn’t had the ludicrous good fortune that I have."

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After being revealed as a Strictly 2021 contestant, Robert said: "It's very very exciting but a slight undertone of quivering terror. It was always in the stars, it was fated it was always going to happen."

The comedian, who previously had a life-saving heart operation, was asked whether the surgery has made him take on more challenges in life.

To which Robert said: "I'm mainly in it for the costumes. Yes, I suppose so, you get to a point in life where you sort of think this is no time to be cool. These experiences don't come along every five minutes, so I thought: 'Yeah', it suddenly felt weird not to.

"I wouldn't say it's the obvious thing to do while recovering from heart surgery, don't put it on the website, you know!"

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