Strictly Come Dancing star Robert Webb didn't look happy as he was spotted for the first time since being forced to leave the BBC show due to ill health.

The Peep Show actor had to withdraw from the competition following medical advice after having open heart surgery two years ago.

The 49-year-old looked deep in thought as he was spotted with a shopping trolley as he made his way into a supermarket.

The star put his mask on as he went inside to comply with coronavirus guidance.

Robert was competing in this year's Strictly with professional dancer Dianne Buswell and was making good headway in the competition.

Robert Webb had to quit Strictly due to ill health (

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However after admitting he'd 'bitten off more than he could chew' the actor regretfully announced his decision to withdraw.

In a statement, Robert said: “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.

Robert kept his mask on as he left the supermarket (

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"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.

"I’m proud of the three dances that Dianne and I managed to perform and deeply regret having to let her down like this. I couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or more patient teacher.

"Thanks too to everyone at home who voted for us."

Robert said he'd bitten of more than he could chew with Strictly (

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Robert spoke to his doctor before quitting the show (

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Robert said the BBC show was unlike anything he'd done before.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday he said: "It is not like it is an unpleasant environment, but they are long days and it is a long time to be nice.”

He said: “Like in the theatre you have press night and we are always doing the first show and it will be the worst show.

The actor said Strictly was unlike anything he'd ever done

“The actors know this will be the worst performance except at the end of that performance [Strictly] you might get fired. It is brutal. It is an absolutely weird show.”

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One on Saturday at 6.45pm.

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