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Date Of BirthApril 27, 1969
SpouseAngus Forbes
FactShe has retired from dancing. [June 2007]

Darcey Bussell is a world-renowned English ballerina. She was born on April 27, 1969, in London, England. Her parents are John and Angela Bussell. She has two sisters, Melanie and Samantha. Bussell began her ballet training at the age of four at the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. She later attended the Royal Ballet School in London.

Bussell joined The Royal Ballet in 1987. She was promoted to principal dancer in 1989. She has danced many lead roles with the company, including Swan Lake, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty. Bussell has also danced with the English National Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She has performed as a guest artist with many other ballet companies around the world.

In 1995, Bussell was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006, she was awarded the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) by the queen.

Bussell has appeared on television several times, including as a judge on the BBC reality show Strictly Come Dancing. She has also written two books about ballet: A Dancing Life (2007) and Dancing into the Limelight (2011).

Bussell retired from dancing in 2007. She now serves as a patron of several arts organizations, including the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Opera House. She is also a trustee of the Royal Academy of Music.

Bussell has been married to Andrew Upton since 2002. The couple have two daughters: Phoebe and Zoe.

Physical Characteristics: Bussell is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameDarcey Bussell
Date Of BirthApril 27, 1969
Height1.7 m
ProfessionBallet Dancer, Writer, Actor, Model, Singer
EducationRoyal Ballet School


SpouseAngus Forbes
ChildrenZoe Sophia Forbes, Phoebe Olivia Forbes
ParentsAndrea Williams, John Crittle
SiblingsJames Bussell, Zaylie Bussell


NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
MoviesGala Tribute to Tchaikovsky, The Prince of the Pagodas, Winter Dreams, Great Pas de Deux, Mayerling
TV ShowsStrictly Come Dancing

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1She has retired from dancing. [June 2007]
2Appearing as a guest judge on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing (2004). [September 2009]
3Released the concert of her operatic ballet show, "Viva la Diva" on DVD, which she starred in alongside opera singer Katherine Jenkins. [November 2008]
4Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a daughter Zoe Sophia Forbes on Febraury 10, 2004. Child's father is her husband, Angus Forbes.
5Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a daughter Phoebe Olivia Forbes on June 3, 2001. Child's father is her husband, Angus Forbes.
6She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1995 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to ballet.
7Is good friends with opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
8She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to dance.
9Tested for the title role in Sabrina (1995), which was eventually given to Julia Ormond.
10She joined the Royal Ballet in 1988 as a Soloist aged 19, becoming a first Soloist in September 1989 and, just three months later, on the first night of Kenneth MacMillan's "The Prince of the Pagodas", was promoted to the rank of Principal.
11Her extensive range of ballets include: The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Apollo, La Bayadère, Cinderella, Serenade, Manon, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet.
12She flew on the supersonic plane, Concorde's, last ever commercial flight to London.




A Bucket o' French & Saunders2007TV Series
Sylvia2007TV MovieSylvia
The Vicar of Dibley1998TV SeriesDarcey Bussell
True Blue1996Annabel
La Bayadère - The Temple Dancer1991TV MovieGamzatti
The Prince of the Pagodas1990TV MoviePrincess Rose


Viva la Diva: Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins2008Video performer: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"


Strictly Come Dancing2008-2016TV SeriesHerself - Judge / Herself - Guest Judge / Herself / ...
Children in Need2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - On Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2008-2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Frankenstein from the Royal Ballet2016TV MovieHerself - Presenter
National Television Awards2016TV SpecialHerself
The Big Fat Quiz of Everything2016TV MovieHerself
Darcey's Ballet Heroes2015TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
Loose Women2007-2015TV SeriesHerself
Central Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself on Strictly Come Dancing
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Judge
National Television Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
Darcey Bussell's Looking for Audrey2014TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The Tom and Jerry Show2014TV SeriesHerself - on Strictly Come Dancing
Darcey's Ballerina Heroines2014DocumentaryHerself - Presenter
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Graham Norton Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony: A Symphony of British Music2012TV MovieHerself
Six O'Clock News2011TV SeriesHerself
Darcey Bussell Dances Hollywood2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
The One Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2005-2009TV SeriesHerself - Judge / Herself
Viva la Diva: Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins2008VideoHerself / Performer
This Morning2008TV SeriesHerself
Darcey Bussell's Ten Best Ballet Moments2007TV MovieHerself, Presenter
The Royal Variety Performance 20072007TV MovieHerself
Allen Jones: Women and Men2007Video documentary
The National Television Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
3 Minute Wonder2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The Apprentice2007TV SeriesHerself
The Magic of Swan Lake2007TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The Story of Dibley2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Ballet Hell2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
HARDtalk Extra2006TV SeriesHerself
The Kumars at No. 422006TV SeriesHerself
Richard & Judy2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief Does Fame Academy2005TV SeriesHerself
A Profile of 'The Red Shoes'2000Short documentaryHerself
Explosive Dance1998TV SpecialDancer
Clive Anderson All Talk1998TV SeriesHerself
Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The Megatastic Comic Relief Red Nose Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The South Bank Show1997TV Series documentaryHerself - Presenter, Dance Award
The Royal Variety Performance1996TV MovieHerself
Live for Peace: A Royal Gala1995TV MovieHerself
Yo Picasso1994TV Movie documentaryOlga
Gala Tribute to Tchaikovsky1993TV SpecialPrima Ballerina
French and Saunders1993TV SeriesHerself
Going Live!1991TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Ballrooms & Ballerinas: Dance at the BBC2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Graham Norton Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Strictly Come Dancing2009TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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