Darcey Bussell Biography (1969-)

Full name, Darcey Andrea Bussell; born April 27, 1969, in London, England; daughter of Philip Michael and Andrea Pemberton (maiden name, Williams) Bussell; married Angus Forbes, 1997; children: Phoebe Olivia. Addresses: Contact: Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Floral St., Covent Garden, London WC2E7QA, England; c/o NYC Ballet, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.

Ballet dancer
Birth Details
April 27, 1969
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Principal dancer, Concerto, Royal Ballet School, London, 1986
  • Myrtha, Giselle, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, London, 1987
  • Lilac Fairy, The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Ballet, London, 1988
  • Principal dancer, The Spirit of Fugue, Royal Ballet, 1988
  • Princess Rose, The Prince of the Pagodas, Royal Ballet, 1989
  • Gamzatti, La bayadere, Royal Ballet, 1989
  • Principal dancer, Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, Royal Ballet,1989
  • Principal dancer, Requiem, Royal Ballet, 1989
  • Odette/Odile, Swan Lake, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Principal dancer, Laurencia, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Principal dancer, Farewell (later incorporated into Winter Dreams), Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Bethena Waltz, Elite Syncopations, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Title role, Raymonda, Royal Ballet, 1990-1991
  • Principal dancer, Song of the Earth, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Principal dancer, Bloodlines, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Aria I, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Royal Ballet, 1990
  • Masha, Winter Dreams, Royal Ballet, 1991
  • Rag Mazurka, Les biches, Royal Ballet, 1991
  • Pas de deux, Agon, Royal Ballet, 1991
  • Principal dancer, Present Histories, Royal Ballet, 1991
  • Second Movement, Symphony in C, Royal Ballet, 1991
  • Principal dancer, Monotones, Royal Ballet, 1992
  • Principal dancer, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Royal Ballet,1992
  • Title role, Manon, Royal Ballet, 1992
  • Hermann Schmerman, 1993
  • Princess Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Ballet, 1993
  • Mistress Truth-on-Toe, Mr. Worldly Wise, 1995
  • Push Comes to Shove, Dances with Death, 1996
  • Kschessinska, Anastasia, 1996
  • La bayadere, Kirov Ballet and Australian Ballet, 1998
  • Also appeared as Winter Fairy, Cinderella; Lady Mary, Enigma Variations; principal dancer, Galanteries; Harlot, Romeo and Juliet; second solo, La bayadere; Mitzi Caspar, Mayerling; principal dancer, Pursuit; Terpsichore, Apollo; Siren, ProdigalSon; Prostitute, La ronde; Black Queen, Checkmate; Sacred Love, Les illuminations; in Rubies, Royal Ballet; Duo concertant; Serenade and Ballet Imperial; Pavane pour une infante defunte; Amores; Towards Poetry.
  • Major Tours
  • Nikiya, La bayadere, Royal Ballet, Japanese cities, 1992
  • Film Appearances
  • Annabel, True Blue, 1996
  • A Profile of `The Red Shoes,' 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Pas de deux, "Agon," Ballanchine Celebration, PBS, 1993
  • Episodic
  • "Celebrity Vicar," The Vicar of Dibley, BBC1, 1998
  • Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC1, 1998

Further Reference


    • International Directory of Ballet, St. James Press, 1993
    • Dance and Dancers, February, 1989
    • Dance Magazine, September, 1994
    • Dancing Times, April, 1992

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