Darcey Bussell Biography

(Former Ballet Dancer)

Darcey Bussell is a former British ballet dancer. She is married to Angus Forbes and has two children.

More about the relationship

In 1997, Darcey Bussell married an Australian businessman called Angus Forbes in Cherwell, Oxfordshire. The couple firstly lived in Kensington.

The couple has two children, their two daughters, Phoebe and Zoe. Phoebe was born on 3rd June 2001 whereas her sister, Zoe was born on 10th February 2004.

Other than that, there is no information about her past life. The family had moved to Australia but are currently living in London.

Relationship Facts of Darcey Bussell

  • Darcey Bussell is married to Angus Forbes.
  • He is father of Two (Phobe and Zoe).
  • Darcey Bussell is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

Who is Darcey Bussell?

Darcey Bussell is a former British ballet dancer and a huge celebrity of the late 20th century. She is famous for her energy and passion in her performance.

Moreover, she was one of the youngest artists to serve as the principal dancer in the Royal Ballet of London. Formerly, she was a judge on the BBC TV dance competition Strictly Come Dancing.

Darcey Bussell: Age, Siblings, Parents, Ethnicity, Nationality

Bussell was born on 27 April 1969, in London. As of 2019, her age is 50. She is the daughter of John Crittle and his wife Andrea Williams. Her father is was an Australian businessman and her mother is English.

She has a brother named James and a sister named Zaylie Bussell. When she was 3, her parents divorced. She is of English nationality. Her custody was with her mother and after the split, her mother remarried to Philip Bussell. However, her ethnicity remains unknown.

She started learning ballet from the age of 13.

Education, School/College University

Darcey attended  Fox Primary School in Kensington. Furthermore, she trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School. She graduated from the ‘Royal Ballet Upper School’ when she was 16.

In 2009, she received an honorary doctorate from Oxford University. In 2017, she received yet another doctorate from the ‘Royal Conservatoire’. The famous artist Allen Jones painted her full-length portrait which is hung in the ‘The National Portrait Gallery.’

Darcey Bussell: Professional Life, Career

In 1986, at the age of 17, Darcey Bussell became the lead in school performance at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. Moreover, she also won the Prix de Lausanne. After she graduated from White Lodge in 1987, she went to the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet.

The following year, she was back at the Royal Ballet and started her solo career after her selection for the role of Princess Rose in the new version of The Prince of the Pagodas. In 1989, she got promoted to principal dancer.

Also, she performed very well in dramatic classical ballets such as Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. She also thrived in the more modern works. However, her fame was not limited just as a ballerina. Her incredible beauty, height, and her long legs like a supermodel, she started modeling.

She modeled for the famous Vogue and Vanity Fair fashion magazines. Moreover, she also made appearances on TV with various celebrities and such as Harrison Ford for the remake of the classic movie titled Sabrina. Her portrait is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Darcey performed every major role in the Royal Ballet’s repertoire. Moreover, she also made frequent guest appearances with other huge companies such as New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, and the Frankfurt Ballet. People praised her for her strength and dynamism, purity and radiance of her dancing, and the intelligence and the passion showed while performing.

Darcey continued for more than a decade. In 2007, she retired from her dancing career. Furthermore, in 2009, she appeared in the ‘BBC’ dance reality show called Strictly Come Dancing as a judge. In 2012, she again returned to the judging panel now as a permanent judge. However, she quit in 2019.

Awards, Nominations

Darcey has won a lot in her career. In 1990, she won the title of the Dancer of the Year by Dance and Dancers Magazine. In 1995, she received the honor of ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ (OBE).

Furthermore, in 2006, she was appointed as the ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ (CBE). Moreover, in 2018, she received the honor of ‘Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ (DBE).

Darcey Bussell: Net Worth, Salary

This dancer has an estimated net worth of around $10 million as of 2022. Moreover, she was paid around $136,000 for a season of Strictly Come Dancing. 

However, she left the show. Thus, her current annual income remains unknown.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight

Darcey Bussell has a height of around 5 feet 7 inches. Furthermore, she has a weight of around 54 kg. She has blonde hair and green eyes.

Social Media

Darcey is an active social media user. Her Facebook account has around 5.2k followers. Moreover, her Instagram has around 166k followers. Furthermore, she has a Twitter account with 173k followers.


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