Darcey Bussell was born in London in 1969. She studied at the Royal Ballet School. She joined SWRB in 1987 and moved to The Royal Ballet as a Soloist in 1988. She was promoted to First Soloist and then to Principal in 1989.
She created Princess Rose (Prince of the Pagodas), Masha (Winter Dreams), Mistress Truth-on-Toe (Mr Worldly Wise) and roles in The Spirit of Fugue, Bloodlines, Dances with Death, Pavane pour une infante défunte and Towards Poetry.
Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Giselle (Giselle), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Cinderella (Cinderella), Aurora and Sugar Plum Fairy (Sleeping Beauty), Nikiya (La Bayadere), Terpsichore (Apollo), Raymonda, Manon, Mitzi Caspar (Mayerling), Black Queen (Checkmate), Mathilde Kschessinska (Anastasia), Pas de Deux (Birthday Offering) and roles in Serenade, Duo Concertant, Agon, Ballet Imperial, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Symphony in C, In the middle, Somewhat Elevated, Push Comes to Shove.
Won the Prix de Lausanne, 1986.
Received the 1990 Evening Standard Ballet Award and the Variety Club Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Awarded an OBE in 1995.