Darcey Bussell

  • Birth Name: Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pembleton Crittle
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Ballet dancer
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  • Became principal dancer at the age of 20 for the Royal Ballet School in 1989.
  • In 1995, was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 for her contribution to society.
  • In 2012, became the President of the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
  • Retired from the Company at the age of 38 in June 2007 with the performance of MacMillan's Song of the Earth, broadcast live on BBC2.
  • In 2009, released six books in a new children's series entitled The Magic Ballerina.
  • Came out of retirement to dance the Spirit of the Flame at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.


  • Andrea Williams — Mother
  • Zoe Sophia — Daughter
  • John Crittle — Father
  • Angus Forbes — Husband
  • Phoebe Olivia — Daughter


  • Attended The Royal Ballet School, London, England
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