Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE, the former Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet, joined the Strictly judging panel in 2009.
Darcey Bussell is a former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers of all time.
I am very excited and really looking forward to being part of the Strictly teamDarcey Bussell
She was promoted to Principal in 1989, at just 20-years-old, after the premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's The 'Prince of the Pagodas', in which Bussell had created the lead role. She retired from the Company in June 2007 with a performance of MacMillan's 'Song of the Earth', broadcast live on BBC2.
In 2008 she teamed up with Katherine Jenkins to create ‘Viva la Diva’, which ran two sell-out arena tours. Darcey came out of retirement to dance the 'Spirit of the Flame', leading a troupe of 200 dancers, at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.
Her broadcast work includes 'Darcey Dances Hollywood', 'Looking for Audrey' and presenting The Royal Ballet's worldwide cinema simulcasts.
Darcey’s books include 'Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures', the 'Magic Ballerina' children's series (over 1m copies sold world-wide) and her autobiography.
Among the many charities Darcey supports, she is the President of the Royal Academy of Dance, the International Patron of the Sydney Dance Company and President of the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s fund raising appeal. She was appointed an OBE in 1995 and CBE in 2006.