Last updated: 1 june, 2010 - 11:35 GMT

UK archive reveals dancer Fonteyn heavily involved in Panama coup plot

A 1951 photo of prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn as she appears in Swan Lake

The renowned dancer was married to a Panamanian, Dr Roberto Arias, who was the son of a former president and once an ambassador to London

Previously secret documents released by the British government show that ballerina Margot Fonteyn was heavily involved in a failed coup in 1959, led by her Panamanian husband Roberto Arias.

Roberto Arias was trying to assemble men and arms for an attempted invasion of Panama.

Newshour's Claire Bolderson spoke to Meredith Daneman, author of a biography of Margot Fonteyn.

She began by asking her if she suspected Margot Fonteyn's shady past.

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First broadcast 28 May 2010

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