SHE’S famous for scoring celebrities on their dancing prowess on Strictly and for being one of Britain’s most successful ballerinas.
But what do we know about Darcey Bussell, and when did she become a ballerina? Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Darcey Bussell?
Darcey Bussell is a retired English ballerina who is a well-known face on TV thanks to her role as a judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
She is widely considered to be one of the best British ballerinas of all time, starring in lead roles with the Royal Ballet for the whole of her career.
She may have retired from ballet, but she has kept herself busy with numerous TV appearances, modelling gigs and book releases.
When was Darcey Bussell a ballerina?
Darcey worked as a ballerina until she announced her retirement as a principal ballerina in 2006, and from ballet entirely in 2007.
At the height of her dancing career she worked for the Royal Ballet, starring in 80 different roles and have 17 roles created for her.
Her exceptional talent was discovered at an early age when she was training at the Royal Ballet School, and she became a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet when she was just 20 years old.
In the 2012 Summer Olympic closing ceremony, she led a dancing troupe of 200 ballerinas and four male dancers from the Royal Ballet.
How did Darcey Bussell start working on TV?
Darcey first hit the big screen back in 1992, when she was the subject of a documentary alongside fellow principal Viviana Durante.
She had her first acting role in 1994 in Yo Picasso, and then starred in the Vicar of Dibley in 1998 playing a fundraiser.
In 2011, she worked on a BBC Two documentary called Darcey dances Hollywood, where she recreated some of Hollywood’s most famous dance routines from the likes of Gene Kelly.
When did Darcey Bussell join Strictly Come Dancing?
Darcey joined the glitzy world of Strictly in 2009 working as a fifth judge in the final stages of the competition.
She even debuted her own dancing talents on the show, performing a jive with professional dancer Ian White in the semi-final.
She made her return in 2012, replacing judge Alesha Dixon, and has been on the critiquing panel ever since.
When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?
Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.
Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.
There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.