Darcey Bussell is the newest judge on the UK’s favourite television show Strictly Come Dancing and has achieved legendary status in the dance world over her 20 year career. At the age of 13, she was accepted into the Royal Ballet Lower School in London, eventually graduating from the Royal Ballet Upper School in 1987. Two years later at 19 years old she became the youngest ever British ballerina to be given the honour of Principal dancer and became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006. Darcey’s final performance in 2007 was broadcast to more than 3.3 million viewers.
Photograph by Mary McCartney