Darcey Bussell is one of our most talented and celebrated ballet dancers. She joined the Royal Ballet as a Soloist, becoming a first Soloist in September 1989. Three months later, on the first night of The Prince of the Pagodas, Darcey was promoted to the rank of Principal when she was aged just twenty. She has written three books on ballet and Pilates. She was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 Birthday Honours list. She lives in London with her husband, Angus Forbes, and their two daughters, Phoebe and Zoe.