The first ballet she ever saw was "Swan Lake" at the age of 13.
She modeled clothes for "Mulberry," "Bruce Oldfield" and "Marks & Spencer." She has also been photographed for "Tatler," "Vogue" and "Vanity Fair." She was famously photographed with a diamond in her mouth in a promotion for "De Beers."
She studied at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School, before eventually getting enlisted by the Royal Ballet.
She received an honorary doctorate (DLitt) from the University of Oxford.
She won the Prix de Lausanne in 1986.
In 2005, she co-hosted an episode of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.
Is good friends with opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1995 Queen's Honours List for her services to Ballet.
She joined the Royal Ballet in 1988 as a Soloist aged 19, becoming a first Soloist in September 1989 and, just three months later, on the first night of Kenneth MacMillan's "The Prince of the Pagodas", was promoted to the rank of Principal.
She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to dance.
Darcey Bussell Quotes
Darcey: I don't have the ideal ballerina look because I'm tall, and I don't look the waif I think some people expect. I'm 5ft 7in and the only principal dancer who is tall. And I'm a strong dancer, I've got muscles. The waify dancers are fragile, I've got more power. I like to use the stage, and use that strength. So I'm not a waif. But I know that in the outside world, I'm a slender person. Yeah. I know. I have a lot of outside friends and they always go: "Ooh, darling, You're disappearing. Where are you?" You know. "You're really skinny." And things. And I say: "Well, if I'm at work, I'm not skinny, I'm average."
Darcey: (on her life after her retirement): "I treat myself to everything."
Darcey: "I think there's a possibility that Phoebe may have some of my dancing genes – she points her toes when she is being fed."
Darcey: "You have to be able to cut off from the ballet and relax, or you have anxiety dreams at night, worrying about what you're going to dance the next day, going over every little detail."