Darcey Andrea Bussell and Adoption

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Darcey Bussell at a curtain call after a performance of Theme and Variations



Also known as Marnie Crittle

British ballerina

Bussell's parents were married but separated before she was born. Her mother (also a ballerina) remarried and she was adopted by her step-father, a dentist. She has been principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet since 1990. Her birth father, John Crittle, was a fashionable tailor, whose clients included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Procul Harum, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

She has never met her father, who lives in Australia.


Pendlebury, Richard, and Shears, Richard. "The Ballerina, the Teenage Mum and the Father She Never Knew ...," Daily Mail [London], 21 September 1995, pp. 44-45 Dempster, Nigel. "Mail Diary," Daily Mail [London], 13 September 1995, p. 29 Who's Who, 1997