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Anna Rose O'Sullivan

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


Anna Rose O'Sullivan in action.
Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

English dancer Anna Rose O’Sullivan is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in December 2012 as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2016.

O’Sullivan was born in Harrow and began dancing aged two, training locally before joining The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. Early performances included the lead role of Sara Crewe in A Little Princess for London Children’s Ballet and Cosette (Les Misérables) and in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the West End. Roles at the School included a Principal role in Alastair Marriott’s Simple Symphony, pas de deux (Don Quixote) at La Fenice, Venice, and pas de deux (Rhapsody) at Buckingham Palace. Awards include the April Olrich Award for Dynamic Performance and the Phyllis Bedells Bursary (Royal Academy of Dance). In 2010 she reached the finals in the Genée International Ballet Competition and in 2011 won The Royal Ballet School Achievement Award, the Director’s Prize for most promising student and Young British Dancer of the Year.

O’Sullivan’s roles with the Company have included Clara (The Nutcracker), Amour (Don Quixote), Princess Florine, Florestan’s Sister, Fairy of the Golden Vine, Fairy of the Song Bird and White Cat (The Sleeping Beauty), Cygnet and pas de trois (Swan Lake), Princess Louise (Mayerling) and roles in ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), After the Rain, Carbon Life, Within the Golden Hour, Symphony in C, La Bayadère, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. She created roles in Multiverse and Woolf Works.


News and features

Cast changes: <em>The Nutcracker</em> on 9 January 2017

Cast changes: The Nutcracker on 9 January 2017

6 January 2017

Cast changes for the roles of Clara and Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker have been announced.

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

2 June 2016

Six Instagrammers and make-up artists spent time with dancers of The Royal Ballet to capture their getting-ready routines.

Watch: Anna Rose O’Sullivan on her debut in <em>The Nutcracker</em>

Watch: Anna Rose O’Sullivan on her debut in The Nutcracker

22 December 2015

The Artist of The Royal Ballet dances the role of Clara for the first time this Season.