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Anna Rose O'Sullivan

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

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 Soloist 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 and to Soloist in 2017.

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 Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Alice (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Clara (The Nutcracker), Florence Billington (The Unknown Soldier), Amour (Don Quixote), pas de six and Moyna (Giselle), Princess Florine, Florestan’s Sister, Fairy of the Golden Vine, Fairy of the Song Bird and White Cat (The Sleeping Beauty), Neapolitan, Cygnet and pas de trois (Swan Lake), Princess Louise (Mayerling), Blue Girl (Les Patineurs), Symphony in C, 4th movement, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Tarantella and roles in Infra, ‘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.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of The Nutcracker 2018/19?

3 December 2018
Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>The Nutcracker</em> 2018/19?

Audience responses to The Royal Ballet's Christmas classic, broadcast live to cinemas across the world on opening night.

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

Beyond the stage: striking images of Royal Ballet dancers taken around London

29 June 2017
Beyond the stage: striking images of Royal Ballet dancers taken around London

The Ballerina Project offers a fresh viewpoint on life in the capital.

Photos

Anna Rose O'Sullivan in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara, Gary Avis as Herr Drosselmeyer and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O’Sullivan as Clara in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Florence Billington in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Florence Billington in The Unknown Soldier, The Royal Ballet

Anna-Rose O'Sullivan and Benjamin Ella in The Nutcracker

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Alexander Campbell in 'Daphnis and Chloe' in Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in 'Daphnis and Chloe' in Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man, Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet and Marcelino Sambé as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and Marcelino Sambé as Hans Peter with Paul Kay and David Yudes in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and James Hay as Hans Peter with Paul Kay and David Yudes in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

James Hay as Hans Peter and Anna Rose O’Sullivan as Clara in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Luca Acri in Charlotte Edmons's Forgotten Frontline, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Anna Rose O’Sullivan

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Luca Acri in Marcelino Sambé's 'Dez Days'

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Marcelino Sambé in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Amour in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and Marcelino Sambé as Hans Peter in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Moyna in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Helen Crawford as Nurse, Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet, Erico Montes as Friar Laurence and Marcelino Sambé as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Marcelino Sambé as Romeo and Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Alexander Campbell in 'Daphnis and Chloe' in Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan and Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O’Sullivan as Fairy of The Golden Vine in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet