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Christina Arestis

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Christina Arestis in action.
Christina Arestis as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Christina Arestis is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company on graduation in 1994, promoted to First Artist in 1999, Soloist in 2003 and Principal Character Artist in 2017.

Arestis was born in Glasgow and was brought up in Cyprus and the Middle East. She trained at the Mary Darke School of Dancing and was a junior associate of Scottish Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet School. There she created the role of the lead girl in Matthew Hart’s Simple Symphony in the School's 1993 annual matinee and in 1994, her final year at the School, danced with the Company in Symphony in C. Her roles with the Company have included Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Lady Elgar (Enigma Variations), Bathilde (Giselle), Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (Anastasia), Madame Larina (Onegin), Hermia (The Dream), Helene Vetsera and Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Beautiful Tsarevna (The Firebird), red girl (Patineurs), Fairy Winter (Cinderella), Bride (Les Noces), The Wife (The Concert) and in Ceremony of Innocence and roles in Ceremony of Innocence, Monotones II, In the middle, somewhat elevated, Sleeping with Audrey, Gong, My Brother, My Sisters, Coppélia, Agon and Raymonda Act III.

Arestis has created a number of roles for the Company, including in Qualia, Figure in Progress, Castle Nowhere and Frankenstein.

Videos

News and features

Female Character Artists: from loving mother to bloodthirsty baddy

5 February 2015
Female Character Artists: from loving mother to bloodthirsty baddy

These expert dancer-actors are as important to the drama as the leading lady.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015
International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

13 September 2012
Watch: Autumn Season film starring Royal Ballet dancers and the Minotaur

Take a look at our new promo film prior to curtain up on the 2012/13 Autumn Season.

Photos

Francesca Hayward as Princess Aurora and Christina Arestis as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis as Carabosse and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence

Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis as Dulcinea and Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote in Don Quixote

Christina Arestis in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis

Christopher Saunders as Lord Capulet and Christina Arestis as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis as Tsarevna and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Princess Aurora and Christina Arestis as The Queen in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova as Anastasia, Christina Arestis as the Tsarina, Olivia Cowley as Olga, Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Tatiana and Yasmine Naghdi as Maria in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis as Tsarevna in The Firebird

Christina Arestis as Lady Capulet, Francesca Hayward as Juliet, Gary Avis as Lord Capulet and Tomas Mock as Paris in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Christina Arestis and Marcelino Sambé in Ceremony of Innocence

Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon, Gary Avis as Monsieur GM and Christina Arestis as Madam and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Act II of Kenneth Macmillan's Manon

Bennet Gartside and Christina Arestis in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Christina Arestis as Dulcinea in Don Quixote