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Christopher Saunders

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Christopher Saunders in action.
Christopher Saunders in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

British dancer Christopher Saunders is Senior Ballet Master and a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and entered the Company in 1983, promoted to Soloist in 1991 and Principal Character Artist in 1997. He was appointed Ballet Master in 2001. His many roles with the Company include the title role in Don Quixote, Tybalt, Paris and Lord Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Hilarion (Giselle), Edward Elgar (Enigma Variations), Monsieur G.M. (Manon) and Prince Gremin (Onegin).

Saunders was born in Gosport and trained with his aunt, Joan Stevenson, in dance, singing and tap, making his professional debut aged nine in Gypsy with Angela Lansbury. Aged 11 he joined The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1983. During his time with the Company he has worked with many of the world's leading dancers and created such roles as Mr Big (Will Tuckett's The Seven Deadly Sins) and King of Hearts (Christopher Wheeldon's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and in Tombeaux and Love’s Fool, among others.

Saunders is married to former Soloist of The Royal Ballet Tracy Brown.

Videos

Photos

Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut, Marianela Núñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M. in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M., Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Christopher Saunders and Alexander Agadzhanov in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Christopher Saunders

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote, Philip Moseley as Sancho Panza and Members of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Christopher Saunders in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Christina Arestis as Dulcinea and Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Christina Arestis as Dulcinea in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013

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 © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote, Philip Moseley as Sancho Panza and Members of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Kenta Kura as The Frog, Christopher Saunders as The Duchess and Ludovic Ondiviela as The Fish in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote, Philip Moseley as Sancho Panza and members of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Christopher Saunders

Christopher Saunders in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and artists of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Christopher Saunders in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Sarah Lamb and Christopher Saunders in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2011

Sarah Lamb as Manon, Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M and Thiago Soares as Lescaut in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011