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Edward Watson

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Edward Watson in action.
Edward Watson in rehearsal for 24 Preludes © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

English dancer Edward Watson is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. His repertory with the Company includes major roles in works by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, and numerous role creations for choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky.

Watson was born in Bromley, South London. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into The Royal Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to Principal in 2005. His many role creations for McGregor include in Symbiont(s), Qualia, Chroma, Infra, Limen, Carbon Life, Raven Girl, Tetractys, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear and Multiverse, and for Wheeldon Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Leontes (The Winter’s Tale) and John Singer Sargent (Strapless). Watson has worked with numerous other choreographers, including Siobhan Davies, David Dawson, Javier De Frutos, Alastair Marriott, Cathy Marston, Ashley Page and Arthur Pita.

His numerous awards include the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, the 2015 Benois de la danse and Critics’ Circle Awards in 2001 and 2008. He was awarded an MBE in 2015.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Royal Ballet rehearsals for <em>The Wind</em>

Watch: Royal Ballet rehearsals for The Wind

7 November 2017

Join the Company as they rehearse Arthur Pita's new ballet.

Watch: Edward Watson dances to Debussy's <em>Clair de lune</em>

Watch: Edward Watson dances to Debussy's Clair de lune

28 June 2017

The Royal Ballet Principal dancer in a hypnotic film created by Beauty Papers, directed by Laurence Ellis.

Reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s <em>Mayerling</em>: a Royal Ballet milestone

Reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling: a Royal Ballet milestone

12 May 2017

MacMillan’s potent dramatic ballet places great demands on its cast and requires careful planning – but the results are electrifying.

Photos

Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nuñez and Edward Watson in Monotones II, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson in Strapless

Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson in rehearsal for The Royal Ballet's The Wind

Mayerling (C) ROH, 2017.

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Strapless (C) 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Edward Watson and Eric Underwood in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Eric Underwood in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Eric Underwood and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Edward Watson as Polixenes, Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Edward Watson and Liam Mower in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for Sampling The Myth, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for Sampling The Myth, The Royal Ballet

Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson in Whelan/Watson: Other Stories.

Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson in Whelan/Watson: Other Stories.

Edward Watson, Roberta Marquez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jewels, 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

Melissa Hamilton as Juliet and Edward Watson as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Edward Watson and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Four Temperaments

Alessandra Ferri and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Tristan Dyer and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson as Leontes and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione in The Winter's Tale

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon