Accessibility links

|

Sign In
Basket
Basket

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 and Obsidian Tear, 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, 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

Royal Opera House artists show that #LondonIsOpen at Rio 2016

Royal Opera House artists show that #LondonIsOpen at Rio 2016

19 August 2016

Performances from The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet mirror success in the athletes' medal table with a winning British cultural offer.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

15 April 2016

Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.

Watch: Inside The Royal Ballet's state-of-the-art Healthcare Suite

Watch: Inside The Royal Ballet's state-of-the-art Healthcare Suite

14 January 2016

Like a Premier League football club, The Royal Ballet uses the latest sports science to ensure its artists have long and successful careers.

Photos

Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence

Edward Watson in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød, Nicol Edmonds, Calvin Richardson, Wayne McGregor, Edward Watson and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

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

Edward Watson, Matthew Ball and Calvin Richardson in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Calvin Richardson, Matthew Ball, Edward Watson and Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson, Lukas Bjørneboe Brændsrød and Wayne McGregor in rehearsal for Obsidian Tear, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson in rehearsals for Raven Girl

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

Jonathan Howells, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Charlotte Westenra and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Edward Watson in Whelan/Watson: Other Stories.

Edward Watson in The Four Temperaments

Edward Watson in Song of the Earth

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Connectome

Edward Watson photographed for The Language of the Soul

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Edward Watson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Edward Watson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

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

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in The Human Seasons

Edward Watson in rehearsal for 24 Preludes

Edward Watson

Edward Watson in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet

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

Edward Watson

Edward Watson and Melissa Hamilton in Fool's Paradise.

Edward Watson in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Leanne Benjamin in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, with Edward Watson and Carlos Acosta.

Edward Watson and Marianela Nunez in Infra

Edward Watson as Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis