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Philip Mosley

Character Artist


Philip Mosley in action.
Philip Mosley in Cinderella, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

English dancer Philip Mosley is Artistic Administrator and a Character Artist with The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1986, promoted to First Artist, 1993. He was appointed Artistic Co-ordinator in 2001 and became Artistic Administrator in 2007. His repertory as a dancer with the Company includes Sancho Panza (Don Quixote), Widow Simone (La Fille mal gardée), Step-Sister (Cinderella), Duchess (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (Tales of Beatrix Potter), and created the role of Butler/Executioner in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Mosley was born in Barnsley and grew up in a large family with six siblings. He began taking ballet classes from the age of three with his sisters. After training locally at the Rosalyn Wick School he won a scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet Lower School. In his final year with the School he danced in Graduation Ball and Wanting, Running, Running at the School’s annual matinee. Early roles with the Company included Puck (The Dream) and Nephew (The Nutcracker) before Mosley began to focus on character roles. He moved into the administrative side of the Company in his late twenties, and, among other things, is responsible for organizing the schedule of rehearsals, fittings, classes and performances for all dancers in the Company, while continuing to dance regularly himself.

Mosley was reputedly the inspiration behind Lee Hall's script for Billy Elliot.