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Sian Murphy

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


Sian Murphy in action.
Sian Murphy and Ryoichi Hirano in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012

Sian Murphy is Assistant Ballet Mistress and a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1996, promoted to First Artist in 2000. She was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress in 2009.

Murphy was born in New York and grew up in London. She trained at the Beverley School of Performing Arts and the Arts Educational Schools before joining The Royal Ballet School. In her final year with the School she danced a solo in Diversions at the School’s annual matinee.

Murphy’s repertory with the Company includes Zulme, Bathilde and pas de six (Giselle), Courtesan (Manon), Fairy of Generosity, Gold Fairy and Fairy of the Woodland Glade (The Sleeping Beauty), Eldest Sister (Las hermanas), Tavern Girl (Don Quixote) and roles in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Les Patineurs and La Fille mal gardée. Role creations include Tattooed Lady (Ashley Page’s Sawdust and Tinsel) and in Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loves.