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Francesca Hayward

English ballerina

Francesca Hayward is ...


Born 4 July 1992 in Nairobi
Age 30 years, 11 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation dancer, ballerina, ballet dancer and actor
Educated at Royal Ballet School
Field of work ballet and acting

About Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward: The English Ballerina Taking the World by Storm

Francesca Hayward was born on July 4, 1992, in Nairobi, Kenya, to a Kenyan mother and an English father. At the age of two, she moved to Sussex, England, where she discovered her love for ballet. She began training at the age of three and quickly showed promise, winning a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11.

Hayward joined the Royal Ballet Company in 2010 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2016. She has since become one of the most sought-after ballerinas in the world, known for her technical prowess, emotional depth, and captivating stage presence.

Hayward has performed in a wide range of ballets, from classics like "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker" to contemporary works by choreographers such as Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. She has also collaborated with other artists, including musician Jamie xx and fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu.

In 2019, Hayward made her film debut in the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," playing the role of Victoria. While the film received mixed reviews, Hayward's performance was widely praised, with critics calling her "mesmerizing" and "the standout of the cast."

Despite her success, Hayward remains humble and dedicated to her craft. "I'm always striving to be better," she told The Guardian in a 2019 interview. "I don't think I'll ever be satisfied with where I am."

Hayward's talent and hard work have earned her numerous accolades, including the Emerging Artist Award at the 2014 Critics' Circle National Dance Awards and the Dancing Times Award for Best Female Dancer in 2018. She was also named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.

As she continues to push the boundaries of ballet and inspire audiences around the globe, there's no doubt that Francesca Hayward is a force to be reckoned with in the world of dance.


- "Francesca Hayward: 'I don't think I'll ever be satisfied with where I am'" by Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian, 17 November 2019

- "Francesca Hayward: The Royal Ballet's Rising Star" by Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph, 27 October 2018

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