Edward Watson (dancer)

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Edward Watson (born 21 May 1976) is a British ballet dancer. As of 2004 he is a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London.[1]

Early years[edit]

Edward Watson was born in Bromley, Kent and was brought up in Dartford with his twin sister, Liz.[2] He first attended dance classes at the age of 3, and was later accepted as a student at the Royal Ballet School,[3] eventually joining the full-time school at White Lodge, Richmond Park.[2] Whilst at the school, he trained with Anatoly Grigoriev, a former dancer of the Kirov Ballet[4] and was one of six male students who graduated into the Upper School at the age of 16.[4] At the Upper School his teachers included German Zammel and Julie Lincoln.[4] Whilst training at the Upper School, Watson danced a number of roles:

Watson graduated into the Royal Ballet in 1994.[3][3] He became a principal dancer in 2005.[1]


At the National Dance Awards in 2008, he won 'Best Male Dancer'.[5] He also won the Olivier Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance as Gregor Samsa in Arthur Pita's interpretation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphorsis at the Linbury Studio