|Leanne Benjamin OBE|
Leanne Benjamin curtain call for Danse à grande vitesse, Royal Ballet, 27 Nov 2006
Born in Rockhampton, Australia in 1964, she trained at the Royal Ballet School and won the Adeline Genée Gold Medal and Prix de Lausanne. She joined the Company in 1992 becoming a Principal by the spring of that Season. She has also been a Principal with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Deutsche Opera Ballet and danced with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company at New York City Center in 2008. She retired from the Royal Ballet in July 2013 after 21 years with the company. 
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Nikiya, Kitri, Swanilda, The Firebird, Cinderella, Lise, Titania, Manon, Anastasia, Juliet (Ashton and MacMillan), Mitzi Caspar and Mary Vetsera in Mayerling, Irina, The Girl in The Invitation, The Judas Tree, Song of the Earth, Gloria, Requiem, Rhapsody, Elite Syncopations, Les Biches, Symphony in C, Apollo, Danses Concertantes, Etudes, Brünnhilde in Béjart's Ring, Carmen, Forsythe's Herman Schmerman and Ashton's The Leaves Are Fading.
She has created roles in Bintley's Metamorphosis, The Snow Queen and Earth as part of Homage to The Queen, Bruce's Symphony in Three Movements and in Mr. Worldly Wise, Two-Part Invention, When We Stop Talking, Masquerade and most recently Wayne McGregor's Qualia, "Infra", and "Limen", Robert Garland's Spring Rites, Alastair Marriott's Tanglewood, Liam Scarlett's Despite and Wheeldon's DGV. She was awarded an OBE in the 2005 New Year Honours.
She is married to Tobias Round and has a son, Thomas, born in the summer of 2003.
- Australia Dancing – Benjamin, Leanne (1964 – )
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/03/arts/dance/03morp.html NY Times by Roslyn Sulcas, 2 October 2008]
- Shipman, Chris. "Leanne Benjamin to retire". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 9 December 2013.