He started dancing aged seven, after watching his older sister in her dance classes. McRae studied tap as well as ballet. In 2003, he won a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and entered the Royal Ballet School.
He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in 2005, Soloist in 2006, First Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2009.
The Guardian has called McRae "a modern-day Fred Astaire". In 2014, he was named "Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK" for his work with the Royal Ballet. In 2011 he originated the role of the Mad Hatter in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House. In 2014 he originated the role of Prince Florizel in Christopher Wheeldon's new full-length ballet The Winter's Tale.
He is married to a dancer, Elizabeth Harrod, and they have one daughter, Audrey Bluebell, born in 2015.
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- Jennings, Luke. "The Winter's Tale review – 'a ballet to keep'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- Winship, Lindsey (25 Feb 2016). "With Ballet I'm like a superhero and each jump is a power move". Evening Standard. p. 42-43. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
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