Francesca Hayward is a Kenyan-British ballet dancer plus actress, who is well-recognized as the Principal ballerina of Britain's largest ballet company, The Royal Ballet. She became Principal ballerina in 2016. For The Royal Ballet company, she has performed some major roles in plays like Romeo and Juliet (as Juliet), The Nutcracker (as Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy), and Sleeping Beauty (as Aurora).
Her success as a ballerina provided her the platform to work in the entertainment industry also. In 2019, she played the lead role of Victoria in the movie, Cats, alongside some other renowned artists like Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Taylor Swift.
Hailing from Nairobi, Kenya, Francesca Hayward was born on 4 July 1992. Her birth sign is Cancer, and she goes by the nickname of Frankie.
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She first attended Le Serve School of Ballet and Theatre Dance in Worthing. Following that, she joined White Lodge, Royal Ballet School's junior section, after one of her teachers advised her to join it. Later, she progressed hard, and in 2008, she enrolled at the Royal Ballet Upper School.
Francesca Hayward's Family Details
Francesca Hayward is the daughter of a British father, Lewis Hayward, and a Kenyan mother. Her father is a headmaster at the University College School Junior Branch, Hampstead.
Following her birth, she only spent some time in Kenya as her family moved back to England.
Francesca Hayward at the Royal Opera House on 20 November 2019 (Photo: Francesca Hayward's Instagram)
Sadly, her parents divorced when she was just two years old. After that, she started to live in West Sussex, with her parental grandparents, Diana and John Hayward.
Since then, she has been living with her grandparents. It is known that she meets her father, Lewis, time and again. However, she hasn't been in touch with her mother.
For her work and contribution, Francesca Hayward has been awarded a handful of awards, and some of them include:
- Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance (2009)
- Young British Dancer of the Year (2010)
- Audience Choice Award (2010)
- Best Emerging Artist (2014)
- Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer (2016)
Interesting Facts About Francesca Hayward
Francesca stands at a height of 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 meters).
Her father, Lewis Hayward was born in 1967.
She became interested in ballet dancing after watching a video of The Nutcracker at the age of 2. She officially started her dancing career when she reached the age of 11.
In 2013, she was first promoted to First Artist and in 2014, she was again promoted to Soloist. Later, in 2015, she became First Soloist.
She was featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine in March 2016.
Due to her injuries, she never graduated from the Royal Ballet School.
She joined the Royal Ballet company in 2010 and has been serving there for more than a decade.
In an interview with Financial Times in 2016, she revealed that she feels happy when she is performing, while in her bed, and while she is at a pub with her friends.
She played the title role in the play, Gisele.