|Francesca Hayward Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||July 4, 1992|
Francesca Hayward is a British ballet dancer and actress who had joined The Royal Ballet, an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House in London, in 2010. There, she has been cast in several prominent roles in operas and stage productions. She was promoted to the position of ‘First Artist’ in 2013, ‘Soloist’ in 2014, ‘First Soloist’ in 2015, and ‘Principal Dancer’ in 2016. She had portrayed the character of Victoria the White Cat in the 2019 musical fantasy film Cats which was adapted from a stage musical of the same name.
London, England, United Kingdom
Francesca had attended the Le Serve School of Ballet and Theatre Dance in Worthing, West Sussex. One of her teachers there had urged her to audition for the White Lodge, the junior section of the Royal Ballet School, a British school of classical ballet training in London.
Francesca had become a junior associate there at the age of 9 and had formally joined the institution in 2003, aged 11. She had progressed to the Royal Ballet Upper School in 2008 but could not officially graduate after being hampered by an injury. She had been given a certificate of attendance by the institution.
Ballet Dancer, Actress
- Father – Lewis Hayward (Former Headmaster at the University College School Junior Branch, Hampstead)
She is represented by Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.
5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
55 kg or 121 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Francesca has dated –
- Tom Whitehead
- Cesar Corrales (2020-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (White and Black)
She is of English descent on her father’s side and Kenyan descent on her mother’s side.
- Toned physique
- Long, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Francesca Hayward Facts
- Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Francesca had moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 2. There, she had lived for a while with her grandparents in the Goring-by-Sea suburb of Worthing in West Sussex.
- When she was 3 years old, her grandparents had bought her a video of The Nutcracker, a 2-act ballet. She was so fascinated by the show that she began getting trained in the art form soon after.
- During her stint at The Royal Ballet School, she had won the ‘Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance’ in 2009 and the ‘Young British Dancer of the Year Award’ in 2010. In 2010, she had won the ‘Silver’ medal as well as the ‘Audience Choice Award’ at the Genee International Ballet Competition, an annual international classical ballet competition organized by the London-based Royal Academy of Dance.
- At the Critics Circle National Dance Awards, she had won the ‘Best Emerging Artist’ award in 2014 and the ‘Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer’ in 2016.
- In September 2019, she was one among 15 women who had been selected by guest editor Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, to be featured on the cover of British Vogue.
- In 2020, she was recognized as one of the most influential people of African or African-Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom when she was included in the 2021 edition of Powerlist.
Featured Image by Francesca Hayward / Instagram