Born Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pembleton Crittle, Darcey Bussell was one of Britain's most famous ballerinas until her retirement in 2007. While still a pupil at Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet School, Darcey's precocious talent was spotted by choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, who signed her up to star in his adaptation of The Prince of the Pagodas in 1988. Following this, her career blossomed, and she has pirouetted as everyone from the Sugar Plum Fairy to Odette, as well as dancing with the New York City Ballet. Outside her ballet career, Darcey has modelled for the likes of Mulberry and M&S, written six children's books (about ballet, of course) and guest-starred in The Vicar of Dibley. She teamed up with opera singer Katherine Jenkins to star in 2008's Viva La Diva and the following year she was a guest-judge on Strictly, in the latter rounds of the show. Darcey is married to banker Angus Forbes and the couple have two daughters. In 2006, she was awarded the CBE, a year before she retired from ballet in June 2007. She has since been announced as Alesha Dixon's replacement on Strictly Come Dancing.