The Unofficial Phyllida Crowley Smith Website

Info on Phyllida's Life and Career

Born: The Isle of Wight off the south coast of England in 1968.

Training: Began training (age 4) at her mother's dance school named the Sandford School of Dance then at The Isle of Wight ballet company which was run by Susan Alexander, where she performed the principal roles. At age sixteen she left the island to study at the Bush Davies School of Theater Arts, during which time she won the Cosmopolitan Magazine Young Dancer of the Year Award for choreography, the Noreen Bush Award for classical ballet and the Dancing Times Award for choreography.

UK Tours: Oklahoma (UK National Tour) playing Dream Laurie, Heathcliff (UK Tour) as a Dancer, On Broadway (UK Tour) and Fame (UK Tour) Ensemble.

West End: Cats (New London) as Victoria and Demeter, The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theater) as Meg Giry and the Lead Dancer, Fame - Original London Cast (Cambridge Theater) Emsemble, Grease (Dominion Theater) as Toni and Frenchie, Heathcliff (Labatt's Apollo) as a Dancer, Robinson Crusoe (Wimbledon), Gillian Lynn and Friends (Minerva Theater, Chichester), The Fred Astaire Tribute (London Palladium), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Original London Cast (London Palladium) as the assistant dance captain, first understudy for Baroness and second understudy for Violet.

Charity Galas
: Dance for Life (Her Majesty's Theater) and A Handful of Keys (Prince Edward Theatre).

Television and Film
: Peak Practice, Children in Need, The Ghost's of Oxford Street, Talking Telephone Numbers, Pebble Mill, The Lawrence Olivier Awards, The 1991 Brit Awards, Heathcliff the Video, The Making of Heathcliff - A Dream Come True, Cats the Video (Adelphi Theater) as Victoria the White Cat and Beyond the Sea (2004).

Recordings: Fame (Original London Cast), Heathcliff (Original London Cast), Dave's Brother Al (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), The Fred Astaire Tribute (London Palladium), We Can Be Kind (as part of the Fame Company) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Original London Cast) and The Song Tree: Octavia and Friends (BBC Radio Series) playing Milli the Millipede.

: Bouncers (Harlow), The Larks (Dolman Theater, Newport), Who's Afraid of... (BBC Series), On Broadway, several pieces for the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, many pieces for the Guildford School of Acting, Mary Poppins, A Man of No Importance, Calamity Jane, Oliver! and Just So.

Marital Status: Married to Jimmy Johnston, another famous stage actor. They were in CATS and Heathcliff together and they have a son named Harley, who is said to be following his parents’ footsteps and a younger son, Elliot.

Hair Color: She has long light brown wavy hair. 

Currently: Teaching and Choreographing for Gielgud Academy and Head of Dance at the Guildford School of Acting in Surrey.


Biography/Resume from Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts!

It has a little more info on her.

Phyllida has enjoyed a tremendously successful career in Musical theatre, both in the West End, on tour and in film. She  now choreographs and stages musicals and is the Head of Dance at the renowned Guildford School of Acting.

Performance Credits include: Original London casts of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fame. Other West End credits include: Grease, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins where she was Resident Choreographer (and also on the UK Tour).

Film credits include: Beyond the Sea (directed by Kevin Spacey) and Cats - the motion picture in which she played the role of Victoria – the white cat.

Other work includes: Assistant to Gillian Lynne on the Fonteyn Nureyev Competition for the Royal Academy of Dance, playing the role of Millie the Millipede in The Song Tree for BBC Schools, Oklahoma! National Tour playing the role of Dream Laurie, Heathcliff with Cliff Richard (National Tour) and appearing in Fred Astaire - his Daughter's Tribute at the London Palladium.

Phyllida trained at her mother's school in the Isle of Wight and at the Bush Davies School where she won the Cosmopolitan Magazine Young Dancer of the Year Award, the Noreen Bush Scholarship and the Dancing Times award for Choreography.

Her choreographic credits include ; Nine (for GSA), Just So (at the Tabard Theatre - for which she was nominated for Best Choreography in the Off West' End Awards), Peter Pan (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Calamity Jane (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), the European Premiere of A Man of No Importance (at the Union Theatre and Arts Theatre in the West End), directed/choreographed Seussical (Casino Theatre, Geneva) and devised and choreographed 'Swingtime Radio (for Bourne Leisure). Tickledom (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), A Chorus Line (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Totally Frank' (Channel 4), Mike Doyle and Friends (ITV Wales), Pirates of Penzance and 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Bird College) and On Broadway' Revue (National Tour). In 2010, Phyllida recreated Jerome Robbins' choreography for 'West Side Story' at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford.

Added on March 29, 2011