9:30pm – Friday, December 31 on ABC1
Beautiful and heartbreaking, Margot brings to the screen with breathtaking vividness the glamorous and turbulent life of Britain’s first international ballet superstar.
Inspired by Meredith Daneman’s riveting biography, this film focuses on Dame Margot Fonteyn’s relationship with Rudolf Nureyev. A relationship which electrified Fonteyn’s career when she was already past the age most dancers retire, and a relationship that intrigued the world. Was the ardour that Fonteyn and Nureyev expressed for each other while dancing also consummated in bed.
At the age of 40, Dame Margot Fonteyn (Anne Marie Duff – TheVirgin Queen; Shameless) was already one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, but beneath her elegantly poised facade was a woman painfully aware of the future. Torn between her loyalties to The Royal Ballet and her marriage to the notorious and unfaithful Panamanian diplomat, Roberto ‘Tito’ de Arias (Con O’Neill – Criminal Justice), Fonteyn sensed mounting pressure to consider retirement.
But as Fonteyn’s stardom was beginning to wane, her unexpected pairing with the young Russian �migr� Rudolph Nureyev (Michiel Huisman – The Young Victoria) caused a global sensation. And while her private life collapsed, Fonteyn’s passionate and vibrant relationship with Nureyev transformed her into a worldwide celebrity and created one of the most enduring and celebrated ballet partnerships of all time.