Up 62 this week

Robert Helpmann (1909–1986)

Son of James Murray Helpmann & Mary (nee Gardiner), he was educated at Prince Alfred's College, Adelaide, South Australia. He first danced solo at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922. He went on to become the pricipal dancer at Sadlers Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950. World renowned as a dancer and choreographer, amongst his ... See full bio »


(age 77) in Sydney, Australia

IMDb Picks: October

Of course the return of "The Walking Dead" is on our radar this month. See which other movies and TV shows we're excited about in IMDb Picks.

Visit IMDb Picks

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 261 people
created 07 Oct 2012
a list of 40 people
created 18 Jan 2013
list image
a list of 42 people
created 21 Oct 2014
a list of 28 people
created 9 months ago

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Robert Helpmann's work have you seen?

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes Ivan Boleslawsky
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Child Catcher
Henry V
Henry V Bishop of Ely
Patrick Doctor Roget


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (37 credits)
 1987 Don Quixote of La Mancha (TV Movie)
Don Quixote (voice, as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1985 A Country Practice (TV Series)
Sir Adrian Dormin
- Save the Last Dance for Me: Part 2 (1985) ... Sir Adrian Dormin (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
- Save the Last Dance for Me: Part 1 (1985) ... Sir Adrian Dormin (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1978 Puzzle (TV Movie)
Shepherd (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
 1969 Cinderella (TV Movie)
Ugly Stepsister
 1968 Contrabandits (TV Series)
Donald Steele
- In for a Penny (1968) ... Donald Steele
 1964 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
- Catch as Catch Can (1964) ... Fouche
 1963 Checkmate (TV Movie)
The White King
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Prince Tuan
 1962 The Ghost Sonata (TV Movie)
The Old Man
 1959 The Soldier's Tale (TV Movie)
The Devil
 1958 Box for One (TV Movie)
 1957 Coppélia (TV Movie)
Dr. Coppélius
 1957 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Georges de Valera
- Nekrassov (1957) ... Georges de Valera
 1956 The Big Money
The Reverend
 1956 The Iron Petticoat
Ivan Kropotkin
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
The caller
- Box for One (1953) ... The caller
 1948 The Red Shoes
Ivan Boleslawsky
 1946 Caravan
 1939 The Rake's Progress (TV Movie)
The Rake
 1939 Checkmate (TV Movie)
Red King
 1939 Arlecchino (TV Movie)
 1937 Carnaval (TV Movie)
 1937 Les patineurs (TV Movie)
White Couple
 1936 Job (TV Movie)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Casting department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (10 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

He danced in the ballet, "Le Lac Des Cygnes Act II," "La Boutique Fatasque," and "Hamlet," in a Sadler's Wells Ballet production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Moira Shearer, John Hart, Michael Somes, Alexander Grant, Alexis Rassine, Donald Britton, Leonide Massine, Alexandra Danilova, Nadia ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Robert Helpmann

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Theatre remains the only thing I understand. It is in the community of the theatre that I have my being. In spite of jealousies and fears, emotional conflicts and human tensions; in spite of the penalty of success and the dread of failure; in spite of tears and feverish gaiety -- this is the only life I know. It is the life I love. See more »


He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1964 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to ballet. See more »


Sir Bobby

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
fellow mount gambians? teenage_mutant_ninja_turtles
Fabulously Talented & Accomplished....question Lukerdog
Happy Birthday. AndrewDavidScott76
Discuss Robert Helpmann on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page