Phyllida Crowley-Smith is an English ballerina and choreographer. She portrayed Victoria in the 1998 Cats film.

Cats History

London - 05/1992 - Victoria

London - 11/1992 - Victoria

London - 05/1993 - Victoria

London - 11/1993 - Victoria

1998 Movie - 08/1997 - 09/1997 - Victoria


Phyllida hails from the Isle of Wight (off the South Coast of England), where she began training at the age of 4 at her mother's dance school. From the age of sixteen she studied at the Bush Davies School of Theatre 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.

West End credits: Phantom of the Opera as "Meg Giry" and lead dancer, Cats playing "Victoria" and "Demeter", the original London Cast of Fame and "Frenchie" in Grease.

Other theatre work : Gillian Lynne and Friends at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Oklahoma! National Tour playing Dream "Laurie", Heathcliff National Tour and Robinson Crusoe at Wimbledon. She has also appeared in several charity galas including Dance for Life at Her Majesty's Theatre and A Handful of Keys at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Choreography: Bouncers in Harlow, a natural history series entitled Who's Afraid Of... for the BBC, The Larks at the Dolman Theatre, Newport, and several pieces for Doreen Bird College. Television work includes Peak Practice, The Ghost's of Oxford Street, Children in Need, The Olivier Awards, Talking Telephone Numbers and the Brit Awards 1991.

Recordings: A BBC children's Radio show called The Song Tree: Octavia and Friends playing "Millie the Millipede", "Original Cast Albums" of Fame and Heathcliff and Dave's Brother Al with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also as part of the Fame company, she recorded a song for the album We Can Be Kind which was in aid of the charity "West End Cares".

Television and Film: Pebble Mill and the exclusive video of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS , in which she returned to her West End role of "Victoria the White Cat".

She has both choreographed and performed in "On Broadway" a tribute to the great Stage Musicals; at various venues in England and Wales.

Phyllida is now the Head of the Dance Department at the Guildford School of Acting in the University of Surrey.



  • Phyllida was pregnant while shooting the 1998 film.[1]


  1. Fergus Logan in the Live Chat of Jacob Brent's "Backstage Pass to CATS" livestream (since deleted from his Youtube Channel), 15 May 2020.
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