This ‘Sex and the City’ Actor Was Just Given an Award from Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles

Camilla Parker Bowles has a connection to Sex and the City, and she probably doesn’t even know it.

This week, the Queen Consort hosted a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace and presented The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award to Mikhail Baryshnikov. (FYI, it’s The Royal Academy of Dance’s most prestigious accolade.)

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If Baryshnikov looks familiar, it’s probably because he portrayed Aleksandr Petrovsky in Sex and the City. The character was a famous artist who became romantically involved with Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw.

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But long before he appeared on SATC, Baryshnikov made a name for himself in the professional dance community. In fact, he’s considered one of the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancers. In addition to choreography and dance, he also pursued a career in acting. He even received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for playing Yuri Kopeikine in The Turning Point. (NBD.)

This week, the royal family shared a photo of the occasion on Instagram and wrote, “The Queen Consort presents The Royal Academy of Dance’s highest honour—The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award—to Mikhail Baryshnikov in recognition of his lifetime contribution to ballet and the wider world of dance. The Award was instituted in 1953 to celebrate The late Queen's Coronation, and also marked the year Her Majesty became Patron of the Academy, succeeding her grandmother Queen Mary.”

The caption continued, “In 2020, the then Duchess of Cornwall became RAD’s Vice-Patron.”

Still, one question remains: Has Bowles ever watched Sex and the City?

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