Misha Downey was born in Leicester. He trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and the London Contemporary Dance School, before going on to co-found Bedlam Dance Company with the choreographer Yael Flexer and also working with Matthew Bourne in Nutcracker!. In 1994 he joined Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas, creating and performing Kinok, Amor constante, más allá de la muerte and Verklärte Nacht, and danced in the repertory pieces Große Fuge and Toccata. He also returned to choreographer Matthew Bourne, dancing in Swan Lake in London and Los Angeles.
Misha Downey made his debut with Needcompany in 1998 with Grace Ellen Barkey’s Rood Red Rouge, and later appeared in Few Things, Porcelain Project and This door is too small (for a bear). His work with Jan Lauwers includes Caligula, Morning Song, King Lear, Goldfish Game, Images of Affection, The Deer House, The Art of Entertainment and Isabella’s Room, as well as Marketplace 76, which he worked on as a choreographic assistant. During this time, he also co-founded Amgod, creating and performing in What Do You Want?, Second Album and As Simple As That. In 2005 he danced in Flesh and Blood by Lea Anderson’s company The Cholmondeleys. In 2013 Misha Downey played a leading role in Toon Aerts’ short movie Perfect Drug, joined Davis Freeman’s Random Scream in Investment, and performed in Trainer by Abke Harring. Since 2014 he has performed with Zita Swoon Group in Nothing That Is Everything and The Ballad of Erol Klof, and worked with Mårten Spångberg in his pieces Gerhard Richter and The Climate.