Charles Dance

Actor, Stagehand
After a brief dalliance with leading-man status in the 1980s, Charles Dance built a career of playing highborn heels with a distinctive capacity to menace more heroic types with a suave, icy indifference. The ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1946 in Worcestershire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (75)

Michiel de Ruyter 2015 (Movie)

King Charles II of England (Actor)

Despite The Falling Snow 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dracula Untold 2014 (Movie)

Master Vampire (Actor)

Enemy of Man 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Game of Thrones 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paris Connections 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Patrick: Evil Awakens 2014 (Movie)

Doctor Roget (Actor)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Guardian Angel 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Imitation Game 2014 (Movie)

Commander Denniston (Actor)

Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

Midnight's Children 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Neverland 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

St. George's Day 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strike Back 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Underworld: Awakening 2012 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Ironclad 2011 (Movie)

Archbishop Langton (Actor)

There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

Monsignor Solano (Actor)

Your Highness 2011 (Movie)

King Tallious (Actor)

Merlin 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intervention 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Clerk's Tale 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Starter For 10 2007 (Movie)

Michael Harbinson (Actor)

By the Pricking of My Thumbs 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Pope John Paul II 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Scoop 2006 (Movie)

Mr Malcolm (Actor)

The Contractor 2006 (Movie)

Windsor (Actor)

To The Ends of the Earth 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black and White 2004 (Movie)

Roderic Chamberlain (Actor)

Ali G Indahouse 2003 (Movie)

David Carlton (Actor)

Swimming Pool 2003 (Movie)

John Bosload (Actor)

Nicholas Nickleby 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

Raymond, Lord Stockbridge (Actor)

The Dark Blue World 2001 (Movie)

Wing Commander Bentley (Actor)

The Real Spartacus 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jurij 2000 (Movie)

K (Actor)

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 1998 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Hilary and Jackie 1998 (Movie)

Derek Du Pre (Actor)

What Rats Won't Do 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rebecca 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Truckers 1997 (Movie)

Macanudo (Actor)

The Blood Oranges 1997 (Movie)

Cyril (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Soames (Actor)

Exquisite Tenderness 1995 (Movie)

Dr Mittlesbay (Actor)

Century 1994 (Movie)

Professor Mandry (Actor)

China Moon 1994 (Movie)

Rupert Munro (Actor)

Kabloonak 1994 (Movie)

Robert Flaherty (Actor)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Benedict (Actor)

Shortcut To Paradise 1993 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

Clemens (Actor)

Kalkstein 1991 (Movie)

Surveyor (Actor)

Goldeneye 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Phantom of the Opera 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

First Born 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden City 1988 (Movie)

James Richards (Actor)

Out on a Limb 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Pascali's Island 1988 (Movie)

Anthony Bowles (Actor)

White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

Josslyn Hay--Earl of Erroll (Actor)

Good Morning Babylon 1987 (Movie)

D W Griffith (Actor)

The Golden Child 1986 (Movie)

Sardo Numspa (Actor)

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

Raymond Brock (Actor)

The McGuffin 1984 (Movie)

Paul Hatcher (Actor)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

Claus (Actor)

Bleak House (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen Angel (Movie)

(Actor)

Fingersmith (TV Show)

Actor

Henry VIII (TV Show)

Actor

Neverland (Movie)

(Actor)

Out of the Shadows (TV Show)

Actor

The Jewel in the Crown (TV Show)

Actor

To the Ends of the Earth (Movie)

(Actor)

Undertow (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Ladies in Lavender 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Ladies in Lavender 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

After a brief dalliance with leading-man status in the 1980s, Charles Dance built a career of playing highborn heels with a distinctive capacity to menace more heroic types with a suave, icy indifference. The English-born Dance honed his skills with the Royal Shakespeare Company before scoring his breakthrough screen role in the epic miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (ITV/PBS, 1984). Able to mix dashing and savoir faire with layered vulnerability, he landed a flurry of above-title bills in award-bait dramas such as "Plenty" (1985), "White Mischief" (1987) and "Pascali's Island" (1988). As of his turn in "The Golden Child" (1986), however, he developed a niche playing frosty yet textured villains in big-ticket projects such as "Last Action Hero" (1993), "Michael Collins" (1996) and the miniseries "Bleak House" (BBC, 2005), as well as lighter fare a la "Ali G Indahouse" (2002) and "Terry Pratchett's Going Postal" (Sky1, 2010). The early 2000s saw him increasingly bringing his arch-villainy to highbrow television projects such as the drama series "Trinity" (Channel 4, 2009), the international intrigue series "Strike Back" (Sky1/Cinemax, 2010- ) and, to much fanfare, HBO's fantasy phenomenon "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Though he proved himself adept at many character types across stage and screen, Dance showed time and again that few could play the bad guy with such devilish aplomb.

Relationships

Eleanor Dance

Mother

Walter Dance

Father
died c. 1951 when Dance was four years old

Rebecca Dance

Daughter
born c. 1980 mother, Joanna Dance

Oliver Dance

Son
born c. 1975 mother, Joanna Dance

Joanna Haythorn

Wife
married on July 18, 1970

EDUCATION

Plymouth College

Plymouth

Leicester College of Art

Leicester
met future wife

studied drama for two years with Leonard Bennett and Martin St John Burchardt

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in the adaptation of the David Nicholls novel, "Starter for Ten"

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "Bleak House" (Masterpiece Theatre)

2002

Donned drag for a comic role in "Ali G Indahouse"

2001

Cast as Ralph Nickleby in the ITV adaptation of Dickens' "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"

2001

Portrayed a WWI veteran in "Gosford Park", directed by Robert Altman

2001

Had featured role in the WWII drama "Dark Blue World"

2000

Starred as James Tyrone opposite Jessica Lange in a London production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

2000

Acted alongside Ian Richardson in the British telefilm "Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes"

1999

Appeared on the British stage to acclaim in a revival of the play "Good"

1998

Played the patriarch of the du Pre family in "HIlary and Jackie"

1997

Starred in "The Blood Oranges"

1993

Had villainous role in "The Last Action Hero"

1987

Co-starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in the ABC miniseries "Out on a Limb"

1987

Played leading role in Michael Radford's "White Mischief"

1986

Portrayed D W Griffith in the Taviani brothers film "Good Morning, Babylon"

1985

First film starring role, "Plenty"

1984

Had leading role in the Granda Television production "The Jewel in the Crown"

1981

Feature acting debut, "For Your Eyes Only"

1974

TV acting debut in the ATV miniseries "Edward VII"

1969

Stage debut in "It's a Two Foot Six Inches Above the Ground World"

1968

Worked as stage hand in the West End (date approximate)

Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company; made London debut in 1975 in "Hamlet"

After father's death, moved with mother to Plymouth

Bonus Trivia

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"I've done some appalling films. Junk is absolutely the right word. You do what you can with the stuff you're given. It's a misconception that actors make choices. For all but the most privileged few, the only choice is to work or not to work." --Charles Dance quoted in London's Evening Standard, March 31, 1999.

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