Charles Dance

Actor and Director
Born Oct 10, 1946

Walter Charles Dance, OBE is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high profile roles are Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Dr. Jonathan Clemens, the doctor who becomes Ellen Ripley's confidante, in Alien 3 (1992), several villain roles like Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986) and Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), and Lord Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Dance.


1946 Birth Born on October 10, 1946.


1970 23 Years Old Dance married Joanna Haythorn in 1970. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old Dance made his screen debut in 1974, in a BBC mystery series Father Brown as Commandant Neil O'Brien in "The Secret Garden", but his big break came ten years later when he played the major role of Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (Granada Television, Christopher Morahan 1984), an adaptation of Paul Scott's novels that also made stars of Geraldine James and Art Malik. … Read More


1981 34 Years Old …  Dance made one of his earliest big screen appearances in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only as evil henchman Claus.


1989 42 Years Old Though he turned down the opportunity to screen test for the James Bond role, in 1989 he played Bond creator Ian Fleming in Anglia Television's dramatised biography, Goldeneye (the name of Fleming's estate in Jamaica and a title later used for a James Bond film). On 30 June 2013, Dance appeared amongst other celebrities in an episode of the BBC's Top Gear as a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" for the debut of the Vauxhall Astra. … Read More


2004 57 Years Old After his marriage ended in 2004, he had a brief relationship with actress Sophia Myles who was 34 years his junior.


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Dance made a guest appearance on the BBC drama series Merlin as the Witchfinder Aredian, and as a vainglorious version of himself in the third series of Jam & Jerusalem. He played Havelock Vetinari in the 2010 Sky adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal.
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