Charles Dance
British actor and director
Charles Dance
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 Guy 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.
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Kate Beckinsale Is the Reason To See "Underworld: Blood Wars"
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Underworld: Blood Wars" (ScreenGems) "Underworld: Blood Wars" is the fifth installment in the "Underworld" series of movies. The series concerns the battles between the Lycans and the Vampires. The Lycans are werewolves and the vampires are, well vampires. Each film contains a lot of violence and a lot of action as the two factions battle each other. In the middle of all this is Selene (Kate Beckinsale), and she is the main draw to see the movie(s). Selene is not particularly loved by the Vampires but they are willing to let bygones be bygones in order to have her help battling the Lycans. The Lycans, led by Marius (Tobias Mendes), want Selene so she can lead them to her daughter Eve whose blood holds the secret to all sorts of amazing things. Trouble is Selene doesn't know where Eve is, so even if the Lycans get her, they get nothing. Selene's main ally in all this warring is David (Theo James). The two of them try to come up wt ...
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Charles Dance takes a look back at some of his biggest roles
LATimes - 9 months
The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is one of the most popular websites for tracking the work of actors, filmmakers and others in the movie and TV world. We’ve asked some actors to look at their own IMDB page and comment on some of their best known roles. Charles Dance is best known for playing...
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That Voice -- Remembering Alan Rickman
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Not been a great week, folks. I saw a tweet this morning that suggested we should call an early end to it and head over to the pub to drown our sorrows. The news of actor Alan Rickman's passing from cancer at the age of 69 has left me inclined to agree. Between him and David Bowie earlier this week, we're losing too many of our heroes. People we were never going to meet and who never knew of our own existence but still occupy that special place in our hearts reserved for family. Alan Rickman was a compelling actor for whom no one ever seemed to have a bad word, either in regard to his work or the man himself. And yet it's surprising to know that for someone who provided so many indelible, endlessly quotable screen moments, he was never nominated for an Academy Award, never broke out of the character actor mold for a really meaty lead part, never achieved the level of stardom someone of his talents really deserved -- although by the reaction seen on social media, it's clear that he wa ...
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<i>Childhood's End</i> Syfy Mini-Series Is Watchable at Best
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Based on the 1953 sci-fi novel by Arthur C. Clarke, also known for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Syfy's Childhood's End is worth watching. Yet by choosing to leave out some Clarke elements, also left out some brilliance. Helmed by Nick Hurran and written by Matthew Graham, the three night six hour mini-series, or a tad over four hours without commercials, opens as a scene begins with astrophysicist Milo Rodricks (Osy Ikhile) on a post-apocalyptic Earth. He's speaking to a floating silver spherical device the size of a softball, recording both his image and words, as he speaks of being the last human being. Among the parting words, he says, "I got a favor to ask. Don't forget us. We may have many faults, but we don't deserve to be forgotten." Such is the opening of part one, titled, "The Overlords." All which gets your attention. Yet if one has read the book, like I have shortly after knowing about the mini-series debut, the scene gives away the goods way too early. The next scene goes ba ...
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Watch Game of Thrones’ Tywin Lannister talk about his role in The Witcher 3
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
It’s becoming a trend — our favorite actors are making the transition from movies to television, and from television to video games. Fresh off his role as Tywin Lannister on HBO’s endlessly popular Game of Thrones series, Charles Dance decided to take on a new (yet familiar) challenge by joining the cast of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as Emperor Emhyr var Emreis of Nilfgaard. READ MORE: HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates “This is my first video game that I have performed in,” says Dance. “It’s a whole new world for me. It’s quite exciting, actually.” Dance goes on to describe his character as “a very, very powerful man” who doesn’t feel the need to
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Matt Adcock at the cinema - Child 44 review
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
The Cold War gets grim in Child 44, the big screen thriller adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning novel that details the hunt for a serial child killer known as the ‘Butcher of Rostov’. This is a mix of real life events boosted by some cunningly fabricated ‘what ifs’ to do with Nazi revenge plans. Unwitting hero of the piece is Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), a MGB Secret Police Agent noted for promotion due to his propaganda-friendly planting of the Russian flag on the Reichstag building after ousting Nazis in 1945. When the son of one of Demidov’s friends is murdered and he is tasked with delivering the official ‘there is no murder in the communist paradise’ cover-up, it stirs up a burning sense of injustice. The State’s reluctance to admit even the possibility of there being a killer on the prowl is the reason the child slayer operates with impunity, leaving a body count of 44 young victims. So with no official support Demidov has to coerce his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) to he ...
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'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 Returns With A Flashback, Funeral And New Nemesis
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Finally, "Game of Thrones" returned on Sunday night, and the Season 5 premiere definitely lived up to all the hype. The first episode of the new season had murder, a funeral and dragons, aka everything you'd want and expect from "Game of Thrones." Beyond that, the premiere caught us up with every major character except Arya (don't worry, we'll see her next week), setting up the unquestionably crazy season to come. Spoiler alert for Season 5, Episode 1, "The Wars to Come" Here's what happened: The first-ever flashback Although showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff made a rule that they would avoid flashbacks in the series, they broke that rule this season. The episode opened with a flashback to Cersei's childhood when she visited a fortune teller known as Maggy the Frog. The woman answered two questions, telling young Cersei things we've already seen: she'll become Queen and have three children. Tywin's funeral Charles Dance wasn't gone for good after the Season 4 final ...
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Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance explains why David Cameron could never be a Lannister
The Independent - almost 2 years
Given that Games of Thrones is a drama all about power and sex, it's little surprise that it's attracted comparisons with the people who rule Britain.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Betrayal, vengeance, dragons
LATimes - about 3 years
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‘Game of Thrones’ exclusive: George R.R. Martin talks Arya, the Hound
LATimes - about 3 years
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'Game of Thrones' Season 3 finale: Charles Dance on Tywin masterminding the 'Red Wedding'
Fox News - over 3 years
Game of Thrones' Season 3 finale revealed yet another side to Tywin Lannister: politician, father and... wedding planner? That's right.
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Game of Thrones Power Shift: Jaime Overplays His Hand
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Game of Thrones Power Shift: Jaime Overplays His Hand Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:11 pm, Sunday, April 14, 2013 On Sunday's Game of Thrones, the Kingslayer got a firsthand lesson that his father's money and influence will only take him so far. [...] Jaime's fortunes changed hands because of his nasty habit of paternal name-dropping. TVGuide.com breaks down the power shifts in "Walk of Punishment": Game of Thrones: For his services, not only does he get the title of Lord of Harrenhal, but he'll also travel to the Eyrie to try and woo Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) and thus gain an alliance for King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) shy squire apparently has a mysteriously winning way with the whores -- enough so that they return his money in gratitude for his awesomeness. Unlike ...
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Betrayal, Retribution & More
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Game of Thrones" returns for Season 3 on Sunday, March 31 (9 p.m. ET on HBO), and the war-torn land of Westeros will only become more brutal as we delve deeper into George R. R. Martin's meaty tale, confidently adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on an increasingly epic scale. Ahead of the show's hotly anticipated premiere on Sunday, The Huffington Post spoke with a number of stars from the series to find out what they could reveal about where we find their characters this season both at roundtable interviews and at red carpet events. Read on for a spoiler-lite preview from Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), John Bradley (Samwell Tarley), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). Sadly, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) ...
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No to Downton Abbey cameo: Charles Dance rules out appearance in ITV's ... - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - almost 4 years
Mirror.co.uk No to Downton Abbey cameo: Charles Dance rules out appearance in ITV's ... Mirror.co.uk Charles Dance has said he would have loved a role in TV hit Downton Abbey - but the disgruntled veteran thespian was never asked. And if show bosses did suddenly pick up the phone to recruit the 66-year-old actor, they could be sorely disappointed as the ... Money Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'Wall Street Journal Downton Abbey: the dashing aristocrats lining up to lift Lady Mary out of despairTelegraph.co.uk Shirley MacLaine to return to 'Downton Abbey' next season, new characters ...Entertainment Weekly E! Online -CBS News -People Magazine all 140 news articles »
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TV Review: Game of Thrones 2.6, ‘A Man Without Honor’
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (WARNING: Significant spoilers follow) This was an episode of conversations. There was very little action, very little adventure and, shockingly, no sex. Instead we had people talking to each other, and in doing so producing some of the most interesting TV I’ve seen in a while. But before we get to the conversations, we must address Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). Oh, Theon. Stupid, stupid Theon. With almost everything he does, he proves himself to be a very, very weak man. Consider the way that he blames one of his guards for last week’s escape by Bran and Company, and then beats that guard up when the guard dares to call him on his BS. Then there’s the way he crosses the moral event horizon at the end of the episode. No, Theon is many things, but a strong man, and a strong leader, he is not. Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), on the other hand, proves in his very brief scenes that he’s a stronger man (well, boy…you know what I mean), than Theon. His ration ...
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TV Review: Game of Thrones 2.6, “The Old Gods and the New”
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (WARNING: Significant spoilers follow!) It’s hard, really, not to feel at least some pity for poor Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). He’s stuck in an impossible situation, and I’d be hard-pressed to say what I would do were I in his shoes. That said, man, I can’t believe the incredible stupidity he displays. Tonight’s episode begins with Theon taking Winterfell, which from what we see on screen seems to have basically been as easy as him walking up and just sort of wandering in. In fact, we see nothing of the conquest. All we see is him waking up Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who takes the news of the conquest of his family’s home with a certain level of “meh,” at least at first. He and Theon make an agreement whereby Winterfell gets turned over to Theon in return for nothing bad happening to anyone. This doesn’t quite go as planned, and while Bran’s reaction isn’t quite like that of Lando when realizing he’d made a bad deal with Vader, it’s close enough. ...
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Game of Thrones Season Two - Episode 6 Review
Flickering Myth - almost 5 years
Oliver Davis reviews the sixth episode of Game of Thrones Season Two... The Old Gods and the New. Directed by David Nutter. Written by Vanessa Taylor. Last week's episode felt flat. Neither the writing or direction excelled. Thankfully, The Old Gods and the New is arguably the best episode of Season 2 thus far. It boasts three sublime scenes - Theon's opening, Princess Myrcella's departure and Tywin and Arya's chinwag. The episode could have done with a bit more Joffrey, but then again, so could everything. "Shut up, Sansa." Theon ...last week saw the forces of the Iron Islands, ruled by Balon Greyjoy, depart for the west coast of Westeros. They intended to take the North town by town, but they weren't counting on Theon Greyjoy's (Alfie Allen) desperate need to prove himself. He led his gaggle of about fifty men to attack Winterfell, knowing it undefended, having been with its Lord, the King of the North, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) only a few weeks prior. The episode opens h ...
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Geoff Cox’s DVD guide: Sherlock Holmes, The Sitter, The Divide
The Bucks Herald - almost 5 years
BRITAIN’S most famous fictional detective investigates a series of seemingly unconnected crimes all around the world in SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (12: Warner). Robert Downey Jr returns as the super-sleuth although, as in his previous outing, it’s more comic book than Conan Doyle. We’re in 1891 and Holmes and Dr Watson (Jude Law) are required to travel long distances to stop evil, and elusive, genius Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) starting the First World War early. But Holmes finds he’s dealing with a foe who’s his intellectual equal. The detective is as physical as he’s cerebral and the film relies heavily on Downey Jr’s natural charm and comic timing. The plot also affords him the opportunity to take his top off again and to dress up as a woman and wrestle on a couch with Watson. Stephen Fry, as Holmes’ smarter brother Mycroft, has his own nude scene, which thankfully is played for humorous effect rather than as competition to Downey Jr’s Iron Man torso. The comedy d ...
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Game of Thrones Season Two - Episode 5 Review
Flickering Myth - almost 5 years
Oliver Davis reviews the fifth episode of Game of Thrones Season Two... The Ghost of Harrenhal. Directed by David Petrarca. Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. This week was a mixed bag. We were spoilt with Joffrey’s douchebagery last week, but here he’s not present at all. Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), arguably the two most engaging characters besides Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), only graced a single scene. And whereas the previous episode had ended with Davos aghast at a strange, shadowy presence that emerged from between Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) legs, this week’s ended comparatively weakly, with Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) eating an apple. Catelyn …turns out that Melisandre’s hellish offspring was a shadow assassin sent to murder Renly (Gethin Anthony). Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) were the only ones present at the time, so, naturally, everyone assumes they killed one of th ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Dance
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    He became engaged to sculptor Eleanor Boorman in September 2010. They have a daughter, Rose, born in March 2012, though the two subsequently separated. Dance was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He lives in Kentish Town in north London.
    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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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 57
    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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  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Dance's debut film as a writer and director was Ladies in Lavender (2004), which starred Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. In 2009, he directed his own adaptation of Alice Thomas Ellis's The Inn at the Edge of the World.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 34
    Dance made one of his earliest big screen appearances in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only as evil henchman Claus.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has also starred in many other British television dramas such as Edward the Seventh (as dissolute Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Edward VII's oldest son, and heir to the throne), Murder Rooms, Randall and Hopkirk, Rebecca, The Phantom of the Opera, Fingersmith and Bleak House (for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie). He was name-checked in the British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, as being slated to play the title character in The Life of Jesus Christ 2, which was filming in Morocco at the same time as the main characters of the series were there for a photo shoot. He also played Guy Spencer, the pro-Hitler propagandist, in the second installment of Foyle's War, and had an ongoing role as Dr. Maltravers in the ITV drama Trinity.
  • 1970
    Age 23
    Dance married Joanna Haythorn in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on October 10, 1946.
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