Dance at the July 2012 London Film and Comic Con
Walter Charles Dance
10 October 1946
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, film director|
(m. 1970; div. 2004)
Eleanor Marion Perks
Walter Charles Dance, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director.
Some of his highest profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011–2015), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992), Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), the Master Vampire in Dracula Untold (2014), Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (2010), Alastair Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014), and Emperor Emhyr var Emreis in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015). Most recently, it is Alan Jonah from Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Charles Dance was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, the son of Eleanor Marion (née Perks, 1911–1984), a cook, and Walter Dance (1874–1949), an electrical engineer who had served during the Boer War in South Africa. Growing up in Plymouth, he attended Widey Technical School for Boys (it closed when known as Widey High School in 1988) in Crownhill. Dance later attended The Leicester College of Arts (now known as De Montfort University), where he studied Graphic Design and Photography.
When Dance was about 3 years old, his father died. He had always thought that his father had been in his early fifties when this happened, but discovered that Walter was actually some 26 years older than he had believed. The elder Dance was born in 1874. During filming of an episode for the genealogical series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2016, Dance also discovered that through his maternal line, he is of partial Belgian ancestry, descended from a family whose roots lay in Spa. His immigrant ancestor Charles François Futvoye (1777–1847) had been a pioneer in the art of Japaning during the early half of the 19th century, and a resident of Marylebone in London.
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
Dance was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company during the mid-to-late 1970s and was in many of their productions in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Later he returned to the RSC to take the title role in Coriolanus at Stratford-upon-Avon and Newcastle in 1989, and at the Barbican Theatre in 1990. He received rave reviews and a Critics' Circle Best Actor award for his performance as the Oxford don C. S. Lewis in William Nicholson's Shadowlands, in the 2007 stage revival.
Television and film
Dance made his screen debut in 1974, in the ITV series Father Brown as Commandant Neil O'Brien in "The Secret Garden". Other small parts followed, including a 1983 cameo as a South African assassin in The Professionals, but his big break came the following year 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. He appeared in Paris Connections (2010) as the Russian oligarch Aleksandr Borinski. Dance made one of his earliest big screen appearances in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only as evil henchman Claus. 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 directed by Don Boyd, Goldeneye (the name of Fleming's estate in Jamaica and a title later used for a James Bond film).
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 instalment of Foyle's War, and had an ongoing role as Dr. Maltravers in the ITV drama Trinity.
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. He played the role of Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, based on the Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin. Dance was wooed for the role by the producers while filming Your Highness in Belfast. Dance also played Conrad Knox on the British television series Strike Back: Vengeance as the primary villain in the series.
On 30 June 2013, Dance appeared with 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. In summer 2018, Dance narrated a documentary entitled "Spitfire", which featured the legendary Supermarine Spitfire and recounted the efforts of the RAF pilots who flew them during the Second World War.
Screenwriting and directing
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.
|For Your Eyes Only||1981||Claus|
|The Golden Child||1986||Sardo Numspa|
|White Mischief||1987||Josslyn Hay|
|Good Morning, Babylon||1987||D. W. Griffith|
|Hidden City||1987||James Richards|
|Pascali's Island||1988||Anthony Bowles|
|Last Action Hero||1993||Benedict|
|China Moon||1994||Rupert Munro|
|Kabloonak||1994||Robert J. Flaherty||Paris Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|Shortcut to Paradise||1994||Quinn|
|The Surgeon||1995||Dr. Ed Mittlesbay|
|Space Truckers||1996||Nabel / Macanudo|
|The Blood Oranges||1997||Cyril|
|What Rats Won't Do||1998||Gerald|
|Hilary and Jackie||1998||Derek Du Pré|
|Don't Go Breaking My Heart||1999||Frank|
|Gosford Park||2001||Raymond Stockbridge|
|Jurij||2001||Padre di Jurij|
|Dark Blue World||2001||Wing Commander Bentley|
|Black and White||2002||Roderic Chamberlain|
|Ali G Indahouse||2002||David Carlton|
|Swimming Pool||2003||John Bosload|
|City and Crimes||2003||Cox William|
|Ladies in Lavender||2004||N/A||Directed, wrote and executive produced|
|Twice Upon a Time||2006||Master of Ceremonies|
|Starter for 10||2006||Michael Harbinson|
|The Contractor||2007||DCS Andrew Windsor||Direct-to-DVD|
|Paris Connections||2010||Aleksandr Borinski|
|The Commuter||2010||Traffic Warden||Short film|
|Your Highness||2011||King Tallious|
|There Be Dragons||2011||Monsignor Solano|
|Midnight's Children||2012||William Methwold|
|St George's Day||2012||Trenchard|
|Justin and the Knights of Valour||2013||Legantir||Voice|||
|Viy||2014||Lord Dudley||Credited as Charlz Dens|
|Dracula Untold||2014||Master Vampire|
|The Imitation Game||2014||Commander Alastair Denniston|
|Michiel de Ruyter||2015||Charles II|
|Woman in Gold||2015||Sherman|
|Child 44||2015||Major Grachev|
|Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||2016||Mr. Bennet|
|Me Before You||2016||Stephen Traynor|
|Despite the Falling Snow||2016||Old Alexander|
|Underworld: Blood Wars||2016||Thomas|
|That Good Night||2017||The Visitor|
|Johnny English Strikes Again||2018||Agent Seven||Cameo|
|Happy New Year, Colin Burstead||2018||Bertie|
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters||2019||Alan Jonah|||
|Viy 2: Journey to China||2019||Lord Dudley||Post-production|
|Fanny Lye Deliver'd||2019||John Lye||Post-production|
|The King's Man||2020||Field Marshall Haig||Filming|||
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Father Brown||1974||Commandant Neil O'Brien||Episode: "The Secret Garden"|
|The Inheritors||1974||Simon Leadbetter||Episode: "Fathers and Sons"|
|Edward the Seventh||1975||Prince Eddy||2 episodes|
|Raffles||1977||Teddy Garland||Episode: "Mr. Justice Raffles"|
|Play for Today||1980, 1984||Colin / Captain John Truman||2 episodes|
|Nancy Astor||1982||Edward Hartford-Jones||Episode: "Guest for the Weekend"|
|The Professionals||1983||Parker||Episode: "The Ojuka Situation"|
|The Last Day||1983||Alan||Television|
|The Jewel in the Crown||1984||Guy Perron||5 episodes|
|The Secret Servant||1984||Harry Maxim||Mini-series|
|Time for Murder||1985||James Latimer||Episode: "This Lightning Always Strikes Twice"|
|Out on a Limb||1987||Cpt. Truman||2 episodes|
|Tales of the Unexpected||1987||Robert Smythe||Episode: "Skeleton in the Cupboard"|
|First Born||1988||Edward Forester||3 episodes|
|Out of the Shadows||1988||Michael Hayden||Television film|
|Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming||1989||Ian Fleming||2 episodes|
|Mission: Impossible||1989||Prime Minister||Episode: "Command Performance"|
|The Phantom of the Opera||1990||Erik/The Phantom||2 episodes|
|Undertow||1996||Lyle Yates||Television film|
|Rebecca||1997||Maxim de Winter||2 episodes|
|In the Presence of Mine Enemies||1997||Captain Richter||Television film|
|Chrono-Perambulator||1999||James "Dougie" Douglas||Television short|
|The Real Spartacus||2000||Narrator||Voice
|Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes||2000||Sir Henry Carlyle||Episode: "The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes"|
|A History of Britain||2000||Winston Churchill||Voice
Episode: "The Two Winstons"
|Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)||2000||Kenneth Crisby||Episode: "Drop Dead"|
|The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||2001||Ralph Nickleby||Television film|
|Foyle's War||2002||Guy Spencer||Episode: "The White Feather"|
|Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future||2002||Col. Simon Lasker||Voice
Episode: "Pilot of the Future"
|Henry VIII||2003||Duke of Buckingham||Television film|
|Trial & Retribution||2003||Greg Harwood||Television film|
|Looking for Victoria||2003||[[Charles Greville]||Television film|
|When Hitler Invaded Britain||2004||Narrator||Documentary|
|Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love||2004||Marquis Clementi||Television film|
|Fingersmith||2005||Mr. Lilly||2 episodes|
|Bleak House||2005||Mr. Tulkinghorn||12 episodes|
|To the Ends of the Earth||2005||Sir Henry Somerset||Episode: "Close Quarters"|
|Last Rights||2005||Richard Wheeler||3 episodes|
|Titanic: Birth of a Legend||2005||Narrator||Documentary|
|Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs||2006||Septimus Bligh||Episode: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"|
|Fallen Angel||2007||David Byfield||3 episodes|
|Consenting Adults||2007||John Wolfenden||Television film|
|Merlin||2009||Aredian||Episode: "The Witchfinder"|
|Trinity||2009||Dr. Edmund Maltraver||8 episodes|
|Going Postal||2010||Havelock Vetinari||2 episodes|
|Rosamunde Pilchers's Shades of Love||2010–2011||Edmund Aird||4 episodes|
|Game of Thrones||2011–2015||Tywin Lannister||27 episodes|||
|Neverland||2011||Dr. Richard Fludd||Episode: "Part 1"|
|Secret State||2012||John Hodder||4 episodes|
|Strike Back: Vengeance||2012||Conrad Knox||10 episodes|
|Bones of the Buddha||2013||Narrator||Voice
|The Great Fire||2014||Lord Denton||4 episodes|
|Childhood's End||2015||Karellen||3 episodes|||
|Deadline Gallipoli||2015||General Ian Hamilton||2 episodes|
|And Then There Were None||2015||Justice Lawrence Wargrave||3 episodes|
|The Woman in White||2018||Mr. Fredrick Fairlie||4 episodes|
|Hang Ups||2018||Jeremy Pitt||4 episodes|
|The Little Drummer Girl||2018||Commander Picton||2 episodes|
|The Widow||2019||Martin Benson||7 episodes|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||2015||Emperor Emhyr var Emreis||English Dub|||
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||2018||The Butler||"Dead of the Night" Zombies Map|||
|The Fourth Protocol||1985||Frederick Forsyth||Narrator||0886461340||Voice|||
- Toad of Toad Hall as Badger (1971)
- The Beggar's Opera as Wat Dreary (Chichester Festival Theatre, 1972)
- The Taming of the Shrew as Philip (Chichester, 1972)
- Three Sisters as Soliony (Greenwich Theatre, 1973)
- Hans Kohlhaus as Meissen (Greenwich, 1973)
- Born Yesterday as Hotel Manager (Greenwich, 1973)
- Saint Joan as Baudricourt (Oxford Festival, 1974)
- The Sleeping Beauty as Prince (1974)
- Travesties as Henry Carr (Leeds Playhouse, 1977)
- Hamlet as Fortinbras / Reynaldo / Player (RSC The Other Place 1975; The Roundhouse, 1976)
- Perkin Warbeck as Hialas / Astley / Spanish Ambassador (RSC The Other Place, 1975)
- Richard III as Catesby / Murderer (RSC The Other Place, 1975)
- Henry V as Henry V (RSC Glasgow and New York, 1975)
- Henry IV, Part One and Henry IV, Part Two as Prince John of Lancaster (RSC Stratford, 1975; Aldwych Theatre, 1976)
- As You Like It as Oliver (RSC Stratford, 1977; Aldwych, 1978)
- Henry V as Scroop / Williams (RSC Stratford, 1977)
- Henry VI, Part 2 as Buckingham (RSC Stratford, 1977; Aldwych, 1978)
- The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs as Whistling Guard / Freeman (RSC Donmar Warehouse, 1978; The Other Place, 1979)
- Coriolanus as Volscian Lieutenant (RSC Stratford, 1977)
- Coriolanus as Tullus Aufidius (Aldwych, 1978 and 1979)
- The Women Pirates as Blackie / Vosquin (RSC Aldwych, 1978)
- The Changeling as Tomazo (RSC Aldwych, 1978)
- Irma la Douce as Nestor (Shaftesbury Theatre, 1979)
- The Heiress (1947 play) as Morris Townsend (1980)
- Turning Over as Frank (Bush Theatre, 1983)
- Coriolanus as Coriolanus (RSC Stratford and Newcastle upon Tyne, 1989; Barbican Theatre, 1990)
- Three Sisters as Vershinin (Birmingham Rep, 1998)
- Good as John Halder (Donmar Warehouse, 1999)
- Long Day's Journey into Night as James Tyrone (Lyric Theatre, 2000)
- The Play What I Wrote as a guest star (Wyndham's Theatre, 2001–2002)
- Celebration as Richard (Gate Theatre, Dublin; Albery Theatre, 2005)
- The Exonerated (Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, 2006)
- Eh Joe as Joe (Parade Theatre, Sydney, 2006)
- Shadowlands as C. S. Lewis (Wyndham's Theatre, 2007 and Novello Theatre 2007–2008)
- Who's Who in the Theatre, 16th/17th editions, edited by Ian Herbert, Pitman/Gale 1977/1981
- Theatre Record and Theatre Record Indexes
- Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies Fourth edition by John Walker, HarperCollins 2006 ISBN 978-0-00-716957-3
- Charles Dance's own CVs in various theatre programmes
- "Charles Dance Biography (1946–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Charles Dance - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Winter is coming. DMU Alumnus is back on our screens with the return of Game of Thrones". www.dmu.ac.uk.
- "TheGenealogist featured article on Charles Dance". TheGenealogist. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- Nicholas de Jongh (9 October 2007). "Dance is poignant perfection – Theatre & Dance – Arts – London Evening Standard". Thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Holmwood, Leigh (15 July 2008). "ITV2 plans 'sex, drugs and murder' drama to follow Billie Piper hit series". guardian.co.uk. London. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
- 25 May 2009, 15:07 BST (25 May 2009). "Guest stars confirmed for 'Merlin' – Merlin News – Cult". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Gibson, Linda (25 May 2010). "Interview Extra". TV Choice Magazine.
- "Game of Thrones: News – Charles Dance Cast as Tywin Lannister". Westeros.org. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Strike Back: Vengeance on Sky 1 HD". Skymedia.co.uk. 15 August 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- "Top Gear returns to BBC Two at 8pm, featuring Warwick Davis, Charles Dance and Joss Stone". TV Newsroom. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- "British Film Council: Charles Dance".
- Riggs, Thomas (2006). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 67. Gale / Cengage Learning. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-0-7876-9040-3.
- Walker, Tim (24 September 2010). "Charles Dance is to marry his artist girlfriend". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- London Gazette issue 58014 17 June 2006 page 10
- "Charles Dance - 2 Character Images". Behind The Voice Actors.
- N'Duka, Amanda (18 May 2017). "'Game Of Thrones' Alum Charles Dance Joins 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- Sneider, Jeffrey (29 November 2018). "Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Star Joins 'Kingsman' Prequel; Rhys Ifans in Talks". Collider. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- "Game of Thrones: Cast". HBO. Archived from the original on 1 September 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- "'Game of Thrones' actor to star in major Syfy miniseries". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.
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