Hugh Dancy

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Hugh Dancy
Hugh Michael Horace Dancy

(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 48)
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford
Years active1998–present
(m. 2009)

Hugh Michael Horace Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor who rose to prominence for his role as the title character in the television film adaptation of David Copperfield (2000) as well as for roles in feature films as Kurt Schmid in Black Hawk Down (2001) and Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted (2004). Other film roles include Joe Conner in Shooting Dogs (2005), Grigg Harris in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), Luke Brandon in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Adam Raki in Adam (2009) and Ted in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011). On television, he portrayed criminal profiler Will Graham in the NBC television series Hannibal (2013–2015), Cal Roberts in the Hulu original series The Path (2016–2018) and Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, in the Channel 4 miniseries Elizabeth I (2005); the latter role earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Dancy currently portrays Senior Assistant District Attorney Nolan Price on NBC's revival of the original Law & Order (2022–present).

Early life[edit]

Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,[1] and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme.[2] His mother, Sarah Ann Dancy (née Birley, born 1952),[3] works in academic publishing.[2] His father is philosophy professor Jonathan Dancy (born 1946), who teaches at the University of Reading and at the University of Texas at Austin.[3][4]

Hugh is the oldest of three children, followed by brother Jack Dancy (born 1977), who is co-director of the travel company Trufflepig Travel,[3][5] and sister Katharine Sarah Redman (née Dancy, born 1980). From the age of 5 to the age of 10, Dancy was educated at Edenhurst Preparatory School[6] in Newcastle-under-Lyme. At age 10, Dancy attended boarding school at the Dragon School in Oxford, then, at 13[1] at Winchester College.[2] At age 18, he acted in the Winchester College Players production of Twelfth Night, which was performed in both Winchester and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. He went on to study English at St Peter's College, Oxford.[1]


After graduation, Dancy moved to London, where a chance conversation in a cafe led to his meeting casting director Ros Hubbard and agent Dallas Smith, who signed him.[1] In 1999, Dancy appeared in the second series of Cold Feet in the role of Danny, who had a fleeting romance with Rachel, one of the show's main characters. In 2002, Dancy played Daniel Deronda in the BBC's adaptation of George Eliot's novel Daniel Deronda.[7]

Notable roles from film include Dancy's Prince Charmont from the 2004 Disney film Ella Enchanted alongside Anne Hathaway and, from the same year, Galahad in King Arthur alongside later Hannibal co-star Mads Mikkelsen.[8] In 2005, he starred as Adam Raki in Adam, an independent film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and follows the story of a young man with autism.[9] He went on to appear in various other films.

Dancy in 2007

In theatre, Dancy has appeared in MCC Theater's The Pride, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. The off-Broadway production was directed by Joe Mantello and co-starred Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riseborough. In 2007, Dancy had a starring role on Broadway as Captain Dennis Stanhope in Journey's End (Belasco Theatre). From 2010 until 2011, he starred in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Venus in Fur alongside Nina Arianda. His performance was praised by The New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood.[10] In August 2018, it was announced he would appear with Stockard Channing in Roundabout Theatre Company's off-Broadway premiere of Apologia, written by Alexi Kay Campbell, in the dual roles of Peter and Simon.[11]

In March 2012, NBC announced that Dancy had been cast as Will Graham in Hannibal, the television adaptation based on the main character of Thomas Harris' 1981 novel Red Dragon.[12] The show received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards. It was cancelled after three seasons and concluded in 2015, though there are hopes for its revival.[13] From 2016 to 2018, he appeared for three seasons as Cal Roberts, a lead character in Hulu's The Path, alongside Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan.[14][15] In November 2021 Dancy was announced as one of the leads in NBC's 2022 revival of Law & Order, playing an assistant district attorney.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Dancy met American actress Claire Danes on the set of Evening.[17] They announced their engagement in February 2009 and married in France later that year.[17][18] They have three children: two sons born in 2012 and 2018,[19][20][21] and a daughter born in 2023.[22]

They live in the West Village neighbourhood of New York City.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black Hawk Down SFC Kurt Schmid
Young Blades D'Artagnan
2003 Tempo Jack Ganzer
The Sleeping Dictionary John Truscott
2004 King Arthur Galahad
Ella Enchanted Prince Charmont
2005 Shooting Dogs Joe Connor
2006 Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction Adam Tower
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Grigg Harris
Evening Buddy Wittenborn
Savage Grace Sam Green
Blood & Chocolate Aiden
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Luke Brandon
Adam Adam Raki Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
2010 Coach Nick Direct-to-DVD
The Wildest Dream Andrew Irvine Voice
2011 Our Idiot Brother Christian
Martha Marcy May Marlene Ted Nominated–Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Hysteria Dr. Mortimer Granville
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Marshal Mallow Voice
Poe Edgar Allan Poe Voice
2018 Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People Alleyne Ireland
2019 Late Night Charlie Fain
2022 Downton Abbey: A New Era Jack Barber


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Trial & Retribution Robert Belini 2 episodes
The New Adventures of Robin Hood Kyle Episode: "Orphans"
1998–1999 Dangerfield Charlie Paige 2 episodes
1999 Cold Feet Danny 2 episodes
Kavanagh QC Michael Woodley Episode: "The More Loving One"
2000 Relic Hunter Michael Previn Episode: "The Last Knight"
David Copperfield David Copperfield Television film
Madame Bovary Leon Television film
2002 Daniel Deronda Daniel Deronda 4 episodes
2005 Elizabeth I Earl of Essex 2 episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
2011 The Big C Lee Fallon 8 episodes
2013–2015 Hannibal Will Graham 38 episodes
International Online Cinema Award for Best Actor in Drama Series (2013)
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2015)
Nominated–Chainsaw Award for Best TV Actor (2015, 2016)
Nominated–Critics' Choice TV Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2014, 2016)
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2014)
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Ellis Ashmead Bartlett 2 episodes
Nominated–Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor (2016)
2016, 2018 Robot Chicken Various roles Voice
2 episodes
2016–2018 The Path Cal Roberts 36 episodes; Also producer
2020 Homeland John Zabel 6 episodes
2020–2021 The Good Fight Caleb Garlin 4 episodes
2021 The Abominable Snow Baby Albert Voice; Television film
2022 Roar Detective Bobby Bronson Episode: "The Woman Who Solved Her Own Murder"
2022–present Law & Order Nolan Price 32 episodes (season 21–)


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Billy and the Crab Lady Fred Soho Theatre
2000 To the Green Fields Beyond Mo Donmar Warehouse
2007 Journey's End Captain Dennis Stanhope Belasco Theatre
2010 The Pride Philip Lucille Lortel Theatre
MCC Theater
2011–2012 Venus in Fur Thomas Novachek Lyceum Theatre
Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2018 Apologia Peter / Simon Laura Pels Theater

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Title Result
2006 Gold Derby TV Award for TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor[24] Elizabeth I Nominated
2006 OFTA award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries[25] Elizabeth I Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie[26] Elizabeth I Nominated
2006 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television[27] Elizabeth I Nominated
2009 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama[27] Adam Nominated
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance[27] Martha Marcy May Marlene Nominated
2012 Gold Derby TV Award for Comedy Guest Actor[28] The Big C Nominated
2013 IGN Summer Movie Award for Best TV Actor[29] Hannibal Nominated
2013 INOCA TV Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series[27] Hannibal Won
2014 Critics' Choice TV Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series[30] Hannibal Nominated
2014 Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television[31] Hannibal Nominated
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Actor[27] Hannibal Nominated
2015 Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television[32] Hannibal Won
2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Actor[27] Hannibal Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series[33] Hannibal Nominated
2016 iHorror Award for Best Male Performance - Horror Series[27] Hannibal Nominated
2016 Silver Logie (Logie Award) for Most Outstanding Actor[27][34] Deadline Gallipoli Nominated


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