(m. 1970;div. 2004)
|Partner(s)|| Sophia Myles (2004-2005) |
Shambhala Marthe (2005-2008)
Eleanor Boorman (2008-2012)
Alessandra Masi (2018-present)
Walter Charles Dance(born 10 October 1946) is an English actor. Some of his highest-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011–2015), Karellen in Syfy's Childhood's End (2015), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Dr. 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), Emperor Emhyr var Emreis in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015), and William Randolph Hearst in David Fincher's Mank (2020). Most recently he appeared in Godzilla: King of the Monsters , and portrayed Lord Mountbatten in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown , earning an Emmy nomination for the latter.
Charles Dance was born 10 October 1946, 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 as a sergeant in the 2nd Regular Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) during the Second Boer War in South Africa (having previously served in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion).Dance had two older half-sisters, Norah (1898–1993) and Mary (1903–1908), from his father's previous marriage.
When Dance was about three years old, his father died. He had always thought that his father had been in his early fifties when this happened, but later discovered that he was actually some 26 years older than he had believed. Dance disclosed in an interview that his mother had been arranged to a mental institute when he was a child. 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 Japanning during the early half of the 19th century, and a resident of Marylebone in London.
Growing up in Plymouth, Devon, Dance attended Widey Technical School for Boys (it was closed in 1988, then known as Widey High School) in Crownhill.He later attended Plymouth College of Art and the Leicester College of Arts (now known as De Montfort University), where he studied graphic design and photography.
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 C. S. Lewis in William Nicholson's Shadowlands , in the 2007 stage revival.
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. 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 Lord Vetinari in the 2010 Sky adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal , and as the Russian oligarch Aleksandr Borinski in Paris Connections . He played the role of Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones , based on the A 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.
In 2019, he played an antagonist in Godzilla: King of the Monsters and appeared as Lord Mountbatten in series 3 of The Crown later in the same year.
In 2020, Dance portrayed William Randolph Hearst in David Fincher's Mank , co-starring alongside Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.
In January 2021, Dance was cast in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman .
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.
Dance married Joanna Haythorn in 1970. They have two children, Oliver Matthew (born 1974) and Rebecca (born 1980).Haythorn and Dance divorced in 2004. In 2012, Dance and his partner Eleanor Boorman had a daughter, Rose Boorman. The pair have since separated.
Dance was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006.
|1981||For Your Eyes Only||Claus|
|1986||The Golden Child||Sardo Numspa|
|1987||White Mischief||Josslyn Hay|
|Good Morning, Babylon||D. W. Griffith|
|Hidden City||James Richards|
|1988||Pascali's Island||Anthony Bowles|
|1993||Last Action Hero||Benedict|
|1994||China Moon||Rupert Munro|
|Kabloonak||Robert J. Flaherty||Paris Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|Shortcut to Paradise||Quinn|
|1995||The Surgeon||Dr. Ed Mittlesbay|
|1996||Space Truckers||Nabel / Macanudo|
|1997||The Blood Oranges||Cyril|
|1998||What Rats Won't Do||Gerald|
|Hilary and Jackie||Derek Du Pré|
|1999||Don't Go Breaking My Heart||Frank|
|2001||Gosford Park||Raymond Stockbridge|
|Jurij||Padre di Jurij|
|Dark Blue World||Wing Commander Bentley|
|2002||Black and White||Roderic Chamberlain|
|Ali G Indahouse||David Carlton|
|2003||Swimming Pool||John Bosload|
|City and Crimes||Cox William|
|Ladies in Lavender||Director|
|2006||Dolls||Narrator||Voice; short film|
|Twice Upon a Time||Master of Ceremonies|
|Starter for 10||Michael Harbinson|
|2007||The Contractor||DCS Andrew Windsor||Direct-to-DVD|
|2010||Paris Connections||Aleksandr Borinski|
|The Commuter||Traffic Warden||Short film|
|Your Highness||King Tallious|
|There Be Dragons||Monsignor Solano|
|2012||Midnight's Children||William Methwold|
|St George's Day||Trenchard|
|Justin and the Knights of Valour||Legantir||Voice|
|2014||Viy||Lord Dudley||Credited as Charlz Dens|
|Dracula Untold||Master Vampire|
|The Imitation Game||Commander Alastair Denniston|
|Michiel de Ruyter||Charles II|
|Woman in Gold||Sherman|
|Child 44||Major Grachev|
|2016||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||Mr. Bennet|
|2016||Me Before You||Stephen Traynor|
|Despite the Falling Snow||Old Alexander|
|Underworld: Blood Wars||Thomas|
|That Good Night||The Visitor|
|2018||Johnny English Strikes Again||Agent Seven||Cameo|
|Happy New Year, Colin Burstead||Bertie|
|2019||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Alan Jonah|
|Viy 2: Journey to China||Lord Dudley|
|Fanny Lye Deliver'd||John Lye|
|2020||The Book of Vision||Johan Anmuth|
|Mank||William Randolph Hearst|
|2021||The King's Man||General Kitchener||Post-production|
|Against The Ice|
|1974||Father Brown||Commandant Neil O'Brien||Episode: "The Secret Garden"|
|The Inheritors||Simon Leadbetter||Episode: "Fathers and Sons"|
|1975||Edward the Seventh||Prince Eddy||2 episodes|
|1977||Raffles||Teddy Garland||Episode: "Mr. Justice Raffles"|
|1980, 1984||Play for Today||Colin / Captain John Truman||2 episodes|
|1982||Nancy Astor||Edward Hartford-Jones||Episode: "Guest for the Weekend"|
|1983||The Professionals||Parker||Episode: "The Ojuka Situation"|
|The Last Day||Alan||Television|
|1984||The Jewel in the Crown||Guy Perron||5 episodes|
|The Secret Servant||Harry Maxim||Mini-series|
|1985||Time for Murder||James Latimer||Episode: "This Lightning Always Strikes Twice"|
|1987||Out on a Limb||Cpt. Truman||2 episodes|
|Tales of the Unexpected||Robert Smythe||Episode: "Skeleton in the Cupboard"|
|1988||First Born||Edward Forester||3 episodes|
|Out of the Shadows||Michael Hayden||Television film|
|1989||Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming||Ian Fleming||2 episodes|
|Mission: Impossible||Prime Minister||Episode: "Command Performance"|
|1990||The Phantom of the Opera||Erik/The Phantom||2 episodes|
|1996||Undertow||Lyle Yates||Television film|
|1997||Rebecca||Maxim de Winter||2 episodes|
|In the Presence of Mine Enemies||Captain Richter||Television film|
|1999||Chrono-Perambulator||James "Dougie" Douglas||Television short|
|2000||The Real Spartacus||Narrator|
|Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes||Sir Henry Carlyle||Episode: "The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes"|
|A History of Britain||Winston Churchill (voice)||Episode: "The Two Winstons"|
|Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)||Kenneth Crisby||Episode: "Drop Dead"|
|2001||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Ralph Nickleby||Television film|
|2002||Foyle's War||Guy Spencer||Episode: "The White Feather"|
|Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future||Col. Simon Lasker (voice)||Episode: "Pilot of the Future"|
|2003||Henry VIII||Duke of Buckingham||Television film|
|Trial and Retribution||Greg Harwood||Television film|
|Looking for Victoria||Charles Greville||Television film|
|2004||When Hitler Invaded Britain||Narrator||Documentary|
|Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love||Marquis Clementi||Television film|
|2005||Fingersmith||Mr. Lilly||2 episodes|
|Bleak House||Mr. Tulkinghorn||12 episodes|
|To the Ends of the Earth||Sir Henry Somerset||Episode: "Close Quarters"|
|Last Rights||Richard Wheeler||3 episodes|
|Titanic: Birth of a Legend||Narrator||Documentary|
|2006||Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs||Septimus Bligh||Episode: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"|
|2007||Fallen Angel||David Byfield||3 episodes|
|Consenting Adults||John Wolfenden||Television film|
|2009||Merlin||Aredian||Episode: "The Witchfinder"|
|Trinity||Dr. Edmund Maltravers||8 episodes|
|2010||Going Postal||Havelock Vetinari||2 episodes|
|2010–2011||Rosamunde Pilchers's Shades of Love||Edmund Aird||4 episodes|
|2011–2015||Game of Thrones||Tywin Lannister||27 episodes|
|2011||Neverland||Dr. Richard Fludd||Episode: "Part 1"|
|2012||Secret State||John Hodder||4 episodes|
|Strike Back: Vengeance||Conrad Knox||10 episodes|
|2013||Bones of the Buddha||Narrator||Documentary|
|2014||The Great Fire||Lord Denton||4 episodes|
|2015||Childhood's End||Karellen||3 episodes|
|Deadline Gallipoli||General Ian Hamilton||2 episodes|
|And Then There Were None||Justice Lawrence Wargrave||3 episodes|
|2018||The Woman in White||Mr. Fredrick Fairlie||4 episodes|
|Hang Ups||Jeremy Pitt||4 episodes|
|The Little Drummer Girl||Commander Picton||2 episodes|
|2019||The Widow||Martin Benson||7 episodes|
|2019–2020||The Crown||Lord Mountbatten||5 episodes|
|2020||Rise of Empires: Ottoman||Narrator||6 episodes|
|The Singapore Grip||Mr. Webb||Episode: "Singapore for Beginners"|
|2021||The Sandman||Roderick Burgess||Upcoming series|
|2015||The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||Emperor Emhyr var Emreis||English Dub|
|2018||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Godfrey The Butler||"Dead of the Night" Zombies Map|
|1985||The Fourth Protocol||Frederick Forsyth||Narrator||0886461340||Voice|
|2020||Hindsight||Narrator||An Al Jazeera Podcast|
|BAFTA TV Awards||1985||Best Actor||The Jewel in the Crown||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||2002||Best Acting Ensemble||Gosford Park||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||2006||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Bleak House||Nominated|
|2018||Outstanding Narrator||Savage Kingdom||Nominated|
|2021||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||The Crown||Pending|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2002||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Gosford Park||Won|
|2014||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Imitation Game||Nominated|
|2020||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Crown||Won|
Timothy Lancaster West, CBE is an English film, stage, presenter and television actor, with more than fifty years of varied work in the business. As well as many classical theatre performances, he has appeared frequently on television, including spells in both Coronation Street and EastEnders, and also in Not Going Out, as the original Geoffrey Adams. He is married to the actress Prunella Scales; since 2014 they have been seen travelling together on British and overseas canals in the Channel 4 series Great Canal Journeys.
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