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About Charles Dance
Charles Dance was born in Worcestershire, England in 1946, moving to Plymouth in his youth. An actor, director and screenwriter, Charles has played some high profile characters over the years.
As a young man, Charles studied Graphic Design, before moving on to acting and joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. He took part in many productions during his time with the company, and has spent time throughout his career taking on theatre roles, for which he has been critically acclaimed.
Film and TV appearances
Starting out on TV in Father Brown (1974), Charles rose up through film and television his-tory, making his film debut in James Bond classic For Your Eyes Only, released in 1981. Charles went on to play Bond creator Ian Fleming in biographical TV movie Goldeneye, which later went on to become the name of a Bond film.
He was recognised internationally as Guy Perron in 1984 British tv mini-series The Jewel in the Crown, and appeared in many TV shows during the 1980s. In 1992, he was cast as Clemens in Alien 3, arguably the darkest and bleakest of the Alien franchise, and showed the world his dark side again.
In 2004, Charles wrote, directed and produced Ladies in Lavender, starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
Charles has appeared in several British TV staples, such as Tales of the Unexpected (1987), Randal and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000) and Agatha Christie’s Marple (2006), and Lord Vetinari in Terry Pratchet’s Going Postal in 2010.
Game of Thrones
Known for playing some brilliant and sinister parts, Charles slid onto our screens in the ev-er-debated Game of Thrones as Tywin Lannister. He brought the head of the Lannister family to life, and proceeded to creep out Game of Thrones fans with his portrayal of cold-hearted and cruel Tywin. Charles spent 27 episodes as Tywin, and left the series in pretty spectacular fashion. This is arguably his best role to date.
Since his departure from Game of Thrones in 2015, Charles has been very busy. From Viktor Frankenstein (2015) to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), Me Before You (2016) and the much anticipated reboot of Ghostbusters (2016), he has worked his acting magic on some great roles.
Charles has been nominated for several awards during his career, including Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA and two Emmys.
Most recently, he can be seen in TV series The Widow (2019) and has also appeared in TV mini series The Little Drummer Girl (2018) and voicing Godfrey in video game Black Ops 4: Dead of the Night. Charles has some great work coming up so keep your eyes peeled.
By Danielle Allen