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Charles Dance

Charles Dance

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1946-10-10

85 Movies · 28 TV Series

Biography

Walter Charles Dance, (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), 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), and Emperor Emhyr var Emreis in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015). Most recently, he portrayed Lord Mountbatten in the third season of The Crown.

Personal Life

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.

Early Life

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 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 (born 1898) and Mary (born 1903), 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. 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.

Movies & TV Series

2018.

6 Movies · 2 TV Series
TV
The Little Drummer Girl

The Little Drummer Girl

6.25
2018
Brilliant young actress Charlie strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic.
The Muppets Take The O2

The Muppets Take The O2

2018
The Muppets Take the O2 is a live stage show starring the Muppets performed at the O2 Arena in London in July 2018. The show is a follow-up to 2017's performance at the Hollywood Bowl, reprising many ...
Euphoria

Euphoria

1.5
2018
The story of two sisters on a journey, where they try to get close to each other and approach the tough questions in life. Euphoria is a contemporary drama about responsibility and reconciliation, in ...
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

2018
Colin has rented a stately country home for his extended family’s New Year celebrations. He’s the centre of attention until his estranged brother David unexpectedly arrives, throwing the family dynami...
Spitfire

Spitfire

2018
A feature documentary about the people and the planes that helped win World War War II. Through people personally connected to the events, the film investigates the story of how the Spitfire, its stab...
That Good Night

That Good Night

2018
A moving and memorable family drama about a terminally ill writer who wants to be reconciled with his long-abandoned son.
TV
The Woman in White

The Woman in White

6
2018
The lives of two half-sisters and their drawing master get caught up in a deadly conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed all in white.
Johnny English Strikes Again

Johnny English Strikes Again

6
2018
Disaster strikes when a criminal mastermind reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain. The secret service can now rely on only one man - Johnny English. Currently teaching at a...

2016.

5 Movies · 2 TV Series
TV
The Crown

The Crown

6.43
2016
The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famou...
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

4.75
2016
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty h...
Underworld: Blood Wars

Underworld: Blood Wars

5.88
2016
Vampire death dealer Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David and his father Thomas, she must stop the eternal wa...
Me Before You

Me Before You

6.51
2016
A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired f...
Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

5.98
2016
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly th...
TV
Savage Kingdom

Savage Kingdom

2016
A rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa, which is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance.
Despite the Falling Snow

Despite the Falling Snow

2016
New York, 1961. Alexander Ivanov, a high-ranked Soviet bureaucrat, reluctantly defects to the West while is part of a diplomatic mission, feeling the grief of being unable to know the fate of his wife...

2015.

5 Movies · 3 TV Series
Admiral

Admiral

2015
When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and faces its own civil war no less, only one man, Michael de Ruyter, can lead the county's strongest weapon, the ...
Child 44

Child 44

6
2015
Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.
Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold

6.25
2015
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes rightfully belon...
TV
Childhood's End

Childhood's End

6.67
2015
The peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.
Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience

Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience

4
2015
The first episode of this IMAX screening takes place entirely at The Wall with the Night’s Watch hopelessly outnumbered as they attempt to defend Castle Black from the Wildings and features one the fi...
Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

6
2015
An eccentric scientist creates a grotesque creature in a scientific experiment.
TV
And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

5
2015
Ten strangers, drawn away from their normal lives to an isolated rock off the Devon coast. But as the mismatched group waits for the arrival of the hosts -- the improbably named Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen...
TV
Deadline Gallipoli

Deadline Gallipoli

2015
Three journalists, Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Phillip Schuler, arrive at Gallipoli with the invading British and Allied troops in 1915. They will report the war but are prevented from ge...
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