Dance at the London Film and Comic Con, July 2012.
Born Walter Charles Dance 10 October 1946 Redditch, Worcestershire, England Nationality British Education Plymouth College of Art Occupation Actor Years active 1974–present Spouse(s) Joanna Haythorn (1970–2004) Children 3 Walter Charles Dance, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Guy Perron in (1984), Dr. Jonathan Clemens in The Jewel in the Crown (1992), Sardo Numspa in Alien 3 (1986), Benedict in The Golden Child (1993), and Last Action Hero Tywin Lannister in HBO's . Game of Thrones Early life [edit ]
Dance was born in
Redditch, Worcestershire, the son of Eleanor ( née Perks), a cook, and Walter Dance, an engineer. [1 ] Growing up in [2 ] Plymouth, he attended Widey Technical School for Boys (it closed when known as Widey High School in 1988) in Crownhill. He was set for a career in graphic design after graduating from the Plymouth College of Art before turning to acting. [3 ] Career [edit ] RSC [edit ]
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 at Stratford-upon-Avon and Coriolanus 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 , in the 2007 stage revival. Shadowlands [4 ] Television and film [edit ]
Dance made his screen debut in 1974, in a BBC mystery series
as Commandant Neil O'Brien in "The Secret Garden", but his big break came ten years later when he played the major role of Guy Perron in Father Brown (Granada Television, Christopher Morahan 1984), an adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown Paul Scott's novels that also made stars of Geraldine James and Art Malik. He has also starred in many other British television dramas such as , Murder Rooms , Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) , Rebecca , The Phantom of the Opera and Fingersmith (for which he received an Bleak House Emmy nomination). He was name-checked in the British comedy series , as being slated to play the title character in Absolutely Fabulous 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 installment of , and had an ongoing role as Dr. Maltravers in the ITV drama Foyle's War . Trinity [5 ]
Dance made a guest appearance on the BBC drama series
as the Witchfinder Aredian, Merlin and as a vainglorious version of himself in the third series of [6 ] . He played Jam & Jerusalem Havelock Vetinari in the 2010 Sky adaptation of . Terry Pratchett's Going Postal He played the role of [7 ] Tywin Lannister in HBO's , based on the Game of Thrones novels by Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin. Dance was wooed for the role by the producers whilst filming in Your Highness Belfast. Dance also played Conrad Knox on the British television series [8 ] as the primary villain in the series. Strike Back: Vengeance He appeared in [9 ] (2010) as the Russian oligarch Aleksandr Borinski. Dance made one of his earliest big screen appearances in the 1981 Paris Connections James Bond film as evil henchman Claus, and in 1989 he played Bond creator For Your Eyes Only Ian Fleming in Anglia Television's dramatised biography, Goldeneye (the name of Fleming's estate in Jamaica and a title later used for a James Bond film).
On 30 June 2013, Dance appeared amongst other celebrities in an episode of BBC's Top Gear as a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" for the debut of the
Vauxhall Astra. [10 ] Screenwriting and directing [edit ]
Dance's debut film as a
writer and director was (2004), which starred Ladies in Lavender 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. Personal life [edit ]
Dance married Joanna Haythorn in 1970. They had two children.
[11 ] After his marriage ended in 2004, [12 ] he had a brief relationship with actress [11 ] Sophia Myles who was 34 years his junior. [12 ] Dance was appointed an [13 ] Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006. He became engaged to sculptor Eleanor Boorman in September 2010. They had a daughter, Rose, in March 2012, though the two subsequently separated. [14 ] [15 ] Filmography [edit ] Film [edit ] Television [edit ] Stage [edit ] as Badger (1971) Toad of Toad Hall as Wat Dreary ( The Beggar's Opera Chichester Festival Theatre, 1972) as Philip (Chichester, 1972) The Taming of the Shrew as Soliony ( Three Sisters Greenwich Theatre, 1973) Hans Kohlhaus as Meissen (Greenwich, 1973) as Hotel Manager (Greenwich, 1973) Born Yesterday as Baudricourt (Oxford Festival, 1974) Saint Joan as Prince (1974) The Sleeping Beauty as Henry Carr (Leeds Playhouse, 1977) Travesties as Fortinbras / Reynaldo / Player ( Hamlet RSC The Other Place 1975; The Roundhouse, 1976) as Hialas / Astley / Spanish Ambassador (RSC The Other Place, 1975) Perkin Warbeck as Catesby / Murderer (RSC The Other Place, 1975) Richard III as Henry V (RSC Glasgow and New York, 1975) Henry V and Henry IV, Part One as Prince John of Lancaster (RSC Henry IV, Part Two Stratford, 1975; Aldwych Theatre, 1976) as Oliver (RSC Stratford, 1977; Aldwych, 1978) As You Like It as Scroop / Williams (RSC Stratford, 1977) Henry V as Buckingham (RSC Stratford, 1977; Aldwych, 1978) Henry VI, Part 2 The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs as Whistling Guard / Freeman (RSC Donmar Warehouse, 1978; The Other Place, 1979) as Volscian Lieutenant (RSC Stratford, 1977) Coriolanus as Tullus Aufidius (Aldwych, 1978 and 1979) Coriolanus The Women Pirates as Blackie / Vosquin (RSC Aldwych, 1978) as Tomazo (RSC Aldwych, 1978) The Changeling as Nestor ( Irma la Douce Shaftesbury Theatre, 1979) as Morris Townsend (1980) The Heiress Turning Over as Frank ( Bush Theatre, 1983) as Coriolanus (RSC Stratford and Coriolanus Newcastle upon Tyne, 1989; Barbican Theatre, 1990) as Vershinin (Birmingham Rep, 1998) Three Sisters as John Halder (Donmar Warehouse, 1999) Good as James Tyrone ( Long Day's Journey into Night Lyric Theatre, 2000) as a guest star ( The Play What I Wrote Wyndham's Theatre, 2001–2002) as Richard ( Celebration Gate Theatre, Dublin; Albery Theatre, 2005) ( The Exonerated Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, 2006) as Joe (Parade Theatre, Sydney, 2006) Eh Joe as Shadowlands C. S. Lewis (Wyndham's Theatre, 2007 and Novello Theatre 2007–2008) Video Games [edit ] Further reading [edit ] References [edit ] ^ "Charles Dance Biography (1946-)". Filmreference.com . Retrieved 2012-11-12. ^ "Charles Dance Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com . Retrieved 2012-11-12. ^ Herald, Plymouth (2014-01-27). "Winter is coming - Plymouth Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance voices official trailer for BBC coverage of Winter Olympics 2014". Plymouth Herald . Retrieved 2014-06-18. ^ Nicholas de Jongh (9 October 2007). "Dance is poignant perfection - Theatre & Dance - Arts - London Evening Standard". Thisislondon.co.uk . Retrieved 2012-11-12. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (15 July 2008). "ITV2 plans 'sex, drugs and murder' drama to follow Billie Piper hit series". (London) guardian.co.uk . Retrieved 2008-07-15. ^ 25 May 2009, 15:07 BST (25 May 2009). "Guest stars confirmed for 'Merlin' - Merlin News - Cult". Digital Spy . Retrieved 2012-11-12. ^ Gibson, Linda (2010-05-25). "Interview Extra". TV Choice Magazine. ^ "Game of Thrones: News - Charles Dance Cast as Tywin Lannister". Westeros.org. 29 July 2010 . Retrieved 2012-11-12. ^ "Strike Back: Vengeance on Sky 1 HD". Skymedia.co.uk. 15 August 2012 . Retrieved 2012-11-12. ^ "Top Gear returns to BBC Two at 8pm, featuring Warwick Davis, Charles Dance and Joss Stone". TV Newsroom. 2013-06-30 . Retrieved 2013-07-06. ^ a b Riggs, Thomas (2006). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 67. Gale / Cengage Learning. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-0-7876-9040-3. ^ a b 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. ^ Husband, Stuart (6 August 2007). "Curtain call for Miss Myles". The Guardian (London). ^ : The London Gazette . 17 June 2006. no. 58014. p. 10 ^ Glennie, Alasdair (20 October 2012). "Dance splits from mother of his baby girl: Game of Thrones star ends relationship just months after daughter's birth". Daily Mail (London). ^ "Thewitcher.com". Thewitcher.com . Retrieved 2014-06-18. External links [edit ]
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