October 10, 1946
74 years old
6 ft 3 in | 190.5 cm
82 kg | 181 lbs
Walter Charles Dance was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, on October 10, 1946, is an English actor.
Young Charles Dance began his professional acting career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company during the 1970s.
He got his television debut in drama series The Inheritors (1974) in episode "Fathers and Sons", in role as Simon Leadbetter.
He made his big screen debut in spy movie For Your Eyes Only (1981) in role as Claus.
Dance's breakthrough performance came as Guy Perron in British television serial The Jewel in the Crown (1984).
He landed his debut as a writer and director with drama film Ladies in Lavender (2004).
The King's Man (2021) spy action comedy in role as Field Marshall Haig, with Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Rhys Ifans
The Book of Vision (2020) psychological drama in role as Dr. Johan Anmuth, opposite Lotte Verbeek and Sverrir Gudnason
Mank (2020) biographical drama in role as William Randolph Hearst, opposite Gary Oldman, Lily Collins and Amanda Seyfried
The Imitation Game (2014) historical drama opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
Alien 3 (1992) science fiction horror with Sigourney Weaver and Lance Henriksen
The Golden Child (1986) fantasy comedy opposite Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate and Charlotte Lewis
Swimming Pool (2003) thriller with Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier
Last Action Hero (1993) fantasy action comedy opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Austin O'Brien
Scoop (2006) romantic crime comedy with Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman and Woody Allen
Plenty (1985) drama opposite Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Ian McKellen
Dracula Untold (2014) dark fantasy action horror with Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon
China Moon (1994) romantic thriller opposite Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe and Benicio del Toro
White Mischief (1987) historical drama with Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland and Greta Scacchi
Space Truckers (1996) science fiction opposite Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff and Debi Mazar
Pascali's Island (1988) drama with Ben Kingsley and Helen Mirren
The Surgeon (1995) horror opposite Malcolm McDowell and Isabel Glasser
Underworld: Awakening (2012) and Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) action horror with Kate Beckinsale
Ghostbusters (2016) supernatural comedy opposite Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon
Viy 2: Journey to China (2019) fantasy adventure with Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rutger Hauer
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) science fiction action opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown
He was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his role as Guy Perron in British television serial The Jewel in the Crown (1984).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance as Mr. Tulkinghorn in BBC television drama serial Bleak House (2005).
He played Tywin Lannister in HBO fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones (2011-2015).
Edward the Seventh (1975) drama series in role as Prince Eddy
First Born (1988) BBC serial in role as Edward Forester
The Phantom of the Opera (1990) miniseries in role as Erik / The Phantom
Rebecca (1997) miniseries in role as Maxim de Winter
Fingersmith (2005) miniseries in role as Mr. Lilly
Last Rights (2005) political thriller miniseries in role as Richard Wheeler
Trinity (2009) drama series in role as Dr. Edmund Maltravers
Going Postal (2010) two-part television film in role as Havelock Vetinari
Secret State (2012) political thriller miniseries in role as John Hodder
Strike Back: Vengeance (2012) action television serial in role as Conrad Knox
The Great Fire (2014) ITV miniseries in role as Lord Denton
Childhood's End (2015) Syfy miniseries in role as Karellen
Deadline Gallipoli (2015) drama miniseries in role as General Ian Hamilton
And Then There Were None (2015) BBC One mystery thriller television serial in role as Justice Lawrence Wargrave
The Woman in White (2018) BBC One miniseries in role as Mr. Fredrick Fairlie
Hang Ups (2018) British sitcom in role as Jeremy Pitt
The Little Drummer Girl (2018) drama series in role as Commander Picton
The Widow (2019) drama series in role as Martin Benson
The Crown (2019) Netflix historical drama series in role as Lord Mountbatten
Attended the Widey Technical School for Boys in Crownhill.
Studied graphic design at an art school in Leicester.
Has a brother, David and two older half-sisters, Norah and Mary.
He voiced Legantir in animated fantasy film Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama in 2006.
He was married to Joanna Haythorn (1970-2004), they have two children, Oliver Matthew and Rebecca.
Has been in relationship with Eleanor Boorman (2008) they had a daughter, Rose Boormanand.
He dated Sophia Myles (2004-2005) and Shambhala Marthe (2006).