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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 10, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Worcestershire, England, GB Profession: actor, stagehand

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After a brief dalliance with leading-man status in the 1980s, Charles Dance built a career of playing highborn heels with a distinctive capacity to menace more heroic types with a suave, icy indifference. The English-born Dance honed his skills with the Royal Shakespeare Company before scoring his breakthrough screen role in the epic miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (ITV/PBS, 1984). Able to mix dashing and savoir faire with layered vulnerability, he landed a flurry of above-title bills in award-bait dramas such as "Plenty" (1985), "White Mischief" (1987) and "Pascali's Island" (1988). As of his turn in "The Golden Child" (1986), however, he developed a niche playing frosty yet textured villains in big-ticket projects such as "Last Action Hero" (1993), "Michael Collins" (1996) and the miniseries "Bleak House" (BBC, 2005), as well as lighter fare a la "Ali G Indahouse" (2002) and "Terry Pratchett's Going Postal" (Sky1, 2010). The early 2000s saw him increasingly bringing his arch-villainy to highbrow television projects such as the drama series "Trinity" (Channel 4, 2009), the international intrigue series "Strike Back" (Sky1/Cinemax, 2010-15) and, to much fanfare, HBO's fantasy phenomenon "Game of...

After a brief dalliance with leading-man status in the 1980s, Charles Dance built a career of playing highborn heels with a distinctive capacity to menace more heroic types with a suave, icy indifference. The English-born Dance honed his skills with the Royal Shakespeare Company before scoring his breakthrough screen role in the epic miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (ITV/PBS, 1984). Able to mix dashing and savoir faire with layered vulnerability, he landed a flurry of above-title bills in award-bait dramas such as "Plenty" (1985), "White Mischief" (1987) and "Pascali's Island" (1988). As of his turn in "The Golden Child" (1986), however, he developed a niche playing frosty yet textured villains in big-ticket projects such as "Last Action Hero" (1993), "Michael Collins" (1996) and the miniseries "Bleak House" (BBC, 2005), as well as lighter fare a la "Ali G Indahouse" (2002) and "Terry Pratchett's Going Postal" (Sky1, 2010). The early 2000s saw him increasingly bringing his arch-villainy to highbrow television projects such as the drama series "Trinity" (Channel 4, 2009), the international intrigue series "Strike Back" (Sky1/Cinemax, 2010-15) and, to much fanfare, HBO's fantasy phenomenon "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Though he proved himself adept at many character types across stage and screen, Dance showed time and again that few could play the bad guy with such devilish aplomb.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Ladies in Lavender (2005) Director

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 That Good Night (2017)
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 Underworld V (2017)
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 Ghostbusters (2016)
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 Me Before You (2016)
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 Child 44 (2015)
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After father's death, moved with mother to Plymouth
1968:
Worked as stage hand in the West End (date approximate)
1970:
Stage debut in "It's a Two Foot Six Inches Above the Ground World"
1974:
TV acting debut in the ATV miniseries "Edward VII"
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Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company; made London debut in 1975 in "Hamlet"
1981:
Feature acting debut, "For Your Eyes Only"
1984:
Had leading role in the Granda Television production "The Jewel in the Crown"
1985:
First film starring role, "Plenty"
1986:
Portrayed D W Griffith in the Taviani brothers film "Good Morning, Babylon"
1987:
Co-starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in the ABC miniseries "Out on a Limb"
1987:
Played leading role in Michael Radford's "White Mischief"
1993:
Had villainous role in "The Last Action Hero"
1997:
Starred in "The Blood Oranges"
1998:
Played the patriarch of the du Pre family in "HIlary and Jackie"
1999:
Appeared on the British stage to acclaim in a revival of the play "Good"
2000:
Acted alongside Ian Richardson in the British telefilm "Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes"
2000:
Starred as James Tyrone opposite Jessica Lange in a London production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
2001:
Cast as Ralph Nickleby in the ITV adaptation of Dickens' "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"
2001:
Had featured role in the WWII drama "Dark Blue World"
2001:
Portrayed a WWI veteran in "Gosford Park", directed by Robert Altman
2002:
Donned drag for a comic role in "Ali G Indahouse"
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "Bleak House" (Masterpiece Theatre)
2007:
Co-starred in the adaptation of the David Nicholls novel, "Starter for Ten"
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Education

Plymouth College: -
Leicester College of Art: -

Notes

"I've done some appalling films. Junk is absolutely the right word. You do what you can with the stuff you're given. It's a misconception that actors make choices. For all but the most privileged few, the only choice is to work or not to work." --Charles Dance quoted in London's Evening Standard, March 31, 1999.

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wife:
Joanna Haythorn. Artist. Married on July 18, 1970.

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father:
Walter Dance. Engineer. Died c. 1951 when Dance was four years old.
mother:
Eleanor Dance.
son:
Oliver Dance. Born c. 1975; mother, Joanna Dance.
daughter:
Rebecca Dance. Born c. 1980; mother, Joanna Dance.
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