Fast Facts

  • Studied graphic design in college, but gained an interest in theater by spending time with two actors who ran a pub in his English neighborhood.
  • Started his career by joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, and made his debut film appearance in the James Bond picture For Your Eyes Only (1980).
  • Gained international notice for playing the lead role in the TV mini-series The Jewel in the Crown (1984).
  • Typically takes on film and television roles as assertive bureaucrats or villains.
  • Was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on June 17, 2006.

Awards

  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Joanna Haythorn — Ex-wife
  • Rebecca Dance — Daughter
  • Eleanor Dance — Mother
  • Walter Dance — Father
  • Oliver Dance — Son
  • Eleanor Boorman — Fiancée
  • Rose Otilie Aaryanna Dance — Daughter

College

  • Leicester College of Art, Leicester, England; Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, Devon, England

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Details

  • Birth Name: Walter Charles Dance
  • Birth Place: Redditch, Worshestershire, England
  • Birthday: October 10, 1946, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter

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