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Charles Dance Biography

Birth Name:
Walter Charles Dance
Birth Place:
Redditch, Worshestershire, England
Profession
Actor, director, screenwriter

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

  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Narrator: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Narrator: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1985BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: nominated

Relationships

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