Charles Dance



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.


October 10, 1946 in Worcestershire, England