Charles Dance

English actor, screenwriter and film director

Walter Charles Dance, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and movie director.[1]

Charles Dance

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Dance at the London Film and Comic Con, July 2012
Walter Charles Dance

(1946-10-10) 10 October 1946 (age 73)
Redditch, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Alma materDe Montfort University
Plymouth College of Art
OccupationActor, screenwriter, movie director
Years active1974–present
Joanna Haythorn
(m. 1970; div. 2004)
Partner(s)Eleanor Boorman (2010–2012)
ChildrenOliver Matthew (b. 1974)
Rebecca Le Fevre (b. 1980)
Rose (b. 2012)
  • Walter Dance (1874–1949) (father)
  • Eleanor Marion Perks (mother)

Dance is known for his roles as Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992), Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), the Master Vampire in Dracula Untold (2014), Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (2010) and Alastair Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014).[2]

Dance was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006.[3] He lives in Kentish Town in north London.[4]


  1. "Charles Dance - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  2. "Charles Dance Biography (1946–)". Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  3. London Gazette issue 58014 17 June 2006 page 10
  4. Helliker, Adam Dance-ing to an older tune Daily Mail, 13 April 2004

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