Charles Dance

Charles Dance is a successful English actor, writer, and director. He is famous for his authoritarian and villain characters. He has played the role of a villain in several famous movies.


Charles was born on 10 October 1946. He was born to a cook named Eleanor Marion and an electrical engineer Walter Dance in Redditch, Worcestershire. Before switching his career to the acting field in 2017, he was set for a career in graphic design. He was also appointed as an officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) on 17th June 2006.

Charles Dance Career

Some of the high-profile roles he played in his career are Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones in 2011, Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child in 1986, Benedict in Last Action Hero in 1993, Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal in 2010 and William Randolph Hearst in Mank in 2020.

He got his television breakthrough in 1984 with the series “The Jewel in the Crown”. From movies to TV shows, he played several roles in several movies and TV shows including “Gosford Park”, “The Underworld: Awakening”, and much more. The list of hit movies in which he worked “Bloody Wars with Kate Beckinsale”, “The Untold Stories of Dracula”, “I Am Before You Emilia Clarke and Sam Coughlin”, “Alien 3”, and “hunters of ghosts and euphoria”, “the Game of Thrones”.

He has also appeared in several British small-screen dramas that include “Murder Rooms”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Rebecca”, “Edward the Seventh” and “Fingersmith”.

Apart from TV shows and films, he has also given his voice to multiple characters named butler Godfrey in the video games The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018 respectively.

In 2004, he began his screenwriting and directing career with Ladies in Lavender.  


In his early days, he went to Widely Technical School for Boys, Crownhill. Then he completes a course in graphic design and photography from De Montfort University which was famous as the name The Leicester College of Arts at that time.

Personal life

He got married to Joanna Haythorn in 1970 and have a son and daughter with her before they get separated in 2004. Then he dated Eleanor Boorman and had a daughter in 2012. Now he has been engaged to Alessandra Alma since October 2019. Besides being a successful star in the entertainment industry, he claims that he is quite simple and used to wearing a casual T-shirt and jeans at home.