Charles Dance OBE (born October 10 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. He was set for a career in graphic design from the Plymouth College of Art before turning to film.
He has appeared in numerous films, including Plenty (1985) with Meryl Streep, Hidden City (1987), Pascali’s Island (1988),Alien 3 (1992), Last Action Hero (1993), Michael Collins (1996), Hilary and Jackie (1998), Gosford Park (2001) and Dark Blue World (2001). He has also starred in several British television dramas such as The Jewel in the Crown, Murder Rooms, Fingersmith and Bleak House (for which he received an Emmy nomination), and many Royal Shakespeare Company productions, notably in the title role in Coriolanus.
He was name-checked in the British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, as being slated to play the title character in “The Life of Jesus Christ 2,” which was filming in Morocco at the same time as the main characters of the series were there for a photo shoot.
His debut film as a screenwriter and director was Ladies in Lavender (2004).
Dance was created an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) on 17 June 2006.
Dance was born on exactly the same day as singer-dancer-actor Ben Vereen.
Dance played Havelock Vetinari in the 2010 Sky adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal.
In July 2010, it was confirmed that Dance will be playing the role of Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin. Dance was wooed for the role by the producers whilst filming Your Highness in Belfast.
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