Charles Dance

Charles Dance

Highest Rated: 96% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019)

Lowest Rated: 9% Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

Birthday: Oct 10, 1946

Birthplace: Redditch, Worcestershire, England, UK

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King's Man General Kitchener (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mank William Randolph Hearst (Character) - 2020
96% No Score Yet Fanny Lye Deliver'd John Lye (Character) - 2019
43% 83% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Alan Jonah (Character) $110.5M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Bertie (Character) - 2018
94% 80% Spitfire Narrator - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hero Charles Reynard (Character) - 2018
56% No Score Yet That Good Night The Visitor (Character) - 2017
19% 38% Euphoria Mr. Daren (Character) - 2017
9% 44% Despite the Falling Snow Old Alexander (Character) - 2016
54% 73% Me Before You Steven Traynor (Character) $56.2M 2016
21% 49% Underworld: Blood Wars Thomas (Character) $30.3M 2016
45% 45% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Mr. Bennet (Character) $10.9M 2016
74% 50% Ghostbusters Harold Filmore (Character) - 2016
27% 41% Child 44 Major Grachev (Character) $1.2M 2015
67% 81% Admiral King Charles II (Character) - 2015
26% 35% Victor Frankenstein Frankenstein (Character) $5.7M 2015
57% 79% Woman in Gold Sherman (Character) $33.3M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Retrospective Jonathan Hoyle (Character) - 2014
24% 58% Dracula Untold Master Vampire (Character) $55.9M 2014
90% 91% The Imitation Game Commander Denniston (Character) $91.1M 2014
73% 29% Patrick Doctor Roget (Character) - 2013
13% 35% Justin and the Knights of Valor Legantir (Voice) - 2013
18% 34% St George's Day Trenchard (Character) - 2012
26% 62% Underworld: Awakening Thomas (Character) $62.3M 2012
28% 34% Your Highness King Tallious (Character) $21.6M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mapmaker Rowan (Character) - 2011
42% 41% Ironclad Archbishop Langton (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Connections Aleksandr Borinski (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Clerk's Tale Ralph (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 28% The Contractor DCS Andrew Windsor (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 75% By the Pricking of My Thumbs Septimus Bligh (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 46% Twice Upon a Time Unknown (Character) - 2006
90% 66% Starter for 10 Michael Harbinson (Character) $210.1K 2006
41% 55% Scoop Unknown (Character) $10.5M 2006
64% 66% Ladies in Lavender Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$6.8M 2004
No Score Yet 67% Saint John Bosco: A Mission to Love Marchese Clementi (Character) - 2004
83% 67% Swimming Pool John Bosload (Character) $10.1M 2003
43% 56% Black and White Roderic Chamberlain (Character) - 2002
53% 54% Ali G Indahouse David Carlton (Character) - 2002
62% 84% Dark Blue World Wing-Commander Bentley (Character) $258.2K 2001
86% 78% Gosford Park Raymond, Lord Stockbridge (Character) $41.3M 2001
83% 59% Don't Go Breaking My Heart Frank (Character) - 1999
88% 83% Hilary and Jackie Derek du Pré (Character) $4.9M 1998
No Score Yet 48% What Rats Won't Do Gerald (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Star Truckers Nabel/Macanudo (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 33% In the Presence of Mine Enemies Captain Richter (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blood Oranges Cyril (Character) - 1997
15% 29% Space Truckers Nabel/Macanudo (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 45% Undertow Lyle Yates (Character) - 1996
77% 84% Michael Collins Soames (Character) $11.1M 1996
No Score Yet 9% Exquisite Tenderness Dr. Ed Mittlesbay (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kabloonak Robert Flaherty (Character) - 1994
40% 37% China Moon Rupert Munro (Character) $2.7M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nanook Robert Flaherty (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shortcut to Paradise Quinn (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Century Professor Mandry (Character) $3.5K 1993
38% 47% Last Action Hero Benedict (Character) - 1993
43% 47% Alien 3 Clemens (Character) $54.8M 1992
No Score Yet 95% Phantom of the Opera Erik The Phantom of the Opera (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldeneye Ian Fleming (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of the Shadows Michael Hayden (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet First Born Edward Forester (Character) - 1988
69% 60% Pascali's Island Anthony Bowles (Character) $861.1K 1988
No Score Yet 75% Out on a Limb Gerry Stamford (Character) - 1987
80% 73% Good Morning Babylon D. W. Griffith (Character) $26.5K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hidden City James Richards (Character) - 1987
80% 54% White Mischief Josslyn Hay (Character) $24.5K 1987
26% 47% The Golden Child Sardo Numspa (Character) $78.1M 1986
56% 51% Plenty Raymond Brock (Character) $6.1M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The McGuffin Paul Hatcher (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Servant Harry Maxim (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Rock Charleston (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rainy Day Women Captain John Truman (Character) - 1983

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Savage Kingdom Narrator 2019-2020 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Singapore Grip Mr Webb (Character) 2020
No Score Yet 92% Rise of Empires: Ottoman Narrator 2020
89% 90% The Crown Lord Mountbatten (Character) 2019
57% 88% The Widow Martin Benson (Character) 2019
95% 77% The Little Drummer Girl Unknown (Character) 2018
94% 100% Hang Ups Jeremy Pitt (Character) 2018
80% 60% The Woman in White Mr Fairlie (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Host 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet And Then There Were None Justice Lawrence Wargrave (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Childhood's End Karellen (Character) 2015
89% 85% Game of Thrones Tywin Lannister (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2011-2015
No Score Yet 66% Top Gear Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Common Ground Floyd (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coup John Hodder (Character) 2012
85% 75% Strike Back: Origins Conrad Knox (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Going Postal Unknown (Character) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trinity Unknown (Character) 2009
85% 88% The Adventures of Merlin Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2006 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2006
No Score Yet 91% Bleak House Mr. Tulkinghorn (Character) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trial & Retribution Unknown (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebecca Maxim de Winter (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Erik (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jewel in the Crown Unknown (Character) 1984-1985

QUOTES FROM Charles Dance CHARACTERS

Mr. Bennet says: Daughters do not dance well with masticated brains.

Alan Turing says: I like solving problems, Commander. And Enigma is the most difficult problem in the world.

Commander Denniston says: Enigma isn't difficult, it's impossible. The Americans, the Russians, the French, the Germans, everyone thinks Enigma is unbreakable.

Alan Turing says: Good. Let me try and we'll know for sure, won't we?

Commander Denniston says: Have you ever won a war, Turing? I have. Do you know how it's done? Order, discipline, chain of command. You're not at university any longer. You are a very small cog in a very large system. And you will do as your commanding officer instructs.

Commander Denniston says: Yes

Alan Turing says: (clears throat) Who-who is your commanding officer?

Commander Denniston says: Winston Churchill, Number 10 Downing Street, London, SW1.

Raymond Lord Stockbridge says: Would you stop sniveling! Anyone would think you're Italian.

Thomas says: Silver ammunition!

Anthony Bowles says: Intelligent, literate, well acted, fully rounded story of human frailty, in a microcosm of the world's intrigue in the run-up to the first world war. Beautifully photographed in Rhodes.