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      Charles Dance

      Charles Dance

      Highest Rated: 100% Lancaster (2022)

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      The Delivered The Imitation Game
      Starter for 10
      Hilary and Jackie
      Gosford Park
      Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
      Mank
      Swimming Pool

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      Charles Dance GOOD MORNING, BABYLON, Charles Dance, Vittorio Taviani, Paolo Taviana on set, 1987, (c)Vestron Pictures PLENTY, Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, 1985.©20thCentFox Season 4, Charles Dance, 'Season 4', 04/06/2014, ©HBO Game of Thrones, Charles Dance, 'Season 4', 04/06/2014, ©HBO ME BEFORE YOU, from left: Charles Dance, Janet McTeer, 2016. ph: Alex Bailey/© New Line Cinema WHITE MISCHIEF, from left, Charles Dance, Greta Scacchi, 1987, ©Columbia CHINA MOON, Ed Harris, Charles Dance, Madeleine Stowe, 1994, (c) Orion SPACE TRUCKERS, from left: Shane Rimmer, Charles Dance, 1996, © TriPictures PLENTY, Meryl Streep, Charles Dance (lying down), 1985, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. PLENTY, Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, 1985, TM and (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. ME BEFORE YOU, Charles Dance, 2016. ph: Alex Bailey/© New Line Cinema PLENTY, from left: Charles Dance, John Gielgud, Meryl Streep, 1985, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. PLENTY, from left: Charles Dance, Meryl Streep, 1985, TM & © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. SWIMMING POOL, Charles Dance, Charlotte Rampling, 2003, (c) Focus Features PLENTY, Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, 1985, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. WHITE MISCHIEF, Sarah MIles, Charles Dance, 1987. SPACE TRUCKERS, from left: Charles Dance, Debi Mazar, 1996, ©TriPictures GOOD MORNING, BABYLON, Charles Dance (as D.W. Griffith), 1987, (c)Vestron Pictures WHITE MISCHIEF, Charles Dance, Greta Scacchi, Geraldine Chaplin, Murray Head, Jacqueline Pearce, Sarah Miles, 1987

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Omen Father Harris (Character) - 2024
      56% 73% Against the Ice Neergaard (Character) - 2022
      100% 92% Lancaster Narrator - 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Hanging Sun Jacob (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Savage Waters Narrator - 2022
      40% 80% The King's Man Kitchener (Character) $37.2M 2021
      83% 63% Mank William Randolph Hearst (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Book of Vision Dr. Johan Anmuth (Character) - 2020
      95% 48% The Delivered John Lye (Character) - 2019
      22% 23% Iron Mask Lord Dudley (Character) - 2019
      42% 83% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Alan Jonah (Character) $110.5M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hero Charles Reynard (Character) - 2018
      94% 79% Spitfire Narrator - 2018
      86% 54% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Bertie (Character) - 2018
      50% 56% That Good Night The Visitor (Character) - 2017
      19% 34% Euphoria Mr. Daren (Character) - 2017
      9% 47% Despite the Falling Snow Old Alexander (Character) - 2016
      21% 49% Underworld: Blood Wars Thomas (Character) $30.3M 2016
      74% 49% Ghostbusters Harold Filmore (Character) - 2016
      54% 73% Me Before You Steven Traynor (Character) $56.2M 2016
      47% 45% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Mr. Bennet (Character) $10.9M 2016
      67% 81% Admiral King Charles II (Character) - 2015
      26% 37% Victor Frankenstein Frankenstein (Character) $5.7M 2015
      28% 42% Child 44 Major Grachev (Character) $1.2M 2015
      57% 79% Woman in Gold Sherman (Character) $33.3M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Retrospective Jonathan Hoyle (Character) - 2014
      90% 91% The Imitation Game Commander Denniston (Character) $91.1M 2014
      25% 58% Dracula Untold Master Vampire (Character) $55.9M 2014
      13% 36% Justin and the Knights of Valor Legantir (Voice) - 2013
      73% 29% Patrick Doctor Roget (Character) - 2013
      18% 34% St George's Day Trenchard (Character) - 2012
      25% 62% Underworld: Awakening Thomas (Character) $62.3M 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mapmaker Rowan (Character) - 2011
      43% 41% Ironclad Archbishop Langton (Character) - 2011
      27% 34% Your Highness King Tallious (Character) $21.6M 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 No Score Yet Going Postal Unknown (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 18% Intervention Private Investigator (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 28% The Contractor DCS Andrew Windsor (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 76% By the Pricking of My Thumbs Septimus Bligh (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 46% Twice Upon a Time Le maître de cérémonie du Battar (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 70% Saint John Bosco: A Mission to Love Marchese Clementi (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 76% Henry VIII Unknown (Character) - 2003
      83% 67% Swimming Pool John Bosload (Character) $10.1M 2003
      43% 63% Black and White Roderic Chamberlain (Character) - 2002
      56% 54% Ali G Indahouse David Carlton (Character) - 2002
      62% 83% Dark Blue World Wing-Commander Bentley (Character) $258.2K 2001
      87% 78% Gosford Park Raymond, Lord Stockbridge (Character) $41.3M 2001
      83% 59% Don't Go Breaking My Heart Frank (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 41% Blood Oranges Unknown (Character) - 1999
      88% 83% Hilary and Jackie Derek du Pré (Character) $4.9M 1998
      No Score Yet 50% What Rats Won't Do Gerald (Character) - 1998
      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
      17% 31% Space Truckers Nabel/Macanudo (Character) - 1997
      78% 84% Michael Collins Soames (Character) $11.1M 1996
      No Score Yet 45% Undertow Lyle Yates (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 9% Exquisite Tenderness Dr. Ed Mittlesbay (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shortcut to Paradise Quinn (Character) - 1994
      40% 41% China Moon Rupert Munro (Character) $2.7M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kabloonak Robert Flaherty (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desvío al paraíso Unknown (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nanook Robert Flaherty (Character) - 1994
      40% 48% Last Action Hero Benedict (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Century Professor Mandry (Character) $3.5K 1993
      48% 47% Alien 3 Clemens (Character) $54.8M 1992
      No Score Yet 50% 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
      69% 62% Pascali's Island Anthony Bowles (Character) $861.1K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet First Born Edward Forester (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 20% Hidden City James Richards (Character) - 1987
      80% 73% Good Morning Babylon D. W. Griffith (Character) $26.5K 1987
      No Score Yet 75% Out on a Limb Gerry Stamford (Character) - 1987
      80% 54% White Mischief Josslyn Hay (Character) $24.5K 1987
      21% 47% The Golden Child Sardo Numspa (Character) $78.1M 1986
      59% 52% 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
      76% 85% Rabbit Hole Dr. Ben Wilson (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet 85% Rise of Empires: Ottoman Narrator 2020 2022
      100% 84% The Serpent Queen Pope Clement (Character) 2022
      88% 80% The Sandman Roderick Burgess (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Savage Kingdom Narrator 2016-2017 2019-2020
      17% No Score Yet The Singapore Grip Mr Webb (Character) 2020
      81% 92% The Crown Lord Mountbatten (Character) 2019
      57% 59% The Widow Martin Benson (Character) 2019
      95% 79% The Little Drummer Girl Unknown (Character) 2018
      94% 86% Hang Ups Jeremy Pitt (Character) 2018
      80% 65% 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
      81% 91% And Then There Were None Justice Lawrence Wargrave (Character) 2015
      70% 75% Childhood's End Karellen (Character) 2015
      89% 85% Game of Thrones Tywin Lannister (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2011-2015
      No Score Yet 63% Top Gear Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coup John Hodder (Character) 2012
      85% 64% Strike Back: Origins Conrad Knox (Character) 2012
      57% No Score Yet Neverland Fludd (Character) 2011
      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) 2004 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet 83% Bleak House Mr. Tulkinghorn (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet 96% Foyle's War Guy Spencer (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Erik (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Robert Smythe (Character) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jewel in the Crown Unknown (Character) 1984-1985