Dance, Charles 1946–

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DANCE, Charles 1946–


Born October 10, 1946, in Rednal (some sources cite Redditch, Birmingham, or Plymouth), England; son of Walter (an engineer) and Eleanor (a cook; maiden name, Perks) Dance; married Joanna Elizabeth Nicola Daryl Haythorn (an artist), July 18, 1970 (divorced, February 1, 2004); children: Oliver, Rebecca. Education: Attended the Plymouth College of Art; Leicester College of Art, diploma (graphic design); studied privately with Leonard Bennett and Martin St. John Burchardt.

Career: Actor. Worked as stagehand for the theatre, London, c. 1968–70; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, member of company, c. 1975–85.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, British Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors: Scottish Academy Award, best actor, Scottish Academy of Television Arts, 1984, for The Secret Servant; Scottish Academy Award, best actor, 1984, and Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1985, both for The Jewel in the Crown; Paris Film Festival Award, best actor, 1994, for Kabloonak; Screen Actors Guild Award, Special Achievement Award, Golden Satellite awards, International Press Academy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, Online Film Critics Society Award, and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination, all best ensemble cast, all with others, 2002, for Gosford Park.


Film Appearances:

Claus, For Your Eyes Only, United Artists, 1981.

Paul Hatcher, The McGuffin, BBC Films, 1985.

Raymond Brock, Plenty, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Sardo Numspa, The Golden Child, Paramount, 1986.

D. W. Griffith, Good Morning, Babylon (also known as Good Morning Babilonia), Vestron Pictures, 1987.

James Richards, Hidden City, Channel Four Films, 1987.

Josslyn Hay (Earl of Erroll), White Mischief, Columbia, 1987.

Anthony Bowles, Pascali's Island (also known as L'isola di Pascali), Avenue Entertainment/Virgin Vision, 1988.

Clemens, Alien 3 (also known as Alien3), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Surveyor, Kalkstein (also known as Limestone, The Valley of Stone, and La valle di pietra), 1992.

Benedict, Last Action Hero, Columbia, 1993.

Professor Mandry, Century, BBC Films/Beambright, 1993.

Quinn, Desvio al paraiso (also known as Shortcut to Paradise), BMG Video, 1994.

Robert Flaherty, Kabloonak (also known as Nanook), Raven Releasing, 1994.

Rupert Munro, China Moon (also known as Lune rouge), Orion, 1994.

Dr. Ed Mittlesbay, Exquisite Tenderness (also known as Dr. Death, Intensive Care, The Surgeon, Die Bestie im weissen Kittel, and Exquisite Tenderness—Hoellische Qualen), A-pix Entertainment, 1995.

Nabel/Macanudo, Space Truckers (also known as Star Truckers), Goldcrest Films International, 1996.

Soames, Michael Collins, Warner Bros., 1996.

Cyril, The Blood Oranges, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Derek du Pre, Hilary and Jackie, October Films, 1998.

Frank, Don't Go Breaking My Heart (also known as Us Begins with You), PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1998.

Mr. Burton, Jr., What Rats Won't Do, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1998.

James "Dougie" Douglas, Chrono-Perambulator, 1999.

Professor K., Jurji, Key Films Distributors, 2001.

Raymond (Lord Stockbridge), Gosford Park, USA Films, 2001.

Wing commander Bentley, Tmavomodry svet (also known as Dark Blue World), Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.

David Carlton, Ali G Indahouse (also known as Ali G Indahouse: The Movie), Universal, 2002.

Roderic Chamberlain, Black and White, New Vision Films, 2002.

Charles Lushington, Labyrinth, 2003.

Cox William, City and Crimes, 2003.

John Bosload, Swimming Pool, Focus Features 2003.

Film Work:

Director and executive producer, Ladies in Lavender, Tale Partnerships, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Prince Eddy (duke of Clarence), Edward the Seventh (also known as Edward the King, Edward VII, and The Royal Victorians), Associated Television, 1975.

The Secret Servant, BBC, c. 1984.

Tulkington, Bleak House, BBC, beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Reynaed Callaghan, Frost in May, BBC, 1982.

Edward Hartford-Jones, Nancy Astor, BBC, 1982, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1984.

Guy Perron, The Jewel in the Crown, Granada Television, 1984, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1984–85.

Gerry Stamford, Out on a Limb, ABC, 1987.

Dr. Edward Forester, First Born, BBC, 1988, Arts and Entertainment, 1989.

Aircraft company manager, The Lancaster Miller Affair (also known as Victims of Passion), 1990.

Erik (title role), Phantom of the Opera, NBC, 1990.

(Uncredited) Coroner, Messiah (also known as Messiah I: The First Killings), BBC, 2001.

Ralph Nickleby, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (also known as Nicholas Nickleby), Independent Television and Bravo, 2001.

Himself, Looking for Victoria, BBC, 2003.

Duke of Buckingham, Henry VIII, Independent Television, PBS, CBC, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003.

Greg Harwood, Trial & Retribution VII, Independent Television, 2003.

Marchese Clementi, Don Bosco, Radiotelevisione Italiana, 2004.

Cardinal Konig, Pope John Paul II, CBS, 2005.

Mr. Christopher Lilly, Fingersmith, BBC, 2005.

Sir Henry Somerset, To the Ends of the Earth, BBC, 2005.

Wheeler, Last Rights, Channel 4 (England), 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Michael Hayden, "Out of the Shadows," Harlequin Romance Movie, Showtime, 1988.

Ian Fleming, Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, syndicated, 1990.

Michael St. Dennis, Darlings of the Gods, Thames Television and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1991.

Lyle Yates, Undertow, Showtime, 1996.

Captain Richter, In the Presence of Mine Enemies, Showtime, 1997.

Sir Henry Carlyle, Murder Rooms (also known as The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes and Murder Rooms: The Dark Origins of Sherlock Holmes), BBC, 1999, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 2000.

Neil Hamilton, Justice in Wonderland, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Colin, "Dreams of Leaving," Play for Today, BBC, 1980.

Siegfried Sassoon, The Fatal Spring (also known as BBC-2 Playhouse: Fatal Spring), BBC-2, 1980.

Very Like a Whale, 1981.

Borghejm, Little Eyolf (also known as Play of the Month: Little Eyolf), BBC, 1982.

Captain John Truman, Rainy Day Woman (also known as BBC Play for Today: Rainy Day Women), BBC, 1984.

Charleston, Thunder Rock, BBC, 1985.

Himself, The Making of "Alien 3," 1992.

Host, Ira Gershwin: A Centenary Celebration—Who Could Ask for Anything More?, Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

Maxim de Winter, Rebecca, Carlton Television, 1997, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1997.

Narrator, The Real Spartacus, History Channel, 2000.

Himself and Clemens, Alien Evolution, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

Narrator, Collision Course, BBC, 2003.

Narrator, When Hitler Invaded Britain, Independent Television, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2003, Independent Television, 2003.

The Evening Standard British Film Awards, Independent Television 3, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

O'Brien, Father Brown, Associated Television, 1974.

Teddy Garland, "Mr. Justice Raffles," Raffles, Yorkshire Television, 1977.

Parker, "The Ojuka Situation," The Professionals, Independent Television, 1983.

James Latimer, "This Lightning Always Strikes Twice," Time for Murder (also known as Time for Murder: This Lightning Always Strikes Twice), Granada Television, 1984.

Robert Smythe, "Skeleton in the Cupboard," Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected" (also known as Tales of the Unexpected), Anglia Television and syndicated, 1987.

Kenneth Crisby, "Drop Dead," Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), BBC, 2000.

"Charles Dance," This Is Your Life, [Great Britain], 2001.

Guy Spencer, "The White Feather," Foyle's War, Independent Television, 2002.

Voice, "The Two Winstons," A History of Britain, BBC and History Channel, 2002.

Guest, V Graham Norton, Channel 4 (England), 2003.

Himself, Big Brother's Efourum, 2004.

Himself, The Heaven and Earth Show, BBC, 2004.

Himself, The Kumars at No. 42, BBC-2 and BBC America, 2004.

Guest, Film '04, BBC, 2004.

Guest, This Morning (also known as This Morning with Richard and Judy), Independent Television, 2004.

Himself, Breakfast, BBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Other:

Saigon: The Last Day (also known as The Last Day), BBC, 1983.

Stage Appearances:

Understudy for Macheath, The Beggar's Opera, Chichester Theatre Festival, Chichester, England, 1972.

Title role, Henry V, Royal Shakespeare Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1975.

Reynaldo and Fortinbras, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1975.

Title role, Coriolanus, Odeon Nationale, Paris, France, 1979.

Morris Townsend, The Heiress, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England, 1980.

Nestor, Irma la Douce, West End production, London, 1980.

Frank, Turning Over, Bush Theatre, London, 1983.

Title role, Coriolanus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, 1990.

Good, British production, 1999.

James Tyrone, Long Day's Journey into Night, Lyric Theatre, London, 2000–2001.

Appeared as Tullus, Aufidius; as a hotel manager, Born Yesterday, Greenwich, England; as Beaudricort, St. Joan, Oxford, England; as Soliony, The Three Sisters, Greenwich, England; as Badger, Toad of Toad Hall, Swindon, England; and as Henry Carr, Travesties, Leeds, England. Also appeared in Royal Shakespeare Company productions as Oliver, As You Like It; as Tomazo, The Changeling; as Lancaster, Henry IV, Parts I and II; as Williams and Scroop, Henry V; as Freeman, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs; as a Spanish envoy, Perkin Warbeck; and as Catesby, Richard III.

Major Tours:

It's a Two-Foot Six-Inch above the Ground World, British cities, 1970.

Radio Appearances:

Performed as Frederick Delius, The Paradise Garden Attained, and as Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities.


Audiobooks; Narrator:

Dick Francis, Proof, DH Audio, 1985.

Frederick Forsyth, The Fourth Protocol, DH Audio, 1986.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, Random House, 1993.

Lord Byron, The Collected Works of Lord Byron, Listen for Pleasure, 1995.

Lord vice admiral Horatio Nelson, The Letters and Journals of Lord Nelson, Mr. Punch Audio Books, 1997.

Charles Dickens, A Study Guide to Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities," Time Warner Audiobooks, 1998.

John Hawkes, The Blood Oranges, Penguin/Highbridge, 1998.

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca, Acorn Media, 2000.


Himself, The Making of "Alien 3," Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.



Ladies in Lavender (based on a short story by William J. Locke), Tale Partnerships, 2004.



New Zealand TV Guide, May 26, 2001, pp. 10-11.

Radio Times, June 15, 1996.

Saturday Review, January 2, 1986, p. 35.

Sunday Times (London), April 22, 1990, p. G3.