->''"When you have a label stuck on you, people tend to believe it. If someone calls you suave and debonair you only get offered parts in a suit and tie. I hate the "suave and debonair" tag. I am neither. I just happen to wear a suit and tie reasonably well."''
-->-- '''Charles Dance'''

Walter Charles Dance, OBE, was born on October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England. He's an an actor, director, and screenwriter who is most frequently seen playing {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s and {{Villains}}. Dance was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years in [[TheSeventies the 70s]], and made a name for himself as a stage actor before moving on to television and film work. His most famous role is as [[BigBad Lord Tywin]] in ''Series/GameOfThrones''.

He also played Guy Perron in Granada's ''The Jewel in the Crown'', Dr. Clemens, the doctor of penitentiary Fury 161 who becomes Ellen Ripley's lover in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' and the one-eyed hitman Mr. Benedict in ''Film/LastActionHero''. Among his other roles include appearances in ''Film/TheGoldenChild'', ''MichaelCollins'', and ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. In 2010, he played Havelock Vetinari in an adaptation of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', [[OneOfUs taking the part simply because he was a huge fan of Pratchett's work]]. He also had a guest spot in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', playing Aredian the [[WitchHunter Witch Finder]], considered one of the show's best [[MonsterOfTheWeek One-Shot Villains]].

Charles Dance has been happily married, and is a father and a grandfather.

He [[SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery makes everything he is in better; if the production as a whole is not good, his performance will be]].