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->''"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 , {{Villains}} and overall authoritative figures. 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 big break came when he was cast as Guy Perron in Granada Television's acclaimed mini-series ''The Jewel in the Crown'', but he's more known to international audiences for playing [[EvilOldFolks Lord Tywin Lannister]] in ''Series/GameOfThrones''.

He also played 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'', ''Film/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|2008}}'', playing Aredian the Witch Finder, considered one of the show's best [[MonsterOfTheWeek One-Shot Villains]].

In 2015, he made his grand debut into the world of video game voice-over work, voicing Emperor Emhyr var Emreis in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''.

Charles Dance 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]].
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!Film Roles
* 1981 ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' as Claus
* 1986 ''Film/TheGoldenChild'' as Sardo Numspa
* 1992 ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' as Dr. Jonathan Clemens
* 1993 ''Film/LastActionHero'' as Benedict
* 1996 ''Film/MichaelCollins'' as Soames
* 1996 ''Film/SpaceTruckers'' as Nabel/Macanudo
* 2001 ''Film/GosfordPark'' as Lord Raymond Stockbridge
* 2002 ''Film/AliGIndahouse'' as David Carlton
* 2006 ''Film/{{Scoop}}'' as Mr. Malcolm
* 2006 ''Film/StarterForTen'' as Michael Harbinson
* 2011 ''Film/YourHighness'' as King Tallious
* 2012 ''Film/UnderworldAwakening'' as Thomas
* 2013 ''Film/{{Patrick}}'' as Doctor Roget
* 2014 ''Film/TheImitationGame'' as Commander Denniston
* 2014 ''Film/DraculaUntold'' as Master Vampire
* 2015 ''Film/MichielDeRuyter'' as UsefulNotes/CharlesII
* 2015 ''Film/WomanInGold'' as Sherman
* 2015 ''Film/{{Child 44}}'' as Major Grachev
!Television Roles
* 1984 ''Series/TheJewelInTheCrown'' as Guy Perron
* 1984 ''Series/TheSecretServant'' as Harry Maxim
* 1990 ''Series/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' as the titular character
* 2005 ''Literature/BleakHouse'' as Mr. Tulkinghorn
* 2009 ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' as Aredian
* 2010 ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' as Lord Vetinari
* 2011 ''Series/{{Neverland}}'' as Dr. Richard Fludd
* 2012 ''Series/StrikeBack'' as Conrad Knox
* 2014 ''Series/TheGreatFire'' as Lord Denton
* 2011-2015 ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as Lord Tywin Lannister
* 2015 ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' as Judge Lawrence Wargrave
!Video Game Roles
* 2015 ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' as Emperor Emhyr var Emreis