->''"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 [[EvilOldFolks Lord Tywin Lannister]] 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]].
!Film Roles
* 1981 Film/ForYourEyesOnly
* 1990 Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera
* 1992 Film/{{Alien 3}} as Dr. Jonathan Clemens
* 1993 Film/LastActionHero
* 2001 Film/GosfordPark
* 2002 Film/AliGIndahouse
* 2006 Film/StarterForTen
* 2011 Film/YourHighness
* 2011 Film/{{Ironclad}}
* 2012 Film/UnderworldAwakening
* 2014 Film/DraculaUntold
* 2014 Film/TheImitationGame
!Television Roles
* 2009 Series/{{Merlin}} as Aredian
* 2009 Series/GoingPostal as Havelock Vetinari
* 2011-2014 Series/GameOfThrones as Tywin Lannister
* 2011 Series/{{Neverland}} as Professor Fludd
* 2012 Series/StrikeBack as Conrad Knox
!Videogame Roles
* 2015 [[Videogame/TheWitcher The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt]] as Emperor Emhyr var Emreis