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In some thirty five years as an actor Charles Dance has amassed an impressive body of work in all media from title roles with THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY including HENRY V and CORIOLANUS, and major work in London’s commercial theatre including, GOOD, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT with Jessica Lange, and SHADOWLANDS for which he received the London Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actor, through award-winning television series – THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN (BAFTA nomination for best actor) REBECCA, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, FINGERSMITH, BLEAK HOUSE for which he received an International Emmy nomination and won the Press Guild Award for Best Actor, CONSENTING ADULTS about the ground-breaking Wolfenden Report of 1957 which resulted in the de-criminalisation of homosexuality, and more recently SECRET LIFE – a documentary about Charles Dickens’ turbulent personal life.
Major films include – PLENTY, WHITE MISCHIEF, GOOD MORNING BABYLON, THE GOLDEN CHILD, ALIEN 3, LAST ACTION HERO, HILARY AND JACKIE, MICHAEL COLLINS, STARTER FOR TEN for Sam Mendes’ Company, Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK, and KABLOONAK for which he received the best actor award at the Paris Film Festival in 1996. THE PERFECT DISAGREEMENT directed by Antoine de Caunes, and THE SHOOTER with Wesley Snipes.
His debut as a film director and writer was LADIES IN LAVENDER with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith for which both ‘Great Dames’ were nominated for European Film Academy Awards. He has starred in the television series TRINITY, and MERLIN, as well as a new television adaptation of GOING POSTAL by Terry Pratchet. He filmed THIS SEPTEMBER directed by Giles Foster, also staring Eileen Atkins in the summer of 2010 and went on to film a second series in 2011. He filmed a two-part adaptation of the Peter Pan story for Sky entitled NEVERLAND in 2011, directed by Nick Willing also featuring Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and Bob Hoskins. He also filmed the first two series of GAME OF THRONES for HBO and Sky Atlantic, in which he stars as “Tywin Lannister”.
Recent films include Roland Joffe’s THERE BE DRAGONS, YOUR HIGHNESS directed by David Gordon Green also staring James Franco and Natalie Portman, IRONCLAD directed by Jonathan English, also featuring Derek Jacobi and Brian Cox, Deepa Mehta’s WINDS OF CHANGE, the filmic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, and THE AWAKENING – the fourth film in the UNDERWORLD franchise.
In 2012 he shot the Russian film VIY in Prague, alongside Jason Flemyng, STRIKEBACK 3 in South Africa – again for HBO, and the political thriller SECRET STATE with Gabriel Byrne for Channel 4, as well as the third series of GAME OF THRONES. Later in the year he traveled to Australia to shoot PATRICK directed by Mark Hartley.
In 2013 he shot CHILD 44 alongside Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman and directed by Daniel Espinosa. In the summer he filmed season 4 of GAME OF THRONES as well as starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly in THE IMITATION GAME being directed by Morten Tyldum.
Charles began 2014 by filming DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW in Belgrade – starring alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Sam Reid and Anthony Head – and Paul McGuigan’s FRANKENSTEIN with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. He has also just completed filming on THE GREAT FIRE, a new four-part drama for ITV, in which he stars opposite Jack Huston, Andrew Buchan and Rose Leslie.
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