Charles Dance Biography: Net worth & Personal Life

The highly talented veteran English actor Walter Charles Dance is one of the most recognized faces in the Hollywood industry. Internationally acknowledged as a perfect villain or bureaucrat, he is famous for his role as Tywin Lannister in the famed HBO TV show- Game of Thrones and as Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child.

The actor has established himself also in the field of screenplay writing as well as film directing.

Early Life

Charles Dance was born on 10 October 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England and raised in Plymouth. His mother, Eleanor Dance was a cook, and his father Walter Dance was an engineer.


Charles had attended the Wiley Technical School for Boys for his primary school. For his higher education, he pursued his interest in Art and thus, joined the Plymouth College of Art.

Early Career

In his early days, Dance was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and so he appeared in many of its productions. He started his career playing roles in plays by the production company. Dance was the lead in the play ‘Coriolanus’ which was his breakthrough.

He soon leaped up from theatric productions to on-screen debut.


As an Actor

Dance debuted with a role as Neil O Brien in the mystery TV series- ‘Father Brown.’

However, his main breakthrough came ten years later when he played the lead as Guy Perron in- ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ in 1984. Thus, Confounding expectations he became a face well known.

Following the success of this role, he was offered roles in several more British Tv series. He also appeared in other works such as Edward the Seventh, Murder Rooms, Randall and Hopkirk, The Phantom of the Opera, Fingersmith, Bleak House, and Rebecca.

His acting skills were continually incredible, and soon enough he was a prominent movie figure.

He mostly plays villains yet always surprised the audience with each role.

He made his cinematic debut in 1981 when he played Claus in- For Your Eyes Only. This break was his catalyst to several other parts.

He played in the films like- The Golden Child, White Mischief, Good Morning Babylon, Hidden City, Alien 3 and Century. Later, he featured in Child 44, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Ghost Buster, and Despite The Failing Snow.

Films apart, he portrayed the role of Tywin Lannister in the popular HBO Tv series Game of Thrones.

Despite playing the negative role, he has huge fan followers who have been impressed by his outstanding acting skills.

As a Screen Writer and Director

In the year 2004, after he had already established himself as a successful actor, he decided to do something new.

He decided to use his experience and knowledge and wrote the screenplay of Ladies in Lavender. The film starred Judi Dench and Magie Smith while he directed the film.

The film was successful and was able to raise around $20 Million in the Box Office. Again in 2009, he directed his adaptation of the novel- The Inn at the Edge of the World. This

Personal Life

Dance has a tall stature of 6’3″ (190 cm) and has naturally blonde hair. He has a thin and tall kind of body type. He is of the Libra sign.

Marriage and affairs

Dance was married to his wife Joanna Haythorn first in the year 1970. The loving couple had a happy married life for 33 years along with two children until they separated. Only a few months after their separation he was seen spending time with Hilary Heath, ex-wife of the millionaire- Duncan Heath. After that, he started having an on-off relationship with the Gucci Model- Shambhala Marthe. He then also had a two-year affair with the actress Sophia Myles.

After that, he started having an on-off relationship with the Gucci Model- Shambhala Marthe. He also had a two-year affair with the actress Sophia Myles.

Finally, in the year 2010, he got engaged to the sculptor Eleanor Boorman. They now have their daughter, but they two also have separated their ways.

Social Reach

Although he is a celebrity, Walter Charles is not an active member of the social media as others. He does not have any Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account.

Rumors and Controversies

Even though he has been living the high life, he is not involved in any controversies. Apart from his affairs and love life, there is not any other kind of rumor going around about him.

Net Worth

Dance has made his career from scratch and now is one of the most well-recognized villain actors in the film industry. Apart from his acting he has also earned a lot of his net worth screenplay writing and directing. His current net worth amount is estimated to be around $5 Million.

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