To many, Charles Dance IS evil dad Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones. But this English actor has been around for a LOOOOONG time, and used to be considered quite the hottie — and is still considered quite the thespian! Okay, so he does specialize in glowering these days. But let’s go back to 1975 and watch Dance’s progression through historical movies and TV series:
Edward the King (1975)
A bio-series about British King Edward VII; Dance plays Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale.
The Jewel in the Crown (1984)
Brits in India; Dance plays hottie Sgt Guy Perron.
During World War II, Meryl Streep‘s character works as a resistance fighter in France; after the war, she struggles to come to terms with post-war life. Dance plays the husband she marries after the war.
White Mischief (1987)
Real-life hedonistic British aristocrats live it up in 1941 Kenya, until someone gets murdered. Dance plays Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll.
Good Morning Babylon (1987)
Two Italian set designers work on director D.W. Griffith’s (played by Dance) epic film, Intolerance (1916).
Pascali’s Island (1988)
Set in 1908 on a fictional Ottoman-ruled Greek island. Dance plays an archaeologist, the plot seems complicated.
The Phantom of the Opera (1990)
As the Phantom. Sorry, Andrew Lloyd Webber ruined this story for me!
A 19th-century Jewish doctor discovers that an authoritative doctor (Dance) is sterilizing innocent women.
A TV adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s mystery novel. Dance plays husband Maxim de Winter.
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2000)
As “Sir Henry Carlyle” in yet another Sherlock Holmes TV series.
Gosford Park (2001)
On the one hand, pretty much any British actor of note was in this faaaaabulous 1930s murder mystery! On the other hand, no really, Charles Dance is in this! He plays Lord Stockbridge, husband of Lady Stockbridge (Geraldine Somerville), sister to Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas). Phew!
Dark Blue World (2001)
A Czech film about Czech pilots who flew for the British air force during World War II. Dance plays a British officer.
As Big Meanie uncle Ralph Nickleby in this TV adaptation of the Dickens novel.
Foyle’s War (2002)
As a British fascist in one episode of this World War II murder mystery series.
Henry VIII (2003)
As Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham in this TV miniseries.
Don Bosco (2004)
A TV biopic about real-life saint John Bosco (1815-88); Dance plays “Marquis Clementi.”
Bleak House (2005)
Another Dickens adaptation; Dance plays Mr. Tulkinghorn.
As the creepy Uncle Lilly, who is far too interested in his niece’s gloves in 1862 England.
To the Ends of the Earth (2005)
As “Sir Henry Somerset” in this TV miniseries about Regency-era British naval explorers.
As “a freelance sorcerer hunter.” No idea!
The siege of Rochester Castle by King John in 1215. Dance plays Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury.
A prequel to Peter Pan. Dance plays “Dr. Richard Fludd.”
Your Highness (2011)
A stoner comedy film set in the medieval era. Dance plays “King Tallious.”
There Be Dragons (2011)
An “epic historical war drama” set during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. Dance plays “Monsignor Solano.”
A Russian fantasy film set in the eighteenth century. Dance plays “Lord Dudley.” Don’t ask me.
Dracula Untold (2014)
A rebooted origin story for Dracula focused on Vlad the Impaler (1428/31 – 1476/77). Dance plays the Master Vampire, who turns Vlad into a vampire.
The Great Fire (2014)
As Charles II’s fictional spymaster in this story of the Great Fire of London (1666).
The Imitation Game (2014)
Real-life cryptanalyst Alan Turing decrypts German messages during World War II. Dance plays real-life Commander Alastair Denniston, who is pessimistic about the British chances of decryption.
And Then There Were None (2015)
As an elderly judge stuck on an island with a bunch of dubious people in this 1930s Agatha Christie adaptation.
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
The Frankenstein story told from Igor’s perspective. Dance plays Baron Frankenstein, who I think must be Victor’s father?
The Admiral (2015)
A film about famed seventeenth-century Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Dance plays English king Charles II??
Child 44 (2015)
Murders, Soviet Russia, 1950s, based on a novel. Dance plays “Major Grachev.”
Deadline Gallipoli (2015)
An Australian production, telling the story of the Gallipoli Campaign during World War I from the perspective of journalists. Dance plays General Hamilton, commander of the British forces.
As Mr. Bennet in the zombie version of Jane Austen’s classic.
The Woman in White (2018)
An adaptation of the 1860 ghost story, with Dance as “Frederick Fairlie.”
Iron Mask (2019)
The sequel to Viy.
The Delivered (2019)
Aka Fanny Lye Deliver’d, Dance plays a very religious man during the English Civil War.
The Crown (2019-20)
As Lord Mountbatten, uncle to Prince Philip, in the Queen Elizabeth II bio-series.
A biopic about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development of the screenplay for Citizen Kane (1941). Dance plays real-life newspaper owner William Randolph Hearst, who is the inspiration for Citizen Kane‘s main character.
The Singapore Grip (2020)
A love affair set during World War II Singapore.
The King’s Man (coming in 2021)
As Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, a senior British army officer known for his “scorched earth” policy during the Boer Wars, in this period spy film.
Which is your favorite of Charles Dance’s many frock flick roles?