1. Walter Charles Dance, OBE is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director.
2. Charles Dance was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, the son of Eleanor in Crownhill.
3. Later he returned to the RSC to take the title role in Coriolanus at Stratford-upon-Avon and Newcastle in 1989, and at the Barbican Theatre in 1990.
4. He has also starred in many other British television dramas such as Edward the Seventh .
5. He was name-checked in the British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, as being slated to play the title character in The Life of Jesus Christ 2, which was filming in Morocco at the same time as the main characters of the series were there for a photo shoot.
6. Dance made a guest appearance on the BBC drama series Merlin as the Witchfinder Aredian, and as a vainglorious version of himself in the third series of Jam & Jerusalem.
7. Dance was wooed for the role by the producers whilst filming Your Highness in Belfast. He appeared in Paris Connections as the Russian oligarch Aleksandr Borinski.
8. Dance made one of his earliest big screen appearances in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only as evil henchman Claus.
9. They have two children. He became engaged to sculptor Eleanor Boorman in September 2010.
10. They have a daughter, Rose, born in March 2012, though the two subsequently separated.
11. Dance was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 17 June 2006.