Game of Thrones star Charles Dance was a respected actor with a storied career long before he ever stepped into the role of Westeros' most imposing patriarch, Tywin Lannister.
Born in Redditch, Worcestershire on October 10, 1946, Charles was the son of a cook and an engineer. He attended the Widey Technical School for Boys, and considered a career in graphic design before wisely deciding to pursue acting instead.
His career started strong: He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in the mid and late 70s (he has also returned to the company for major roles several times over the course of his career).
As for the screen, he made his debut in 1974 BBC mystery series Father Brown. He had his first major success when he was cast in a major role on British mini-series The Jewel in the Crown. He continued to have steady TV work in Britain after that, including playing Mr. Tulkinghorn in Bleak House, a role which earned him an Emmy nomination. Other notable roles include parts in Rebecca, The Phantom of the Opera, Foyle's War, Alien³, and, of course, Game of Thrones.
Charles also tried his hand at writing and directing with 2004's Ladies in Lavender, a film that starred Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
- He has three children, Oliver, Rebecca, and Rose
- He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
- He once said he hates the "suave and debonair" tag because, despite being able to wear a suit and tie well, he doesn't want to limit the kinds of roles he gets cast in.