Season 1
Charles Dance & Paul McGann
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Charles Dance & Paul McGann

This episode of Living the Dream brings together the… distinguished actor and director whose notable credits include the hugely successful ‘Jewel in the Crown’, Charles Dance with Paul McGann, the famed actor and film star, much loved for cult roles including the hit Withnail and I.


Charles Dance – OBE is a renowned British actor, screenwriter and director. He originally trained as a photographer and graphic designer, but left art school half way through having decided he wanted to be an actor. Charles has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in many stage productions. However, he is best known for his screen roles, as he found fame in 1984′s lavish TV drama The Jewel in the Crown. Since then he has appeared in numerous TV films but also on the big screen in movies such as White Mischief (1987), Alien 3 (1992) and The Last Action Hero (1993). Charles produced, directed, and wrote the screenplay for Ladies in Lavender (2004), starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, with whom he also starred in the 2001 Oscar-nominated Gosford Park. Charles is currently wowing fans of the George R. R. Martin books ‘Game of Thrones’ in the sensational HBO dramatisation of the same name.


Paul McGann – is the Liverpudlian actor who made his name in the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer (1986). He is best known for his role in the now cult film Withnail and I (1987) and for portraying the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie and subsequent tie-in media. Since 1989, Paul has concentrated primarily on television work but has also had roles in a number of high-profile American films such as Alien 3 (1992), The Three Musketeers (1993) and Queen of the Damned (2002).

In more recent years Paul has also been in demand for voice-over work in Britain, particularly on television documentaries and commercials. He is one of four McGann brothers that have all forged careers out of acting and famously all starred together in the 1995 television series ‘ The Hanging Gale.’ Paul is also a natural singer, having released records with his brothers in his younger days and during the filming of Living the Dream, Charles remembers clearly Paul’s ‘sweet’ voice in the Monocled Mutineer. With so much in common these two thespians are soon into full flow with an amazingly intimate and revealing conversation.


Watch out for Charles and Paul talking during the show about:

  • How Charles, the lad with a stammer and East End roots, discovered his voice and passion for acting as a teenager and trained personally with two RADA legends.
  • How Paul suffers from insomnia, and manages to perform so well with merely a few hours sleep a night.
  • How Charles first got the idea for ‘Ladies in Lavender’ and how in true Hollywood style, juggled the art of securing stars, budgets and final production.