Charles Dale

Charles Dale

Charles Dale

Last updated: 15 April 2009

Charles Dale is a well-known face of the small screen, having starred in hit television series such as Coronation Street, Belonging and Casualty.

Born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire in 1963, Dale became an an assistant stage manager at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven after leaving school. He eventually moved to London and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

He starred in independent film Exits in 1979 and drama Morgan's Boy in 1984. Brief parts in episodes of Lovejoy, A Touch of Frost, Bramwell and Touching Evil III followed before his break came in Jimmy Mc Govern's 1997 television series The Lakes, in which he played Gary Alcock, known as Chef, alongside John Simm.

Dale also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in various West End productions but became a familiar face to many soap fans when he took on the role of Dennis Stringer in Coronation Street in 2001, playing the ill-fated love interest of Janice Battersby.

He starred in BBC drama Paradise Heights alonsgide Neil Morrissey and Ralf Little in 2002, the Bill in 2003 and Steel River Blues in 2004. A year later saw him star in BBC series Rocketman with Robson Green.

Dale has also appeared in Welsh hit series Belonging, New Tricks, Holby City, Where The Heart Is and BBC series Robin Hood. Having appeared in BBC drama Casualty on three previous occasions in 1995, 1999 and 2003, in 2007 he took on the role of porter Big Mac, and remains a firm favourite.

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