Charles Shaughnessy Biography

Charles Shaughnessy, born and raised in London, England, came from a show business family. His father was the principal writer and script editor on “Upstairs, Downstairs” and his mother was an actress. He started acting in school plays while in grade school but, after graduating from Eton College, got his BA in Law at the Magdalene College of Cambridge University. “Despite a lifelong love of the theater, I thought it was about time someone in my family did something sensible,” he said. While at Cambridge he joined the famous “Footlights Revue” comedy group. Upon graduation, Shaughnessy returned to his first love, acting, and enrolled in drama school in London. After a year touring in repertory, he was cast in the Agatha Christie television series “Partners in Crime.” He then won the lead role in the BBC drama series “Jury.” Romance brought the actor to America and he moved to Hollywood to marry Susan Fallender, an actress he had met in drama school. Shaughnessy first covered the Los Angeles Theatre scene, appearing at The Mark Taper Forum, the LAAT, and the Ahmanson opposite the late Alan Bates in “A Patriot for Me”. He was then cast in the role of Shane Donovan in the daytime series “Days of Our Lives.” He stayed with the series for eight years and won three Soap Opera Digest Awards. He later starred in the successful CBS show “The Nanny” opposite Fran Drescher. After a six year run on “The Nanny” he has since appeared in a number of feature films including “Denial” with Jason Alexander and Patrick Dempsey, “Second Chances,” “The Painting” ,“Kids in America”, and “Audrey.” On TV he has starred in many movies such as “A Kiss So Deadly” with Charlotte Ross, “Dayo” with Elijah Wood and for Disney, “Moms Got A Date With A Vampire” with Caroline Rhea and “Get A Clue” with Lindsay Lohan and “Everything to Gain” with Sean Young (which he shot in Montreal, his family’s ancestral home and of which he recently inherited the title: Lord Shaughnessy! ) Many will have recently enjoyed his recurring role of St. John Powell in the multi-award winning series: “Mad Men.” He is in the first season of THE MAGICIANS on SyFy network. He was seen opposite Lindsay Lohan again in Lifetime’s “LIZ & DICK.” In the world of Voice Over, Charles has contributed his work to standards like “Rugrats,” “ The Wild Thornberries,” “Duckman,” and “ Johnny Bravo.” He was the voice of Pietro in “The Tales of Despereux” and recently worked on the soon-to-be-released: “Your Highness.” For the past five years you could also hear him most evenings as the voice of Land Rover. Charles’ many stage appearances include the Triple Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Urinetown,” Pasadena Playhouse’s acclaimed production of “Orson’s Shadow” EVER AFTER world premiere at the Papermill Playhouse as well as favorites like “Camelot”, “My Fair Lady,” and “Spamalot!” Finally Charles was able to make use of his very expensive education by being a runner-up in the Celebrity Jeopardy: Round of Champions, winning $100,000 for “1736: A Family Crisis Center.” Grateful for all that his career has given him, Charles spends a lot of time bringing the life-tools of Improvisation to Youth at Risk groups. Recently he was honored to be elected to the Advisory Board at The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in Massachusetts. Charles lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Susan and his two girls, Jenny and Maddy, who make this whole adventure worthwhile.


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