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Shaughnessy in 2007
Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy

(1955-02-09) 9 February 1955 (age 69)
London, England
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Susan Fallender
(m. 1983)
Children 2
  • Alfred Shaughnessy (father)
  • Jean Lodge (mother)
Relatives David Shaughnessy (brother)

Charles George Patrick Shaughnessy, 5th Baron Shaughnessy (born 9 February 1955) is a British actor. His roles on American television include Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, Maxwell Sheffield on the sitcom The Nanny, and the voice of Dennis the Goldfish on Stanley for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award. He had recurring roles as Christopher Plover on The Magicians and St. John Powell on Mad Men. Shaughnessy is a series regular on ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital in the role of villain Victor Cassadine; he signed a long-term contract to remain part of the show indefinitely.

Along with his brother, David Shaughnessy, and Ophelia Soumekh, he is a partner in 3S Media Solutions Inc.

Early life

Shaughnessy was born on 9 February 1955 in London, the son of Alfred Shaughnessy, a television writer who was the scriptwriter for Upstairs, Downstairs, and actress Jean Lodge. His brother, David Shaughnessy, is also an actor and a television producer and director. His great-grandfather Thomas Shaughnessy, the 1st Baron Shaughnessy, was an American-Canadian railway administrator of Irish descent. Charles inherited the title when his second cousin Michael (1946–2007), the 4th Baron Shaughnessy, died without issue.

Having been born into a show-business family, Shaughnessy started appearing in plays during primary school. After attending Eton College, he read for a law degree at Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge where he wrote a thesis on the House of Lords.

While at Cambridge, he joined the Footlights club. After graduating, he decided to return to acting and enrolled in a London drama school, which led to his touring in a repertory company. He moved to the United States and married the actress Susan Fallender in 1983, with whom he had two daughters, Jenny (born 1990) and Maddy (born 1995).


Television and film

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Jury Julian Spears 13 episodes
Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime John Rennie Episode: "The Affair of the Pink Pearl"
1984–1992, 2002, 2010, 2012–2013, 2016–2017, 2023 Days of Our Lives Shane Donovan /
Drew Donovan (1988–1989, 2017)
Main role
1989 Til We Meet Again Armand Sadowski Miniseries
1993 Mad About You Michael Episode: "Swept Away"
Murphy Brown Michael Episode: "Back to the Ball"
1993–1999 The Nanny Maxwell Sheffield Main role
1994 Duckman Wolfgang 'Cannibal Lechter' Kracker
1996 A Kiss So Deadly Tom Deese TV film
Everything to Gain Andrew Keswick
1998 Second Chances Dr. Hugh Olson
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Alec
James Hexton
Episodes: "You Can't Twin", "Witchright Hall"
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Dimitri Denatos
2001–2004 Stanley Dennis the Goldfish (voice) Main role
2002 Get a Clue Detective Meaney / Falco TV film
2004 Stargate SG-1 Alec Colson Episode: "Covenant"
2005 All Grown Up! Airline Rep (voice)
Kids in America Sergeant Carmichael
Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder Dr. Drummond
2005–2006 Living With Fran Ted Reeves Recurring role
2006 National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 Professor Rex Cavendish
Veronica Mars Budd Rose Episode: "Lord of the Pi's"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Martin Trenway Episode: "Recall"
2007 Saints & Sinners August Martin Main role
2008 Polar Opposites David
The Tale of Despereaux Pietro (voice)
2008–2009 Mad Men St. John Powell Recurring role: 5 episodes
2009 Hannah Montana Byron Episode: "Judge Me Tender"
The Wishing Well Bosley television movie
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Mr. Pants (voice) Episode: "Fancy Pants"
2010 CSI: NY Mr. Christensen Episode: "Sanguine Love"
The Suite Life on Deck Jean-Claude Benoit Episode: "Rollin' With the Holmies"
Audrey Jacques
2010–2014 The Bay Capt. Elliot Sanders Recurring role
2011 Ricky and Ravi (Are in Between Jobs) Richard Paddle Short film
Your Highness Narrator/Soul of the Maze
William & Kate: The Movie Flight Instructor TV film
Happily Divorced Gregory Sherwood Episode: "Torn Between Two Lovetts"
Love's Christmas Journey Mr. Weaver TV film
2012 Castle Nigel Wyndham Episode: "The Limey"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Ned Fussbuster/Creepy Voice (voice) Episode: "The Hodag of Horror"
Victorious Mason Thornesmith 2 episodes
Liz & Dick Anthony Asquith TV film
2013 This Magic Moment Doyle Duncan
2013–2014 Sullivan & Son Darryl 2 episodes
2014 Super Fun Night Rupert Royce
Moontrap: Target Earth Richard Kontral
My Dad Is Scrooge Judge
Dog with a Blog Tom Fairbanks Episode: "The Mutt and the Mogul"
2014 Revenge Charles Dawson Episode: "Ambush"
2016–2019 The Magicians Christopher Plover Recurring role: 6 episodes
2017 NCIS Balthazar Kilmeany Episode: "The Tie That Binds"
Good Behavior Royce Jasper Episode: "It's No Fun If It's Easy"
2018 Ghosted Kenneth Lenier 2 episodes
Danger One Akkerman
The Cool Kids Murray Episode: "Thanksgiving At Murray's"
Christmas with a Prince King Edward
2019 Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal Prince Charles
Modern Family Dr. Stieglitz Episode: "Yes-Woman"
2019–2020 Just Roll with It Sir Liam Gooch 3 episodes
2021–2023 General Hospital Victor Cassadine Recurring role
2021 Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Shane Donovan / Drew Donovan Miniseries

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Freelancer Professor Roland Quintain
2006 Saints Row Radio Voice
2008 Saints Row 2 Male Character English Voice
White Knight Chronicles: International Edition Eldore
2010 White Knight Chronicles II
2011 Homefront
2012 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Cydan, Additional Voices

Awards and nominations

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • Won, 1985, for Outstanding New Actor in a Daytime Serials
  • Won, 1986, for Favorite Daytime Super Couple on a Daytime Serial (shared with Patsy Pease)
  • Won, 1988, for Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Patsy Pease)
  • Nominated, 1990, for Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Patsy Pease)
  • Nominated, 1991, for Outstanding Hero: Daytime
  • Nominated, 1992, for Outstanding Lead Actor: Daytime

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Won, 2002, for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Stanley)

Broadway World Boston Theater Awards

  • Won, 2011, for Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Large Theater)


See also

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