Veteran actor Charles Dance's is slowing down, because the parts once reserved for him are being snapped up by younger men.
The 58-year-old WHITE MISCHIEF star was always first choice for romantic leads - but he fears he is now too old to be considered for the role of the dashing heart-throb.
He says, "When you get to a certain age, the work begins to thin out.
"I'd had a career playing mostly romantic leading men and there is an optimum age for those characters - and that's around 40 tops.
"Most films are written and made with a hero around 35, or even 25."