Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Charles Shaughnessy Life Story Interview….
Charles Shaughnessy is a British peer and television, theatre and film actor.
Shaughnessy first became widely known for playing Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1984 to 1992. His Days of our Lives character’s romance with Patsy Pease’s character, Kimberly Brady, made the duo into a soap supercouple and revived interest in Days among teenage viewers in the 1980s.
In 1986, he appeared with Betty White and Bert Convy on Super Password, and in January 1993, Shaugnessy appeared in an episode of Murphy Brown as the title character’s date to a formal occasion.
Shaughnessy is most loved for his portrayal of Maxwell Sheffield opposite Fran Drescher on CBS’ The Nanny from 1993 to 1999. He and Drescher resumed acting together on Drescher’s next sitcom, Living with Fran, wherein Shaughnessy appeared fairly frequently as her philandering but needy ex-husband, Ted. Living with Fran was canceled on 17 May 2006, after two seasons.
Enjoy a rare and exclusive interview with Charles recorded on Broadway:
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 the actress Jean Lodge. His brother, David Shaughnessy, is also an actor and a television producer and director. His great-grandfather Thomas Shaughnessy was an American-born Canadian railway administrator of Irish descent.
Having been born into a show-business family, he 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 him touring in a repertory company. He moved to the United States to follow actress Susan Fallender, whom he eventually wed.
Recorded by Alex Belfield on Broadway for the BBC and Celebrity Radio