Prince Charming 101
- Storybrooke identity: David Nolan
- A shepherd impersonating a prince
- Known swordsman and hero
- Married to Snow White; father to Emma
Charming is everything you would look for in the quintessential heroic prince. Incredibly brave and selfless, he’s a born leader who doesn’t quit, even in the face of insurmountable odds. They say that true love is the most powerful magic of all, and Charming’s feelings for Snow provide him with the conviction and strength necessary to accomplish any task. However, when he awoke in Storybrooke after twenty-eight years in a coma as David Nolan, he appeared to be a man split in two. Unable to reconcile the life he was told he used to live—married to Kathryn Nolan—and the feelings he felt for Mary Margaret, David was plagued by indecision. Nevertheless, his inner strength and integrity always shone through, and now that the curse is finally broken, the charming hero inside David can rise to the surface once again.
Perhaps the most fabled of all Fairy Tale princes, Charming is everything we already know him to be and more. Yes, he’s tall, noble, and handsome, but he’s also a leader of men and a battle-tested warrior entirely worthy of his royal status. He is a master swordsman—quick, decisive, pure of heart and every bit the epitome of a Fairy Tale prince.
When he learns of the Evil Queen’s latest scheme, he rallies the forces of good to find a way to stop it. Their plan is compromised, however, when Snow gives birth to Emma before Charming and his men are able to complete the wardrobe that will transport them to safety. Since the wardrobe can only protect one, Charming and Snow decide to place newborn Emma inside alone, hoping that she will someday return to free them.
Having been in a coma for as long as anyone can remember, David Nolan awoke with no name and no identity. Seemingly stirred to life by Mary Margaret reading him a story out of Henry's Fairy Tale book, David was found wandering the woods. Upon being returned to the hospital, he was reintroduced to his wife, Kathryn, whom he had been estranged from just before his disappearance. He and Kathryn have been trying to work out the problems in their marriage, but David can't help but feel drawn to Mary Margaret.
Josh Dallas on playing Prince Charming:
"Prince Charming: Wow... The pressure that comes along with that name! He's an everyman... A royal who's not afraid to get his hands dirty. Confident and assured. Humble. Believes with his soul in true love... It outweighs everything.
It's great to be able to tell the untold stories of Prince Charming. And being allowed to swing a sword around is not too bad, either!"
Josh Dallas was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in New Albany, Indiana. At 16 years of age he was awarded the Sarah Exley Scholarship, which is given to one American student every three years in support of their study of acting at the prestigious Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts in London, England.
In London, at the age of 20, Dallas landed his first professional job as an actor with the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to perform with some of the most renowned theatrical companies in the world, including the Royal National Theatre, The English National Opera, The New Shakespeare Company and The Young Vic.
Dallas began to pursue roles in television and independent features, which led him back to the U.S. after 10 years in London. He landed a role in Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh. His other film credits include Red Tails, opposite Bryan Cranston and Cuba Gooding Jr., Ghost Machine, The Descent: Part 2, The Boxer and 80 Minutes. On television he guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Hawaii Five-0.