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," his mother was an actress and his brother, David, was a director and producer in television. After graduating from Eton College, Shaughnessy earned his BA in Law at the Magdalene College of Cambridge University.
Upon graduation, however, Shaughnessy returned to his first love, acting and enrolled in drama school in London, where he met American-born actress, Susan Fallender with whom he moved to California in 1983. Since that time, he has enjoyed a successful and varied career on large and small screen. On television, Shaughnessy’s roles have included a six year stint as Maxwell Sheffield on CBS’s “The Nanny,” a recurring role as Shane Donovan on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and a memorable arc as St. John Powell on AMC’s hit series “Mad Men.” He was recently seen as slick lawyer Alex Weaver in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Love’s Christmas Journey,” as well as in guest appearances on ABC’s “Castle,” CBS’ “CSI: NY,” TV Land’s “Happily Divorced” and the popular children's favorite “Victorious” on Nickelodeon.
Shaughnessy's many stage appearances include the Triple Tony® Award winning Broadway musical Urinetown, Pasadena Playhouse’s acclaimed production of Orson’s Shadow as well as double dipping as Arthur in both Camelot and Spamalot! Most recently he garnered great reviews for his performance as Henry Higgins in the North Shore Theater production of My Fair Lady.
Grateful for all that his career has given him, Shaughnessy 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.