Chris Vance was born into an Irish family and raised in the UK, and graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with an honors degree in Civil Engineering.
Vance embarked on his acting career at age 25, and was breathtakingly awful in his first role, that of "Paris" in a production of Romeo & Juliet in Oxford. Vance's efforts landed him his first real gig at the Royal National Theatre in a touring version of the play Closer. After treading the back-stages of Europe and Russia for several months, Vance returned to London for a role in the play Speer. At about age 30 Vance moved to Australia and performed in several television series there, but in 2007 re-located to the U.S. and started booking TV roles.