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Charlotte Riley

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Charlotte Riley
Charlotte Riley May 28, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Riley in 2014
Born (1981-12-29) 29 December 1981 (age 39)
EducationTeesside High School
Alma materSt Cuthbert's Society, Durham (BA)
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active2007–present
(m. 2014)

Charlotte Frances Riley (born 29 December 1981) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue (2008) and as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights (2009).[1]

Early life and education

Riley was born in Grindon, County Durham.[2] She was brought up in County Durham and attended Teesside High School from the age of 9 until 18.[3] She attended St Cuthbert's Society, Durham from 2000–03, performing with the sketch comedy group, the Durham Revue[4] and in plays and musicals and graduating with a degree in English and Linguistics; she also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 2005 to 2007.[5]


In 2004, Riley won the Sunday Times' Playwriting Award for Shaking Cecilia, which she co-wrote with Tiffany Wood.[6][7] In 2011, she played Anna in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Anna of the Five Towns on BBC Radio 4.[8] She appeared in Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. She also appeared onstage at the Royal Court Theatre production of The Priory, by Michael Wynne.[9] She co-starred in London Has Fallen, the sequel to the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen,[10] where she portrayed an MI6 agent Jacqueline Marshall.[11] She also portrayed Arabella Strange in the mini-series adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.[12] In 2018, she got a lead role in the BBC drama Press,[13] which was cancelled after its first series. At Christmas 2019, Riley played the role of Lottie / Ghost of Christmas Present in the BBC mini-series, A Christmas Carol, based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name.[14]

Personal life

In 2010, she became engaged to English actor Tom Hardy. Riley and Hardy worked together on Wuthering Heights and The Take, and they married in July 2014.[15][16] In October 2015, their first child was born.[17][18] Riley had her second baby with Hardy in December 2018.[19] She is stepmother to Hardy's son from a previous relationship.


Year Name Role Notes
2007 Grownups Chloe Episode: "Send"
2007 Holby City Tanya Cusan Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2008 Survey No. 257 Emma Short film
2008 Inspector George Gently Carmel O'Shaughnessy Episode: "The Burning Man"
2008 Easy Virtue Sarah Hurst
2009 Wuthering Heights Catherine Earnshaw Television film
2009 The Take Maggie Summers 4 episodes
2009 Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen Peggy Lytton Television film
2009 Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Margot Bence Television film
2010 Foyle's War Mandy Dean Episode: "Killing Time"
2010–2011 DCI Banks Lucy Payne 3 episodes
2012 The Town Alice 3 episodes
2012 World Without End Caris 8 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2012 Entity Kate Hansen
2014 Edge of Tomorrow[20] Nance
2014, 2017 Peaky Blinders May Carleton Series 2 & 4
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Peggy Gardner Chase
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Arabella
2016 London Has Fallen MI6 Agent Jacquelin "Jax" Marshall[21]
2016 Close to the Enemy Rachel Lombard BBC2 TV miniseries written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff
2016 Dark Heart Juliette Wagstaffe TV series
2017 King Charles III Kate Television film
2018 Swimming with Men Swimming Coach
2018 Press Holly Evans Miniseries
2018 Trust Robina Lund Miniseries
2019 A Christmas Carol Lottie/Ghost of Christmas Present Miniseries
TBA The Peripheral Aelita Filming


  1. ^ CHARLOTTE RILEY Archived 25 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Screen Daily (10 July 2008)
  2. ^ Profile Archived 13 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 21 October 2014.
  3. ^ Desira, Joanna. "Charlotte Riley becomes star of stage and screen" Archived 13 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Evening Gazette, 3 November 2008.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Neil (30 May 2015). "Charlotte Riley: 'I really was only joking but Tom Cruise thought I was serious.'" – via
  5. ^ Charlotte Riley profile Archived 17 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 21 October 2014.
  6. ^ Hewison, Robert.Student Drama Archived 30 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine, The Sunday Times (18 April 2004)
  7. ^ Barker, Andy. New Heights Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Evening Standard (4 December 2008)
  8. ^
  9. ^ Review of The Priory Archived 1 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine,, 27 November 2009; accessed 21 October 2014.
  10. ^ Rosser, Michael (3 November 2014). "London Has Fallen begins filming". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Matt (8 May 2015). "First LONDON HAS FALLEN Poster Is Already Hating British Landmarks". Collider. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  12. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (25 October 2013). "Eddie Marsan To Topline 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' For BBC One/BBC America". Deadline. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  13. ^ "David Suchet, Charlotte Riley and Ben Chaplin to star as newspaper bosses in new BBC1 drama from Doctor Foster writer". Radio Times.
  14. ^ "BBC One – A Christmas Carol, Series 1, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  15. ^ Katy Forrester (21 September 2014). "Tom Hardy 'secretly married' fiancée Charlotte in France TWO months ago – they kept that quiet". Mirror. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  16. ^ Lauren Smith (22 September 2014). "Tom Hardy got married in secret-two months ago". Glamour. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  17. ^ Flint, Hannah. "the pigeon and Charlotte Riley welcome their first child". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Tom Hardy Expecting Second Child!". Archived from the original on 4 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  19. ^ "Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley 'welcome new baby and reveal unique film-inspired name'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Charlotte Riley Joins Tom Cruise In All You Need Is Kill". 24 August 2012. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  21. ^ Najafi, Babak (4 March 2016), London Has Fallen, archived from the original on 26 April 2015, retrieved 4 March 2014

External links

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