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Charlotte Frances Riley

(1981-12-29) 29 December 1981 (age 41)
Education Teesside High School
Alma mater St Cuthbert's Society, Durham (BA)
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
(m. 2014)
Children 2

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).

Early life and education

Riley was born in Grindon, County Durham. She was brought up in County Durham and attended Teesside High School from the age of 9 until 18. She attended St Cuthbert's Society, Durham from 2000 to 2003, performing with the sketch comedy group, the Durham Revue 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.


In 2004, Riley won the Sunday Times' Playwriting Award for Shaking Cecilia, which she co-wrote with Tiffany Wood. In 2011, she played Anna in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Anna of the Five Towns on BBC Radio 4. 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. She co-starred in London Has Fallen, the sequel to the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen, where she portrayed an MI6 agent Jacqueline Marshall. She also portrayed Arabella Strange in the mini-series adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. In 2018, she got a lead role in the BBC drama Press, 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. She appeared in the Amazon Prime Video series The Peripheral.

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. In October 2015, their first child was born. Riley had her second baby with Hardy in December 2018. Hardy has a 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 Nance
2014, 2017 Peaky Blinders May Fitz 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
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
2022 The Peripheral Aelita

See also

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