Charlotte Riley

Charlotte Frances Riley is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue and as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

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 2000–03, 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.

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. She is stepmother to Hardy's son from a previous relationship.


2007GrownupsChloeEpisode: "Send"
2007Holby CityTanya CusanEpisode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2008Survey No. 257EmmaShort film
2008Inspector George GentlyCarmel O'ShaughnessyEpisode: "The Burning Man"
2008Easy VirtueSarah Hurst
2009Wuthering HeightsCatherine EarnshawTelevision film
2009The TakeMaggie Summers4 episodes
2009Peggy LyttonTelevision film
2009Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to SideMargot BenceTelevision film
2010Foyle's WarMandy DeanEpisode: "Killing Time"
2010–2011DCI BanksLucy Payne3 episodes
2012The TownAlice3 episodes
2012World Without EndCaris8 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2012EntityKate Hansen
2014Edge of TomorrowNance
2014, 2017Peaky BlindersMay CarletonSeries 2 & 4
2015In the Heart of the SeaPeggy Gardner Chase
2015Jonathan Strange & Mr NorrellArabella
2016London Has FallenMI6 Agent Jacquelin "Jax" Marshall
2016Close to the EnemyRachel LombardBBC2 TV miniseries written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff
2016Dark HeartJuliette WagstaffeTV series
2017King Charles IIIKateTelevision film
2018Swimming with MenSwimming Coach
2018PressHolly EvansMiniseries
2018TrustRobina LundMiniseries
2019A Christmas CarolLottie/Ghost of Christmas PresentMiniseries