Darnay is a wealthy gentleman who spends time in both France and England during the time of the story. However, he resents how the lower classes are extorted and kept in extreme poverty by the upper class. Darnay specifically resents the views of his uncle, Marquis St. Evrèmonde, who has no respect for the people in poverty.
When the revolutionaries are trying to find and kill the Marquis, Darnay realizes that his uncle has been murdered, making him the new Marquis. He is put on trial for treason against the Kingdom of Great Britain, but he is acquitted on a point noticed by Sydney Carton. During the trial, Carton falls in love with Lucie Manette, Darnay's future wife. At the end of the final book, Darnay is supposed to be executed, but Carton willingly and nobly takes Darnay's place.
Cinematic and theatrical portrayals 
In the 1989 Masterpiece Theater Move, Charles Darnay is played by Xavier Deluc.
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