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|Born||Claire Elizabeth Hardwick
3 November 1960
Wallsend, Northumberland, England
|Years active||since 1992|
Charlie Hardwick (born Claire Elizabeth Hardwick; 3 November 1960) is an English actress best known for playing Val Pollard since 2004 in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. For this role, she won the 2006 British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance.
In addition to her ongoing role in Emmerdale, she also starred in the 2000 comedy film Purely Belter, Billy Elliot and won the best actress award at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival in 1998 for her role in the film The Scar, about a County Durham pit community in crisis. She also starred as Sian in Byker Grove, the mother of Duncan, played by Declan Donnelly. Played the part of Mrs Castellino in the BBC Radio 4 production "The Little World of Don Camillo", and Our Mam in "My Uncle Freddie", both alongside fellow Emmerdale actor Shaun Prendergast (Greg Dolland). In 2007 Hardwick was an occasional contributor on Grumpy Old Women. For her role on Emmerdale, Hardwick has been nominated 6 times at the British Soap Awards, winning in 2006 for Best Comedy Performance.
Charlie has acted in a number of stage productions, including starring in Cooking With Elvis alongside Frank Skinner, which toured nationally. In 2012 she starred in the comedy play The Awkward Squad.
Hardwick is a fan of Newcastle United, holding a season ticket at St. James' Park. Before starting work in Emmerdale, she lived on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, South London and often toured the UK in live productions, which meant spending lengthy periods of time away from Tyneside. She is also a keen smoker and prefers roll up cigarettes to ready-rolled cigarettes. Hardwick has also been involved in protesting against the tory cuts to public services.
Awards and nominations
- The British Soap Awards 2005 - "Best Newcomer" - nominated
- The British Soap Awards 2005 - "Best On-Screen Partnership" (alongside Elizabeth Estensen) - nominated
- The British Soap Awards 2006 - "Best Comedy Performance" - won
- The British Soap Awards 2007 - "Best Comedy Performance" - nominated
- The British Soap Awards 2008 - "Best Comedy Performance" - nominated
- The British Soap Awards 2011 - "Best Comedy Performance" - nominated
- The British Soap Awards 2014 - "Best Actress" - nominated
- The British Soap Awards 2014 - "Best On-Screen Partnership" (alongside Chris Chittell) - nominated
- All about Charlie Hardwick who plays Valerie ("Val") Lambert Evening Chronicle, 10 February 2004
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