Charlotte Riley (born 29 December 1981) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue and as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Riley comes from County Durham. She attended the private Teesside High School from age 9 until 18. Riley then attended St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University from 2000 to 2003, performing with the Durham Revue and in a number of 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. She is engaged to English actor Tom Hardy, whom she worked with in Wuthering Heights and The Take.
In 2004, Riley won the Sunday Times' Playwriting Award for the play Shaking Cecilia, which she co-wrote with her university friend and Durham Revue co-star, Tiffany Wood.
Riley is currently working on All You Need is Kill, co-starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
She also has been in the Royal Court's The Priory, by Michael Wynne, for which she has had a number of positive reviews.