Charity Wakefield

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Charity Rose Wakefield
Born (1980-09-18) 18 September 1980 (age 38)
Sussex, England
Alma materBexhill College
Oxford School of Drama (2000–03)
Years active2004–present
RelativesJames Hayter (maternal grandfather)

Charity Rose Wakefield (born 18 September 1980) is an English actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Wakefield was born 18 September 1980 in Sussex, England. At a couple of months old she moved with her mother Caroline to Villajoyosa,[1] a small village near Alicante in Comunidad Valenciana, Spain. They returned to East Sussex, England, when Wakefield was four.[2] She has a seven years younger half-sister, Olivia. Her maternal grandfather was actor James Hayter.[2]

Wakefield went to Bexhill College,[2] and studied acting at the Oxford School of Drama from 2000 to 2003.[3] As well as acting, she plays the violin and has a strong soprano singing voice.[4]


Charity began her acting career back in 1987 while taking part in an amateur dramatics school production of "Sleeping Beauty", co-starring Lee Taylor of Ninfield, East Sussex. Wakefield and Taylor played key roles, and Taylor stepped in to fill the lead role after an unexpected sickness. This production was the first on-set kiss Wakefield experienced;[citation needed] she was lucky enough[clarification needed] to share this experience with Taylor. Wakefield made her screen debut in 2004, in (Past Present Future) Imperfect. She starred in a BBC1 production of Rapunzel, in which Rapunzel is a young tennis star,[5] and also appeared in Casualty 1907.[6]

Her theatre credits include Yesterday Was a Weird Day, a production about the 2005 London bombings, Constance in The Three Musketeers at the Bristol Old Vic, and Elaine in The Graduate, at the New Vic. Wakefield's performance as Susan in Baby with the Bathwater at the Old Red Lion Theatre was called "fabulous."[7]

In 2008 she toured in a revival of W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle at the Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as working on the BBC comedy pilot Freddi.[8] She appeared in the Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart[9] and played the lead in the British film noir Scar Tissue. In March 2012 she was cast in Mockingbird Lane, the re-imagining of The Munsters for NBC.[10]

She appeared as Mary Boleyn in the 2015 BBC2 television series Wolf Hall.[11] She also appeared in the NBC drama The Player with Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes.[12]

In January 2017, she appeared in the ITV drama The Halcyon, playing Charity Lambert.[13]

Selected credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 (Past Present Future) Imperfect Beanie
Hex Lucy Episode: "Life Goes On"
2006 Jane Eyre Miss Temple Scenes deleted
2007 Exitz Billy
Doctors Carole Hinton Episode: "Personal Services"
2008 Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood
Fairy Tales Billy Jean Brooke/Rapunzel Episode: "Rapunzel"
The Beachcombers Short film
Casualty 1907 Ethel Bennett
Burlesque Fairy Tales Grace
Act of God Laura
The Wonderful World of Freddi Faroubb Yasmin
Post-It Love Girl Short film by Si & Ad
2009 Casualty 1909 Ethel Bennett
Legally Mad Brady Hamm Pilot not picked up
Day of the Flowers Ailie
2010 Any Human Heart Land Fothergill Channel 4
2012 Midsomer Murders Ruth Lambert
Scar Tissue Sam British film noir
Mockingbird Lane Marilyn Munster NBC
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Molly Kendall Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
2015 Wolf Hall Mary Boleyn
The Player Cassandra King Main role, 9 episodes
2016 Doctor Who Lucy Fletcher Christmas Special: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
Close to the Enemy Julia
2017 The Halcyon Charity Lambert
Kill Switch
Genius Betty


  1. ^ Lockyer, Daphne (11 January 2015). "Bring up the Bodice! Actress Charity Wakefield on playing the other Boleyn girl". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Levin, Angela (17 May 2009). "High hopes for Charity". Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  3. ^ (5 September 2005) Charity Wakefield, The Stage
  4. ^ Wakefield, Charity – Who's who on UK TV Hello! magazine.
  5. ^ (7 July 2007) Lee Ingleby, Charity Wakefield and Shaun Williamson let down their hair in BBC One's Rapunzel, BBC
  6. ^ (8 August 2007) More historical medical crises ... Casualty 1907 comes to BBC One, BBC
  7. ^ Whitelaw, Emma Laugh – Then thank your lucky stars you weren't born a Dingleberry, Indie London
  8. ^ Freddi: new BBC Four comedy commission BBC Press Office. 19 September 2008
  9. ^ "Meet the rising stars of Any Human Heart". The Guardian. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  10. ^ Say Hello to the New Marilyn Munster of Mockingbird Lane
  11. ^ "Mary Boleyn (Charity Wakefield) – Who are the royal subjects? – Wolf Hall – BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Charity Wakefield To Star In 'Endgame'; Ben Hollingsworth Joins 'Code Black'". Deadline. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Meet the cast of The Halcyon". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 January 2017.

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