Charity Wakefield

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Charity Rose Wakefield
Born (1980-09-18) 18 September 1980 (age 40)
Sussex, England
Alma materBexhill College
Oxford School of Drama (2000–03)
Years active2004–present
David Newman
(m. after 2016)
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,[citation needed] a small village near Alicante in Comunidad Valenciana, Spain. They returned to East Sussex, England, when Wakefield was four.[citation needed] She has a half-sister, Olivia, who is seven years younger. Her maternal grandfather was actor James Hayter.[citation needed]

Wakefield went to Bexhill College,[citation needed] and studied acting at the Oxford School of Drama from 2000 to 2003.[1] As well as acting, she plays the violin and has a strong soprano singing voice.[2]


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. 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,[3] and also appeared in Casualty 1907.[4]

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; she first met her future husband, David Newman, when they acted together in The Graduate.[5] Wakefield's performance as Susan in Baby with the Bathwater at the Old Red Lion Theatre was called "fabulous."[6]

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.[7] She had a lead role as Marianne Dashwood in the BBC production of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. She appeared in the Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart[8] 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.[9]

She appeared as Mary Boleyn in the 2015 BBC2 television series Wolf Hall.[10] She also appeared in the NBC drama The Player with Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes.[11]

On Christmas Day 2016, she was one of the principal guest stars in the BBC1 Doctor Who Christmas special "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".

In 2017, she appeared in two episodes of the ITV drama The Halcyon, playing Charity Lambert.[12] Wakefield appeared in the main cast of both series (2017 and 2019) of the Sky One comedy drama Bounty Hunters, playing Leah Hoover, sister of the character of series co-creator and co-lead Jack Whitehall.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 (Past Present Future) Imperfect Beanie
2007 Exitz Billy
2009 Vivaldi, the Red Priest Ludovica
2009 Burlesque Fairytales Grace
2009 Act of God Laura O'Connor
2011 National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard Anya
2012 The Raven Field's Maid
2012 Day of the Flowers Ailie
2012 Scared Abby Short
2012 In Absence Abi Short
2013 Scar Tissue Sam
2014 Serena Agatha
2017 Kill Switch Mia
2017 Wraps Ivy Short
20?? The Mechanicals of Hemp Robin / Snug / Oberon Short, completed


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hex Lucy Episode: "Life Goes On"
2006 Jane Eyre Miss Temple Episode: "1.1"
2007 Doctors Carole Hilton Episode: "Personal Services"
2008 Fairy Tales Billy Jane Brooke Episode: "Rapunzel"
2008 Sense & Sensibility Marianne Dashwood Lead role
2008–2009 Casualty 1900s Ethel Bennett Main role
2010 Legally Mad Brady Hamm TV film
2010 Any Human Heart Land Fothergill Episode: "1.1"
2011 Midsomer Murders Ruth Lambert Episode: "The Oblong Murders"
2012 Leaving Phoebe TV miniseries
2012 Mockingbird Lane Marilyn Munster TV special
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Molly Kendall Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
2014 High Moon Eve TV film
2015 Wolf Hall Mary Boleyn TV miniseries
2015 The Player Cassandra King Main role
2016 Close to the Enemy Julia TV miniseries
2016 Doctor Who Lucy Episode: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
2016 Broken Jules Episode: "Pilot"
2017 The Halcyon Charity Lambert Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"
2017 Genius Betty Episodes: "Einstein: Chapters 1 & 8"
2017 Bounty Hunters Leah Walker Main role
2020 The Great Georgina Dymov TV series
20?? Salvage Gwen TV film, completed


  1. ^ (5 September 2005) Charity Wakefield Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, The Stage
  2. ^ Wakefield, Charity – Who's who on UK TV Archived 24 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine Hello! magazine.
  3. ^ (7 July 2007) Lee Ingleby, Charity Wakefield and Shaun Williamson let down their hair in BBC One's Rapunzel Archived 6 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine, BBC
  4. ^ (8 August 2007) More historical medical crises ... Casualty 1907 comes to BBC One Archived 12 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine, BBC
  5. ^ "Charity Wakefield Married An Actor! Meet Boyfriend-Turned-Husband". Archived from the original on 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Whitelaw, Emma Laugh – Then thank your lucky stars you weren't born a Dingleberry Archived 7 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Indie London
  7. ^ Freddi: new BBC Four comedy commission Archived 3 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine BBC Press Office. 19 September 2008
  8. ^ "Meet the rising stars of Any Human Heart". The Guardian. 20 November 2010. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Say Hello to the New Marilyn Munster of Mockingbird Lane". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Mary Boleyn (Charity Wakefield) – Who are the royal subjects? – Wolf Hall – BBC Two". BBC. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Charity Wakefield To Star In 'Endgame'; Ben Hollingsworth Joins 'Code Black'". Deadline. 5 March 2015. Archived from the original on 8 December 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Meet the cast of The Halcyon". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Bounty Hunters: Interview With CHARITY WAKEFIELD who plays Leah Walker". 23 February 2019. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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