Charity Wakefield

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Charity Rose Wakefield
Born (1980-09-18) 18 September 1980 (age 39)
Sussex, England
Alma materBexhill College
Oxford School of Drama (2000–03)
Years active2004–present
David Newman
(m. 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 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]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 (Past Present Future) Imperfect Beanie film
Hex Lucy Episode: "Life Goes On"
2006 Jane Eyre Miss Temple Miniseries, scenes deleted
2007 Exitz Billy film
Doctors Carole Hinton Episode: "Personal Services"
2008 Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood miniseries
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
2009 Casualty 1909 Ethel Bennett
Legally Mad Brady Hamm Unaired pilot[14]
Day of the Flowers Ailie
2010 Any Human Heart Land Fothergill
2012 Midsomer Murders Ruth Lambert
Scar Tissue Sam
Mockingbird Lane Marilyn Munster Television film, pilot not picked up
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Molly Kendall Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
2015 Wolf Hall Mary Boleyn
The Player Cassandra King Main cast
2016 Doctor Who Lucy Fletcher Christmas Special: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
Close to the Enemy Julia
2017 The Halcyon Charity Lambert 2 episodes
Kill Switch Mia film
Genius Betty 2 episodes
2017–19 Bounty Hunters Leah Main cast


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

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