Charlotte Lewis

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Charlotte Lewis
Born (1967-08-07) 7 August 1967 (age 49)
Kensington, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–2003

Charlotte Lewis (born 7 August 1967) is an English actress.[1]


Early life[edit]

Lewis attended Bishop Douglass School in Finchley. Her mother is of Irish-English extraction, while her father—a physician whom she never met—is half-Chilean and half-Iraqi.[2]


Lewis made her film debut as a teenager in the 1986 Roman Polanski film Pirates. She followed it that same year with the female lead in The Golden Child alongside Eddie Murphy.[3] Later appearances include the film Tripwire (1990) and Storyville (1992, opposite James Spader). She had a co-starring role in Men of War (1995, alongside Dolph Lundgren) and in the 1995 film Decoy. Lewis appeared in the 2003 film Hey DJ.[4]

Lewis also appeared in a cover-featured pictorial in the July 1993 issue of Playboy magazine.[5]

Accusations against Polanski[edit]

On 14 May 2010, Lewis and her Los Angeles-based attorney Gloria Allred accused Polanski of sexually assaulting the actress when she was 16 years old,[6][7] before the two worked together on Pirates.[8][9] Prosecutors in Los Angeles confirmed that they interviewed Lewis in connection with the allegations.[10] According to Lewis, the alleged incident occurred at Polanski's apartment in Paris. Previously, in a 1999 interview, Lewis stated that she had been his girlfriend for six months after the shooting of Pirates, and that she had been sexually active from age 14 on. [11][12]



  1. ^ "The New York Times". Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Roman Polanski's New Protégée, Charlotte Lewis, Star of Pirates and All of 18". People Magazine Vol. 26 No. 4. July 28, 1986. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  3. ^ Angeli, Michael. "Brit Force". Playboy. 40 (7) pp. 132–140. July 1993. ISSN 0032-1478.
  4. ^ "The New York Times". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  5. ^ Playboy cover, July 1993
  6. ^ Alpert, Lukas I. (2010-05-15). "New York Post". Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  7. ^ "UK News & Business Directory". 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  8. ^ Lee, Ken (2010-05-14). "People". People. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Popeater". Popeater. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Huffington Post". Huffington Post. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  11. ^ "News of the World". 1999-08-08. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  12. ^ "The Daily Beast". The Daily Beast. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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