Charlotte Long

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Charlotte Long
Charlotte Helen Long

(1965-10-09)9 October 1965
Devizes, Wiltshire, England
Died6 October 1984(1984-10-06) (aged 18)
Oxfordshire, England
Years active1982–1984

The Honourable Charlotte Helen Long (9 October 1965 – 6 October 1984) was a British aristocrat and actress, the youngest daughter of the 4th Viscount Long. Born in Devizes, Wiltshire, she attended the Stonar School, Atworth, Wilts and then Fitzmaurice Grammar School until its closure in 1980 and then St Laurence Comprehensive School, both in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.[1]

Long played Alison in the television adaptations of Peter Glidewell's Schoolgirl Chums and St. Ursula's in Danger in 1982 and 1983 respectively. Later she appeared in the 1984 film The Chain.

She played Eloise de Ricordeau in the first series of the BBC Drama The Tripods but was killed before filming the second series. She died three days after sustaining injuries in an accident on the M4 motorway, when a lorry crashed into her parked car after it had broken down.[2] Her passenger survived with only minor injuries. The resulting inquest heard that the lorry driver had sneezed, causing his vehicle to crash into her car while it was parked on the hard shoulder. She was replaced by Cindy Shelley for the second series of The Tripods.[3]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Hon. Charlotte Helen Long".
  2. ^ The Times, Friday, 21 December 1984; pg. 5; Issue 62018
  3. ^ Clark, Alan (February 2004). Diaries: In Power 1983-1992. London: Phoenix. Entries for Saturday, 10 September 1983 & Friday, 12 October 1984. ISBN 978-1-85799-142-0.

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