Charlotte Lucas

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This article is about the actress and painter. For the fictional character, see Pride and Prejudice.

Charlotte Lucas (born 29 May 1979) is an English actress and painter.

Early life[edit]

Born into an acting family, Lucas is the granddaughter of Linden Travers, who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and Guy Leon. Charlotte is the great niece of Bill Travers who appeared in Born Free. Charlotte's mother is Susan Travers who starred in Peeping Tom.

Lucas is the second cousin of actresses Penelope Wilton, Bill Travers' son Will, Richard Morant and Anna Massey. Her first cousin is BBC newsreader, Alice Bhandhukravi.

Career[edit]

She is best known for her role as Selena Geeson in Bad Girls. She also starred in the 2003 film Oh Marbella!, as well as a number of other TV roles including EastEnders, Midsomer Murders, Doctors, Not Going Out, and an episode of Adventure Inc. when filming transferred to the UK for four episodes. Lucas played the role of Mrs Bassat in BBC One's recent adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's, Jamaica Inn.

Lucas attended Drama and Theatre Studies at Birmingham University, before concluding her studies at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

Lucas' theatre credits include Red Velvet (Tricycle), Posh (West End and Royal Court Theatre), The Changeling (Young Vic), Yes, Prime Minister (West End), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampstead), World’s End (Trafalgar Studios), Called to Account, Darfur – How Long is Never? and Fabulation (Tricycle), Habeas Corpus (Royal Theatre Northampton), A Thought in Three Parts (BAC) and Sharp Relief and Fen (Salisbury Playhouse).

She starred as Ellen Tree in Indhu Rubasingham’s critically acclaimed production of Red Velvet at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York, following a transfer from the Tricycle Theatre, London in March 2014, and then David Hare's, The Absence of War in February 2015. She went on to star in The Distance at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Then she joined Kenneth Branagh's Company to reprise her role as Ellen Tree at the Garrick theatre in 2016. She went on to film the third series of BroadChurch and in 2017 starred as the lead at the Hampstead Studio theatre's premier of Dave Florez's play Experience to critical acclaim. She is presently acting in the hit American comedy play Speech and Debate at the Trafalger Studios.

Art[edit]

She paints and her work is currently represented by a London-based art gallery, GV Art, where recent work showcased portraiture.

Coaching & Training[edit]

Lucas recently launched a new venture working with businesses to assist with training and communications, called Red Alert Speech. The company is a joint venture with actress, Celia Adams. http://www.redalertspeech.co.uk

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