Charlotte Riley

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Charlotte Riley
Born (1981-12-29) 29 December 1981 (age 34)
Grindon, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England, UK[1]
Residence London, England
Alma mater London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
St Cuthbert's Society, Durham
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Tom Hardy (m. 2014)
Children 1

Charlotte Riley (born 29 December 1981) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue and as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Riley was born in Grindon, Stockton-on-Tees, England. She comes from County Durham and attended Teesside High School from age 9 until 18.[3] She attended St Cuthbert's, Durham University from 2000–03, performing with the Durham Revue and in a number of plays and musicals and graduating with a degree in English and Linguistics; she also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 2005 to 2007.[4]


In 2004, Riley won the Sunday Times' Playwriting Award for Shaking Cecilia, which she co-wrote with Tiffany Wood.[5][6] She appeared in Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. She also appeared onstage at the Royal Court Theatre production of The Priory, by Michael Wynne.[7] She co-starred in London Has Fallen, the sequel to the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen,[8] where she portrayed an MI6 agent Jacqueline Marshall.[9] She also portrayed Arabella Strange in the miniseries adaption of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.[10]

Personal life[edit]

She became engaged to English actor Tom Hardy in 2010. Riley and Hardy worked together on Wuthering Heights and The Take. The couple married in July 2014.[11][12] In October 2015, their first child was born.[13][14]


Year Name Role Notes
2007 Grownups Chloe Episode: "Send"
2007 Holby City Tanya Cusan Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2008 Survey No. 257 Emma Short film
2008 Inspector George Gently Carmel O'Shaughnessy Episode: "The Burning Man"
2008 Easy Virtue Sarah Hurst
2009 Wuthering Heights Catherine Earnshaw Television film
2009 The Take Maggie Summers 4 episodes
2009 Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen Peggy Lytton Television film
2009 Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Margot Bence Television film
2010 Foyle's War Mandy Dean Episode: "Killing Time"
2010–2011 DCI Banks Lucy Payne 3 episodes
2012 The Town Alice 3 episodes
2012 World Without End Caris 8 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2012 Entity Kate Hansen
2014 Edge of Tomorrow[15] Nance
2014 Peaky Blinders May Carleton 2nd season
2014 In the Heart of the Sea Peggy Gardner Owen
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Arabella
2016 London Has Fallen MI6 Agent Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall[16]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ CHARLOTTE RILEY, Screen Daily (10 July 2008)
  3. ^ Desira, Joanna. "Charlotte Riley becomes star of stage and screen", Evening Gazette, 3 November 2008.
  4. ^ Charlotte Riley profile,; accessed 21 October 2014.
  5. ^ Hewison, Robert.Student Drama, The Sunday Times (18 April 2004)
  6. ^ Barker, Andy. New Heights, Evening Standard (4 December 2008)
  7. ^ Review of The Priory,, 27 November 2009; accessed 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ Rosser, Michael (November 3, 2014). "London Has Fallen begins filming". Screen Daily. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Matt (May 8, 2015). "First LONDON HAS FALLEN Poster Is Already Hating British Landmarks". Collider. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (October 25, 2013). "Eddie Marsan To Topline ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ For BBC One/BBC America". Deadline. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Katy Forrester (21 September 2014). "Tom Hardy 'secretly married' fiancée Charlotte in France TWO months ago - they kept that quiet". Mirror. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Lauren Smith (22 September 2014). "Tom Hardy got married in secret-two months ago". Glamour. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Flint, Hannah. "the pigeon and Charlotte Riley welcome their first child". 
  14. ^ "Tom Hardy Expecting Second Child!". Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Charlotte Riley Joins Tom Cruise In All You Need Is Kill". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Najafi, Babak (4 March 2016), London Has Fallen, retrieved 4 March 2014 

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