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Born in Urmston, Lancashire, she attended Loreto Grammar School, a Roman Catholic girls' grammar school in Altrincham, with her sister Andrea. Charlton graduated from the University of Reading in 1985 with a degree in Physics and Meteorology,
In 1987, she transferred to the London Weather Centre as a forecaster, joining the BBC weather team in March 1989. In the summer of 1990, she spent three and a half months working as a forecaster with the RAF in Germany. She appeared on a range of channels including Breakfast News from 1992. She took maternity leave from 1999, which she extended to bring up her son.
She is the daughter of former Manchester United and England footballer, Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Norma (née Ball), and the niece of former Leeds United and England footballer Jack Charlton. She married in 1994 in Macclesfield; her husband is a tennis coach. She has one son (born in November 1998) and lives in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Charlton is a keen sports fan, with her special interests being football, tennis and skiing; she also played hockey for her university. Charlton competed in national horse-riding events, and is a group instructor with the Riding for the Disabled Association.
BBC Weather forecast from 19 September 1995 by Suzanne Charlton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhAPuMKuroY
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