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Full Name
Charlotte Ninon Coleman

3 April 1968 (
Islington, London, England

November 14, 2001, Holloway, United Kingdom

Francis Coleman, Ann Beach

Movies and TV shows
Four Weddings and a Fu, Worzel Gummidge, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Beautiful People, How Do You Want Me?

Similar People
Lisa Coleman, James Fleet, Simon Callow, Ann Beach, John Hannah

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Charlotte Ninon Coleman (3 April 1968 – 14 November 2001) was an English actress best known for playing Scarlett in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, Jess in the television drama Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and her childhood roles of Sue in Worzel Gummidge and the character Marmalade Atkins. Coleman died of an acute asthma attack in Holloway, North London, aged 33.


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Early life

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Coleman was the first of two daughters born to actress Ann Beach and Canadian-born television producer Francis Coleman. Her younger sister is the actress Lisa Coleman. She was educated at Camden School for Girls, from which she was expelled. Outside regular school hours she attended classes at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington, north London, because she said she was "too cool" to go to the Brownies.

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At 15, feeling that her upbringing had been too liberal, her parents "didn't believe in restraint", Coleman enrolled at Dartington Hall School in Devon. It was a very progressive school where pupils "didn't have to go to any lessons, so I didn't. I spent 15 grand, all my money, and it was just stupid really." After this, she attended cookery school.


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Coleman's first major television role was as Sue in Southern Television's Worzel Gummidge. This ran for four series (and a Christmas special) from 1978 to 1981 on the ITV network. Other early work included A Choice of Evils (Play for Today, BBC, 1977) and Two People (LWT, 1979), as Emma Moffatt). She had a crush on Stephen Garlick, her co-star in Two People. For the role, she had to choose a stuffed toy for Emma to carry; she named it "Haggis" and still had it when interviewed in 1990.

This was soon followed by her role as the teenage rebel Marmalade Atkins, firstly in Marmalade Atkins in Space (a one-off drama shown in 1981), and then in two series, Educating Marmalade (1982–83) and Danger: Marmalade at Work (1984). All three were made by Thames and written by Andrew Davies.

In 1990, Coleman appeared as Jess, a girl from Lancashire brought up by a strict Pentecostal mother, in the acclaimed BBC television drama Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on Jeanette Winterson's novel of the same name. Coleman won a Royal Television Society, Best Actress award and was nominated for a BAFTA for her portrayal of the young lesbian character. She also read the novel for release by BBC Audiobooks.

Other television appearances in the 1980s and '90s included roles in The Bill and Inspector Morse, the short-lived comedy series Freddie and Max, with Anne Bancroft, a drama about homelessness, Sweet Nothing and another lesbian role, as Barb Gale in the political satire Giving Tongue (1996). She also appeared in Simon Nye's sitcom How Do You Want Me? (1998–2000), alongside Dylan Moran and voiced the lead female character, Primrose, in the animated adaptation of Brambly Hedge. Coleman's final television appearance was in the adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's Double Act, where she played the twins' teacher, Miss Debenham.

Probably Charlotte's most internationally known role was as the endearingly kooky Scarlett in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) with Hugh Grant, Simon Callow and Kristin Scott Thomas. She continued to act steadily throughout the rest of the 1990s in films, with her last major film being Jasmin Dizdar's Beautiful People (1999), set in London in 1993, at the time of the Bosnian War, playing the role of Portia Thornton.


Coleman portrayed the character of Lorna in Our Own Kind (Roy MacGregor), at the Bush Theatre in London (April 1991). She co-starred with Kevin Whately, Nisha Nayar and Jane Horrocks.

"The prime focus falls on Sylvie's bright-eyed schoolgirl sister Lorna. Vividly brought to life by Charlotte Coleman, she's both a droll chorus figure and an optimistic, surrogate victim. The play is tightly directed by new Bush supremo Dominic Dromgoole"

Personal life

In 1987 Coleman's boyfriend Jonathan Laycock died as the result of a cycling accident; he was 23 years old. After his death Coleman went through periods of depression, and developed the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia; she also attended AA meetings because "she couldn't bear being with all those fat people at Overeaters Anonymous".


On 13 November 2001, Charlotte visited her family where they watched a film together. Her father later stated that she had been in great spirits, because of her new flat in Holloway, north London, which she had decorated, and there was a possibility of a career upturn after a few years of a career stall. Later that evening, she complained of feeling unwell, but went home to her flat against her parents' advice. The next morning, Wednesday, 14 November 2001, her parents telephoned her to see if she was feeling better; but there was no reply. Concerned, her mother went to Charlotte's flat, to find her lying unconscious on the floor; her asthma inhaler was in a different room. She was taken by ambulance to Whittington Hospital in north London, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, from a massive attack of bronchial asthma.

A memorial was held at the Mill Hill Buddhist Centre in north London later that month, attended by family and close friends.

Charlotte Coleman Scholarship Award

The New London Performing Arts Centre introduced the Charlotte Coleman Scholarship in 2003. A showcase event is held every November from which one performer is chosen to receive the award. All NLPAC members are eligible for the prize of a year's classes in dance, drama and music.


Double Act (TV Movie) as
Miss Debenham
A Loving Act (Short) as
Det. Jane Thompson
Bodywork as
Tiffany Shades
McCready and Daughter (TV Series) as
Shelley Bennett
- No Bed of Roses (2001) - Shelley Bennett
How Do You Want Me? (TV Series) as
Lisa Lyons
- The Pleasures of Village Life (1999) - Lisa Lyons
- Ready Steady Kill (1999) - Lisa Lyons
- The Bad Builders (1999) - Lisa Lyons
- Nude Modelling Module (1999) - Lisa Lyons
- I'm Not an Alcoholic (1999) - Lisa Lyons
- White Pubic Hair (1999) - Lisa Lyons
- Sausage, Balloon, Bum (1998) - Lisa Lyons
- The Hidden World of Country Fire Stations (1998) - Lisa Lyons
- Woof (1998) - Lisa Lyons
- Monstrous (1998) - Lisa Lyons
- Floppy, But Not Too Floppy (1998) - Lisa Lyons
- No-One Can Hear You Scream (1998) - Lisa Lyons
Love in the 21st Century (TV Series)
Faeries as
Merrivale (voice)
Beautiful People as
Portia Thornton
The Enchanted World of Brambly Hedge (TV Series) as
Primrose Woodmouse / Primrose Woodmouse (UK)
- The Secret Staircase (1998) - Primrose Woodmouse (voice)
- Spring Story (1997) - Primrose Woodmouse (UK) (voice)
Twice Upon a Yesterday as
Alison Hayes
The Revengers' Comedies as
Shark Hunt
Wycliffe (TV Series) as
Laura Kessell
- Bad Blood (1997) - Laura Kessell
Giving Tongue (TV Movie) as
Barb Gale
Gayle's World (TV Series) as
Lucinda Beanie-Toffingham
George Melly's Owning Up (Podcast Series) as
Doreen / Mrs. Rimsky-Korsacov / Sandra
- To Fun and Competition (1996) - Doreen (voice)
- Lovely Digs, You Know (1996) - Mrs. Rimsky-Korsacov (voice)
- On Raving (1996) - Sandra (voice)
Different for Girls as
Oliver's Travels (TV Mini Series) as
- Do We Look Like That? (1995) - Cathy
- The Farquhar Connection (1995) - Cathy
Screen Two (TV Series) as
Louise / Helen Bardsley / Seamstress
- Mrs. Hartley and the Growth Centre (1995) - Louise
- Inappropriate Behaviour (1987) - Helen Bardsley
- The Insurance Man (1986) - Seamstress
The Vacillations of Poppy Carew (TV Movie) as
The Young Poisoner's Handbook as
Pirates (TV Series) as
Gail Fleshy
- Episode #1.1 (1994) - Gail Fleshy
Stages (TV Series) as
- Low Level Panic (1994) - Mary
Four Weddings and a Funeral as
Scarlett - Wedding One
Olly's Prison (TV Movie) as
The Comic Strip Presents (TV Series) as
- Gregory: Diary of a Nutcase (1993) - Patsy
Breathing (Short)
The Bill (TV Series) as
Sharon Palmer
- Happy Families (1992) - Sharon Palmer
Map of the Human Heart as
Inspector Morse (TV Series) as
Jessica White
- Happy Families (1992) - Jessica White
Jackanory (TV Series) as
- Night Birds on Nantucket: Part 5 (1992) - Storyteller
- Night Birds on Nantucket: Part 4 (1992) - Storyteller
- Night Birds on Nantucket: Part 3 (1992) - Storyteller
- Night Birds on Nantucket: Part 2 (1992) - Storyteller
- Night Birds on Nantucket: Part 1 (1992) - Storyteller
End of the Road a Film About First Love (Short) as
Young Woman
Freddie and Max (TV Series) as
Freddie Latham
- Episode #1.6 (1990) - Freddie Latham
- Episode #1.5 (1990) - Freddie Latham
- Episode #1.4 (1990) - Freddie Latham
- Episode #1.3 (1990) - Freddie Latham
- Episode #1.2 (1990) - Freddie Latham
- Episode #1.1 (1990) - Freddie Latham
Screen One (TV Series) as
- Sweet Nothing (1990) - Ros
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV Mini Series) as
- Episode #1.3 (1990) - Jess
- Episode #1.2 (1990) - Jess
- Episode #1.1 (1990) - Jess
Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale as
The Play on One (TV Series) as
Irene Blakely
- A View of Harry Clark (1989) - Irene Blakely
Uncle Silas (TV Mini Series) as
Millie Ruthyn
- Episode #1.2 (1989) - Millie Ruthyn
Campaign (TV Mini Series) as
Kim Greenbank
- Episode #1.5 (1988) - Kim Greenbank
- Episode #1.4 (1988) - Kim Greenbank
- Episode #1.3 (1988) - Kim Greenbank
Scene (TV Series) as
- Janna : Where Are You? (1987) - Soo
The Two of Us (TV Series) as
Mohawk Girl
- Cracks in the Pavement (1986) - Mohawk Girl
Danger: Marmalade at Work (TV Series) as
Marmalade Atkins
- Shame (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- Airplane Atkins (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- What the Butler Saw (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade's Masterpiece (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- The Cruise of the Grotty Shark (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- Private Marmalade (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade and Chef Robo (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- 007½ (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade Bravo (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
- Social Worker (1984) - Marmalade Atkins
Educating Marmalade (TV Series) as
Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade at the Albert Hall (1983) - Marmalade Atkins
- The Nativity Play (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Short Sharp Shock (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Nanny (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade in Venice (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade at St Cecilia's (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Walkies (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade at Eton (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- The Convent of the Blessed Limit (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
- Cringe Hill (1982) - Marmalade Atkins
Theatre Box (TV Series) as
Marmalade Atkins
- Marmalade Atkins in Space (1981) - Marmalade Atkins
Worzel Gummidge (TV Series) as
Sue Peters
- Muvvers' Day (1981) - Sue Peters
- Worzel's Birthday (1981) - Sue Peters
- The Golden Hind (1981) - Sue Peters
- Will the Real Aunty Sally-? (1981) - Sue Peters
- A Cup 'O Tea and a Slice 'O Cake (1980) - Sue Peters
- Choir Practice (1980) - Sue Peters
- The Return of Dafthead (1980) - Sue Peters
- Worzel's Wager (1980) - Sue Peters
- Worzel the Brave (1980) - Sue Peters
- A Fair Old Pullover (1980) - Sue Peters
- Moving On (1980) - Sue Peters
- The Jumbly Sale (1980) - Sue Peters
- The Return of Dolly Clothes-Peg (1980) - Sue Peters
- The Scarecrow Wedding (1980) - Sue Peters
- Fire Drill (1980) - Sue Peters
- Worzel in the Limelight (1980) - Sue Peters
- Very Good, Worzel (1980) - Sue Peters
- The Trial of Worzel Gummidge (1980) - Sue Peters
- A Fishy Tale (1980) - Sue Peters
- Worzel's Nephew (1980) - Sue Peters
- Worzel and Saucy Nancy (1980) - Sue Peters
- The Scarecrow Hop (1979) - Sue Peters
- Worzel Pays a Visit (1979) - Sue Peters
- A Little Learning (1979) - Sue Peters
- The Crowman (1979) - Sue Peters
- Aunt Sally (1979) - Sue Peters
- A Home Fit for Scarecrows (1979) - Sue Peters
- Worzel's Washing Day (1979) - Sue Peters
Two People (TV Series) as
Emma Moffat / Emma Moffatt
- Back to Earth (1979) - Emma Moffat
- Fun and Games (1979) - Emma Moffat
- Home and Away (1979) - Emma Moffat
- Ructions (1979) - Emma Moffatt
- Blueprints (1979) - Emma Moffatt
Freddie and Max (TV Series) (performer: "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off")
The Sooty Story: The First Thirty Years (TV Special documentary) (with special thanks to)
It's Only TV... But I Like It (TV Series) as
- Episode #2.8 (2000) - Self
Southern Gold (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #2.5 (1994) - Self - Guest
The Sooty Story: The First Thirty Years (TV Special documentary)
Archive Footage
Too Much TV (TV Series) as
Sue Peters
- Episode #1.4 (2016) - Sue Peters (uncredited)
Four Weddings and a Funeral: Production Featurette (Video documentary short) as
Scarlett (uncredited)


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