Charlotte Ritchie — things you didn’t know about the star

 Charlotte Ritchie at a press call wearing a red dress with her brown hair shoulder length
Charlotte Ritchie has become a household name thanks to Call the Midwife and Ghosts. (Image credit: Getty)

Charlotte Ritchie became a household name after playing nurse Barbara Hereward in four series of the nation's favourite Sunday night drama, Call the Midwife.

Sadly, for her and us, Charlotte will be remembered for her tragic death in the BBC One period drama, dying of septicemia in the arms of her husband, Tom (Jack Ashton).

Since then Charlotte has appeared in a wide variety of shows, including Doctor Who , Sky comedy Dead Pixels and most recently in the hit BBC One sitcom, Ghosts.

But what else is there to know about Charlotte Ritchie? Let us fill you in...

Charlotte Richie is a London girl

Charlotte was born on August 29th 1989 in Clapham and went on the attend the James Allen Girl’s School in Dulwich. After joining the British Youth Music Theatre, she then went to university in Bristol, with a view to becoming a teacher because her father thought she needed a back-up plan if acting didn't work out.

In her final year at uni, Charlotte auditioned for and was cast in Channel 4's hilarious student comedy, Fresh Meat, opposite Jack Whitehall and Joe Thomas.

She can sing as well as act

Charlotte might be an actress first and foremost, but she is also a talented singer and songwriter, and was one of four members of the British classical crossover group, All Angels. The group performed between 2006-2011 and sold half a million albums of their two albums, while they were still at school.

Performing runs in Charlotte's family

Charlotte’s brother, Luke, is, like her, also a singer/songwriter. The siblings often collaborate, and shared their beautiful performances on YouTube. Their EP Light of Another was released in 2014. Luke continues to perform although Charlotte focuses mainly on her acting career these days.

She had an uncredited role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Charlotte has a bulging CV that boasts shows like Fresh Meat, Doctors, Raised by Wolves, Taskmaster, Life of Riley and Sky comedy Feel Good, but before her career took off she appeared as a Slytherin student in the 2005 fourth film in the Harry Potter series.

Her mum is a huge Call the Midwife fan

Charlotte revealed on ITV morning show Lorraine that her mum is such a huge fan of Call the Midwife she was crushed when she revealed she had left the show. The actress confessed: “She’s not happy, but she is very glad that I have [starred in the series]. She loves the show and she understands!”

Charlotte Ritchie Call the Midwife

Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara in Call the Midwife. (Image credit: BBC/Neal Street Productions/Soph)

She wasn't surprised by the success of Ghosts

Tv tonight Thomas Thorne (MAT BAYNTON), Alison (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), Lady Button (MARTHA HOWE-DOUGLAS)

Charlotte Ritchie with some of her unwanted housemates in Ghosts. (Image credit: BBC)

Charlotte stars in the BBC One sitcom as Alison, a newlywed who inherits a mansion with her husband, Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), and soon discovers they share the dwelling with inhabitants from centuries, even millennia, ago. The characters are rich and the comedy is broad.

“There’s something for everyone in it,” Charlotte told iNews. “It’s very uncynical and it’s very sweet. It doesn’t punch down: it’s sophisticated in that respect. It doesn’t need a punching bag to be funny. It doesn’t compromise on anything to be a family show.”

Charlotte Richie's fact file

Frequently asked questions about the star...

How old is Charlotte Richie?

Charlotte Richie is 32 and was born on August 29, 1989.

Is Charlotte Richie married?

Although Charlotte isn't married it is believed she has a long-term partner.

Does Charlotte Richie have any children?

Charlotte Richie does not have any children.

Where was Charlotte Richie born?

Charlotte Richie was born in Clapham, London.

How tall is Charlotte Ritchie?

Charlotte Richie is five foot six.

Charlotte Ritchie does not use social media.

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.