Growing up in Sutton, Surrey, Charlie always knew he was going to entertain in one way or another. At the tender age of eight, he won a national search to find Jongleurs UK’s Funniest Kid in Stand Up Comedy. He went on to gig at many venues across the country – including Jethro’s Club, Cornwall and The Irish Pub, International Drive, Florida – all before he reached ten years of age.
Taking a break from comedy through his time at secondary school, Charlie spent most of his teenage years writing or researching aspects of the television and film industries. Although far from being an A* student, Charlie loved school; certainly not for Science and Maths, but for the many ‘extra curriculum’ drama groups and shows he produced outside of the classroom.
Charlie always said he would avoid university and the three extra years in education and instead ‘get his foot into the industry door.’ He kept his word when, four months after leaving sixth form, he found The Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, SW19. After just one audition he was cast as Aladdin in the 2011 Christmas Pantomime – his theatrical debut – which begun an ongoing affinity between the two. During his time as an actor at The Colour House, Charlie starred in a record setting eight productions and four consecutive pantomimes. He has played Aladdin, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk and Prince Charming in both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, before becoming the in-house director, taking the reins on five productions – also writing the 2015/16 Season – and introducing the company to many innovative changes, gaining great reviews.
He also wrote and directed plays for the venue and produced many cabaret nights, both using students from local schools to give them experience of performing in a professional theatre, before leaving school.
Charlie now works behind the scenes as the theatre Artistic Director. He is passionate about his role at the theatre and loves the flexibility that the job gives him.
Although Charlie loves acting and directing he has a natural flair for presenting and is most comfortable when breaking the fourth wall. Maybe because of his early roots in comedy, or his easy going persona, Charlie takes the vulnerability in his stride and enjoys the challenges of being live with nowhere to hide. He is also a keen interviewer – having interviewed the X-Factors Wagner and Britain’s Got Talent’s Gabz, to name a few – and he loves building a relationship with his guest in order to extract all the necessary answers.
Charlie has presented countless live events, plus online series’ using improvisation and an auto-cue and he now hosts a weekly radio show for community station Susy Radio. He is able to turn his hand to different styles of presenting depending on what the job needs. Charlie is most proud of being the Master of Ceremonies at Mitcham Carnival for the past seven years. He works voluntarily for Merton Council to book every act for the main stage, before presenting them to 10,000 local people on the day. In 2017 he MC’d London’s largest free summer fair The Wimbledon Guild Village Fair in 2017, presenting in front of 30,000 people.
In 2018 Charlie became the new WimbledonGent for entrepreneur and blogger LadyWimbledon. He now visits the boroughs must see attractions, with the vlogs being seen by LadyW’s 30,000+ social media followers.
Charlie spends the majority of his spare time with his girlfriend Angel – yes Charlie’s Angel! – and the two are happiest visiting villages with charity shops or watching horror films. When Angel’s not around, he watches his secret passion WWE Wrestling, which led him to become a news presenter on the WrestleTalk TV YouTube Channel.
“In recent years my passion for the industry has turned into a desire to succeed, not so I can egotistically see my name in lights, but simply because I could never imagine myself doing anything else in the world!” – Charlie Shakespeare