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 Colour House Theatre, SW19. After just one audition he was cast as Aladdin in the 2011 Christmas Pantomime – his theatrical debut – which begun an ongoing affinity between himself and the venue.
During his time as an actor at 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 and writing their 2015/16 Season and 100th Show. Charlie has also written and directed plays for the venue and produced many cabaret nights, both of which used 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 and loves the flexibility that the job gives him.
Although Charlie loved 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.
Charlie has presented countless live events and online series – using either improvisation skills, scripts or an auto-cue – and he now hosts a weekly radio show for community station SUSYRadio. 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 eight 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, presenting in front of 30,000 people and in 2019 he hosted the first ever MertonLive! showcase at the historic and prestigious New Wimbledon Theatre.
In 2019 Charlie appeared in VisitVideos online travel series #SussexCoastSeries. Throughout this unscripted ten episode adventure, Charlie explores the coast of Sussex with two fellow presenters, having lots of fun along the way and showing his witty personality.
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 back in 2015.
“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!” – Charlie