The scripts managed to be quite dark: Moran’s character was the shambling figure of fun, trying to fight his corner with brutal wit, while Finlay was a figure of brooding menace, trying to hold on to his old life. In the case of actress Charlotte Coleman, who died suddenly last week of a bronchial asthma attack aged 33, that feeling is exacerbated by the awareness that she was just beginning to grow into her full capabilities as an original and inventive performer. She also appeared in Simon Nye's sitcom How Do You Want Me? , On 13 November 2001, Coleman visited her family where they watched a film together. In a television world of increasingly homogeneous performances, such an accomplishment is rare indeed. In 1990, Coleman appeared as Jess, a teenage 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. In 1989, she starred alongside Geraldine McEwan and Kenneth Cranham in Beebon Kidron’s television adaptation of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Mon 19 Nov 2001 06.23 EST Charlotte Coleman, who has died from an asthma attack aged 33, was the award-winning actress who played Scarlet, … Actress Charlotte Coleman died last week, aged 33, after suffering a massive asthma attack. Her sister Lisa is also an actress. The quality and conviction of her performance almost rescued even that most soporifically self-important of police dramas Inspector Morse. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Charlotte, star of Four Weddings, passed away in 2001, Charlotte with Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Charlotte was the kooky flatmate of Hugh's character Charles, The behaviour of rebel Marmalade Atkins was nothing compared to Charlotte, Teen terror Marmalade Atkins was a hit in the 1980s, Charlotte starred as Sue in Worzel Gummidge, with Jon Pertwee, from the age of eight to 12, Charlotte took on the role of Geraldine McEwan's lesbian daughter in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The cast of the original film have reunited for Red Nose Day, High Grant filming the Red Nose Day special 25 years on, First look at One Red Nose Day and a Wedding starring Hugh Grant, starring Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell and Kristen Scott Thomas, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). All three were made by Thames Television and written by Andrew Davies. This seems to have been particularly the case for Coleman, whose looks frequently saw her cast to play a character younger or more immature than her age. Oranges was one of her finest performances, but that same intensity was to become, in various ways, the trademark of her work. The change in material that hinted at what she was capable of came with a sitcom. She had suffered a massive asthma attack. (1998–2000), alongside Dylan Moran and Emma Chambers, and voiced the lead female character, Primrose, in the animated adaptation of Brambly Hedge. The riotous Marmalade Atkins was the first of many characters she played that were not quite in the mainstream of society. 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. Charlotte’s sister, Casualty actor Lisa Coleman, said the star had died of a massive asthma attack and her inhaler had been found in an upstairs room. Other television appearances in the 1980s and '90s included roles in Thames Television's The Bill and Central Independent Television's Inspector Morse, the short-lived comedy series Freddie and Max, with Anne Bancroft, a drama about homelessness, Sweet Nothing and another lesbian role, as Barbara Gale in the political satire Giving Tongue (1996). The ‘worst girl in the world’ caused havoc at school and horrified her parents with her outrageous antics in Educating Marmalade and Marmalade at Work, between 1982 and 1984. I graffitied the house. For much of the 1990s her television work was caught up in the cycle of uninspired casting and poor work available, which have blighted many careers. Adapted from Jeanette Winterson’s novel, Oranges tells the story of a young girl, Jess, discovering her sexuality in the environment of a charismatic evangelist community in Lancashire. Charlotte Coleman – who played Hugh Grant’s quirky flatmate Scarlett – died suddenly in 2001 at the age of 33. Her acting career continued and at 21 she played a coming of age role in the groundbreaking TV drama Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. ", In 1987, when she was just 19, her 23-year-old boyfriend Jonathan Laycock was killed in a cycling accident and she later said she "just fell apart.". “It was very grim because Jon was the great love of my life,” she said 10 years after, “After his death it was two years before I could go out with someone else and I've still got pictures of Jon up in my flat.”. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). She did not sound like anybody else. , At 15, feeling that her upbringing had been too liberal, since her parents "didn't believe in restraint", Coleman enrolled at Dartington Hall School in Devon. Interesting Facts About Charlotte Coleman. That may sound like a definition of what acting should be about, but it is uncommon, nonetheless. 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. On 14 November 2001, Charlotte spent the evening watching films with her mum and dad but left early. In her own words she “really fell apart”. It was the first time, she said, she had not played someone slightly weird or very childlike. I spent 15 grand, all my money, and it was just stupid really. Friend Rod Gilchrist, producer of Charlotte’s last major television series, How Do You Want Me? View our online Press Pack. FANS of Four Weddings and a Funeral are brimming with excitement at the short ‘sequel’ airing as part of Comic Relief next week – 25 years after the original. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Jess’ home life revolves around a church that is ridiculed by the wider community for their Christian fundamentalism. Coleman's first major television role was as Sue in Southern Television's Worzel Gummidge. Vividly brought to life by Charlotte Coleman, she's both a droll chorus figure and an optimistic, surrogate victim. Other early work included A Choice of Evils (Play for Today, BBC, 1977) and Two People (London Weekend Television, 1979), as Emma Moffatt). At 14, she was expelled from the school for smoking and drinking. Although she came to loathe being identified as Marmalade by a generation that had grown up with the show, she used the money to put herself through the liberal boarding school Dartington Hall and catch up with her education. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. She portrayed the same cause of death in one of her own movies three years earlier her death. She was educated at Camden School for Girls, from which she was expelled. Coleman won a Royal Television Society, Best Actress award and was nominated for a BAFTA for her portrayal of the young lesbian character. She played a string of child-like waifs and outsiders in work of varying quality, but she retained the ability to engage in even the most hackneyed of material. Tragically died due to an asthma attack - the same cause of death as a character in one of her own movies 3 years earlier. The result was an emotional directness coupled with a distinctively personal pattern of performance. Her best-known work is undoubtedly playing Scarlet, the chaotic and eccentric flatmate of Hugh Grant’s character; in the depressingly successful film Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994). “I caused my parents absolute hell. She received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for this part, losing to Thomas. , A memorial was held at the Mill Hill Buddhist Centre in north London later that month and attended by family and close friends. As the rom-com cast reunite 25 years on for a Comic Relief special, there is one notable absence. She seems often to have been in the unstable position of belonging to a comfortable and reassuring world while remaining unsure of her position within it. “I was very destructive, undisciplined, smashing things up, and I was wild in my teens. Discover the real story, facts, and details of Charlotte Coleman. Tragically she also had to cope with the death of her boyfriend aged just 19, which sent her into a spiral of eating disorders and depression. Author: SQAdmin  After his death Coleman went through periods of depression, and developed the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia. Later that evening she complained of feeling unwell, but went home to her flat against her parents' advice. This ran for four series (and a Christmas special) from 1978 to 1981 on the ITV network. The character of Scarlet was an over-written attempt to offset the relentless upper-class veneer of the rest of the film. It was a character that her real parents and teachers, at the Camden School For Girls, recognised all too well. The actress was found dead in her London flat hours after leaving her parents’ house complaining she was feeling unwell. said: “Charlotte seemed very frail. "The family is devastated. Charlotte Coleman, who played eccentric Scarlett, tragically died in 2001 after suffering a massive asthma attack. Coleman’s performance was a bravura emotional roller coaster, teetering on (and falling into) self-parody certainly, but carrying some weight of honesty too. As a child, she attended drama classes at the Anna Sher school (which has produced such actors as Tim Roth and Kathy Burke), making her television debut at the age of eight. We loved her and she was a rare creature who the camera loved.”. At 25, Charlotte was cast as the eccentric Scarlett in Four Weddings, landing herself a BAFTA nomination and the most memorable role of her career but her battle with depression continued. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here.