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Charlotte Anne Ritchie (born 29 August 1989) is an English actress and singer who portrayed the role of Nurse Barbara Hereward in Call the Midwife.

Early Life[]

Charlotte Anne Ritchie was born on 29 August 1989 in Clapham Town, London, England. She is the daughter of Robin Ritchie, a businessman and Elise Ritchie, a housewife. She has one brother, Luke Ritchie, who is a singer and one sister, Alice Ritchie, who is a journalist. She was educated at James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich, and joined Youth Music Theatre UK and its production of Red Hunter in 2005. She gained a degree in English and drama at the University of Bristol whilst filming Fresh Meat.


In 2004, Ritchie played a lead role in a short film entitled The Open Doors with Michael Sheen. She appeared as an uncredited extra in the 2005 film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She also featured in The Pierglass at the Young Pleasance Theatre in August 2006 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ritchie was a presenter on Boomerang and performed with All Angels in an episode of Emmerdale. She also played Emily Owen, a neighbour in the BBC's Life of Riley.

From 2011 to 2016, Ritchie portrayed Oregon in the Channel 4 comedy series Fresh Meat.

She stars alongside Tom Stourton in the BBC Three sitcom Siblings, which was first broadcast in summer 2014, and she appeared as a guest panellist in the same year on 8 Out of 10 Cats.

In 2015, Ritchie joined the cast of popular period drama Call the Midwife where she portrayed the role of Nurse Barbara Hereward until March 2018, when she decided to leave the show.

In 2016, she appeared in the UK production of Noël Coward's Private Lives, playing the role of Sibyl Chase.

On New Years Day 2019, she had the guest starring role of Lin in the Doctor Who episode "Resolution".

From 2019 to 2023, she played Alison Copper in Ghosts, a BBC sitcom.

She played the role of George in Channel 4 series Feel Good, co-starring with Mae Martin. The series released on Netflix in 2020.

Ritchie was a contestant on series 11 of Taskmaster, which was broadcast on Channel 4 in March to May 2021. She has since been a guest on several episodes of the official Taskmaster podcast.

In 2022, Ritchie joined the cast as a series regular on season 4 of the American series You where she portrays the role of Katherine "Kate" Lockwood-Goldberg.

From 2022 to 2024, she portrayed the role of Bonnie Davenport in the period detective drama series Grantchester.

In 2023, Ritchie appeared in the music video for "The Blades" by the alternative rock band Squid.

In 2023, Ritchie had the guest starring role of Barbara in the American film Wonka with Timothée Chalamet.


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