This is my story

Charlotte Peters is a classically trained actress who has studied at Drama Studio in London, the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland, and explored the methods of Lee Strasberg, Michael Chekhov, Ivanna Chubbuck, and Uta Hagen. She made her professional acting debut starring in the National Theatre Production, The 39 Steps on the West End and has shared the screen with Jean-Claude van Damme in Pound of Flesh. She has starred in several short films, including Siobhan, which won both the President’s Award at the Sochi Film Festival and the Short Reeler Competition. She also starred in The Widow’s Last, which played at numerous festivals and won the Edinburgh Indie Film Festival. Born in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, she’s lived in Paris, New Zealand, and the United States. She speaks English, Gaelic, and French.

Always looking to art to explore the core of humanity and find healing, Charlotte returned to the UK after beginning her career as a model in Paris, where she also studied French Literature at the Sorbonne. While working as a home aide in Cork city, she first witnessed the healing properties of performance when one of her charges insisted that rather than being taken to a hospital, they be brought to the Royal Opera house to attend The Winter’s Tale. The cathartic effect of living vicariously through the characters proved invigorating, doing what medicine could not: it allowed her patient to heal.

From that moment onward, Charlotte pursued acting, putting into practice her belief that the restorative power of art is vital to our existence — and that an actor’s purpose is to serve as a vessel for the audience’s self-reflection and humanity. After one of her performances in the stage play, The Weir, an audience member approached Charlotte regarding her character’s monologue about the death of a daughter, and asked earnestly, “You did that for me, didn’t you?” explaining that she had lost a son several years prior. To Charlotte, it proved a further example of helping someone heal through performance.

Acting is always rooted in seeking truth and going to the character — a technique shaped by the memory of her late father. The day after he died, Charlotte’s mother encouraged her to write about her final day with him, and she has continued to add to this piece of writing for years, creating an honest portrait of him she can always carry with her. She strives to bring this truth to all her characters, whether real or fictional.

Currently, Charlotte’s series of eight short documentary films where she conducts character studies through interviews with a range of subjects called The Compass can be watched on YouTube. The project evolved into a larger exploration of the human condition, an interest she continues to pursue by launching a new podcast about compassion, working with non-profit organizations in London and the US. Additionally, Grafton, a psychological thriller she stars in and co-produced, will be released this year. Charlotte is always looking for her next great role.