Here’s what we know about the English actress
CHARLOTTE Riley knew she wanted to become an actress at the age of nine, when she played Captain Hook in a school play.
Since then she has come a long way, with roles in Peaky Blinders, Wuthering Heights and Edge of Tomorrow, as well as playing Kate Middleton in BBC drama King Charles III.
Charlotte was born December 29, 1981 (making her a Capricorn), the third and youngest child of a nurse and an engineer.
She grew up in the North East, in Stockton-on-Tees, near Middlesbrough.
She has said she had a "typical North Eastern working-class upbringing", though she attended the prestigious private school, Teesside High School.
Charlotte got the acting bug when she was nine years old, playing Captain Hook in her school's production of Peter Pan.
She told The Independent: “It was the first time I remember feeling really free. I was like, ‘I can’t get this wrong. It’s just a matter of perspective.’ It wasn’t black or white, and I liked that.”
Later she studied linguistics at Durham University, where she joined a sketch comedy group and began writing sketches with the only other female member, Tiffany Wood.
Eventually, the pair wrote a play, Shaking Cecilia, which got into the National Student Drama Festival and won the Sunday Times playwriting award in 2004.
Encouraged, Charlotte applied for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
She was accepted and graduated in 2007.
Two years later she got her big break when she won the role of Catherine in ITV's Wuthering Heights (despite not having read the book when she auditioned).
Charlotte won positive reviews for her performance in Wuthering Heights and went on to work on a series of high-profile projects.
In 2014 she starred in Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, as well as adventure-drama In the Heart of the Sea, also starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy.
The same year she joined the cast of BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders, playing wealthy widow May Carleton.
She also starred in BBC2 drama Close to the Enemy, set in post-WWII London. Her character, an alluring American named Rachel, catches the eye of star Jim Sturgess's Army intelligence officer Callum; problem is, she's engaged to his best friend.
Charlotte also starred as Kate Middleton in BBC drama King Charles III, based on a play of the same name that imagines a future in which Prince Charles accedes to the throne.
She said: "Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to."
Charlotte is married to actor Tom Hardy, whom she met on the set of Wuthering Heights in 2009 when he played Heathcliffe to her Catherine.
They also co-starred in The Take, and Peaky Blinders. Tom is also known for his roles in The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road.
The couple wed in 2014, reportedly in the south of France, and welcomed their first child in October of the following year. Charlotte is also stepmum to Tom's son Louis, who was born in 2008.
The family also includes a dog named Woody, a rescue Tom adopted to help Charlotte overcome a fear of dogs. (Woody has also appeared in Peaky Blinders, albeit in a cameo role.)