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Wednesday, 21 November, 2001, 18:09 GMT
Your tributes: Charlotte Coleman
Charlotte Coleman and Dylan Moran in However Do You Want Me?
Charlotte Coleman with Dylan Moran in However Do You Want Me?
Your tributes for Four Weddings and a Funeral star Charlotte Coleman, who died suddenly last week aged 33.

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I would like to use this opportunity to pass on my best wishes and love to Charlotte's sister and mother and father. Charlotte was a truly wonderful person, a gifted actress and somebody who will be missed by many people all over the world.
Andrew Hall, England

Deepest Sympathy to Charlotte's family. She was one of the stars of the acting profession. What a loss she is to us all.
Nora Keohane Hickey, Ireland

Charlotte, we will miss you for all of what you have achieved. I was and am still an avid Worzel Fan - which is where I first came across you. I always remember you whenever I eat my cup of tea and slice of cake.
Phil, UK

Since the first time I saw her in Marmalade Atkins I was always impressed by her performance in whatever part she played. She will be very much missed.
Aimee Slater, UK

She was a beautiful, funny, endearing and brilliant actress who will be sadly missed. In 4Weddings she triumphed!!
Sue Kellett, England

I remember Charlotte Coleman from Marmalade Atkins, and remember wishing I could be that naughty. She was funny and brilliant in Four Weddings, and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Charlotte.
Rachel Baldwin, England

A major shock when I heard. She was, for me, the funniest thing about Four Weddings and a Funeral. What a waste of a young talent. I'm very surprised we didn't see more of her on TV and in films.
Sara, UK


Charlotte was one of those people who lights up the screen and beams happiness

A fan, Australia

I am shocked to hear of Charlotte's passing. My very great sympathies to all who loved her. I had followed her career for many years. She will be sorely missed.
Shoshana Dennis, USA (British)

I was in deep shock to hear about Charlotte's death. I remember her in Educating Marmalade. I never missed a series. But, she will be remembered appearing in Four Weddings and a Funeral. RIP, Charlotte.
Gary Hunt, England

I was lucky enough to see the late Charlotte Coleman in the wonderful "Beautiful People"in Tehran. Her performances in a few British TV serials were also excellent I've seen before but I will always remember her as the kind and brave creature I saw in "Beautiful People".
Sina Ohadinia, Iran

Educating Marmalade was my absolute fave programme as a child. A sad loss of a contemporary of mine and a fine actress.
Katie, UK

Charlotte was one of those people who lights up the screen and beams happiness.
A fan, Australia


Charlotte was one of the most original, instinctively likeable, and unpretentious actresses on screen today

Alex, UK

I just received my first notice from the BBC email service only to read this terrible news about Charlotte. My heart goes out to her family and friends who must be crushed. She was a pixie.
Paul Olsen, USA

I loved her work. She was far too young to die. She will be sorely missed.
Amy Clare Seccombe, England

I was very shocked and upset to hear of Charlotte's sudden death. She is the same age as me, and I have grown up loving all her performances. I thought she was hugely talented, beautiful and wonderfully individual, indeed, a fantastic role model.

I am so deeply sorry for the loss to her family, first and foremost, and to all those who knew and loved her. I admired her as an actress and an individual. I shall miss her and we shall all miss out on what she would have given us in her future work. Rest in Peace Charlotte.
Adele, UK

Sadly missed - a truly talented young lady.
Melanie, England

Charlotte was one of the most original, instinctively likeable, and unpretentious actresses on screen today. Her sense of fun, and the way in which she came across as "just one of us" was what marked her out from the rest.

She will be sadly missed. A real loss to the world, and a sad loss to the British acting world.
Alex, UK


I took heart also from the fact that someone who appeared rather quirky and different could find success

Beckie, England
I first saw Charlotte in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, she was brilliant. I took heart also from the fact that someone who appeared rather quirky and different could find success. She gave me hope. What a talent, what a loss. All best wishes to her family.
Beckie, England

I was very sad to hear about the death of Charlotte. I have been a fan since her early days in Marmalade Atkins. And loved her in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She was totally original and will be sadly missed.
Mandy, England

She was a wonderful actress - and had a real joie de vivre about her. This is very sad - my sincere condolances to her family.
Mark, UK

A great actress who entertained us and will be missed. I pray for her family at this difficult time, losing someone so young and so suddenly.
Katie, Ireland

Only the good die young and she was very very good. Talent taken at such a young age is always hard to swallow.
Dave Wright, UK


I remember you as Marmalade Atkins as I was growing up and admired you greatly

Marie Dipper
I was really sad to hear of the sudden death of such a talented actress. I'm 27 and as I was going through my terrible teenage years, I used to tune into Educating Marmalade - fantastic viewing, my hero! You never forget things like that. If she was anything like the characters she portrayed, I'm sure there's some party going on up there!
Lisa Pyke, England

I remember you as Marmalade Atkins as I was growing up and admired you greatly, you will always be remembered.
Marie Dipper, UK

Our heartfelt condolences to her entire family and friends. We are gonna miss you.
Glenn Mcgowan, Oman

Charlotte Coleman will forever be in my memories. Not only a great actress, but she was in my favourite programme Worzel Gummidge. It was a shock, very very sad, my thoughts for her family, she brought me a lot of pleasure when I was a kid, she will be sorely missed.
Sean Driver, England

I share your sorrows and I was really extremely shocked. She will be sadly missed. I send my condolences from my heart to all of her family, friends and beloved admirers
Safia Al Ghitany, Egypt


The former wild child of Camden matured into a fine actress and individual

Alison, England
How could someone with so much talent die so young? I am a big fan of hers and I am so upset that she has gone. I, like many others, loved her in Four Weddings and a Funeral and I felt she outshone everyone else in the film
Joanna, UK

I am lost for words, Charlotte was a wonderful actress. Right from the days of Marmalade Atkins when I was a kid, there was something special about her, something that made you sit up and take notice. I can't explain the sense of loss I feel, as I never knew her personally, but I guess she was a bit of a heroine, someone I saw growing up on screen as I grew up at home. The screen will miss her sparkle, and so will I.
Jo, UK

A great loss to the British film, television and theatrical world. Another star has died.
Rebecca Knight, UK

She was brilliant and beautiful. It's incredibly sad that she went so young and I will miss her greatly.
Caroline, UK

She was a fantastic actress and will be sadly missed from our TV screens. I grew up with Worzel Gummidge and still watch it today.
Richard Corbey, England


She was a born comedian and people will long remember her

S. Mubarak Abbas, Pakistan
I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely death of Charlotte Coleman. From her earliest roles in Worzel Gummidge and Marmalade through to Oranges...., Four Weddings and How Do You Want Me, she brought a rare talent to the screen. The former wild child of Camden matured into a fine actress and individual. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. Rest in peace.
Alison, England

Charlotte's performances in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and Four Weddings and A Funeral were truly brilliant. I'd like to send my condolences to Mr and Mrs Coleman who have lost a wonderful daughter, while the world has lost a great actress. I pray that she will rest in peace.
Simon King, UK

I wish to send my condolences to Charlotte's family. I remember her starring in Wurzel Gummidge alongside John Pertwee and I always thought she would be a big star. She was the same age as me and it is quite tragic that her life has been taken quite prematurely. She will be sorely missed.
Lynn Kiss, UK

Very sad, she had an amazing screen presence and I often think of her in that scene under the table with the little girl talking about how sex is like table tennis. She was fabulous, a very sad loss to you I would say. Be strong, she is an angel now.
Clare McKenna, Ireland


Her beauty and quirky charm transcended the roles she created so wonderfully

Dave Bennett, UK
A very sad time, a talented and funny actress, a great loss. I'm sure other people feel the same. I watched Charlotte grow up in front of the cameras from a child to adulthood, bless you Charlotte.
Jamie, UK

I saw Ms Coleman's film Four Weddings And A Funeral in which she performed her role splendidly. She was a born comedian and people will long remember her.
S. Mubarak Abbas, Pakistan

I only hope that John Hannah is on hand at the Memorial service to deliver this for his friend:-

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog barking with a juicy bone, Silence the piano and with muffled drum, Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come." (The Auden poem from Four Weddings and a Funeral).

A sad loss indeed.
Brian, Australia

I fell in love with Charlotte the first time I ever saw her. Her beauty and quirky charm transcended the roles she created so wonderfully.
Dave Bennett, UK

You couldn't help fall for Scarlett. Charlotte was a gorgeous, funny creature and will be terribly missed.
Bern Webb, USA


For me her greatest gift was her ability to be both funny and natural - an undoubted sign of her genius

James Blears, Mexico
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of her passing. I loved her work and will always cherish the laughs she brought me. From Tucson, Arizona, may you rest in peace and we shall never forget you.
Jen Marcus, USA

A tragic loss of such a talented young actress. I'm quite certain Charlotte will never be forgotten, thanks mainly to her wonderful performance in Four Weddings.
Gary, UK

Charlotte's family must be so sad, but also incredibly proud of her tremendous talents. For me her greatest gift was her ability to be both funny and natural - an undoubted sign of her genius.
James Blears, Mexico

Charlotte will always be "Jess" to me - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit became what it is because of Charlotte. Her performance was brilliant, haunting, exceptional. Thank you for touching my heart when I needed it most. To her family - she was a such a gift from Heaven. Thank you for sharing her with us!
Sarah , USA

I read in disbelief about Charlotte Coleman's death. It is a great loss of such a talented lady who made life more colourful. The world will be a duller place without her around.
Kathryn Royle, Australia (British)


I was only thinking the other day that I'd love to see Educating Marmalade shown again, maybe it will now happen in memory of Charlotte

Elliot, UK
Sad to lose such an effervescent and individual talent so young. I have enjoyed Charlotte's work for many years, beginning with Marmalade Atkins.
Laurie Orman, Australia

I was a huge "Marmalade" fan, and found Charlotte's quirky humour refreshing.
Allan, UK

I remember Charlotte in a Christmas Worzel Gummidge special and also the fantastic Educating Marmalade. I'm still in shock and can't quite believe this has happened. I was only thinking the other day that I'd love to see Educating Marmalade shown again, maybe it will now happen in memory of Charlotte.
Elliot, UK

I first saw Charlotte as Marmalade Atkins on TV and from then on I followed her career with interest. Being the same age as her, I find it incredibly sad to think that the profession has lost such a sparky and innovative actress whom many will not be able to see develop and progress onto better things. It was good while it lasted - but I wish it had been for longer.
Carolyn Rawlinson, UK

Charlotte was a talented actress, even when she played Marmalade Atkins many years ago. She was also excellent in Oranges, which should be repeated as a tribute to a fine talent, which was cut short. Sympathies to the Coleman family.
Phil, England

Ms Coleman's performance in the BBC drama Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was inspirational. Such a pity to lose such a talent. Deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved her.
Tina, England


I also selfishly mourn the loss of decades of future laughter which I thought she would yet bring us

Charles Spencer, Canada
Charlotte Coleman was a fantastic actress and an asset to British drama. I am sure she will be sadly missed but also remembered.
Sue Richards, Los Angeles, USA

As an ex-pat, she made me laugh, there too few eccentrics in acting.
Neville Hobson, USA

I feel like I grew up with Charlotte Coleman. As a child I watched her in Marmalade Atkins, then Worzel Gummidge before seeing her make her mark as an adult in productions like Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

I was genuinely saddened to hear of her passing and can honestly say that her memory will live on for many years in the memories of people like me.
Glyn Coy, UK

Although I never knew her, I truly admired her as an actress and always looked forward to seeing her on TV/film. Her role in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit knocked my socks off. I didn't know TV could be that good.
Michael Akerman, UK

Everything about her in Four Weddings made me laugh - she truly made the film. I hadn't realised that she was in Worzel Gummidge, my favourite programme when I was little, but that now explains a lot! Thank you!
Elizabeth, UK

I was so sad to hear this news. I have grown up watching Charlotte on televison, from Marmalade Atkins to Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and, of course, Four Weddings. Coming from a family where asthma affects my mum, brothers and nephews I was shocked to hear of it causing such a tragic death.

Charlotte's life provided a lot of joy to her spectators. I hope her death provides an education. My best wishes go to her family.
R E Simpson, England


As someone of 27-years-old, I grew up with Marmalade Atkins, every young boy's icon!

Mike Breach, UK
Hers was my favourite character in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. Very sad. Any information on this disease that could help prevent an attack like the one she suffered would be greatly appreciated by those who know anyone with asthma.
Gidget, USA

I loved Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and Charlotte was a a big part of that enjoyment. What an awful shock to hear she's dead.
Matt, England

A great loss. Four Weddings is my favourite film and she was brilliant in it.
Tina Wilson, UK

Charlotte Coleman was a woman with such talent and beauty and it is so upsetting to hear of her death. My heart goes out to all her family who have lost a special person with a tremendous amount of talent. I have seen brilliant films starring Charlotte Coleman, I laughed and cried watching her, she will be someone who will never be forgotten. RIP.
Natasha Lowy, England

A truly great loss, will be sadly missed.She leaves us with splendid memories and a permanent smile on our faces.
Ikhy, UK

It was devastating news to learn of the death of one of the UK's most talented and enigmatic young actresses. I grew up watching Charlotte on screen and now I am deeply saddened to know that I shall never be able to see the wonderful Charlotte on screen anymore. God bless you Charlotte, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Stacy, UK


She was daring and vivacious on screen and always seemed so natural

Caroline Rutter, France
I was saddened to hear of Charlotte's death on the news. As someone of 27-years-old, I grew up with Marmalade Atkins, every young boy's icon!
Mike Breach, UK

A great loss for the British acting industry, a very talented young actress who will be missed dearly. Farewell Charlotte from a fellow countryman.
Nicole Groom, USA

Her Four Weddings role was the high point of a funny and clever film. We in Canada haven't had the pleasure of Marmalade Atkins or However Do You Want Me?, but there was another short series called, I think, "Freddy and Max" which also showcased her cheeky, rebellious trademark style.

It's always sad when someone dies before her time, but I also selfishly mourn the loss of decades of future laughter which I thought she would yet bring us. British actors are the best in English language comic acting, and she was a great representative of that tradition.
Charles Spencer, Canada

A sad loss. A fitting tribute would be if the BBC could release Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit on DVD, just as her other works are. It's all the more tragic when you realise just who young she was.
Dave Parker, UK

Charlotte was a brilliant and versatile actress. Living in Paris, I only read about her death this morning in the paper. I was deeply shocked. She was daring and vivacious on screen and always seemed so natural. I especially thought she was superb in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - my deepest sympathies go out to her family.
Caroline Rutter, France

My thoughts and best wishes are with the Coleman family in this time of their great sorrow. Your friends in the States are thinking of you.
Trudi Sheridan-Lewis, USA


I hope that an organisation for asthma research will be founded in her name

Frances Black, Scotland
A wonderful lady and actress. I was very shocked to hear of her death, particularly as it brought home to myself and my children how dangerous asthma can be, we have it. Charlotte will be remembered fondly and missed madly. God bless to her family and may she rest in peace.
Kate Palmer, England

Charlotte as an actor was a rare and unique talent. I feel so sad that she had such short time to explore her potential. I hope that an organisation for asthma research will be founded in her name.
Frances Black, Scotland

I was shocked and really saddened when I read on this website that Charlotte Coleman had died. I used to watch the programme Marmalade Atkins, that she starred in when I was about seven or eight, which is going back about 14 years. Thought she was fantastic as Hugh Grant's flatmate in Four Weddings. She'll be sadly missed.
Alexandra Evans, UK

The loss of Charlotte has left me heartbroken. My prayers are for her family and friends. It's so hard to believe someone so beautiful and talented can be taken so young. I'm of similar age to Charlotte and I've watched her grow up on TV over 20-odd years. I feel like part of me has gone. You are now at rest Charlotte, sleep well, for you are now forever young.
Paul, England

Crikey, what a shock. A prominent figure from my youth dies and I'm only 24! I think my first crush at primary school was on Marmalade Atkins. What a tragic loss of a young life.
Mike, Czech Rep.


What a glow. What a spark. What a flame!

Michael Stiebel
Thank God for lovely, talented and eccentric people. There are not enough of them. She's OK now, but what a loss for us all.
Harry A, England

Charlotte, your roles in Oranges and Four Weddings touched my heart. One made me laugh so hard and the other pushed my emotions to the limits. The concept of ping pong has taken on a greater meaning and I'll never view driving in a mini in the same way again. You truely brought joy to my life and I mourn your passing but your memory will live on.
Dave Price, UK

A rare breed of actress that lit up the screen in all of her perfomances. Funny, wacky and brilliant. Such a loss.
Craig Preedy, England

Charlotte, you were a shining star and a wonderful actress. My friends and I will miss you very much. Your gift to the world will always be remembered by me. From a very big fan of yours.
Margy Counihan, USA

Such an electric girl. What a glow. What a spark. What a flame! Her first word in Four Weddings made the movie win from the first moment.
Michael Stiebel, Germany


She could have been up there with the likes of Julie Walters and Alison Steadman

Jason, England
As a fellow resident of Holloway, I was deeply shocked to read of Charlotte's sudden passing. I remember her as far back as Worzel Gummidge, she was great in that as in most things she did. May the light of heaven shine upon her.
JK, London, UK

I am so shocked. I really admired your acting and fiesty personality. My condolances go to your family.
Karen Morgan, UK

She was very original and unique as an actress. Stood out from her contemporaries. I was always impressed, as a kid, by her convincing portrayal of a bored 10-year-old forced to live in a sleepy rural setting in Worzel Gummidge. In recent years, her acting talent developed immensely. She could have been up there with the likes of Julie Walters and Alison Steadman.
Jason, England

I will deeply miss Charlotte's wonderful presence on both TV and film. She had that rare quality of uniqueness, charm and warmth which I think shone through in all her roles. I will remember her best in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which to me, was one of the most life-forming moments in British drama.
Maxine, England

In 1991 I used to be a waiter- while studying - at the World Cafe in Crouch End. Gracious Charlotte was kind and very genorous. I'm very saddenend by her sudden death. She made me laugh.
Momin Soliman, London, UK


I had the opportunity of talking to this brilliant star who was so modest about her acting ability and sense of humour

Val, England
A extremely talented, effervescent and beautiful actress, she will be forever missed but never forgotten.
Daniel J. Banks, UK

It's always sad when someone young dies and this is no exception. I too have asthma and it brings it home as to how quick it can happen. She was a lovely person and a brilliant actress. She will be sadly missed by all. Thoughts are with her family. Sleep well Charlotte.
Avril, Dorset, UK

I was privileged to be an extra in "The Vacillations of Poppy Carey" and remember Charlotte walking with the horses drawing the coffin-bearing carriage to the village church in Denham. I had the opportunity of talking to this brilliant star who was so modest about her acting ability and sense of humour. I was so shocked at hearing the news. She will always be remembered. My copy of Mary Wesley's book has been circulated round the departement so that colleagues can see her autograph. I hope there will be many tributes of her films shown on television in the coming days and weeks.
Val, England

What a shock for such a talent to be snatched. I felt I grew up alongside Charlotte - certainly Worzel Gummidge made weekends more of a treat. She had developed into such a great talent as an adult as well. My heartfelt thoughts go to her family and friends at this time, but they must also be very, very proud of what she achieved in her time.
Claire, London, UK


I don't know anyone who could walk down a church aisle as a bridesmaid showing her knickers with that much style!

Claire, UK
I met Charlotte only the once at her agent's offices in London when we were discussing a lead role in a feature film comedy script I had written. From the moment she entered the room and started discussing the role with ideas and enthusiasm, the character became much more colourful than she had ever been on the page. When she accepted the part, I knew then that she would bring her own unique style to the project. Her premature death robs all of us in the industry of a rare talent. She will be greatly missed.
Graeme Scarfe, England

Charlotte stole the show as Scarlett in Four Weddings - it's sad that we won't get to see her doing anything like that again. I don't know anyone who could walk down a church aisle as a bridesmaid showing her knickers with that much style!
Claire, UK

I am so shocked at Charlotte Coleman's tragic death. What a huge loss. I will always remember her as cheeky Marmalade Atkins.
Lisa, UK

I was so sorry to hear of Charlotte's death. She was a lovely actress. Her zany personality often reminded me that it is OK not be like everyone else. She will be missed.
Sem Joby, UK


Her presence was one of those things that makes the world a little bit brighter

Andrew, Australia
It was such a shame to hear about Charlotte's death. She used to shine in whatever I saw her in, and she seemed to have so many more years of entertainment left to give.
Nic , England

Brilliant and irreplaceable.
Debbie Crompton, Scotland

The star that shines twice as bright.....and this little star shone very brightly in her time. She will be greatly missed by a whole generation of kids who grew up with Marmalade Atkins and Worzel.
Iain, UK

I can only echo the comments of others. A truly unique actress who played her roles with intelligence, creativity and humour. A great loss to British drama, but what a legacy.
Carl, Nottingham

I remembered Charlotte from Educating Marmalade, many years ago, and earlier this year was pleasantly surprised to find that she had had a supporting role in The Young Poisoner's Handbook. She had always had a grace, elegance and personality about her, and I expected, subconsciously, that she'd still be around in decades to come, popping up here and there as various characters and pulling it off with her style; the certainty that she is gone is like a blow.

Her presence was one of those things that makes the world a little bit brighter; and now it is as if a star has gone out.
Andrew, Melbourne, Australia


It is almost painful to consider how much fine acting we will now not see as a result of her death

John Abbott, UK
It is a tragedy that such a gifted young actress could die at such a young age. And how awful for her parents and family. It is a pity we did not see more of her on the TV and in the cinema recently. I used to love Worzel Gummidge!
Jonathan Lighthill, UK

Thanks for making my life happier!
Andrew Brynes, UK

Thank you Charlotte. I grew up with Marmalade Atkins, was woken by Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, laughed at Four Weddings and loved How Do You Want Me. You will be long missed.
Steven Edwards, England

Sad that you're gone but your memory will live on. No one will ever forget your performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was brilliant. God bless you.
Julie, England

We have lost a beautiful woman and a superb actress. It is almost painful to consider how much fine acting we will now not see as a result of her death. Is this the time for the TV networks to pull together and, instead of showing separate tributes, pool the material they have and show a whole evening of her work on the one channel?
John Abbott, UK


Charismatic, ego-free, and lovable, she was someone that many of my generation either wanted to be, or wanted to befriend

Dickon Edwards, UK
Charlotte Coleman was a unique and peerless gem. Many of my generation felt we had grown up with her, fondly following her TV roles as the child actress of Worzel Gummidge and Educating Marmalade, later graduating to the likes of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

I most recently heard her in Matinee Performance, a Radio 4 play set in Roman Britain, in which she starred as a Celtic slave turned female gladiator. This tendency to be cast as unusual girls set her apart from her peers and gave Ms Coleman a cult following of loyal devotees throughout her career, not least myself.

Even when playing relatively conventional roles, like the gentle rural schoolteacher of How Do You Want Me, Ms Coleman gave the character a palpably unique and personal air, that of a schoolgirl adventure forever continuing. Charismatic, ego-free, and lovable, she was someone that many of my generation either wanted to be, or wanted to befriend, or wanted to have adventures with. A genuine original. Condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.
Dickon Edwards, UK

Top, memorable lass who made us laugh.
Simon Sanderson, England

I was saddened to hear of the death of Charlotte Coleman who died last week from asthma.

I always liked her acting in programmes like Worzel Gummidge, Educating Marmalade and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and her role as Scarlet in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Her sister Lisa Coleman who played Jude in Casualty is also talented.

I would very much appreciate it if you could pass my condolences to her family, and if possible if the BBC could do a tribute programme to Charlotte Coleman. Her memory will hopefully live on.
Anthony Alldritt, UK


Her death has inspired me to set up some ideas for guidelines for asthma sufferers in school

Karen Inskip, England
I hope her family and loved ones can take some comfort from knowing how many people are mourning her tragic, untimely death. So many beautiful tributes from people around the world whose lives she touched.
Lesley, UK

Charlotte was a wonderful human being - genuine, down-to-earth, kindhearted and remarkably modest about her acting abilities. Although I didn't know her as a friend, when I met her and wrote to her as an admirer of her work, she was always the friendliest and sweetest person imaginable. I will miss her greatly. I still find it hard to believe she's gone.
David Brider, England

I have been a fan of Charlotte Coleman's for many years and also her sister, Lisa. Both were amongst the most talented young actresses we have in this country.

Charlotte wasn't much older than me and I also suffer from asthma. Her death has inspired me to set up some ideas for guidelines for asthma sufferers in school, which I am hoping will be adopted by the school my children go to. In this way, we can make remembering Charlotte into something positive.

I was so upset when I heard Charlotte had died. She was so young, so elfin and seemed wonderfully natural. At least she is immortalised on screen forever. Hugs and condolences to her friends and family.
Karen Inskip, England

The world will be less bright without Charlotte Coleman's face and personality in it. It is with great sadness that I read of her untimely passing. She demonstrated how one person could reach out and touch so many through the vibrancy of her art. My prayers and thoughts are with her family and loved ones in this very sorrowful time.
Robert Coleman, USA

The UK's best actress by a long way. As an aspiring actress she is one of the few inspirational influences on the pursuit of my chosen career, She will be greatly missed by a great many people.
Donna Kitching, UK

An abiding image for me is when she spots her tall American walking towards the church for Charles' wedding to Duckface in Four Weddings - she hurtles down to meet him and throws her arms and legs around him with joyful screams.


I hope her parents see this page which shows how highly their daughter was thought of by so many people

Alan Kerr, England
How someone so full of life can be taken from us so suddenly, will always be a mystery. She was a wonderful, mercurial creature, and we were so lucky to have her on film and TV My best wishes to her parents and sister Lisa. Everyone is thinking of you.
Corinna Leeder, Northants

Watching Worzel Gummidge as a child evokes my first memory of wanting to act, because I wanted to be like Charlotte Coleman. I grew up with Educating Marmalade and loved Four Weddings. As a drama school student I cite her work as an example of the kind of roles I want to play and I want to send my prayers and thoughts of this talented girl to her family. She was a star and may she rest in peace. She will never be forgotten in the acting world.
Julia Williams, England

I, like many other gay women in the world, was inspired by Charlotte's performance in Oranges. She was a beautiful person with an amazing force of character. I am devastated that she is gone. It's incredibly hard to believe.
Cal Wiggin, USA/England

I was shocked to hear of her death on Saturday night as I had just been watching a video of the quite wonderful How Do You Want Me?

I hope her parents see this page which shows how highly their daughter was thought of by so many people who may not have known her but loved her work. I hope BBC2 pays tribute to her by repeating How Do You Want Me?.
Alan Kerr, England

Very saddened to hear of her death. She was so talented and naturally funny - my favourite scenes in Four Weddings were hers. In the US it has been very difficult to find any of her other programmes. I'm going to e-mail BBC America today to request any that they may have and then watch her scenes in Four Weddings again. My sympathy to her family and friends.
Lynn Nichols, USA

We will miss you so very much Charlotte. I only just heard the awful news - it feels like a bright light has been extinguished over North London and the world of film and television, and at such a young age. I will always remember the sheer range of her performances from Marmalade to Oranges to Four Weddings and However Do you Want Me and I will never forget your wonderful smile. Rest in peace Charlotte.
Mark G, USA (British)

I am absolutely devestated to hear of Charlotte's death. I, like a lot of 30-somethings, grew up with Marmalade Atkins and Worzel Gummidge and later was overjoyed to see her act again in Oranges and Four Weddings. She was a talented actress whose presence will be sorely missed. My heart and prayers go out to her family especially her sister Lisa.
Rosie Beale, UK

My best wishes to Charlotte's family and friends. I was shocked by the loss of such a young, charming person;although I hardly knew her except from Four Weddings. I felt she was a very special woman. May she rest in peace.
Jordi, Spain

Charlotte was fantastic in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. It was one of those programmes that changed things, something that doesn't happen very often. Her portrayal in Oranges was proud, unapologetic and flawless and made being different OK. Quite a legacy.
Su, Scotland

My heart goes out to Charlotte's family on their sudden tragic loss. Charlotte was a funny and talented actor and she will be much missed. As a fellow asthma sufferer I feel very shocked at the news of her untimely death.
Anne Christian, England

I was very sorry to hear of Charlotte's untimely death. I have followed her right from the days of Marmalade and always felt some sort of affinity with her. Her uniqueness, quirkiness and unpretentiousness have always shined through all her roles. The world needs more people like Charlotte. She will be sadly missed.
Caroline, England

I knew Charlotte Coleman when I lived in London in 1994. She was warm, funny, and one of the kindest people I have ever met. She was a wonderful actress, and a better human being.
Michael Shirley, USA

I had the good fortune to meet Charlotte when I was in Spain, we spent almost every day together,and became very close. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met, she was bright, bubbly, witty and extremely honest and I miss her dearly. All my love always, Fish xxx.
Phillippa Carroll, UK

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