BlogtorWho takes a look at actress Charlotte Ritchie, who stars as Lin in Doctor Who’s New Year’s Day special, ‘Resolution’.

Born in London in 1989, Charlotte Ritchie has been acting from a young age. One of her first parts was as an uncredited extra in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Since then, she’s taken on starring roles in a number of television shows, as well as featuring in a number of short films over the past decade. She also sang as part of classic crossover group All Angels circa 2007, but is now best known for her acting roles.

Doctor Who - Resolution - Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), The TARDIS, Mitch (NIKESH PATEL) - (C) BBC / BBC Studios - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian
Doctor Who – Resolution – Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), The TARDIS, Mitch (NIKESH PATEL) – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

Check out some of Charlotte Ritchie’s career highlights so far below!

Call The Midwife

Viewers will no doubt recognise Ritchie as Call The Midwife‘s Nurse Barbara Gilbert (later Hereward). This has been one of her biggest roles to date. Ritchie starred in this leading role for four consecutive series from 2015 to 2018.

Her time on Call The Midwife sadly came to an end earlier this year. Fans were shocked and devastated when Nurse Hereward tragically passed away after being diagnosed with septicaemia.

As we found out in this latest series of Doctor WhoCall The Midwife is essential viewing for companion Graham O’Brien, meaning ‘Resolution‘ could make for a very complicated crossover of fictional universes!

Fresh Meat

Doctor Who fans of a slightly younger generation might more readily recognise Charlotte Ritchie as one of the main characters in Channel 4‘s Fresh Meat. The series followed an eclectic bunch of students at the fictional Manchester Medlock University. It ran for four series from 2011 to 2016.

Ritchie starred as ‘Oregon’ (real name Melissa Shawcross), an well-off but insecure English Literature student, who embarks on an ill-fated affair with one of her lecturers.

(Warning – the clip below may contain some strong language!)

Siblings

Another of Ritchie‘s biggest roles to date was in BBC Three‘s Siblings. This sitcom followed lazy, selfish, and carefree siblings Dan and Hannah French (Ritchie) who share a flat in London.

Siblings ran for two series from 2014 to 2016. Both series are currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Good Omens

If Doctor Who fans don’t already recognise Charlotte Ritchie from her previous television roles, they might recognise her as starring in BBC Radio 4‘s 2014 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

As readers of BlogtorWho will no doubt be aware, Good Omens has since been adapted for television, and is due to be broadcast on Amazon Prime and BBC Two in 2019. The television series will star a number of Doctor Who stars, including Tenth Doctor David Tennant, as well as Michael Sheen (The Doctor’s Wife). It has also been directed by regular Doctor Who director Douglas Mackinnon.

Prior to this, Gaiman and Pratchett‘s 1990 novel was very faithfully adapted for radio. Ritchie starred as Anathema Device, a descendent of infamous seventeenth-century witch Agnes Nutter, whose book of prophecies may provide the key to preventing the apocalypse. The BBC Radio 4 series also starred former Doctor Who guest stars Colin Morgan (Midnight) and Rachael Stirling (The Crimson Horror).

Short Films

Throughout her career, Charlotte Ritchie has starred in a number of short films. She took on her first ever acting role aged 13 in short film The Open Doors (2004), in which she starred alongside Michael Sheen (The Doctor’s Wife).

In more recent years, Ritchie took on the lead role in The Portrait (2014). She portrayed a young art student, who paints a portrait of her grandfather. This forces her mother Laura (Juliet Stevenson) to revisit some dark family secrets.

Since then, she has had starring roles in several short films over the past few years, including Happy Toys (2014), The Time Traveller’s Support Group (2016), and Man of the Hour (2018). Ritchie also stars in Capital, a dark satire due to be released early next year.

Resolution

Charlotte Ritchie will take on the role of Lin in the upcoming Doctor Who New Year’s Day special, ‘Resolution‘. It’s as yet unclear who Lin is, or how she’ll come to be involved in the Doctor and friends’ latest adventure. We’ll just have to wait until the New Year to find out!

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Doctor Who returns on New Year’s Day 2019 with ‘Resolution‘ on BBC One and BBC America.

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth? 

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