Martina Mercer caught up with Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick to ask her Sunday Woman’s Ten Probing Questions. We’re looking forward to seeing Charlie in her new play in Battersea very soon. We think you’ll enjoy it too.

  1. What is your earliest childhood memory?

Sneaking out of bed to the top of the stairs and listening to the rest of my family downstairs.

  1. Who was your best friend at school, please describe them. Are you in touch now?

From 2 years old to 13 years old, my best friend was my next door neighbour Linda Dawson.  She was two years older and we went to different schools.  We’re still in touch.

  1. Did you have a trouble free teenage life? If not, why?

Erm, no.  Ask me Mam.

  1. What has been the biggest change in your life so far?

Going to a youth theatre aged 19.  My life changed entirely that one Friday evening in my home town of Wallsend.

  1. Have you made any enemies along your way? How have you dealt with them?

Yes of course and I dealt with them inelegantly.  You live and learn.

  1. Do you have a best friend? Who is it? (If you’d rather not mention names, please just describe the person).

I have a huge circle of women friends who enrich and shape my life.  I talk with all of them, laugh with most of them, cry with a couple of them and sing with a group of them. I love them all very much.

  1. If we were to grant you a wish to change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


  1. What do you think is the key to happiness?

Love.  In many forms.

  1. What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

My alarm clock.  Otherwise I’d sleep til after noon. 

  • What are you doing currently? Please briefly describe your busiest day

I’m in the last week of rehearsing a new play “HYEM” (meaning “home” in Geordie) for Theatre 503 in Battersea, London.  So this is how it goes at the moment:

Get up, have breakfast, read lines.  Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.  Have lunch, read lines.  Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.  Go to park, read lines.  Go home, have late tea, read lines. Bed.  Wake up, worrying about lines.