Four Weddings and a Funeral is broadcast tonight on TF1 Séries Films. On this occasion, return on the career of Charlotte Coleman who plays Scarlett, Hugh Grant’s roommate in Mike Newell’s cult film.
Released in 1994 at the cinema Four Weddings and a Funeral is today a classic of British romantic comedy. Directed by Mike Newell, this dramatic comedy in 5 acts reveals to us a vision by turns touching, biting and removed from marriage through the amused gaze of the 2 protagonists of the story: Charles, played by the star of the romcom of the era Hugh Grant and American Andie MacDowell who plays Carrie.
In the feature film, Charles is single. Only his small circle of friends counts, made up of Fiona, Gareth, Tom, Matthew and Scarlett, his roommate. Love does not tempt him and when he meets Carrie at a wedding where he officiates as a witness, he does not imagine the passion that will invade him. Because Charles falls in love with Carrie. And his reunion a few months later with the young lady, about to marry a rich Scottish man, will only confirm the feelings he has for her …
If the film is a real success and places Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in the list of the most famous movie couples, the film is also valid for its supporting roles, in particular Scarlett, the crazy friend and roommate of Charles. Like him, she is regularly prone to pillow breakdowns, and like him, she despairs of finding love, until one day she meets Chester at Carrie’s wedding. Incarnated by the British actress Charlotte Coleman, this role is the best known in the filmography of the young woman who tragically disappeared in 2001. The actress indeed succumbed to an acute asthma attack.
Born on April 3, 1968 in London from the union of actress Ann Beach and producer Francis Coleman, Charlotte Coleman studied at the Camden School for Girls and at the same time followed courses at the Anna Scher Theater School in Islington. Raised in a family she considers too lax – her parents did not believe in punishments – Charlotte Coleman took her first steps in front of the camera in 1979 in the drama series Two people and then landed the role of Sue Peters in Worzel Gummidge, a children’s series that chronicles the adventures of Worzel Gummidge (Jon Pertwee), a scarecrow who comes to life. She subsequently plays a rebellious teenage girl in the filmed children’s play. Marmalade Atkins in Space. Faced with success, Charlotte takes over the role of Marmalade Atkins in the series Educating Marmalade (1982 – 1983) and Danger: Marmalade at Work (1984).
But in 1987, her boyfriend died in a bicycle accident; the young actress then fell into depression and developed eating disorders. Despite everything, she continues to turn. She stars as Jess, a teenage girl from Lancashire raised by a strict Pentecostal mother, in the BBC television series Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on the novel of the same name by Jeanette Winterson. This role of teenage lesbian earned her the award for best actress from the Royal Television Society and a nomination for the BAFTA. She goes on television appearances, The Two of Us to the drama Freddie and max with Anne Bancroft, through the Inspector Morse series.
In 1992 she landed a role in the feature film Coeur de Métisse alongside Anne Parillaud, Jason Scott Lee and John Cusack. But it is especially his role in the romantic comedy of Mike newell Four weddings and a funeral which reveals it to the European public. She plays the role of Scarlett, the wacky and disillusioned roommate of Hugh grant. A remarkable performance that earned her a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actress. But it’s her playmate Kristin Scott Thomas – who plays the role of Fiona – who wins the statuette.
In 1996, he was again offered to play a homosexual character in political satire. Giving Tongue, she continues with the dramatic comedy Different for Girls before meeting Kristin Scott Thomas in the casting of Love, revenge and betrayal. A romantic comedy where she also shares the bill with Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Neill. Coleman then appears in the film If Only with Lena Headey, Douglas Henshall, Penélope Cruz and Mark Strong, and stars in the drama of Jasmin Dizdar, Beautiful People (1999).
Along with the cinema, the young woman continues to shoot in series for British television: Simon Nye’s sitcom, How Do You Want Me? and she doubles Primrose in the animated series Brambly hedge. In 2001 she played Miss Debenham, a professor in Double Act by Cilla Ware. This is the last screen appearance of the young woman who died of an acute asthma attack on November 14, 2001, at the age of 33.
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