|Portrayed by Christa B. Allen|
|Born:||August 22, 1994|
|Residence:||Southampton, New York|
|Alias:|| Charlotte Grayson (birth name)|
Charlotte Clarke (legal name)
|Occupation:|| Student (former) |
Gossip columnist (former)
|Significant Others:|| Declan Porter † (boyfriend)|
Adam Connor (ex-boyfriend)
Javier Salgado (ex-lover)
Gideon LeMarchal (ex-lover)
Vince Walsh † (one-night stand)
|Children:||Miscarried Child † (via Declan)|
|Parents:|| Victoria Harper (mother)|
David Clarke (father)
Conrad Grayson † (former legal father)
|Siblings:|| Daniel Grayson † |
Patrick Osbourne (maternal half-brother)
Charlotte Clarke † (paternal great aunt)
Unborn Niece/Nephew (via Daniel)
Edward Grayson (former legal paternal grandfather)
|“||You can now call me Charlotte Clarke.||”|
— Charlotte, Collusion
Charlotte Clarke, formerly Charlotte Grayson, is the Grayson family's daughter and youngest child (though she was revealed to have been fathered by David Clarke in season 1). She is a wealthy fun-loving socialite, but she is unlike the rest of the Grayson clan. Charlotte has a good moral compass and lacks the rest of her family's scheming ways. As of Season 2, Charlotte has more or less turned her back on the Graysons and has embraced being a Clarke, even having her surname legally changed.
Like Emily, Charlotte is intelligent - she defies expectations in school with her perfect academic record. Charlotte endured a lifetime of emotional distance and subtle coldness from Victoria. During the season one finale, Charlotte was shown attempting suicide, however, she survived and was sent to rehab, but has since been released. At the end of the second season she turns out to be pregnant, the father being Declan, whose death she was last seen unaware of, but later upon learning of his death lost the baby.
She is her father’s pride and joy, the youngest daughter of the Grayson Clan and the Clarke Family - a rich, coquettish teenager always on the prowl for fun, though knows when to not go over the limits. She is Victoria and Conrad's daughter (though David Clarke is her biological father) and she has an older half-brother, Daniel. But Charlotte’s no dummy - she defies expectations with her perfect academic record at school.
Many people don't consider Charlotte as a Grayson (even though they don't know she is David Clarke's daughter). This is because Charlotte, unlike the rest of her family, has a good moral compass. She has never done anything to intentionally harm someone and this is one of the reasons Emily doesn't want to take revenge on her. But with Victoria's influence, Charlotte is coerced by Victoria to seduce Declan into telling the truth about what he saw on the beach. However, it doesn't work as Charlotte doesn't want to take it too far along and Nolan interrupts them. Throughout the summer, as she dives head first into forbidden romance, Charlotte constantly struggles to get away from the condemning, over-bearing eye of a mother whose dishonest affection has always eluded her.
In "Pilot", Charlotte began her summer with Daniel's arrival. She went to the beach with her friends and asked for a drink. Their waiter, Declan told them that he would need their ID's and she gave him her phone number. Then she attended to the Memorial Day party.
In "Trust", Charlotte met with Declan to sail, but she invited her friends, including his boyfriend. But when she arrived the boat wasn't there. When she and Adam were at the Grayson Manor, she told him to leave as her mother would discover them, but before he left, Adam checked her phone.
In "Duplicity", it is revealed that Victoria often questions if having Charlotte was the right thing to do when recordings of her therapy sessions with Dr. Banks are leaked online by Emily. This causes Charlotte to break off communication with her mother completely and engage in minor reckless acts. She stays over at the Stoweaway with Declan after the disaster that was her parent's anniversary dinner.
In an interview with journalist Mason Treadwell, David Clarke reveals that Victoria had given birth to a Charlotte while romantically involved with him, making Charlotte Emily's younger half-sister. Naturally, this is a big revelation to Emily.
Later during Season 1, Emily and Charlotte share a closer relationship, as Charlotte sometimes goes to Emily when she is having family troubles. When Emily tells Charlotte that Daniel proposed, Emily asked if it was alright with her (Season 1 Episode 13). Charlotte responded positively, stating she always wanted a sister in her life, which took a big blow to Emily's emotions. Emily later changes her plans for exposing Charlotte's paternity after seeing her and Conrad getting on the right track again. When Charlotte's paternity is revealed, Emily is deeply saddened that Charlotte had found out the worst way possible.
After Emily finds out Charlotte is her sister, she tries to avoid all possible plans that would hurt Charlotte. Emily wishes to protect Charlotte and be there for her, without revealing her true identity and her revenge scheme. Charlotte has a hard time dealing with all the lies and betrayal in her family and begins drinking as well as stealing anti-depressants. Her boyfriend, Declan Porter, advises her to see a therapist. Her grandfather puts her family name over her head, saying that if she were to tell someone their family's secrets and those secrets were to get out, the family name would be ruined.
Emily notices Charlotte taking pills at her engagement party and looks saddened/disappointed that Charlotte would resort to such measures. However, Emily isn't able to speak to her before Victoria shows up, and Charlotte not wanting to deal with Victoria, walks away (Chaos).
Charlotte goes over to Emily's house and they talk about Charlotte's real father. Emily consoles Charlotte by telling Charlotte about the swing that their father built, trying to convince Charlotte that David Clarke may not have been all bad. In order to conceal her true identity, Emily says Amanda told her that story when she came over one time. They end their conversation with Emily holding Charlotte on the swing their father built (Scandal).
Emily tells Nolan she was worried about Charlotte. When she goes to Charlotte's room, Charlotte has many magazines, newspapers, pictures, and records of David Clarke (including Mason Treadwell's book) spread out on her bed. Emily asks what all of it is, to which Charlotte replies "This is my version of father-daughter time." Victoria later takes Charlotte to David grave to mourn and finds a fresh rose from when Emily was there. Charlotte unwittingly gives Emily photo evidence of the man responsible for her father's murder - as well as the realisation that there is another journal.
In "Reckoning", Charlotte forces Declan's friend Jamie out of Collins Prep by exposing some secrets from her past. Later, after a cold goodbye with her mother, she finds out that Victoria was a victim in a plane crash. She quickly begins to panic and calls Declan for help, who instead, without listening to her, tells her to leave him alone and to never call him back. When she feels like there's nobody else to turn to, she decides to overdose on her pills. When Conrad enters her room, he finds her unconscious on her bed with the pills strewn around the floor. He shakes her body, waiting for a response, but she remains motionless.
Before "Destiny", Charlotte was put into rehab after her suicide attempt. She stayed there the whole winter and even missed her mother's funeral. She convinces Conrad to let her go to Victoria's memorial service. Emily goes to visit Charlotte. She tells her counselor that Emily has been sending her postcards from around the world, she begs Emily for her to come to the memorial unless it would be awkward for her because of the relationship between Daniel and Ashley. Before Charlotte leaves, she asks Emily to see her again. Emily agrees. Charlotte arrives at the memorial, and after giving a loving speech about her mother, she's told by her doctor that her blood tested 'positive' for a prescription drug. As she is being forcibly removed from the party, Charlotte whispers to Emily that Victoria is alive and she knows where she is. Charlotte knows that the government has been protecting Victoria until they can rebuild the case against Conrad. She has been secretly talking with her for months. When her room is searched her doctor discovers her phone, and it's taken from her. Charlotte is last seen crying and banging on her door trying to get out. Emily later gets Charlotte released by exposing her doctor as a charlatan.
In "Resurrection" Emily claims since Victoria took her mother away from her, she is going to take Charlotte away from Victoria. She realizes Victoria is going to try and take Charlotte out of the country and use Charlotte's money to do so, but Emily says Victoria isn't going to take away her sister too. Emily gives Daniel information on Charlotte's doctor. He discovers his father has been paying him to keep Charlotte there, and to tamper with her drug tests, which is used to the judge could see how unfit Charlotte is and drains her account of her inheritance. Daniel has Charlotte freed but she refuses to leave with him, she instead goes to with Emily and plans to stay with her. Charlotte discovered Amanda's pregnancy and becomes excited over the fact she is becoming an aunt. Even though she really isn't because Fake Amanda isn't the real Amanda and Emily watches sadly that she can't tell Charlotte she is her real sister. Charlotte tells Victoria when Emily takes her to see her. Victoria is upset because Charlotte lost her inheritance, which Charlotte realizes Victoria is cruel as she remembers, since Charlotte remarks Victoria was more worried about the money than her. After, Charlotte sees Victoria in the Grayson Manor, Victoria lead everyone to believed she was held for ransom. Victoria tells her it was the only way for them to be together. Charlotte begs Emily to keep their secret, after Emily sees that Charlotte needs her mom she decides that she wont use Charlotte to get to Victoria.
In "Engagement", Charlotte begins acting out when a schoolmate, Regina George, befriends her. They make headlines after a night of clubbing when they kiss in front of cameras and Charlotte is arrested. While Declan and Regina go get money to bail her out, Daniel catches wind of it and gets her out of custody. While they have dinner, she reveals that she is pregnant.
In "Truth, Part 1", Charlotte breaks off her friendship with Regina when she discovered, courtesy of Declan, that she was obsessed with her and had been lying to her. By the end of the second part, she is last seen at home in bed, unaware that Declan has been killed.
In "Fear", Charlotte returns to the Hamptons after having spent the summer overseas. It's mentioned that she miscarried her and Declan's child. She saw Patrick and thinking that he was her mother's lover she told it to Emily. She discovered who was Patrick in reality and decided to threaten him. After knowing that her mother chose Patrick over her she moved to the Stowaway.
In "Sin", Charlotte began to take care of her ill father as no one else wanted to. She became angry with Emily for telling about Victoria's "affair". She continued feeling guilty about Declan's death and Jack told her the truth. She went to see Conrad and telling him that he deserved to die, miserable and alone.
In "Confession", she introduced Margaux and Jack, and buy him a suit to attend at Nolan's Housewarming Bash. Emily goofed it again by saying that Margaux was changing Jack, and then Charlotte revealed that it was her idea.
In "Mercy", she is preparing the invitations for Emily and Daniel's wedding rejecting all the calls from her mother. Then she attended to Victoria Grayson's Welcome Reception to support her mother. Then she found Emily at The Stowaway and gave Jack his invitation to Emily's wedding.
In "Control", Charlotte went shopping with Victoria and Emily, she bought a dress that her mother didn't like. Even he was still angry with her dad she went to the Voulez Launching Party to support Daniel. Then Victoria asked for her help to take the blame of the accident. She thought that she was protecting Jack but she was actually protecting Patrick.
In "Dissolution", Charlotte had finished the remodeling of The Stowaway and she and Daniel went to buy a cake to celebrate it and in the shop they found Sara Munello, Daniel's ex-girlfriend, who shouted Daniel for what he had done. Charlotte called to her boss to tell them that she had been rude with them, and they kicked Sara out. She went to Sara's home and offered her a job in the Stowaway to be close to Daniel. During The Stowaway's Reopening Party, she told Daniel that she gave a job to Sara and saw disappointed how Daniel's apologies weren't enough for Sara.
In "Resurgence", Charlotte didn't liked the presence of Conrad's PR too. But she continued with her plan to stop Daniel and Emily's Wedding, with a better result than her mother's plan as Daniel and Sara nearly kissed.
In "Secrecy", Charlotte lost her phone and somebody began to blackmail her. So she asked Aiden to help her, and he got back her phone. She gave an speech in the Emily's Bridal Shower where she "threatened" Emily, but she left the party earlier because Aiden called her.
In "Surrender", Charlotte talked with Sara as she wanted to leave as Daniel was avoiding her. Charlotte told her that she would talk with Daniel but when she did she saw all the pain that Daniel was feeling for his feelings for Sara. She decided to give up trying to stop the wedding and apoligised with Emily. Then she told it to Victoria and asked her to do the same.
In "Exodus", Charlotte was happy for the wedding and for Emily's pregnancy. She even called her, her almost sister. She was the maid of honor of the wedding. But then she, and her family, discovered that there were blood on the deck of the yacht, and that Emily and Victoria were disappeared.
In "Homecoming", Charlotte thought that Victoria was the shooter and told it to his father. She helped Emily recovering her memory and she told her that her father's name is David Clarke. Luckily she told it first to Jack and told her that Emily might have been confused.
In "Endurance", Charlotte bringed Jack to the manor to see Emily.
In "Payback", Charlotte got rejected from the design institute and Daniel offered her his old job. He also organized her birthday party. She accepted the job just to serve as Daniel spy in Voulez as he tought that Conrad was up to something
In "Struggle", Charlotte began working in Voulez. She told Conrad that Pascal was on his way to the Hamptons and realized that it was all Conrad's plan.
In "Impetus", Charlotte is kidnapped as part of Emily's plan to get Conrad and Victoria to confess to their crimes on TV. Charlotte is shown videos of the news report on Flight 197, Declan, and Amanda. Jack releases Charlotte and she returns to Grayson manor, where she blasts Conrad for his crimes and then threatens to tell the police. Conrad goes on a tirade about his crimes and threatens Charlotte's life if she exposes him. What Conrad and Charlotte didn't know was that a small camera had been attached to Charlotte's jacket and it caught Conrad's confession, which was then broadcast to the world.
In "Renaissance", Charlotte took Carl from daycare without telling Jack in order to scare him as payback for his "involvement" with her kidnapping. She and Daniel are still close, and they both think Victoria has gone on a trip. Charlotte is also dating Gideon LeMarchal and doing drugs. Charlotte goes to Emily's party though she is still mad at her. There, she is busted doing drugs by Jack and his partner Ben. Jack, who has now become police officer, threatens to arrest Charlotte if she catches her doing drugs again.
In "Disclosure", Charlotte hears audio from Conrad's confession and catches Gideon with another woman watching it in a laptop. Charlotte learns Gideon was just using her. Charlotte tearfully confronts Gideon and the woman calls Charlotte pathetic. Charlotte slaps the woman and storms out. She phones Daniel and says she caught Gideon cheating on her. She asks Daniel for money and they argue about her spending the money to party with Gideon.
Charlotte climbs on top of the hotel and prepares to jump. Emily shows up and tried to convince Charlotte not to jump. Charlotte is saved by Jack's partner Ben Hunter, and Jack takes her to the Clarke house, where Emily tells Charlotte the whole truth about herself. Charlotte is angry at Emily and leaves. She later asks Emily to come to the Stowaway. She tells Emily she wrote down everything she wanted to say to her. As Emily is reading it, Charlotte knocks Emily unconscious. She douses the Stowaway in gasoline and sets it on fire. Charlotte ominously whispers in Emily's ear "good-bye sis" before walking away, leaving Emily trapped in the burning Stowaway.
In "Ashes", Charlotte is in her hotel room doing drugs when Victoria shows up. Charlotte tells Victoria that Emily is Amanda Clarke and Victoria promises her that Emily will pay for what she has done to them. Victoria then takes Charlotte to meet David. Charlotte is surprised that David is alive and is also upset when Victoria lies and says Charlotte was the one who exposed Conrad and exonerated David. Charlotte asks to lie down. She later wakes up and hears Emily trying to talk to her. Emily tells Charlotte she won't say that Charlotte tried to kill her, and apologizes for hurting her.
In "Meteor" Charlotte is in her hotel room doing drugs when Victoria approaches her and tells her to fight for a relationship with her father. Charlotte stands with David and Victoria as he makes a public statement to the press.
In "Repercussions" Emily asks Charlotte for a chance to speak to their father, and says Victoria is using him as a pawn to hurt her. Charlotte later confronts Victoria, who assures her it isn't true. Charlotte calls Emily up to the room, but takes David to meet his "grandson". Jack plays along, but then confronts Charlotte and accuses her of behaving just like Conrad would. Charlotte goes to slap Jack, but he catches her wrist. Charlotte is later seen leaving a club with a man.
In "Damage" Charlotte is held hostage by the man from the club after they slept together. He reveals she is merely bait to catch his true target. Charlotte tried to get away and the man is accidentally killed during the struggle. Charlotte calls Emily for help, and Emily identifies the man as Vince, whose family was killed on Flight 197. She surmises that he was after David and didn't believe he was innocent. Emily helps Charlotte realize that she needs to get some help. Charlotte also learns that Victoria killed Aiden. Charlotte decides to check in rehab, but before she leaves, she confronts Victoria about using David to hurt Emily, and tells Daniel that Emily is Amanda Clarke.
Charlotte is by far the most honorable and trustworthy member of her family, being the only Grayson who considered the truth to be more important than her family's reputation. She was originally happy, fun loving, coquettish and rebellious despite the disapproval of her mother, with whom she had a strained relationship. Charlotte is also highly intelligent and had a perfect academic record, despite the expectations of others.
Charlotte was devastated, when she learned that Victoria had wondered if giving birth to her was a mistake. Unlike Daniel, who was closer to Victoria than to Conrad, Charlotte had a better relationship with her father than she did with her mother. Charlotte was also the only member of her family that Emily did not want to harm and although she didn't know that Emily was actually Amanda Clarke, her half-sister, she turned to her for support after learning the truth about her parentage.
Although Charlotte originally had a sweet, friendly and happy personality, the constant disapproval of her mother, learning that she was David Clarke's daughter, breaking up with Declan, and the presumed death of Victoria, who was still her mother no matter how cold she was towards Charlotte, caused her personality to change from happy and fun loving to miserable and depressed. In the season finale, Charlotte was so upset that she tried to commit suicide. She survived the attempt and when she found out that Victoria was still alive, their relationship became much closer.
Near the season 3 finale, however when Charlotte discovered that her father David, is innocent, and that her mother Victoria, along with Conrad framed him for a crime he didn't commit; laundering money for the Americon Initiative, resulted in the downing of flight 197, killing 247 people, Charlotte's relationship with her mother became worse than ever, to the point where she now completely despises Victoria.
Charlotte's personality reached a new dark point in season 4. When she learned that Emily was her sister, she reacted with hate and attempted to murder Emily, leaving her inside the Stowaway, which she set alight. Charlotte then sought to settle the score with Jack, who called her out on her disgusting behaviour. Jack even went so far as to say she was more Conrad's daughter than David's. Charlotte is also bad at solving her own problems. When after a drug binge she wakes up a prisoner Charlotte accidently kills her abductor and calls her big sis to clean up her mess. Finally realizing she's hit rock bottom Charlotte checks herself into rehab.
- Main Article: Charlotte and Declan
Charlotte and Declan were a couple, before Declan's death. They met for the first time when Charlotte entered the Stowaway. Even she had a boyfriend they both felt attracted to the other and eventually ended up dating. After the events of Engagement Party, they both helped their respective brothers and broke up. Next summer they started dating again and Charlotte got pregnant, but Declan died shortly after discovering it and Charlotte lost her baby after knowing that his boyfriend was dead.
- Main Article: Victoria and Charlotte
Victoria and Charlotte are mother and daughter. They've always had a rough relationship, but it turned worse than ever when Charlotte discovered that her real father was David Clarke and that her mother Victoria, framed him for a crime he didn't commit. Time let them heal they wounds and eventually they created a better relationship.
- Main Article: Charlotte and Conrad
- Main Article: Charlotte and Daniel
Charlotte and Daniel were maternal half-siblings, and shared an overall loving relationship despite their mother's, Victoria Grayson favoritism toward Daniel, the older of the two. However, their relationship was briefly restrained when it was revealed that Charlotte is only Daniel's half-sister.
- Main Article: Emily and Charlotte
- Main Article: Charlotte and Amanda
Events That Has Attended
- Memorial Day party (Pilot)
- Polo match (Trust)
- Upscale barbecue honoring Senator Kingsley (Betrayal)
- Annual High Tea Charity Event (Duplicity)
- Independence Day Bash (Intrigue)
- Victoria & Conrad 25th wedding anniversary (Charade)
- Daniel's Birthday (at the beach) (Duress)
- Engagement party (Chaos)
- Memorial Day Art Auction (Destiny)
- Baby Shower (Intuition)
- Grayson Global's Investors Meeting (Penance)
- Wedding of Jack and Amanda (Union)
- Annual Labour day Bash (hosted by Graysons) (Sacrifice)
- Burial of Amanda Clarke (Retribution)
- Amanda Clarke Charity Foundation (Illumination)
- Masquerade Ball (Masquerade)
- Bombing in Grayson Global's Headquarters (Truth, Part 1)
- Conrad's Gubernatorial acceptance speech (Truth, Part 2)
- Memorial Day Party (Emily's) (Fear)
- Nolan Ross' Housewarming Bash (Confession)
- Victoria Grayson's Welcome Reception (Mercy)
- Voulez Launching Party (Control)
- The Stowaway's Reopening Party (Dissolution)
- July 4th Party (Resurgence)
- Emily's Bridal Shower (Secrecy)
- Wedding of Daniel and Emily (Exodus)
- Charlotte's 19th Birthday Party (Payback)
Emily: " What's all this?"
Charlotte: (reading Treadwell's The Society Connection) "My version of father-daughter time. My mother wouldn't tell me anything about him, so this is everything I can find on public record....and some that isn't."
Charlotte: (to Emily about their father) "He doesn't look like a monster, does he?"
Charlotte: (to Victoria about her father) "Do you love me? Even though every time you see me, you think of him?"
Charlotte: "I don't know, mom; I'm failing calculus, you do the math."
Charlotte: (to Declan about Daniel's case) "We can be together again. All you have to do is tell the truth."
- Charlotte is closer to her father than to her mother. Ironically in "Commitment", when Conrad learnt of Charlotte's true paternity, he asked her to return to her mother's house. Charlotte is devastated, stating to Emily "I've never seen him look at me that way before....the way he looks at my mom." This suggests that Conrad cannot look at her now without remembering David Clarke.
- Although Charlotte is a fun loving socialite, she is not like the rest of her family. She never intentionally hurt someone and doesn't have the rest of her family's scheming ways.
- Victoria said Charlotte has many striking features of David Clarke, such as his laugh and his eyes
- Ironically, Emily and Charlotte have a very close relationship, protective and supportive sisterly love. Even though Charlotte isn't aware that Emily is the real Amanda Clarke.
- Charlotte is named after David Clarke's favourite aunt who took care of him as a little boy.
- In the episode "Collusion", Charlotte reveals that she filed the papers in order to legally change her name to Charlotte Clarke; however in Season 3 she has become close with the Grayson Family again, but it has not been stated whether or not she has changed her last name back to Grayson.
- In Disclosure, Charlotte finds out Emily's real identity.
- In Damage, Charlotte leaves the Hamptons and the series to go to rehab for her occasional drug use. But before she left, she told Daniel the truth about Emily.
- Charlotte is the second character to leave the series without being killed off, after Ashley Davenport.
- Christa B. Allen also confirmed via twitter that "Charlotte is gone for good".
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