Comic Relief’s special tribute to Four Weddings and a Funeral star Charlotte Coleman who died from asthma attack at 33


FOUR Weddings and a Funeral made a special tribute to late star Charlotte Coleman who died from an asthma attack at 33.

In the 12-minute film – which picked up 25 years after the 1994 original – Hugh Grant and Kristen Scott Thomas’ characters see their daughters Lily James and Alicia Vikander marry.

Charlotte, star of Four Weddings, passed away in 2001

In a touching moment at the wedding reception, Kristen (who played Fiona) brought up Scarlett as they reflected on people missing from the occasion.

Hugh’s character Charles said: “Excellent daughter.

“I’m sorry her dad’s not here.”

Fiona replied: “Yes, nor Scarlett. But we can’t let the sad stuff ruin the happy stuff.”

Hugh Grant and Kristen Scott Thomas in the Four Weddings’ special

Tonight’s special was the first time that the rom-com’s cast have reunited on screen since Four Weddings’ debut.

But the short comedy was tinged with a note of sadness at the absence of one central and unforgettable figure in the cast reunion.

Charlotte – who played Hugh’s quirky flatmate Scarlett – died suddenly in 2001 at the age of 33.

The actress was found dead in her London flat hours after leaving her parents’ house complaining she was feeling unwell. She had suffered a massive asthma attack.

Charlotte with Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral
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Charlotte was the kooky flatmate of Hugh’s character Charles

It was tragic end to a short but rebellious life which saw her smoking at 12, lose her virginity early and be expelled at 14.

Tragically she also had to cope with the death of her boyfriend aged just 19, which sent her into a spiral of eating disorders and depression.

On 14 November 2001, Charlotte spent the evening watching films with her mum and dad but left early. The following morning her concerned mum tried at call but got no answer.

She was found in her Islington flat shortly afterwards and taken to Whittington Hospital in north London, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The cast of the original film have reunited for Red Nose Day
Charlotte at a TV launch in 1997
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Dad Francis said Charlotte, who had always suffered from asthma but never experienced a major attack, was in “great spirits” earlier that day.

He said: “When she left she said she was feeling a little ill and I told her to stay with us but she wanted to go home.

“The family is devastated. We loved her and she was a rare creature who the camera loved.”

Charlotte’s sister, Casualty actress Lisa Coleman, said the star had died of a massive asthma attack and her inhaler had been found in an upstairs room.

She said: “She will be very sadly missed and we love her to be bits – my mother is very, very devastated.”

Rod Gilchrist added:  “She was a brilliant comic actress. I think she would have gone on to become a British version of Shirley MacLaine.”



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