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CALLING CUPID! Who is new First Dates waitress Charlotte Knowles? The newest member of the team who’s also a comedian and singer

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First Dates introduces a brand new waitress in tonight’s episode

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There’s a new waitress joining the ranks in First Dates.Charlotte from Wolverhampton will make her first appearance at Paternoster Chop House in the third episode of series nine, working under regular Maitre d’ Fred Serieix. A gal of simple pleasures, when asked by her colleague what it would take to woo her, she says “cheese, chips, gravy”. Not sure if that’s on the menu, but no matter.

“Our vision is very simple, to create a haven for love to blossom,” Sirieix tells his team in the clip, which gives us our first glimpse of the new recruit. Check it out above.

If past seasons are anything to go by, Charlotte is in for a fair share of awkward moments and questionable dinner-table etiquette. She may even get to see Tory MP Michael Fabricant flex his dating chops as he partakes in a celebrity edition of the show later on in the series.

His appearance, which will form part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To programming, was announced by Theresa May during PMQs in September.

The new series of First Dates continues on Mondays on Channel 4 at 10pm

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An aspiring actress has landed herself a role in one of Channel 4’s most-watched TV shows which helps singletons find love.

Charlotte Knowles and her fellow First Dates waiters.

Charlotte Knowles, from Oswestry, has joined First Dates favourites maitre d’ Fred Sirieix and waitress CiCi Coleman at the London-based restaurant.

The popular dating show is back for a ninth season and Charlotte is set to make her full debut on Monday evening’s episode. She will be waiting on tables and helping the couples, who are on a blind date, to fall in love.

“I was having a productive Monday so decided to email the First Dates casting department,” she said.

“I didn’t think I would hear anything back but they called me in for a casting where they filmed me for two hours. Then they came to the cafe where I was working and filmed some more, and then I was told I’d got the job. It’s such a huge show and it even has more viewers than I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. It’s so much more than a reality TV show.

“I used to watch it with my mum and dad, we love it. So when my first episode came out we all sat down and watched it together. I had so many people sending me messages asking if it actually me!”

Charlotte, who trained at the Guildford School of Acting, began filming in March but has had to keep it a secret until the first episode aired earlier this month.

So far she’s filmed 24 episodes at the Paternoster Chop House and said it’s already opening new doors in her career.

“My job is to wait on tables but we’re there not only to serve people but to help orchestrate the chats, make people feel at ease and ultimately help people fall in love,” Charlotte said.

“It’s been the hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep but since it aired I’ve had so many messages from my agent saying people want to see me.”

The central London restaurant is open to the public but you won’t find Charlotte or CiCi there when the show’s 57 camera’s aren’t rolling. Most of the staff you see on First Dates are actually trained actors or have day jobs.

Since joining the show CiCi has become a household name who is now starring in E4’s All Star Driving School.

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Charlotte Knowles Comes To Manchester to Star in West End Story

THEATRE WHAT’S ON Leonie Leigh April 7, 2017

Pantomime star is set to return to her home county, this time in an all singing all dancing musical theatre revue show aptly named West End Story.

Charlotte Knowles from Oswestry recently performed at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos near Wrexham, as the title role Cinderella alongside heartthrob Ricky Rayment from the popular TV show TOWIE.

Since Christmas, she has been very busy treading the boards across the country including performing in the ‘Funny Women Stand-up Comedy’ finals with her own sketch ‘Terry Bun’.

Speaking ahead of her performances Charlotte said; ‘It’s been an amazing couple of months, I’ve been busy developing my comedy sketches all whilst still performing in a show called The Treason Show in Brighton.

‘I’m so looking forward to being part of West End Story and being in Shropshire again, I was thrilled when Michael the producer asked me to be part of it’.

West End Story is billed as the ultimate musical theatre show, it boasts a live orchestra and artists from all walks of theatrical life, including Sean Smith one-half of X-Factor Duo ‘Same Difference’, Kat Kleve who recently performed in the heart of London’s West End with Once the Musical and much more.

After a successful run at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn last year, the production is set to travel across the country stopping firstly at The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and then back to its birthplace Theatre Severn in July.

Producer Michael Jenkins said: ‘I’ve known Charlotte for nearly ten years now and every time I’ve worked with her I’ve been in awe of her sheer talent. She is the ultimate professional, whose musical theatre experience will no doubt enhance the production.

‘I’ve given Charlotte some excellent songs to sing in the show, my favourite being ‘Can you find it in your heart’ from Footloose, which I know she’ll perform brilliantly as she played the role of Vi in a production directed by the acclaimed Gary Lloyd’.

The production runs in Manchester from April 28 – 29 and in Shrewsbury on July 9. For tickets and any other information visit www.westendstory.co.uk

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‘I have no doubt at all that Charlotte has a very successful career ahead of her. She hasthe potential to be one of the leading actresses of her generation’.

Sharon Tracey Wright.
Writer and producer
Narky Knickers Theatre

@TheSharonAgency
www.sharon-wright-agency.co.uk

‘I found Charlotte to be creative, playful and thoroughly professional member of the company. She is, of course, incredibly funny on stage and this, combined with her beautiful singing voice and a talent for switching seamlessly between characters meant that she bought a huge range of skills to the role. I feel her talent and determination will giver her a very successful career’.

Drew Mulligan
Assistant Director
RSC AND National Theatre

Charlotte Won the World Skills Acting Awards in the UK with her acting piece from ROAD by Jim Cartwright.

Cinderella, Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham – Review and Pictures

Rags to ball gown, ugly sisters to the kind fairy godmother, and a magical pumpkin-turned-coach, The Stiwt Theatre’s pantomime production of Cinderella had all this and more.

cinderellaCharlotte Knowles as Cinderella
Despite the theatre being located in the sleepy village of Rhosllanerchrugog, just over the Shropshire/Wales border, its pantomime was anything but, ensuring families got well and truly in the mood for the season’s festivities.

Prior to watching this hilarious take on the heart-warming classic, I must admit I was sceptical and for two reasons, the first of which discovering the Ugly Sisters were being played by women – yes women – and the fact it starred panto newbie The Only Way Is Essex’s Ricky Rayment, I just wasn’t convinced he would be cut out for panto, and boy was I wrong.

 

 

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Michael Jenkins as Dandini and Ricky Rayment as Prince Charming

Playing the role of Prince Charming, Ricky did just that, charming his way through the show and not in a sickly sweet way, despite falling head over heels for Cinders at first sight, played by talented Oswestry actress Charlotte Knowles.

And again to my surprise, he hit the right notes with his musical numbers, working well with Charlotte’s beautiful voice.

However the biggest shock for me was the superb Ugly Sisters, played by Cerys Buck and Mattie Lefevre.

 

 

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Ricky Rayment as Prince Charming and Charlotte Knowles as Cinderella

The pair had the audience in stitches from the moment they came on stage until the very end of the show. They did the iconic baddie role real justice, and were everything they should be, loud, obnoxious and damn-right cruel to Cinderella.

Then there’s Gobowen’s Michael Jenkins, who plays the Prince’s right-hand man Dandini, who not only impressed with his powerful vocals but his fantastic rapport with the leading man Mr Rayment.

 

 

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Harry Allmark as Buttons

There wasn’t a weak link in the cast, Coral Mourant played a lovely Fairy Godmother, singing all the right notes and making the audience smile – particular with her Honey G-style ‘When I say Fairy, you say G’, a nice nod to one of the country’s most talked about “talent” – I use that term loosely – stars, while Harry Allmark’s pantomime career got off to a top-notch start playing the lovable but hapless Buttons.

Aside from a few glitches with the microphones at the start of the performance, LHK Productions and The Stiwt’s annual pantomime was everything you’d want from a panto and more, providing fun and enough ‘he’s behind you’ moments for everyone.

This review was done but the Shropshire Star Newspaper. Full article can be seen here: Review

I had the privilege of directing Charlotte in the key role of Maggie in a production of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor” for the summer repertory season 2018 at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth. Charlotte was well prepared for rehearsals, worked easily and effectively with her fellow cast members and produced an exceptional performance which was hugely appreciated by our audience. Charlotte has a unique gift for comedy and was able to take ideas from the rehearsal room and then develop them with thought, care and skill to create a memorable comic performance.  I would’nt hesitate to recommend her to other directors and producers.” Directed by – Stuart Barlow.
Paul Taylor-Mills Repertory Season 2018. 

Charlotte is a dazzling performer – not everyone can sing, dance, act, be hilariously funny & puncture a blimp in equal measure. We were so lucky to have you in Poole! I truly hope we work together again!’ - Directed by Chris Jarvis – Duncan Reeves Productions, 2018.