A once famed actress and an A-list star back in the 90’s, Charlotte Lewis traversed the rocky path to success and has made meaningful contributions within the entertainment circles. The English actress and model whose talent and beauty established her as a household name paid her dues in Hollywood before going on hiatus for a couple of years. While she’s tried to make a comeback in recent years, many have wondered what the star actress has been up to lately. Here is everything you should know about Lewis, including her career journey and personal life.
Charlotte Lewis Bio
The English actress was born on the 7th of August 1967, in Kensington. Charlotte didn’t exactly have a smooth childhood as she never met her Iraqi-Chilean father and was raised only by her Irish mom in North London. Lewis attended Bishop Douglass School, Finchley.
She began exhibiting theatrical interest from an early age and made her acting debut in the 1978 series Grange Hill where she portrayed the character, Samantha. Lewis big screen debut was as a teenager in the 1986 movie Pirates. Following her outstanding performance with the first projects, Charlotte Lewis soon got the attention of industry bigwigs and subsequently earned herself more lucrative and bigger roles.
Notably, some of her follow-up works include The Golden Child in which she co-starred alongside Eddie Murphy, the 1988 horror movie Dial: Help, Tripwire and The Legend of the Emerald Princess both released in (1989), Bare Essentials (1991), Storyville (1992), Sketch Artist (1992), Men of War (1994), The Glass Cage (1996), Every Dog Has Its Day (1999), Hey DJ (2003), and Lost Angelas (2017). She also made appearances in TV series such as Crime Story (1988), Broken Badges (1990), Seinfield (1995), Decoy (1995), Viper (1996), Renegade (1997), and Highlander: The Raven (1999), among others.
Besides her career as an actress, Lewis is also a successful model who once appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine in 1993. More so, in the 1990’s, Shape Magazine once named the naturally endowed actress among the Nine Ladies with Best Bodies.
Though it is a well-known fact that Charlotte Lewis was pawned into prostitution as an underaged girl, the talented actress surprised many when she came forth in 2010 to accuse actor and director Roman Polanski of sexually assaulting her at age 16. According to Charlotte, Polanski took advantage of her youth and naivety and pressured her into sleeping with him.
The allegation which came at a time when Polanski was embroiled in several other sexual assault cases became a huge scandal that went viral. Despite the fact that Charlotte’s allegation was not the first of its kind leveled against Polanski, he nonetheless denied the claims.
More so, when investigations were launched into Charlotte’s claim, it became more complicated as it appeared the duo were actually involved in a mutual romantic relationship for a short while. It was later discovered that the actors whose paths crossed in 1986 on the set of the movie Pirates quickly became friends and the relationship later blossomed into a romantic one lasting for about six months.
However, following other sexual assault cases involving teenage girls which were also leveled against him, Polanski eventually fled from the US. He first served a two-month sentence in Switzerland before being placed under house arrest in Gstaad. Polanski later regained his freedom in 2010.
Charlotte Lewis Family – Married, Husband, Kids
Charlotte Lewis who has Chilean and Iraqi heritage has had an interesting dating history which has mostly revolved around her colleagues in the entertainment industry. While the star actress has never been married, she’s always made headlines with her relatively brief relationships. Some of the A-list men who she has been romantically linked to include Eddie Murphy whom she dated in the 80’s, Jim Carrey, Mario Sotela, Eric Clapton, William Annesley, Charlie Sheen, Julian Lennon, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton, Michael Hutchence, and Dodi Fayed. In the year 2004, Lewis had a son, however, details regarding the boy’s name and father are unavailable to the public.
Where is She Now?
Charlotte’s prime career days may presumably be over as she has conspicuously been inactive in recent years. She went under the radar since after making headlines in the year 2010 with her sexual assault claims against the French-Polish film director Polanski. Nonetheless, Lewis resurfaced in the 2017 movie Lost Angelas. The star actress who currently lives in Hampstead, London seems to be making big plans to rejuvenate her career and glory days. Having conquered various travails in the course of her career, Lewis may have left the past behind, hoping only for a better and beautiful future.