Charles attended the National Youth Theatre in his teens and early 20s, performing lead roles in London and Barcelona. He went on to gain a BA Honours degree in drama, theatre and television at King Alfred’s College (University of Winchester). He acted on stage and screen into his mid-20s but then the allure of the media proved irresistible, and he enjoyed a successful career as a national newspaper journalist. Fast forward a quarter of a century and he has finally returned to acting.