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John Thomson as Charlie Darling

Charlie Darling (played by John Thomson)

Barrister in Jack Roper's chambers.

Charlie Darling could be a brilliant barrister, but he's too much of a rebel to really knuckle down. He's always lived life by the seat of his pants and avoided responsibility - hence one failed marriage and big problems looming in his second one.

Addicted to risk and danger, he plays with the little money he has. He lives on the dream of one lucky break bringing him fame and fortune, as it did to his hero; George Carman. But unlike his hero, Charlie lacks a killer instinct; under the bravado, he's fundamentally good-hearted.

John Thomson

John made his name as a comedian, perhaps helped by the fact he went to university with Steve Coogan, but has many drama roles to his name too.

Career Highlights:

  • Playing Fat Bob, the mate of Steve Coogan's Paul Calf character.
  • Being a Fast Show regular, best known as the host of Jazz Club - "nice!"
  • Starring as Pete in four series of warm comedy-drama Cold Feet*.
  • Playing Ripley's hapless friend Terry Corlette in musical drama Blackpool.
  • Find out what John thinks about Charlie's affair with Annie in his interview
  • »

    Watch Video Clip 1 Watch an interview with John Thomson »
  • Discover more about John and take a quiz in the Drama Biographies section »

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