Charlotte Grayson

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Charlotte Grayson
Revenge character
First appearance"Pilot"
(episode 1.01)
Created byMike Kelley
Portrayed byChrista B. Allen
Information
AliasesCharlotte Grayson
(birth name)
Victoria Grayson
GenderFemale
OccupationHigh school student
Care Assistant
FamilyDavid Clarke
(biological father)
Conrad Grayson
(legal father)
Victoria Grayson
(mother)
Patrick Osbourne
(maternal half-brother)
Daniel Grayson
(maternal half-brother)
Amanda Clarke
(paternal half-sister)
Marion Harper
(maternal grandmother)
Charlotte Clarke
(paternal great-aunt)
ChildrenUnborn child
(child, with Declan; miscarriage)
ResidenceSouthampton, New York
 
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Charlotte Grayson
Revenge character
First appearance"Pilot"
(episode 1.01)
Created byMike Kelley
Portrayed byChrista B. Allen
Information
AliasesCharlotte Grayson
(birth name)
Victoria Grayson
GenderFemale
OccupationHigh school student
Care Assistant
FamilyDavid Clarke
(biological father)
Conrad Grayson
(legal father)
Victoria Grayson
(mother)
Patrick Osbourne
(maternal half-brother)
Daniel Grayson
(maternal half-brother)
Amanda Clarke
(paternal half-sister)
Marion Harper
(maternal grandmother)
Charlotte Clarke
(paternal great-aunt)
ChildrenUnborn child
(child, with Declan; miscarriage)
ResidenceSouthampton, New York

Charlotte Clarke is a fictional character on the television drama Revenge, portrayed by Christa B. Allen. She is Victoria Grayson's youngest child, but has little in common with her mother; unlike the cold, ruthless Victoria, Charlotte is kind and generous. Like Emily Thorne, Charlotte is highly intelligent, defying expectations in school with her perfect academic record.

Description[edit]

Charlotte is the youngest daughter in both the Grayson and Clarke families. The legal daughter of Conrad and Victoria Grayson, Charlotte is actually the result of her mother's affair with David Clarke. She has an older half-brother, Daniel Grayson, and an older half-sister, Amanda Clarke. A straight-A student, she defies expectations with her perfect academic record at school. Unlike the rest of her family, Charlotte has a moral compass and has never done anything to intentionally harm someone for her own benefit. Subsequently, Charlotte has a troubled relationship with her cold, ruthless mother, and is torn between keeping her family together and trying to break away from them.

Character arc[edit]

Season one[edit]

In the episode "Duplicity," it is revealed that Victoria often questions whether she should have had Charlotte. Hurt, Charlotte breaks off communication with her mother completely and begins acting out.

Later during season one, Emily and Charlotte share a closer relationship, as Charlotte sometimes goes to Emily when she is having family troubles. In an interview with journalist Mason Treadwell, David Clarke reveals that Victoria had given birth to a Charlotte while romantically involved with him, making Charlotte Emily's younger half-sister. When Emily tells Charlotte that Daniel proposed, Emily asks if it is alright with her. Charlotte responds positively, stating she always wanted a sister in her life. [1]

After Emily finds out Charlotte is her sister, she goes to great lengths to prevent her from getting hurt. Emily later changes her plan to expose Charlotte's paternity after seeing her and Conrad getting on the right track again. When Charlotte's paternity is revealed, Emily is deeply saddened that Charlotte had found out the worst way possible ("Perception").

Charlotte has a hard time dealing with the lies and betrayal in her family, and begins drinking and stealing anti-depressants. Her boyfriend, Declan Porter, advises her to see a therapist. Her grandfather refuses to allow this, however, saying that if she were to tell someone their family's secrets, the family name would be ruined. However, Charlotte doesn't budge as she prefers the truth over her family's reputation. So, her grandfather threatens to not let Declan in at Collin's Prep because his test scores were low. Charlotte reluctantly complies, but she takes prescription pills instead of getting help from a therapist. Emily notices Charlotte taking pills at her engagement party and looks hurt and confused that Charlotte would resort to such measures. However, Emily isn't able to speak to her before Victoria shows up, and Charlotte not wanting to deal with Victoria, walks away ("Chaos").

Charlotte goes over to Emily's house and they talk about Charlotte's real father. Emily consoles Charlotte by telling Charlotte about the swing that their father built, trying to convince Charlotte that David Clarke may not have been all bad. In order to conceal her true identity, Emily says Amanda told her that story when she came over one time. They end their conversation with Emily holding Charlotte on the swing their father built ("Scandal").

Emily tells Nolan she was worried about Charlotte. When she goes to Charlotte's room, Charlotte has many magazines, newspapers, pictures, and records of David Clarke spread out on her bed. Emily asks what all of it is, to which Charlotte replies, "This is my version of father-daughter time." Charlotte unwittingly gives Emily photo evidence of the man responsible for her father's murder ( White-Haired-Man) - as well as the realisation that there is another journal.

In "Reckoning", after a cold goodbye from her mother, she finds out that Victoria was a victim in a plane crash. She quickly begins to panic and calls Declan for help, who instead, without listening to her, tells her to leave him alone and to never call him back. When she feels like there's nobody else to turn to, she decides to overdose on pills. When Conrad enters her room, he finds her unconscious on her bed with the pills strewn around the floor. He shakes her body, waiting for a response, but she remains motionless.

Season two[edit]

In "Destiny," Charlotte was put into rehab some time after her suicide attempt. She stayed there the whole winter and even missed her mother's funeral. She convinces Conrad to let her go to Victoria's memorial service. Emily goes to visit Charlotte. She tells her counselor that Emily has been sending her postcards from around the world, she begs Emily for her to come to the memorial, unless it would be awkward for her because of the relationship between Daniel and Ashley. Before Charlotte leaves, she asks Emily to see her again, Emily agrees. Charlotte arrives at the memorial, and after giving a loving speech about her mother, she's told by her doctor that her blood tested 'positive' for a prescription drug. As she is being forcibly removed from the party, she brakes free and whispers to Emily that Victoria is alive and she knows where she is. Charlotte has been told that the government has been protecting Victoria until they can rebuild the case against Conrad, by Victoria. Victoria has been secretly talking with her for months with a burner phone, and Charlotte was the only one who knew Victoria was alive. When her room is searched, her doctor discovers her phone, and takes it from her. Charlotte is last seen crying and banging on her door trying to get out.

In "Resurrection," Emily claims since Victoria took her mother away from her, she is going to take Charlotte away from Victoria. She realizes Victoria is going to try and take Charlotte out of the country and use Charlotte's money to do so, but Emily says Victoria isn't going to take away her sister too. Emily gives Daniel information on Charlotte's doctor, he discovers his father has been paying him to keep Charlotte there, and to tamper with her drug tests. Conrad's plan was to show the judge how unfit Charlotte is, and as a result he allows Conrad to drain her account of her inheritance. Daniel has Charlotte freed but she refuses to leave with him as she doesn't trust him, she instead goes with Emily and plans to stay with her. Charlotte discovers from Emily about Amanda's pregnancy and becomes excited over the fact she is becoming an aunt. Even though she really isn't because Fake Amanda isn't the real Amanda, and Emily watches sadly that she cant tell Charlotte she is her real sister. Charlotte tells Victoria when Emily takes her to see her that Charlotte is going to become an aunt, Victoria is less than ecstatic. Victoria is more upset because Charlotte lost her inheritance, which Charlotte realizes Victoria is as cruel as she remembers, since Charlotte remarks Victoria was more worried about the money than her. Charlotte leaves angry and hurt while Nolan and Emily watch from a hidden camera from the car. Nolan thinks Victoria is complex, the way she pushed away Charlie to protect her. However, Emily is happy her plan worked, Charlotte decides to stay in the country, though is sad what she put Charlotte through. Later, Charlotte sees Victoria in the Grayson Manor. Victoria has led everyone to believe she was held for ransom. Victoria tells her it was the only way for them to be together. Charlotte begs Emily to keep their secret, after Emily sees that Charlotte needs her mother she decides that she won't use Charlotte to get to Victoria.

Charlotte in season two has tried to distance herself from her family even more. After learning of their fraudulent and treacherous activities, Charlotte denounces that they are her family and refuses to have anything to do with them. She refuses to put on a fake smile to save and better her family's reputation. She instead spends her time with Amanda Clarke, who she believes is her sister, and the Porter family (including her supposed nephew Carl). In the episode "Collision", on her 18th birthday, Charlotte legally changes her last name to Clarke in honor of her father.

After the death of Amanda Clarke, she has started to get involved in violent activities. For a short period of time she has changed into the good, smart girl she was before until a colleague of hers; Regina; talks bad about Amanda and Charlotte punches her at the Grayson Halloween Masquerade. After a while, Regina gets closer with her after seeing what Charlotte is going through and encourages her to have fun. They sneak in clubs illegally, and Charlotte and Regina put on a show by kissing each other, letting it be revealed in the tabloids. In "Engagement", she goes to jail after being caught sneaking in to the club one day. Daniel bails her out and has a talk with her. After Daniel asks her why she is so distant to her family, she replies "I just don't want to see anyone else come into this family and get hurt." Revealing she was pregnant.

In "Truth, Part II" after the chaotic events of preceding episode, Declan dies leaving Charlotte alone with their unborn child.

Season three[edit]

In "Fear" it is revealed that Charlotte has miscarried and has been spending her time at a Grayson home in France after learning of Declan's death. She returns to the Grayson Mayor and spends a lot of her time with Jack and Carl. Her relationship with Emily becomes estranged, realizing that she is becoming more like a Grayson. She later learns from Jack that Conrad was responsible for the bombing of Grayson Global, the cause Declan's death, which makes her see how evil Conrad really is and cuts all ties with him. Later she flirts with Nolan friend Javier they go back Nolan house for sex. Javier ask when we can do again Charlotte says soon. Victoria fide out about Charlotte promiscuity and ask Nolan were using protection Nolan says he look into it.

Personality[edit]

Charlotte Grayson is by far the most honourable and trustworthy member of her family, being the only Grayson who considers the truth to be more important than her family's reputation. She was originally coquettish and rebellious, like any other teenager, something her mother disapproved of. Charlotte is also highly intelligent and has a perfect academic record, despite the expectations of others. Charlotte was devastated when she learned that Victoria had wondered if giving birth to her was a mistake. Unlike Daniel, who was closer to Victoria than to Conrad, Charlotte ironically had a close and loving relationship with her father than she did with her mother, which was why Charlotte was devastated along with Conrad that Conrad wasn't her real father. Charlotte is also the only member of her family that Emily did not want to harm, and although she didn't know that Emily was actually Amanda Clarke, her half sister, she turned to her for support after learning the truth about her parentage.

Although Charlotte was originally sweet, friendly, and charitable, the constant disapproval of her mother, learning that she was David Clarke's daughter, breaking up with Declan, the emotional abuse and lies of her family, and the presumed death of Victoria, who was still her mother no matter how cold she was towards Charlotte, caused her personality to change to miserable and depressed. In the season finale, Charlotte was so upset that she tried to commit suicide, by overdosing on pills. She survived the attempt, and when she found out that Victoria was still alive, their relationship became much closer. However, it is strained again, as it is nearly impossible for Charlotte and Victoria to have the same views about life and each other.

In season two, Charlotte has become more aware of her surroundings and her family's deceitful ways. She no longer trusts her own family and she constantly tries to get away from their lies that are suffocating her. She doesn't care that her family's reputation could possible be on the line, she refuses to fake a smile for the press any longer. She becomes increasingly involved with Emily's revenge scheme, yet unknowingly. Even as she tries to break her Grayson ties with her family, she gets thrown back into their lies once again, and she is usually right in the center of them. She has been looking for ways to get out of the house, such as looking for volunteering jobs at pet shelters, something Victoria is disgusted with. Victoria constantly belittles Amanda, Declan, and Emily, saying that they are low-level citizens with nothing to offer. However, she believes they offer a realness and a love that she doesn't believe she gets from her own family.

Relationships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Season 1 Episode 13

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