She’s only just finished her A-levels but actress Charlotte Beaumont has already appeared in a TV crime series and she’s now starring in the world premiere of a play in Sheffield.
Charlotte, who played murdered boy’s sister Chloe in the ITV series Broadchurch, is at the centre of a love triangle in Love Your Soldiers at the Crucible Studio.
Her character, Gemma, is a London teenager who is romantically entangled with two soldiers serving together in Afghanistan who are close friends.
The action switches between the two countries as Gemma keeps in touch using Skype – and a deathly drama starts to unfold in the war zone.
When one of the soldiers suffers a terrible injury in an explosion, Gemma is torn between the two men and her lies to her boyfriend are in danger of being discovered.
Charlotte says of Gemma: “She’s quite feisty and very spiky as a character. She’s a bit different from me.
“Doing it I’ve become more rough. Once I had a part when I had to swear and I found myself shouting swear words in my bed!
“I like how spiky she is. She’s so complex. She lies a lot which means her character is so much more layered. You wonder which one of the men does she love more?
“It’s a massive challenge to play -- she’s 20 and I’m 18.”
As Charlotte is so young-looking and very petite, she is often cast as a teenager of 13 or 14. In Broadchurch she played a 15-year-old.
She said: “When I got the details of this role I thought there is no point going for it, I’m not going to get cast. I’m really blessed to get the part.”
Charlotte was fascinated to find out from the soldiers they spoke to in researching the role that love triangles like the one in the play are not unknown among serving troops.
She said that’s where playwright Robin Hooper got the idea.
“For Gemma, she loves soldiers. That’s why she did it. She has an absent father so she’s used to having men away from her. She finds it a bit addictive in a way.”
Charlotte, who made her professional stage debut at 13, has decided she is going to go straight into acting as a career. She said she waved her friends off to university but decided that was not for her. She had a big step up with Broadchurch and the chance to work with top actors like Olivia Colman and David Tennant.
Charlotte said: “It was such a fun job and gave me an amazing experience. The part I had was big enough for me to be there throughout filming.
“I learned a lot from such amazing actors in it. Everyone was so talented and I was very privileged to be part of that. It was so beautifully done.”
Love Your Soldiers, which is directed by Merlin star Richard Wilson, is running at the Crucible Studio until November 23. Box office: call 0114 249 6000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk