Tragic life of Four Weddings star
Fans of Four Weddings and a Funeral are brimming with excitement at the short 'sequel' airing as part of Comic Relief next week - 25 years after the original.
But the comedy short - starring Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell and Kristen Scott Thomas - will be tinged with a note of sadness at the absence of one central and unforgettable figure in the cast reunion.
Charlotte Coleman - who played Hugh Grant's quirky flatmate Scarlett - died suddenly in 2001 at the age of 33.
The actor was found dead in her London flat, hours after leaving her parents' house where she had complained that she was feeling unwell.
Coroners later found she had died after suffering a massive asthma attack.
It was tragic end to a short but rebellious life which saw her smoking at 12, lose her virginity early and expelled from school at 14.
Tragically she also had to cope with the death of her boyfriend aged just 19, which sent her into a spiral of eating disorders and depression.
SMOKING, DRINKING AND BUM TATTOOS
Born into a theatrical family - her mother was Fresh Fields actor Ann Beach and her father was TV producer Francis Coleman.
Charlotte landed the role of Sue in the long-running TV series Worzel Gummidge, aged eight.
But it was the character of teenage rebel Marmalade Atkins that won her the hearts of a generation of kids in the 1980s.
The 'worst girl in the world' caused havoc at school and horrified her parents with her outrageous antics in Educating Marmalade and Marmalade at Work, between 1982 and 1984.
It was a character that her real parents and teachers, at the Camden School For Girls, recognised all too well.
"I was probably the most irritating child," Charlotte once said.
"I was very destructive, undisciplined, smashing things up, and I was wild in my teens,
"I caused my parents absolute hell. I graffitied the house."
At the age of 14, she was expelled from the school for smoking and drinking.
"I was smoking at 12, had boyfriends at 13, lost my virginity at an early age, had my nose pierced at 14, shaved my head completely and then had a bluebird tattooed on my bottom when I was 15," she once said.
At the same time Charlotte decided to move out of the family home and shack up with friends.
Then aged 16, she attempted to complete her education by enrolling in the progressive Dartington Hall school in Devon - blowing her entire TV fortune.
She later admitted: "We didn't have to go to any lessons, so I didn't."
"I spent 15 grand, all my money, and it was just stupid really."
LOSING THE LOVE OF HER LIFE
But shortly after, tragedy struck.
In 1987, when she was just 19, her 23-year-old boyfriend Jonathan Laycock was killed in a cycling accident and she later said she "just fell apart."
Her overwhelming grief led to long bouts of depression and, reportedly, a battle with bulimia and anorexia.
"It was very grim because Jon was the great love of my life," she said 10 years after
"After his death it was two years before I could go out with someone else and I've still got pictures of Jon up in my flat."
Her acting career continued, and at 21 she played a coming of age role in the groundbreaking TV drama Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
As the lesbian daughter of an ultra-strict religious fanatic, she rebelled once again with explicit love scenes on screen.
At 25, Charlotte was cast as the eccentric Scarlett in Four Weddings and a Funeral, landing herself a BAFTA nomination and the most memorable role of her career.
But her battle with depression continued.
Friend Rod Gilchrist, producer of Charlotte's last major television series, How Do You Want Me? said: "Charlotte seemed very frail. She was about 5ft 5 ins (1.6m) and very thin, and she was one of those people you always worried about."
"But then, like all great actors, as soon as she got in front of the camera she was absolutely mesmeric."
FOUND DEAD IN HER FLAT
On 14 November 2001, Charlotte spent the evening watching films with her mum and dad, but left early.
The following morning her concerned mum tried at call but got no answer.
She was found in her Islington flat shortly afterwards and taken to Whittington Hospital in north London, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Dad Francis said Charlotte, who had always suffered from asthma but never experienced a major attack, was in "great spirits" earlier that day.
He said: "When she left she said she was feeling a little ill and I told her to stay with us but she wanted to go home.
"The family is devastated. We loved her and she was a rare creature who the camera loved."
Charlotte's sister, Casualty actor Lisa Coleman, said the star had died of a massive asthma attack and her inhaler had been found in an upstairs room.
She said: "She will be very sadly missed and we love her to be bits - my mother is very, very devastated."
Rod Gilchrist added: "She was a brilliant comic actor. I think she would have gone on to become a British version of Shirley MacLaine."
This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.