Charlotte Riley (born 29 December 1981) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue and as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Riley was born in Grindon, Stockton-on-Tees, England. She comes from County Durham and attended Teesside High School from the age of 9 until 18. She attended St Cuthbert's, Durham University from 2000–03, performing with the Durham Revue and in plays and musicals and graduating with a degree in English and Linguistics; she also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 2005 to 2007.