IS she really a ditzy, attention-seeking, man-eater, which is how she’s described on the MTV website?
Well, Charlotte openly admits that what you see on reality show Geordie Shore is the real her but this 21-year-old is probably acting no differently to a lot of other people her age. The difference is it’s out there for everyone to see.
“What you see in the series is real. That’s what I’m really like,” she said. “I wear my heart on my sleeve and if you don’t like it, then tough.
“I’ve never changed for anyone before and I never will. If people don’t like what they see then no one is forcing them to watch it – just turn it off.”
Since Geordie Shore first aired last year viewers have been gripped by the outrageous behaviour of the young housemates, thrown together in a house in Jesmond. There have been fights, nudity and sex – and that was all in the first episode.
I met Charlotte in Newcastle’s Living Room bar for the launch of Geordie Shore series two, which aired last night, and she’s certainly a bubbly, confident and intense young lady, but she’s also very sweet and likeable.
She posed for pictures, laid across the bar and gurned at the camera just for fun but when I visited her house in Biddick Woods to pick up the photos of a younger Charlotte you can see on this page, I saw a different side to her – one the cameras have definitely missed.
Her seven-year-old brother answered the door and she greeted me on the stairs in a leopard-print onesy. Her mum had a pile of washing under one arm and her dad stood protectively in the kitchen.
She may have received a negative backlash for her on-screen antics but Charlotte is just a normal girl with a loving family, enjoying the opportunity MTV has given her.
She said: “When I was younger I always used to say I would be famous. I used to tell my nana that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up and she would say ‘but you can’t sing, you can’t act, you haven’t got a talent. How are you going to be famous?’
“I love my nana but now I’m a celebrity and I can say ‘I told you so!’ She doesn’t watch the show. She says she wants to think of me as the little girl who she used to sing songs to at bedtime when I stayed at her house. She doesn’t want to see what I get up to in the show.”
Charlotte, a former St Anthony’s School girl, had planned to go to university to study criminology before getting a place on the show. She has good GCSEs and A- Levels under her belt, so underneath the bravado she has brains as well as beauty.
“I am intelligent,” she said. “People might not think that because of the show but I’m quite clever. I had to study hard to get good results which I did for my mam and dad really and I loved school. It was the best time of my life.
“But being in a classroom just wasn’t for me so when the chance to audition for Geordie Shore came along I went for it.”
Family and friends are really important to Charlotte. They are her number one fans and she tells me her parents are really proud, especially her mam.
“She just thinks its brilliant that I had the courage to do it,” she explained. “Now I’m earning good money doing something I love instead of working in a bar three times a week.
“I’m doing this for them. I want to give back to my parents what they have given to me.”
She added: “My mam loves the show. She’s in the first episode of this series and I think she is more nervous than I am about being on TV.
“She’s really protective over me, if people start saying anything bad she gets so angry – nothing shocks her because we are really close.
“Obviously there are moments like when I’m in bed with someone that she doesn’t want to see and she’ll go and put the kettle on, but she knows what I’m like when I go out so it’s no surprise.”
Does she ever think she has gone too far? Not in her opinion or in fact her parents’ but amazingly she has been in trouble with MTV for crossing the line.
“I posted a picture of myself in bed on Twitter. I had wet myself because I was so drunk and MTV sent me a message telling me to take it down,” she said.
“But I don’t care, I love Twitter. I’m addicted to it and I like to tweet funny stuff for people to look at. I have more than 182,000 followers and I enjoy sharing what I’m up to with them.”
Since joining the cast Charlotte, who used to work at Ttonic in the city centre, has taken part in two series, flown to Tenerife for Geordie Shore: Magaluf Madness and gone Down Under with on/off love interest and fellow cast member Gary ‘Gaz’ Beadle.
She said: “We went to Australia together and it was amazing. We were treated like superstars walking down the red carpet at a big MTV award ceremony, having our pictures taken and meeting Audrina from The Hills and rapper Lil Jon – I couldn’t believe it, all I do is get drunk on the TV.”
She added: “It’s been amazing seeing that other side of life, I never thought I would experience anything like it.
“The only thing I wish I could change is being recognised all the time. I would prefer it if no one asked for autographs but I’m always polite and I’ll always pose for photographs, but when I’m just out with my friends trying to have a good night it gets a bit much.
“I wish I could do the show but remain anonymous!”
Living your life surrounded by cameras is difficult but having your relationship thrown into the spotlight has proved even harder for Charlotte and Gaz.
“Me and Gaz aren’t together anymore,” she said, and described him in terms that aren’t suitable for a family newspaper. “I know people watching the show will be screaming at the TV for me to just leave him alone, get over him stop going back to him, but I really liked him and I think it’s hard enough to get over someone under normal circumstances but when you have to live in a house together it’s ten times worse.
“I think most girls can relate to it. We’ve all had that ex we can’t keep away from, but that’s it now, we’ve had a huge row recently and we’re not speaking.”
Charlotte can also add pin-up to her list of achievements after posing in Nuts and Loaded magazine alongside the other female members of the cast.
“I can’t believe the opportunities I have had because of the show,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and doing the shoots is just another amazing experience.
“I know some people don’t like us and we get a lot of negative comments but they are talking about us and that’s great for the show.
“At the end of the day it’s supposed to be shocking to get people watching, but in this series you will see a softer side to us all. You’ll see how we come together for each other and there are definitely a few ‘awww’ moments.”
She added : “Generally in Sunderland I get a lot of support and when people do shout ‘Geordie s***’ I just brush it off. It’s just jealousy and bullying which is something you have to deal with all through your life – I had it at school and before I was in the spotlight so it’s not going to phase me now.” The first series of the show caused national outcry due to the flesh-baring, booze- fuelled shenanigans and Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah described it as “bordering on the pornographic”.
This doesn’t seem to have phased the cast or the producers and Charlotte told me that the new series is set to be even crazier, wilder and more controversial than the first and with the addition of two new housemates the tension is already hotting up.
She said: “We knew about Ricci coming in but we didn’t know about Rebecca so we were all a bit shocked and paranoid when she turned up.
“We were worried that she was going to replace one of us but that wasn’t the case – she’s full of herself though and to be honest none of us really get on with her that well. But there are nine of us in the house now and I class them all as family members because we live in each others pockets and we are really close.
She added: “Yes I have bared all on national television but I don’t regret any of it. I know that when I’m older I’ll be able to watch some of the best years of my life back which is not something everyone can do.
“No matter how much people grief the show I love the lifestyle, I love meeting other celebrities and I hope it stays popular so we can keep making more new series.”