CHATTERING CHARLIE A SILLY CHARACTER BUT SHE RATES
Charlie Bartlett might be a right pain for Sons and Daughters
viewers, but she is also responsible for the soapie's highest
ratings this year.
Thanks to the gushy gossiper and socialite realising Alison
was really Pat the Rat, last week's show rated in the high 20s.
Sarah Kemp, the actress who created Charlie, is fond of her
Indeed, she is even a little envious.
"I have great fun playing her," Sarah said.
"I get to wear some marvellous clothes and I'm forever
chasing young men.
"I'm an outrageous flirt."
Sarah is grateful the writers have given Charlie a personality
totally different from anyone else in the cast.
"She does such silly things," she said.
"But I hope I don't talk like her off the set."
A few months ago Sarah took her Maltese terrier Isabella to
rehearsals and the producer decided the dog was exactly the
kind of pet Charlie should have.
"She was perfect for Charlie but for months she was written
into the script as 'Charlie's poodle'," Sarah said.
"Actually, she thinks she's a Great Dane. She's very aggressive
to big dogs."
When Sarah isn't working on the set she's pottering in her
garden or renovating the single-storey terraced house in the
inner Sydney suburb of Newtown which she bought a year ago.
At the moment she is mighty proud of her freesias, daffodils
and waiting for the carnations to bloom.
"It is very relaxing after working in the studios,"
"I would love a bigger garden and more space for Isabella
to run around."
Sarah's contract with Grundys, the producers of Sons and
Daughters, is up in January and she hopes to renew it.
"It is a harmonious way to earn a living," she said.
"But it can be painful in the winter when we have to be
on set at 5:45am.
"Sometimes I go through the first hour a little unconscious
until breakfast time."
Sarah is unmarried and has no plans to change her single life.
She has continued working in theatre while doing Sons and
Daughters but when she eventually leaves the show she hopes
to do a character totally different to Charlie Bartlett.
"I don't want people to think that's all I can do,"
By: Ronnie Gibson