First Appearance: Episode 43 (1982)
Last Appearance: Episode 972 (1987)
Known Family: Husband - Eric Tate: divorced;
Son - Adam Tate; Daughter - Sally Tate; Husband - Todd
Romance with Tom Chaplin.
Charlie spends much of 1982, 1983 and 1984 flitting
between Sydney, Melbourne and the rest of the world, returning
home to Sydney mainly when Patricia has troubles. Charlie
is Patricia's best friend and frequently provides a shoulder
to cry on.
In 1983, Charlie meets up-and-coming designer, Lisa Cook.
Lisa agrees to produce a one-off outfit for Charlie -
and Charlie is so impressed with the result that she offers
to become Lisa's backer and set her up in a proper business;
and in 1984 and 1985, Charlie helps Patricia when she's
on the run from Roger Carlyle: Charlie is the last person
to see Patricia before she flies off to Rio de Janeiro
to escape her problems in Australia and the first person
to realise a few months later that the stunning new arrival
in Australia, Alison Carr, is actually Patricia after
In 1985, Charlie is shocked to meet the children she
hadn't seen since they were young - together with their
father, Charlie's first husband, Eric Tate: Adam and Sally
Tate come back into Charlie's life after Adam, a police
officer, becomes involved in providing protection for
Leigh Palmer. Eric had always told his children that Charlie
was a bad mother and that she'd run out on Adam and Sally,
but Leigh digs up old court records from Charlie and Eric's
divorce, which show that Eric had driven Charlie away.
A delighted Charlie starts to get to know her children
again, but their growing relationship is short-lived:
Sally has a fling with Tom Chaplin, who a distressed Charlie
is already seeing; and Adam decides to go cycling in Inner
Mongolia after Leigh commits suicide while on trial for
kidnapping baby Robert Palmer.
When Wayne Hamilton invites Charlie to invest in a gym
he's found, everyone warns her that he'll rip her off.
Charlie refuses to listen, though, and she puts up a large
amount of her money. Sadly, it turns out that Wayne does
indeed con her. Charlie is furious, but has to accept
what has happened to her.
While staying at a health spa in 1987, Charlie meets
Todd Buckley, a fitness instructor who works there. There's
a instant attraction, and when Charlie returns home Todd
comes with her. The couple quickly announce their engagement,
despite attempts by Alison to break them up. In fact,
Charlie becomes so appalled at Alison's behaviour and
schemes that she throws her out. Alison ends up staying
in a cheap, run-down motel while Charlie enjoys a fairytale
wedding to Todd and prepares to live happily ever after.