U.K. actress Charlotte Coleman dies

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com November 20 2001 12:00 AM ET

Charlotte Coleman, best known to American audiences for her role as Hugh Grant's colorfully dressed flatmate in Four Weddings and a Funeral, died last week in London at the age of 33, reportedly of complications from asthma, according to The [London] Independent. Also seen in such British cult films as The Young Poisoner's Handbook and Different for Girls, Coleman's most lasting impact on the LGBT community came when she starred in the television adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990), playing a teenager who discovers that she is a lesbian after a lifetime of being brought up in a stifling Pentecostal household. "Acting is normal to me," Coleman once said. "It's the only thing I've known since I was a kid."