Charlotte’s life in pictures
Born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois to Princeton and Harvard grads, it was expected that Charlotte Ross would follow in her parents’ footsteps and continue in the field of education. However, falling in love with acting (and singing) in the tender years of her childhood, Charlotte had other plans in mind and decided at an early age she would follow the “Hollywood” route instead.
From that moment on, Charlotte studied with anyone and everyone she possibly could to polish and sharpen her craft (she especially adored, Roy London). She worked at Second City and the Goodman Theater in Chicago and earned an early living with numerous commercial and modeling gigs. Then, a month after graduating from the famous New Trier High School, Charlotte made the move to Los Angeles where she quickly landed her first role in Hollywood as ‘Eve Donovan’ on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, a role that later garnered her two Emmy Nominations. After a wonderful four years on the infamous soap, she went on to pursue other roles. Charlotte then quickly jumped into starring in numerous TV movies including, Kiss So Deadly (NBC), Kidnapped in Paradise (Universal Television), Fall into Darkness (NBC), and She Says She’s Innocent (NBC), to name a few. She also landed the lead in Aaron Spelling’s, The Heights (FOX), which earned a Gold record for her and the cast’s singing. She went on to release three additional albums.
Since then Charlotte has remained a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, starring in TV series such as CBS’s highly acclaimed comedy The Five Mrs. Buchanans by Marc Cherry for one full season, FOX’s Pauly with Pauly Shore, NBC’s John Wells’ ER and later his family drama, Trinity for a full season. She also starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed Beggars and Choosers as ‘Lorri Valpone’, a role the Los Angeles Times said made Charlotte an “Emmy shoe-in”.
Currently Charlotte can be seen as a series lead in the CW TV series Arrow portraying Donna Smoak, mother of Felicity.
Charlotte very much enjoys her roll as Felicity’s mother and is relishing the growing and changing relationship between the characters Donna and Felicity. “I LOVE, the dichotomy between the MIT grad, Felicity, and the Vegas cocktail waitress, Donna. I think it adds one of my favorite dimensions to their relationship and, in an odd way, even makes it stronger,” said Charlotte in a recent interview with Entertainment Monthly.
The show Arrow is based on DC Comics character Green Arrow. The popular show has been on since 2012, with Charlotte joining the cast in 2014 for Season 3 and again for Season 4.
Charlotte is very involved in both humanitarian and animal rights causes. In fact, in 2012 Charlotte was awarded the Animal Advocate of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States for promoting Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.
She also works closely with several animal shelters and has fostered several dogs until they were ready for their own forever homes.
Charlotte’s own dogs are rescues and she is strong advocate for animal rescue groups.
Charlotte is a single mom to Max, and he is the love of her life. She says that being a mom is the most challenging role she has ever had and “I feel beyond blessed everyday when I see him. I truly am a blessed woman to have my son in my life and I will continue to strive to never take that for granted because, believe me, I don’t.”