Charles "Charlie" Edwards
is a fictional character
from the BBC television series Hotel Babylon
. He is played by Max Beesley
. After the departure of Rebbecca Mitchell (Tamzin Outhwaite
), Charlie became manager. Beesley also narrates the series mostly informing the viewers of hotel events and activities (e.g. the hotel rating system and hotel thefts). He has also been in prison for a year
Not a lot of his past
is mentioned in the show. He has worked in other hotels
, such as the Chesterton. The BBC character
description describes his past as "complex.
Charlie also has a brother, Dan, who appears in an episode of the second season (played by Christopher Coghill
). He is indicated to be considerably less successful than Charlie and to have gotten on the wrong side of the law several times.
Edwards spent 12 months
after being sentenced for 18 months. He informed guest "Bones" or Mr Wiltshire (full name not mentioned) of his sentence. This was because of fraud
. He did not mention this on his application form and therefore nearly got fired. Several times, Charlie utilizes skills that he might've picked up within the prison system, such as criminal knowledge or fighting ability (shown during an episode in the second season, where he manages to subdue a staff member holding a guest hostage with a swift and accurate punch).
During the first and second series, Edwards was dating Jackie. They reserved rooms to spend the night. Their relationship was kept discreet at the start.
Charlie kissed Rebecca at the staff Christmas party in series two. They arranged to have dinner soon after, but due to complications involving Charlie's younger brother, never did. They eventually agreed to keep their working relationship professional, though Rebecca kissed him goodbye in the series two finale.
Charlie and Anna dated in series 3, but split up just before Charlie left.
Charlie comes under a lot of pressure when he replaces Rebecca
as the General Manager of Hotel Babylon. He receives an email that informs that the Hotel's profits are down by a lot and is then unable to pay the cleaners due to a mix up with wages. He is forced to take out a loan with a friend from when he was in prison to pay the cleaners however, his friend wants the money back sooner than Charlie can get it back. Charlie is called up to a room by Jackie who has accidentally killed a thug who was stealing from cleaners. Charlie realises the thug was taking the money to pay back Charlie's debt and so helps Jackie, with the aid of Tanja, dispose of the body. Charlie then leaves when his friend, Hutch
, makes him an offer to travel with him.
Beesley on Charlie
"It's a bit different playing the General Manager now because there is more responsibility for Charlie. Even though he is not running around like a headless chicken, like he was in the first series, he has to be more centred because there is a lot of pressure on him."- Max Beesley about Charlie.