‘I couldn’t decide which I wanted,’ she says, embracing the experience, as she’s apt to do with just about everything in her life.
‘So I ordered both.’Apart from her increasingly successful career as an actress – and she’s about to appear in the most hotly anticipated TV drama of the decade – she’s also the joint proprietor of Charlie Foxtrot Vintage, a shop in Southeast London that specialises in stunning period clothing.
‘Other people might think, “Whoa, that was a strange dream” and think no more about it, but my mum took it as a message.
She is wonderfully quirky and alternative – she still goes to Glastonbury every year.
Anne was called the Great Whore by people who didn’t like her.
‘And that, in itself, was unusual because it’s a small school and you hardly meet anyone else who went there.
Charity Wakefield is early for our morning interview at London’s trendy Shoreditch House – a media and showbiz club that boasts a roster of famous members, the actress herself included.
She’s making the most of it, ensconced in a squishy leather chair in the lounge – a pot of tea to the right of her, a freshly made lemonade to the left.
That item, of course, would have set off her beautiful turquoise eyes, although the striking 34-year-old doesn’t really need adornment of any kind.
No wonder director Peter Kosminsky thought to cast her as Mary, ‘the other Boleyn girl’, alongside Claire Foy, who’s playing her younger sister, the doomed Anne in the aforementioned drama – BBC Two’s six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies.