Charlotte Bingham

The Hon. Charlotte Bingham (born 29 June 1942) is an English novelist who has written over 30 mainly historical romance novels and has also written for many television programmes including Upstairs, Downstairs; Play for Today; and Robin's Nest. In her television work, she often worked with her husband, Terence Brady.

Charlotte Bingham
BornCharlotte Mary Thérèse Bingham
(1942-06-29) 29 June 1942
Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, UK
Pen nameCharlotte Bingham
Notable awardsRoNA Award
Terence Brady
(m. 1964; his death 2016)
ChildrenCandida Brady (born 1965)
Matthew Brady (born 1972)
RelativesJohn Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris (father)
Madeleine Bingham (mother)


Early life

The Honourable Charlotte Mary Thérèse Bingham was born on 29 June 1942 in Haywards Heath, Sussex.[1] Her father, John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris, wrote detective stories and was a secret member of MI5. Her mother, Madeleine Bingham, née Madeleine Mary Ebel, was a playwright. Bingham first attended a school in London, but from the age of seven to 16, she went to the Priory of Our Lady's Good Counsel school in Haywards Heath.[1] After she left school, Bingham went to stay in Paris with some French aristocrats with the intention of learning French. She had written since she was 10 years old and her first piece of work was a thriller called Death's Ticket.[1] Bingham wrote her humorous autobiography, called Coronet Among the Weeds, when she was 19, and not long before her twentieth birthday a literary agent discovered her celebrating at the Ritz. He was a friend of her parents and he took off the finished manuscript of her autobiography.[1] In 1963, this was published by Heinemann and was a best seller.[1]

TV work

In 1966, Charlotte Bingham's first novel, called Lucinda, was published. This was later adapted into a TV screenplay. In 1972, Coronet Among the Grass, her second autobiography, was published. This talked about the first ten years of her marriage to fellow writer Terence Brady. The couple, who have two children, later adapted Coronet Among the Grass and Coronet Among the Weeds, into the TV sitcom No, Honestly. Bingham and her husband collaborated on the scripts for three early episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs, "Board Wages", "I Dies from Love" and "Out of the Everywhere". They later wrote an accompanying book called Rose's Story. They also wrote the episodes of Take Three Girls featuring Victoria (Liza Goddard). In the 1970s, Brady and Bingham wrote episodes for the TV series Play for Today, Three Comedies of Marriage, Yes, Honestly and Robin's Nest. During the 1980s and 1990s, they continued to write for the occasional TV series and adapted Jilly Cooper's novel Riders for the television film Riders (1993).

Later work

Since the 1980s, Bingham has become a romantic novelist, writing novels including To Hear a Nightingale, The Business and In Sunshine or in Shadow. Most of her books are set in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1996, she won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.



Non fiction

  • Coronet Among the Weeds (1963)
  • Coronet Among the Grass (1972)
  • MI5 And Me (2018)

& Spies and Stars: MI5, Showbusiness and Me (2019)


  • Lucinda (1966)
  • The Business (1989)
  • In Sunshine or in Shadow (1991)
  • Stardust (1992)
  • Nanny (1993)
  • Change of Heart (1994)
  • Grand Affair (1997)
  • Love Song (1998)
  • The Kissing Garden (1999)
  • Country Wedding (1999)
  • The Blue Note (2000)
  • The Love Knot (2000)
  • Summertime (2001)
  • Distant Music (2002)
  • The Magic Hour (2005)
  • Friday's Girl (2005)
  • Out of the Blue (2006)
  • In Distant Fields (2006)
  • The White Marriage (2007)
  • Goodnight Sweetheart (2007)
  • The Enchanted (2008)
  • The Land of Summer (2008)
  • The Daisy Club (2009)

Love Quartet

  1. Belgravia (1983)
  2. Country Life (1985)
  3. At Home (1986)
  4. By Invitation (1993)

Nightingale Saga

  1. To Hear a Nightingale (1988)
  2. The Nightingale Sings (1996)

Debutantes Saga

  1. Debutantes (1995)
  2. The Season (2001)

The Bexham Trilogy

  1. The Chestnut Tree (2002)
  2. The Wind Off the Sea (2003)
  3. The Moon at Midnight (2003)

Eden Saga

  1. Daughters of Eden (2004)
  2. The House of Flowers (2004)

Mums on the Run Series

  1. Mums on the Run (2010)
  2. A Dip Before Breakfast (2012)

With Terence Brady

Victoria Series

  1. Victoria (1972)
  2. Victoria and Company (1974)

Honestly Series

  1. No, Honestly (1974)
  2. Yes, Honestly (1977)

Upstairs, Downstairs Series

  1. Rose's Story (1972)

References and sources

  1. "Charlotte Bingham – Childhood". Archived from the original on 8 March 2007.
  2. Charlotte Bingham at FantasticFiction, 13 July 2012
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