Before arriving at Rosewood, Charlotte grew up on a council estate in East London, dabbling with drugs and alcohol and falling pregnant by John Browdie at eighteen. As a result, Charlotte became estranged from her father and from her sister Sarah, who went on to become a drug-addicted prostitute. John left his wife and six-year-old son Bradley to be with Charlotte. Their daughter Rachel Browdie was born in March 1995, and they married in August 1994. She and John also have a daughter called Abbey who was born in 1996 and a son called Oscar who was born in 2007.