Charlotte Hegele was born in 1990 in Toronto, Ontario but grew up in London, Ontario. Her parents, Katherine Walmsley, a painter and fabric artist, and Robert Hegele, a physician and medical researcher, recognized their daughter’s natural singing talent when she surprised them by singing the entire national anthem on key. She started singing lessons at age six and guitar lessons at 16. Charlotte writes and performs original music in venues throughout Southwestern Ontario's professional and DIY music scenes. Charlotte attended London’s Central Secondary, and worked actively in community theatre, cast as the lead in musicals such as Central Secondary’s “SOCKS!” and as Countess Olivia in The Grand Theatre’s production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".
But it wasn’t long before she recognized that her passion was film.
Charlotte graduated from Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television Program with honours, and signed with The Characters, one of Canada’s premier agencies. She quickly landed television roles including “Sunday’s at Tiffany’s” (Lifetime), “Murdoch Mysteries” (Shaftesbury) and “XIII” (Showcase). Charlotte's acting and musical experience Ianded her a coveted role in the critically acclaimed Muse Entertainment and Backalley Film Productions' “ Bomb Girls” (Global) as the complicated Kate Andrews, a young woman fleeing her fundamentalist preacher father and his emotional and physical violence. The role of Kate allowed Charlotte to showcase her singing talents and she recorded more than 12 songs for the series. “Bomb Girls” won awards in Canada and internationally, including The Gracie Award for Outstanding Drama in 2013. Charlotte reprised her role as Kate in “Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy” the popular TV movie.
She followed the international success of “Bomb Girls” with lead and guest star roles on “Haven” (Showcase), and “Republic of Doyle” (CBC), as well as US series such as “Reign” (The CW). Charlotte is currently starring as the bubbly and tenacious Julie Thatcher on the internationally loved American-Canadian television drama series “When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark Channel).