Charlotte Lau, Hollyoaks
Charlotte Lau (Amy Yamazaki)
Charlotte was introduced as the new barmaid at the SU Bar and ex-girlfriend of established character Lydia Hart. Charlotte was very open about her sexuality and made references to it on-screen on a number of occasions.
The history of the relationship with Lydia was told when Charlotte was introduced: their relationship was seemingly shattered by Lydia’s constant jealousy and her clingy nature, which ultimately lead to their break up and Lydia trying to commit suicide soon after.
Charlotte and Lydia got close again, but because Lydia was dating Sarah Barnes, outside an almost kiss nothing happened between them initially. Sarah later died during skydiving, after Lydia tampered with her parachute (without Charlotte’s knowledge), and Lydia and Charlotte got back together. During the trial for Sarah’s murder, Charlotte recognized Lydia’s knife and confronted her, and later told Mike and Dave Colburn about Lydia’s murder of Sarah. Lydia eventually ended up in prison.
At a nightclub, male character Jamil Fadel tried to flirt with Charlotte, unaware she was a lesbian. Charlotte took drugs, danced with Jamil, who was convinced that he could win her over. They left the nightclub, climbed on top of the village wall arch, and Charlotte lost her balance and fell off. She was taken to hospital, where she regained consciousness. Charlotte feared she would be paralyzed and decided to leave Hollyoaks.
In September 2010, Yamazaki was therefore unexpectedly written out of the show. After her departure, the Hollyoaks official website confirmed her final scenes had already aired.
When interviewed by entertainment website Digital Spy executive producer Paul Marquess stated: “I just want to put the record straight that Amy who played Charlotte wanted to go, because I think a lot of people were really angry with me for ‘axing’ Charlotte – which I didn’t! She wanted to go off and write, so that’s why she fell off an arch!”
- 70 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Lydia Hart (Lydia Kelly, lesbian, regular 46 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.