Charles, lung transplant recipient, performer and organ donation campaigner
Just a few months after receiving a double lung transplant, Charles was back on stage performing in Jesus Christ Superstar.
24-year-old Charles Michael Duke, a singer, songwriter and performer, was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.
He became a prominent campaigner for the importance of organ donation and the need for a law change during his three and a half year wait for a double lung transplant.
Incredibly, just a few months after receiving his transplant, Charles was back on stage preparing to star as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar – known to be one of the most demanding male vocal roles in musical theatre.
He said: “It wasn’t really until my lung collapsed whilst I was performing in a show that I really accepted that I was ill and that I needed a transplant.
“My mum always used to say: staying well is your job; whereas now I’m working, I’m singing, I’m performing, I’m getting back on the stage, my life has just completely changed.”