Photograph of Hayley Louise CharlesworthHayley Louise Charlesworth is a PhD researcher in the Gothic with Manchester Metropolitan University. Her primary research interests are in contemporary Gothic in film, television and online content, queer Gothic, queer theory, film and television studies, and gothic literature. Secondary research interests include children’s and young adult fiction, soap operas, popular music, video games, fan culture and drag culture.

Hayley achieved a first class honours in BA Creative Writing/Film Studies at Roehampton University in 2010. She achieved Masters with Distinction in English Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017, where she was awarded the Programme Leader’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement.

Hayley’s PhD, provisionally titled Depraved Bisexuals: Biphobia and Bi-erasure in Contemporary Supernatural Television, began in October 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University, supervised by Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn. Hayley also has membership to the International Gothic Association and the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies.

In addition to her academic career, Hayley has ten years of work experience in the 16-19 education sector, and in promoting Equality and Diversity initiatives amongst young adults.


PhD | Depraved Bisexuals: Biphobia and Bi-erasure in Contemporary Supernatural Television (provisional title) | 2018 – present

MA | Murder Husbands: Queer Desire and Homosociality in NBC’s Hannibal | 2016