Carver was born just before midnight on July 31, 1988 - seven minutes before his brother Max. Due to the timing, the twins have different birth dates.
Before they began acting professionally, they were known as Max and Charlie Martensen.
Carver’s father, Robert Martensen, is an author and medical researcher in history at the National Institutes of Health.
In 1992, Anne Carver and her new husband, Denis Sutro, moved the family to Calistoga in California’s Napa Valley where they took over the 90 year old Palisades Vineyard.
Charlie Carver made his acting debut as an eighth-grader when he played Puck, the fairy trickster, in his school’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He attended High School at St. Paul’s Boarding School in Concord, New Hampshire but left to attend Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan his sophomore year.
He also studied acting at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Art History in 2012.
Carver’s professional acting career began while he was shopping in Santa Monica, California.
He was approached at a shoe store by talent agent Matthew Jackson of Rebel Entertainment Partners. Jackson thought Carver had “an interesting look” and signed both Carver brothers to the agency almost immediately.
His first big break came in 2008 when Charlie auditioned for Desperate Housewives and producers asked to see Max as well. Max, who was working on a project with his father in Washington D. C., auditioned via iChat. They booked the parts of Porter and Preston Scavo in its 5th season.
After his 4 years on Desperate Housewives, Carver appeared in YouTube star Lucas Cruikshank’s 3rd film, Camp Fred and a Lifetime Movie Channel production called Restless Virgins.
He and his brother had recurring roles on the HBO series, The Leftovers.