[[folder:Main Characters]]

!!Andy Millman
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RickyGervais

The lead character of Extras. Andy's dream to become an actor – he left his steady day job at Natwest in Wokingham in order to pursue it - is endlessly frustrated by the fact that his agent Darren Lamb is incompetent, circumstances seem to conspire against him, and the only work he can get is as a film extra. His best friend is fellow extra Maggie Jacobs, but her fervent desire to help, coupled with a lack of tact and subtlety, means that she more often than not causes him just as much trouble. Millman successfully managed to sell a sitcom called When the Whistle Blows, which proves to be a commercial but not a critical success. Andy's nemesis throughout the programme is Greg Lindley-Jones, who also started out as an extra before finding success in a number of productions and becoming a well-respected actor, much to Andy's annoyance.

* AuthorTract
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey
* TheCynic
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His interactions with Maggie. He’s also the only one to treat Shaun Williamson with a bit of respect, calling him by his real name.
** TookALevelInJerkass: In the Christmas Special.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Lost his virginity at 28 to a woman who looked like Ronnie Corbett.
* OnlySaneMan
* OohMeAccentsSlipping
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist

!!Maggie Jacobs
->'''Played By:''' Ashley Jensen

Maggie Jacobs is characterized as a genuinely kind and supportive individual who only wants to help out. Unfortunately for her and those around her, she is also portrayed as being rather socially inept and lacking in any sort of internal censor or sense of tact, which means that she's more likely to say precisely the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person, and thus create more trouble for herself and those around her (especially Andy, whom she frequently embarrasses by inadvertently puncturing his pretensions towards being an actor). Although the character possesses no malicious intent, she also appears to be rather naive and poorly educated when it comes to matters of race and political correctness - which, when coupled with her general tactlessness, frequently results in her causing genuine offense through inadvertent insults and stereotypes. In series two her earthy ways are shown to contrast greatly with the pretensions of Andy's new friends.

Maggie is rather man-hungry, and throughout the series she is constantly on the lookout for 'Mr. Right.' However, owing to circumstance and her aforementioned tendency to commit social faux-pas, the relationships she starts with men throughout the series rarely last long. However, there have been instances in which the men she is interested in turn out to be very much less than desirable, through no fault of her own.

* {{Adorkable}}
* BreakTheCutie
* CannotTellALie
* CloudCuckooLander
* TheDitz
* DumbBlonde
* TheHeart
* NiceGirl
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan

!!Shaun Williamson (Barry from Eastenders)
->'''Played By:''' Shaun Williamson

Shaun Williamson plays himself as one of Darren's clients. He used to play Barry Evans on the British soap opera EastEnders, but left to pursue a multi-million pound contract elsewhere and failed. Darren Lamb doesn't use his real name, but instead calls him "Barry off EastEnders" or just "Barry" and occasionally "Barr".

* AdamWesting
* ButtMonkey: A once successful soap actor whose incompetent agent held out for too much money, he's now the only client of said agent who only gets him non-acting work such as cleaning the toilets. Nobody calls him by his real name (except for Andy) and his tendency to steal food indicates he lives in near-poverty.
* HiddenDepths: He offers genuinely good advice to Andy.
* IAmNotSpock: Everyone calls him 'Barry from Eastenders'. Even the credits lists him as playing Barry.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's Barry-from-Eastenders!
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Darren.

!!Darren Lamb
->'''Played By:''' Creator/StephenMerchant

Andy Millman's agent. He is utterly incapable of breaking an act, and his usual negotiating tactic is to simply agree with whatever anyone else says, or suggest someone other than his client for the part. He's very good at deducting his 12.5% commission ("15% for adverts") despite frequently having done nothing to contribute to his act's success.

* AscendedExtra
* CompletelyMissingThePoint
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The final straw comes for Andy when Darren comes in his office.
* DumbBlonde
* TheMillstone: For both Andy and Shaun.


[[folder: Recurring]]

!!Greg Lindley-Jones
->'''Played By:''' Shaun Pye

* ClassicallyTrainedExtra
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Jerkass}}
* MeaningfulName: His surname Jones may be a reference to ''Keeping up With the Joneses'', due to Andy's sense of achievement being dictated by whatever Greg has.
* PetTheDog: When he tells Maggie about supplementary performance fee. He's generally quite nice to her.
* SmugSmiler
* SmugSnake: His casting call was, ‘a smug cunt with a punchable face’. It was accurate.

!!Iain Morris
->'''Played By:''' Guy Henry

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* JerkassHasAPoint
* StraightGay

!!Damon Beesley
->'''Played By:''' Martin Savage

* CampGay

->'''Played By:''' Gerard Kelly

* AbusiveParent: He’s overly-controlling and quite a bully.
* CampGay
* ClosetedGay: For his first appearance. He's fooling absolutely no one except his daughter.
* RuleOfThree: He appears in three episodes.
* StageDad

!!Tre Cooper
->'''Played By:'''

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CatchPhrase: ‘Life’s cruel’.
* {{Jerkass}}: After his true colours are revealed.
* {{Slimeball}}

[[folder: When the Whistle Blows]]
!!Ray Stokes
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RickyGervais as Andy Millman

* {{Catchphrase}}
* LargeHam
* PointyHairedBoss
* StupidBoss

->'''Played By:''' Liza Tarbuck

* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGirl
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: And in the final episode she gets engaged.
* TeamMom

->'''Played By:''' Andrew Buckley

* {{Catchphrase}}: ''I don't get it.''
* ComicallyMissingThePoint
* FatIdiot
* FatSlob

->'''Played By:''' Jamie Chapman

* CampGay
* {{Catchphrase}}: Becomes ''Ooh, bugger me!''
* TheSmartGuy

->'''Played By:''' Sarah Moyle

[[folder: Celebrity Appearances]]
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* {{Jerkass}}
* PlayingAgainstType: In-universe.
* PrimaDonnaDirector

!!Ross Kemp
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* MilesGloriosus

!!Vinnie Jones
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* EvilCounterpart: To Ross Kemp.

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Only In It For The Oscar]]
* OscarBait

!!Les Dennis
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* ButtMonkey
* DespairEventHorizon
* HiddenDepths
* MayDecemberRomance: He has a sexy fiance in her early 20s, although she's quite obviously a {{Golddigger}}.

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* BaldOfAwesome
* CowboyCop: His character in the fictional movie he's filming.
* FishOutOfWater: Again, his character in the fictional movie.

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy
* DirtyOldMan
* NiceGuy

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* CasanovaWannabe
* GreenEyedMonster: He's bitterly jealous of Johnny Depp.
* HandsomeLech
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: He becomes fascinated by Maggie when she tells him that she doesn't find him attractive.

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* AffablyEvil: He brutally tears Andy apart via song, but does so in a jovial way while speaking pleasantly to his friends.
* TheBully
* {{Jerkass}}: Constructs an entire song to destroy a man who idolizes him.

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* CasanovaWannabe

!!Chris Martin
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite being a vegetarian, he off-handedly mentions that, "[[Gwyneth's GwynethPaltrow]] making drumsticks"
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He wears a promotional shirt for his band's new album while doing a charity advert.

!!Sir Creator/IanMcKellen
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* CaptainObvious: UpToEleven. Ian would have you know that acting involves pretending to be someone else. Also, you have to learn your lines because carrying scripts around would ruin the illusion.
* CoolOldGuy: Well, he's Sir Creator/IanMcKellen.
* NiceGuy: Despite his CaptainObvious tendencies, he's a pretty genial fellow.
* StraightGay

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* TheCameo: His role is ''tiny'', and simply involves being inordinately amused by a pen (with a naked lady on it).
* TheQuietOne: He has little-to-no dialogue.
* TheStoic

!!Robert Lindsay
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* ItsAllAboutMe: He's an extreme narcissist.
* {{Jerkass}}: Tells a terminally ill boy to fuck off.

->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* ElmerFuddSyndrome: Just like in real life, Ross pronounces Rs as Ws.
* ManChild: Like in real life, Ross is a toy collector. He also has super-soaker fights with Andy.