!The Flatmates

!!Mark Corrigan
[[caption-width-right:350:''"If I want to act relaxed, it's going to take all my cunning, skill, and concentration."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/{{David Mitchell|Actor}}

-->''"I suppose doing things you hate is just the price you pay to avoid loneliness."''

Mark is the sensible one: a professional brogue wearer with a slightly worrying interest in World War Two. He is playing at being very serious and grown up and is a painfully conventional young man with a seething mass of self-loathing, ego and self-consciousness just below the surface. Mark believes nothing is achieved without work, blood, sweat and tears. In fact he masochistically relishes this belief.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Several major YankTheDogsChain moments are caused by his impulsiveness, as well as a ''lot'' of awkward moments.
* AmbiguouslyBi: At one point he is confused by Johnson, but otherwise is completely heterosexual
* BornInTheWrongCentury
* BritishStuffiness
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Less overtly nasty than Jeremy.
* ButtMonkey: Mark is a prime example. Jeremy, though he has better luck in life, has his moments as well.
* CatchPhrase: "She's the one!".
* TheChewToy: The first ever episode shows him being bullied by a smallish gang of pre-pubescent boys. At the end of the episode, he chases them with an iron pipe on impulse.
* ClosetGeek: Mark has shades of this. In series 1, Jeremy finds a fantasy model painting magazine hidden in his cupboard (which, of course, he mistakes for porn). When he meets Dobby, he's revealed to play a [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft WoW]]-like game called [[BlandNameProduct Fantasy Warquest]]. Finally, when entering a geek shop with Gerard, he monologues about not feeling as awkward "since he bought his first twenty sided dice".
* TheComicallySerious
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly in his head, but sometimes in person.
* DirtyCoward: Too many times to count, but most of all when he gets his gym instructor fired and the way he ends up hiding on his wedding day because he hasn't got the guts to break it off.
* GoldDigger: [[spoiler:Mark]] decides NOT to call off [[spoiler:his engagement to Sophie]] so he can get to live in her grandmother's cottage.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jeremy.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: His father is a bigoted, bullying control freak who was instilling the fear of God in Mark when he wasn’t neglecting him. His time at school was.... not fun either.
* HiddenDepths: When his love of history gets the chance to shine, you get the feeling he really should have pursued that instead of working for a finance company. It's shown a few times over the series that he regrets taking business management over ancient history at university.
** ...but perhaps he's really just FeigningIntelligence, as he seems to get caught out whenever he meets a real history buff, like Professor [=MacLeish=] and Jeremy's mother's new boyfriend ("Marr? Don't you find him a little light? I mean, he's good for an overview...")
** Mark is incredibly witty and has a great sense of humour. This is something the viewer is aware of because of the nature of the show, but it doesn't get much attention in-universe until the first episode of Season 6, when Mark's normally hostile colleagues erupt into laughter during his satirical play, and afterwards discuss among themselves how great it was and how [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Mark should be on television]].
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
* ItsAllAboutMe: His entire conduct regarding Sophie [[spoiler: and later Dobby.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Although he's a "hellaciously unlucky every-man" sort of character, he frequently says and does things that make it hard to sympathize with him.
* KavorkaMan: Say what you will, despite his neurotic socially awkward personality, he's able to get with a surprising number of women. Deconstructed in that these are often unhealthy relationships and he's never truly happy in the end.
* ManipulativeBastard: He certainly has his moments.
* NeatFreak: At least compared to Jeremy.
* NoSocialSkills: One of his defining character traits.
* NotSoDifferent: Will take any opportunity to stab Jeremy in the back if it benefits him and despite often taking the moral high ground isn't any more moral than Jez is.
* OddFriendship: He and Super Hans seem to get along quite well. The two have absolutely nothing in common, but Hans appears to be less aware of Mark's social awkwardness than others, and Mark is surprisingly tolerant of Hans' eccentric behavior.
* PapaWolf: Claims he'd even stab Jeremy to protect his baby.
* PetTheDog: As with Jez he often fakes this, but there are a few genuine instances of this trope. Notable examples include 'dumping' Suze after developing a crush on her (for the sake of Jez) and paying the bills on Johnson's stolen credit card (again for the sake of Jez.)
* StalkingIsLove: Is very good at temporarily deluding himself into thinking so.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Though he comes off a bit better than Jez does most of the time.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has this kind of complex regarding Johnson and Jeremy's stepfather, among others. Probably owing to the HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood above.
* WhiteCollarWorker

!!Jeremy ‘Jez’ Usborne
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Your dream is just everybody, grey, on the omnibus, eating grey sludge. That's your dream isn't it?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RobertWebb

-->''"God, this is such a mess. It's fantastic."''

Jeremy is a big kid. A lazy man with big ideas about himself and his future music career. Touchy and self-aggrandising, Jeremy is never far from doing something he will regret. He is clearly the loose cannon of the partnership: a lazy waster with dodgy friends, who dreams of becoming a musician, but can never get his act together, or often even get up in the morning! Although vain, idle and delusional, Jez is basically a nice bloke... for the most part.

* AnythingThatMoves: Jeremy once told Mark that he was aroused by chairs.
* BiTheWay: While his exact sexual preferences are left [[AmbiguouslyBi ambiguous]] for most of the series, there are several hints to suggest he's bisexual. While most of his relationships are with women, he tells a woman that he's slept with more men than her despite the fact that he "basically only sleeps with women". In one episode he competes with Super Hans to get sexual favors from a young band member they take on, and at one point shows some admiration to a muscular monk dating Big Suze. It becomes less ambiguous in season 9 when he enters into a relationship with a man that lasts for most of the season.
* ButNotTooBi: For most of the series, there are indications that Jeremy may be bisexual - his general relaxed attitude towards his sexuality and admission that he's slept with men before, but apart from a couple of sexually confused moments (sometimes fueled by drugs), he pretty much exclusively shows interest in and forms relationships with women throughout the series. This is [[AvertedTrope averted]] at the beginning of season 9 when he begins an ongoing sexual relationship with a man and his girlfriend.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Jez sent dog shit in the post, peppersprayed, tried to punch and possibly subconsciously tried to murder the men - and in one case a woman - who he considered rivals for whatever woman - Toni, Nancy, Big Suze, Elena etc - he was currently infatuated with. In one episode he got so clingy he was threatened by his girlfriend showing kindness to a homeless man.
* ComedicSociopath: Oh so very much.
* DeadpanSnarker: At times.
* DirtyCoward: To a lesser degree than Mark, though. He has no problem with being socially bold but is also likely to run away from the consequences if something goes wrong.
* TheDitz: He's clueless about even the commonest things due to living a mostly work-free life.
-->'''Jez''': Potatoes aren't veg, are they? I mean they kind of are... but not really. I mean tomatoes are fruit but potatoes are like... bread?
* DreadfulMusician
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Refuses to have sex with Sara on Christmas, given his love of the holiday.
* {{Foil}}: To Mark. He's an idiotic party-animal slacker who doesn't give a fuck. Mark's an up-tight history nerd/buff who has trouble letting loose and gives too much of a fuck what others think.
* GiftedlyBad
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mark.
-->'''Jez''': I'm his one.
* HypocriticalHumour: We're talking World Amateur Champion level here.
* ItsAllAboutMe: "Can't I have everything I want, all the time? I mean, isn't that what Democracy is all about?".
* {{Jerkass}}: A mean, selfish person.
* KarmaHoudini: From time to time. He does tend to get away with some pretty awful shit.
* KavorkaMan: He's not a bad-looking guy, but he does score a lot considering the type of person he is. Perhaps it's because he targets dim or mentally vulnerable women.
* ManChild: Even more so in the episode his mother comes to visit.
* MenAreUncultured
* MenCantKeepHouse
* NeverMyFault: He could market books and lectures on shifting blame and not taking responsibility for actions.
* PetTheDog: Fakes this a lot but does have some genuine moments of kindness.
* SerialRomeo: He tends to fall in love (or, well, lust, which, in his words, "is basically the same thing when you get rid of all the Valentine cards and bullshit") ridiculously fast and ridiculously often. Of course, he's also game for dumping a woman immediately after having sex with her.
* TheSlacker: Jeremy is intentionally a slacker, and rather proud of it, seeing it as being a cool, pop culture lifestyle choice. He does have moments of clarity on occasion.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name With A U]]: He appreciates that Mark got his last name right (it's actually spelled "Usbourne") for his fake certificate.
* TooDumbToFool: Jez could be said to be Too Lazy To Fool, since his time spent as a brainwashed cult member lasted ''days''.
* TooDumbToLive: "They wouldn't put a bad idea in a film, they'd get sued."
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* WideEyedIdealist
-->'''Mark''': At some point he's going to find out what goes in sausages.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He often tricks himself into thinking he’s in some kind of movie.
-->'''Jez (on getting paid by Johnson for sex with Big Suze):''' Is this a terrible idea? No, it can't be, it's in [[Film/IndecentProposal a film]]. They couldn't put a terrible idea in a film, they'd get sued.

!JLB Credit

!!Sophie Chapman[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TropeSophie_6117.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Of course, obviously, it'd be really great if you were happy, but it's not the most pressing thing."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/OliviaColman

Mark's ray of sunshine, object of desire and friend at work. Sophie is too bright and interesting for her job and most of her colleagues. In Mark she recognises someone who is on her wavelength. Trouble is he's such a bag of neuroses he manages to self-destruct as soon as things start going well.
* TheAlcoholic: Becomes a depressive one after Season 5.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She goes for Jeff at first, even lampshading it with, 'I always go for arseholes'.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: While viewer opinion varies as to who was more at fault in her relationship with Mark, we definitely see a less pleasant side of her from season 5 onwards.
* BrokenPedestal: Mark's rose-tinted view of her doesn't long survive their actually getting together.
* InelegantBlubbering: [[spoiler:During ''that'' wedding.]] This is a speciality of Oliva Colman. Not many do it better.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Yes, her spin war campaign against Mark after he jilted her was harsh, but at the end of the day... it doesn't change the face that he ''still jilted her'' in a cowardly way.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: Not all the time but definitely when she manipulates Mark into getting her pregnant.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: In Series 5.
* PutOnABus: Sophie does not appear in Series 8. This is explained in episode 1 when Jeff turns up in Sophie's place at the flat to collect her and Mark's baby, then informs Mark that him and Sophie have got back together and moved into 'Nana's cottage' near Sophie's parents house in the countryside.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: How she started off, likely because we only ever saw her through Mark's limited viewpoint.
* TheBusCameBack: She returns in season 9 to ask Mark to move in with her.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Started off as a fairly pleasant and bland love interest and straight woman to Mark until after a couple of series Olivia Colman made the writers realise that she wasn't really such a nice girl when you look at how she treats him. This led to her character being developed in other directions in series 3 and 4 and she really turns into a bitch after [[spoiler: their ill-fated wedding.]]. Although after the humiliation Mark subjected her to [[KickTheSonOfABitch her behaviour is unsurprising.]]

!!Jeff Heaney
[[caption-width-right:350:''"So basically, man is programmed to do two things: kill and knob."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Neil Fitzmaurice

In his bristling normality and easy handling of everyday situations Jeff is the complete opposite of self-conscious, self-defeating Mark. Jeff Heaney is therefore an enemy in Mark's eyes. Mark is completely justified in hating Jeff because he's an abrasive twat.
* TheBully: Jeff is a crass and vindictive bully who takes every opportunity available to pick on Mark.
* DeadpanSnarker: Full of snarky, mean-spirited jibes against Mark.
* DirtyCoward: When Dobby mocks his tendency to spout cruel jokes at the expense of others, Jeff sheepishly calls her a "freak" before retreating.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Jeff doesn't take Mark insulting his mother very well.
* {{Foil}}: To Mark. Both are overconfident, manipulative, arrogant, and have their sights set on the same woman. The critical difference is that Jeff is loud and extroverted while Mark is withdrawn and neurotic.
* HiddenDepths: In Series 6, he helps Sophie with her pregnancy and was very upset about the break up originally. [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Of course, even when helping Sophie he takes shots at Mark and is relieved to find out he isn't the child's father]].
** [[WordOfGod Neil Fitzmaurice]] has revealed that Jeff doesn't really hate Mark, he just thinks he's "a bit of a twat".
* {{Hypocrite}}: Although he's always making jokes at Mark's expense, Jeff hates being the subject of jokes himself. When Dobby makes fun of him to his face, he becomes sullen and runs off.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Jeff is precisely as churlish as he appears. He's sometimes supportive of Sophie, but it's suggested that the real reason he does that [[EvilIsPetty is just to spite Mark]] and that he doesn't actually care about her.
* JerkJock: He fills this role in the show, with Mark being the hapless nerd he relentlessly picks on.
* KavorkaMan: Despite his abrasive personality and being average looking he still has two relationships with Sophie and is seen shagging a girl on Mark's bed.
* KickTheDog: He goes from a mere office bully to a full-fledged sadist when he gives Mark a nasty speech about how he doesn't see him as a threat to his relationship. 'You could have your cock in her. You still wouldn't have the balls to fuck.' Overlaps with JerkassHasAPoint considering that this sums up Mark's entire problem in two succinct if vulgar sentences.
* OopNorth: A Scouser.
* PervertedSniffing: Apparently has the nickname of "Seat Sniffer" around the office, which suits his [[JerkJock abrasive, overbearing personality]].
* RomanticFalseLead: Talks a lot about being a lady's man but ultimately loses Sophie to Mark.
* SmallNameBigEgo: For all his braggadocio, [[NotSoDifferent Jeff is just another lowly office drone working the same dead-end job as his nemesis Mark]]. Jeff's constant hostility could be read as him compensating for his insecurities by bullying a more obvious loser than himself.
* SmugSmiler: The picture says it all.
* SmugSnake: His attitude towards Mark. Notably, when Jeff is talking to less dweeby people like Jez or Johnson he drops his obnoxious alpha male routine and sucks up to them.
* TheSocialDarwinist: How he justifies his unpleasant demeanor towards Mark.
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheats on Sophie with other women.

!!Alan Johnson
[[caption-width-right:350:''"What this department needs is a kick up the arse so hard, my foot'll go right up your digestive tract and wiggle out your mouth like a little leather tongue."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/PatersonJoseph

-->''"In business, Jeremy, you learn that every man has his price, and I judge yours to be... £530."''

Mark's smooth and cool boss and 'business guru' at JLB Credit. Johnson is a no-bullshit work-monger with a brutal view of the world based on maximizing profit and minimizing your opponents. Mark looks up to Johnson with a pathetic degree of regard.
* TheAlcoholic: Recovered, then relapsed in the Series 7 finale.
* BadBoss: He's perfectly willing to throw his employees under the bus if he thinks it'll elevate him even slightly.
* BadassMoustache: A smooth and confident character reflected by his moustache. In one episode Mark even tries to grow one to emulate him.
* BrokenPedestal: Mark's view switches from idolization to disdain in a few seasons. He never completely sheds his sense of admiration, though.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite going semi-insane after his fall from power, he still manages to nail a contract for the management-consultant business him and Mark set up and by the end of Series 7 has enough money to buy another house.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Especially in later seasons.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Well, Mark wants him.
* JerkJock: To a certain extent. He's certainly a top dog and can be thoughtlessly aggressive. Unlike Jeff however, Johnson is capable of kindness. See PetTheDog below.
* LargeHam: Johnson is expressive and very charismatic.
* PetTheDog: Mentoring and community work, according to Big Suze. Johnson is also one of the rare characters to show compassion for Mark, occasionally offering him advice and demonstrating concern for his well-being.
** There's also the time when he sticks up for Mark when [[spoiler:Sophie begins her post-break-up-post-wedding-humiliation campaign of bullying and vilification.]]
* PointyHairedBoss: Debateable. He’s competent and doesn’t suffer fools, but he’s also highly aggressive, willing to throw innocent employees to the wolves to save himself, and Mark not inaccurately describes him as part of a group of, ‘literally the worst men in the world’.
* SanitySlippage: After JLB goes under, he hops off the edge of reason.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Believes the weak should make way for the strong. Reaches borderline-fascistic levels at [[spoiler: Gerrard's]] funeral.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Has this effect on Mark at least.
* TheTeetotaler: [[spoiler:Johnson]] is a teetotal former alcoholic before he snaps at the end of series 7 during Big Suze's New Year's Eve party.
* VillainousBreakdown: The recession is...not good for his sanity. Neither is throwing a house party on the same night as him.

!!Gerrard Matthew
->'''Played By:''' Jim Howick

Mark’s rival for Dobby’s affection. He’s a nice, nerdy fellow with ongoing health problems.
* {{Adorkable}}
* AscendedExtra
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Dies of flu in the first episode of Season 8]].
* DoggedNiceGuy: Initially at least, but he doesn't hesitate to stab Mark in the back or abuse any power he can get once Dobby's there to play for.
* IgnoreTheDisability: "Tube up his nose. Tube up his nose. He's a man with a tube up his nose."
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]
* NotSoDifferent: A mild-mannered nerd with a repressed nasty streak? Sound familiar, Mark?
* OutGambitted: "Never go to war with Stalin, Gerrard. Uncle Joe don't play by Your rules".

->'''Played By:''' Isy Suttie

A nerdy co-worker who just might be the one girl that likes Mark for the neurotic mess that he is.
* {{Adorkable}}
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Gets self-righteous very easily and continously leads Mark on about moving in but [[spoiler:ultimately picks the New York job instead.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* GenreSavvy: After a couple of seasons she knows how Mark's life works better than Mark does.
* HairDecorations: Wears cute barrettes at the temples most of the time.
* {{Hipster}}: Downplayed at first but played up more in later seasons.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mark was pushing his luck every time, they don't seperate until [[spoiler:the end of Series 8.]]
* NerdsAreSexy: Possibly a poster girl for this.
* RomanticFalseLead: Ultimately chooses the [[spoiler:New York job.]]
* OopNorth: Has an ambigiously Yorkshire sounding accent but not the stereotypical 'eeeee' instead of 'a' variety
* {{Ladette}}: Can definitely be a bit "foward" at times (see: store cupboard scene). And in her first scene we see her reading Viz.
* ShoutOut: To a certain [[Franchise/HarryPotter house elf?]]


!!Toni Papadopoulopoulos
->'''Played By:''' Elizabeth Marmur

The unhinged next-door neighbour who serves as an unhealthy object of lust during the first and second season. She’s disappeared after getting remarried to her husband.
* BerserkButton: Really likes her music. Do not criticise Peter Gabriel in front of her. Or try and take her Bhundu Boys album.
* BitchAlert
* BrokenBird
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After being a central recurring character in series 1 and 2, she vanishes with no explanation in series 3 and beyond.
* FreudianExcuse: She has some serious daddy issues owing to her father dying when she was 3.
* OverlyLongName
* TheVamp

->'''Played By:''' Vera Filatova

A bisexual, marijuana-dealing Russian émigré who lives in the same block of flats as Mark and Jeremy.
* BiTheWay
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BrainlessBeauty
* ForeignPeopleAreSexy
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Jeremy thinks this initially, but quickly grows jealous and angry. Elena hurts both Jeremy and her girlfriend, completely subverting this trope.
* ItsAllAboutMe: "You love me and Gail loves me. Shit, everyone loves me!"
* SensualSlavs
* TheUnfairSex: Averted. Elena is depicted as being just as selfish and shallow as Jez. Maybe even moreso.
* YourCheatingHeart: She just loooooves to cheat.

!!Gail Huggins
->'''Played By:''' Emily Bruni

Elena's girlfriend and Jeremys love rival in Series 6. Completely devoted to Elena who does not show the same level of devotion back though she always choses her over Jez. She appears again in series 8 when she campaigns to be chairman of the freehold committee in Apollo House.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Averted. She's completely faithful to Elena, although Elena isn't faithful to her.
* BrainyBrunette: A member of MENSA who runs her own business.
* IceQueen: Borders on this at times.
* InformedAbility: Her intelligence. Possibly intentional, as Jeremy makes fun of her inability to spot that he's having an affair with her girlfriend.
* SorryImGay: When she thinks Mark's hitting on her "I'm in a relationship. And it's a same-sex relationship. And I don't find you attractive. Even speaking objectively" Ouch!


[[folder:Super Hans]]
!!Super Hans
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Tell you what, that crack is really more-ish."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Matt King

-->''"People like ''Music/{{Coldplay}} and voting for the Nazis. You can't trust people, Jeremy."''

A friend of Jeremy’s and a musician. He’s a slightly more successful (and psychotic) version of Jeremy, and influences him in a variety of negative ways.
* BerserkButton: Does not like being trapped in a room at all, "ever since Dad locked me in the airing cupboard to monitor the homebrew".
* BiTheWay: The number of guys Super Hans has engaged in sex with over the series is relatively large. However the show never explicitly states he is gay or bi.
* CouldntFindAPen: In "Man Jam," he tells Jez that he "only sign[s] in blood."
* DisappearedDad: To his twins; the fact that he takes a while to remember their ages implies he hasn't seen them in a while, though the fact that Mark says he's never heard Hans mention his children and Hans can't even produce a picture of them pretty much confirms that he doesn't have much of a role in their lives at all. They make an appearance at his wedding in season 9 however.
* DreadfulMusician: He's more capable than Jez though.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "You should take a hard look at yourselves.", when participating in Mark's scheme to throw his new lodger out.
* GoingColdTurkey: Has tried and failed several times.
* {{Guyliner}}: His default look.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: His Dad would lock him in the airing cupboard to 'monitor the homebrew'.
* {{Hipster}}
* ImmuneToDrugs: Super Hans clearly ''thinks'' he is, although in many episodes he's reduced to an utter wreck by his excessive habits. However, someone who can survive taking four grams of cocaine in one go [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "to relax him"]] must be carrying at least a pint or two of [[Creator/CharlieSheen tiger blood]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: His ideas for the pub in "Sectioning" are ridiculous.
-->'''Jeremy:''' I'm definitely not co-managing a pub called "Free the Paedos."
* JunkieProphet: Sometimes likes to pass himself off as one, even though his 'wisdom' is a mix of nonsensical ramblings, parroted phrases from film and television and the suggestion to do more drugs.
* ManipulativeBastard: He’s not overly skilled at manipulation, but it doesn’t take much to trick Jeremy.
* MysteriousPast: In the Series 6 finale, Super Hans mentions that he has seven-year-old twins, with whom he has little contact. He doesn't give their names or genders, but they seem to live in a German-speaking country. No one in the show has referred to them since.
* OddFriendship: He and Mark seem to get along quite well. The two have absolutely nothing in common, but Hans appears to be less aware of Mark's social awkwardness than others, and Mark is surprisingly tolerant of Hans' eccentric behavior.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: He even introduces himself as 'Hans. Super Hans'.
** Season 9 reveals his first name is Simon.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* StonersAreFunny
* ToxicFriendInfluence: To Jeremy. If Hans does something, Jeremy will usually try to do the same thing with less success.
* WildCard: Can function as the episode's antagonist, [[DropInCharacter single-scene]] [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], an [[PsychoSidekick unreliable]] [[TheLancer backup party member]] for Jez and/or Mark, or just a [[TheLoad drug-addled dead weight]] depending on the situation.

->'''Portrayed By:''' Meredith [=MacNeill=]

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Not all there.

->'''Portrayed By:''' N/A

* BiTheWay: According to Jeremy, the pair would wank each other off out of boredom.
* TheGhost: He's spoken of every so often (usually in reference to a NoodleIncident or some on-going predicament) but he's never actually seen.

[[folder:Mr. Patel]]
!!Mr. Patel
->'''Portrayed By:''' N/A

* TheGhost: He's talked about (usually in Mark's POV) but never actually seen.

!Mark's Family & Associates

!!Dan Corrigan
->'''Portrayed By:''' Clive Merrison

* AbusiveParents: Mark lives in utter terror of him, and for good reason: he's domineering and emotionally abusive to the extreme. Everyone seems to walk on eggshells when he's around.
* BerserkButton: Cauliflower '''is''' traditional!
* FreudianExcuse: He's a living excuse for Mark's behavior. It's amazing Mark and Sara didn't turn out ''worse''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Dan shows some misogynistic tendencies; his most despicable moment in his one-episode appearance comes when he tells Mark to put a "muzzle on your woman" when Dobby makes an innocuous statement disagreeing with him.

!!Pam Corrigan
->'''Portrayed By:''' Lynn Farleigh

!!Sara Corrigan
->'''Portrayed By:''' Eliza L. Bennett

Mark's sister who has an on and off again relationship with Jez.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Part of the reason she gets with Jez.
* {{Jerkass}}: She's very self-involved.

!Jeremy's Family & Associates

!!Jackie Usborne
->'''Portrayed By:''' Tessa Wyatt

->'''Portrayed By:''' Tom Chadbon

->'''Portrayed By:''' Ingrid Oliver

!Sophie's Family & Associates

!!Ian Chapman
->'''Played By:''' Paul Clayton

Sophie's quietly bitter, self-loathing father.
* TheAlcoholic: Ian has started to self-medicate with alcohol.
* AxCrazy: Burns down his neighbour's barn when he suspects him of sleeping with his wife.
* CrazyJealousGuy: See AxCrazy.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has a very dry, self-deprecating wit that comes from a combination of being the OnlySaneMan and a GrumpyOldMan.
-->'''Jeremy:''' So, I like your barn, Ian.
-->'''Ian:''' It's full of crap no one has any use for. Maybe that's why I feel so at home here. Ha.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As he himself admits, he may be a homophobe...but he's no badger baiter.
* GrumpyOldMan: Being in a loveless marriage will do that to a man.
* GutturalGrowler: Has an impressively gruff, proper sounding English accent.
* HappyMarriageCharade: With Penny. They put on a facade, but both of them are deeply miserable.
* OnlySaneMan: He's very aware of the fact that he's in a loveless marriage and everyone around him acts in their own selfish interests.
* PapaWolf: He doesn't care about anything but Sophie's happiness.

!!Penny Chapman
->'''Played By:''' Cheryl Campbell

Sophie's friendly yet adulterous mother.
* ChristmasCake: As Jeremy finds out.
-->'''Mark:''' She's not out of ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'', Jeremy, she probably had a ration book!
* HappyMarriageCharade: With Ian. They're in a loveless marriage rife with infidelity and sexual dysfunction.
* MrsRobinson: She seduces the much younger Jeremy with little to no effort.
* YourCheatingHeart: She cheats on her husband with some frequency.

!Mark's Love Interests

!!April Danecroft
->'''Portrayed By:''' Catherine Shepherd

A student and shoe salesgirl; Mark pretends to be doing the same course as her at university in order to meet her.

* {{Adorkable}}: Is uncomfortable in her own skin like Mark.
* {{Bookworm}}: Studied history at university.
* TheBusCameBack: Came back in Series 9.
* NiceGirl: In her early appearances. By Series 9, like every other character, she's become something of a bitter, unsatisfied failure.
* YourCheatingHeart: Though it's not ''entirely'' her idea, as Mark keeps manipulating the situation to drive a further wedge into her and her husband's already strained relationship.

->'''Portrayed By:''' Flora Newbigin

!Jeremy's Love Interests

[[caption-width-right:299:''"I come from America, I've seen the problems race brings up. Now fuck me and pretend I'm your mom!"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Rachel Blanchard

A kooky, ‘liberated’ small-town American girl who Jeremy falls in love with. She later marries him for visa reasons, and is in general something of a hypocritical free-spirit.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Depending on how you [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation view]] her.
* BrainlessBeauty: She's beautiful, and she ''is'' intelligent in some ways but certainly not in others.
* CitizenshipMarriage: With Jeremy.
* CloudCuckooLander: She adheres to a bizarre, hippie-esque religion that seems to be some mix of Christianity and every single cult in the 60s.
* GranolaGirl: Very much so, but also (by her word anyway) a devout Christian.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Acts like a devout Christian...and is also too kinky for [[AnythingThatMoves Jeremy.]] It's probably in keeping with her own, self-styled religion.
* MsFanservice: In a DVD commentary, Mitchell & Webb and Armstrong & Bain comment about the novelty of a sexy Hollywood actress coming over to do a low-budget British sitcom in "shitty Croydon".
* ThePollyanna: To an extent that gets rather creepy, given that she chirps about family crises and year-long spells of drug addiction as brightly as anything else.

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!!Big Suze
[[caption-width-right:299:''"This is quite a weird date, Jeremy. It's even weirder than when you took me to Laser Quest and tried to hump me in the dark."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Sophie Winkleman

Posh, a little stupid, very attractive and very sweet, Big Suze is Jeremy’s ex-girlfriend. He’s still in love with her, and has an excellent plan to ‘get her high and put my hand up her jumper’.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She rather cheerfully suggests tying a burglar up in the bath, then burning him with cigarettes to extract information.
* BrainlessBeauty: Averted. She's actually more intelligent than she appears to be, due to her cheerful attitude. However, she also repeatedly hooks back up with Jez and Johnson even after they've wronged her countless times.
* HelloNurse: Just about everyone's reaction to her, with good reason.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Repeatedly gets back together with Jez and Johnson in spite of how they've treated her in the past.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: She's never been referred to as anything other than Big Suze. We don't even know if 'Suze' is short for Susan or Suzanne.
* ShipTease: With Mark in the Series 3 episode 'Sistering'; after they spend time alone together Mark develops a crush on her but she is ObliviousToLove, though the end of the episode, where Mark 'dumps' her for the sake of Jez hints she ''might'' have had a soft spot for Mark after all.
* NiceGirl: Has a very sweet demeanor.
* SpoiledSweet: Incredibly rich and a lovely human being.
* StatuesqueStunner: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hence the name.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Treats Mark and Jeremy badly in Series 7, although they've done more than enough to warrant it.

->'''Played By:''' Camilla Beeput

An intellectual woman whom Jeremy meets in a hospital waiting room while her boyfriend Ben is in a coma. Ben regains consciousness and later employs Jeremy, in a role which Jeremy uses as a means to try and get close to, and eventually seduce Zahra, even though she affects an interest in many refined subjects that are beyond him, such as foreign films and classic literature like Frankenstein, which he pretends to know about and be interested in in order to impress her.
* FeigningIntelligence: At first, she seems quite clever. With each passing episode, it becomes clearer that she bases intelligence on 'refined' subjects and is merely better at faking it than Jeremy.
* {{Hipster}}: Most certainly, due to her big fashionable glasses, and feigned interest in obscure, artsy subjects.
* {{Meganekko}}: When she dons her specs.
* MenAreUncultured: Averted. She's just as uncultured as everyone else, she's merely better at hiding it.
* YourCheatingHeart: She cheats on her boyfriend Ben with Jeremy, although considering what a shithead Ben is, it's hard to be too finger-pointy at her.

->'''Portrayed By:''' Bart Edwards

Megan's boyfriend. Jeremy has sex with him on an impulse which results in an ongoing relationship between the two.

->'''Portrayed By:''' Cariad Lloyd

A barmaid whom Jeremy meets during Super Hans' stag night.