Characters: Black Books

Bernard Ludwig Black

Played By: Dylan Moran

The reclusive owner of the eponymous bookstore. He is a misanthropic, pessimistic, belligerent Irish alcoholic who hates both the job and the customers.

Manny Bianco

Played By: Bill Bailey

Bernard's shop assistant and flatmate. He is a skilled businessman, well liked by the customers.

Fran Katzenjammer

Played By: Tamsin Greig

Bernard's best and oldest friend. In the first season owned a gift store next to Black Books, but the business went bankrupt and she was unemployed from then on.