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Characters: Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas has loads, and we mean loads and loads of characters, containing six different storylines, each with its own set of principal characters and side characters. Basically, there's a lot to get through here.

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    The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing (1849) 

Adam Ewing

"What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?"
Played By: Jim Sturgess

A lawyer travelling across the Pacific to get to San Fransisco before his illness ends him. His journal makes up the first and last chapters of the book.

Tilda Ewing

Played By: Bae Doona

Adam Ewing's wife.

Haskell Moore

"There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

Adam Ewing's bigoted father-in-law, who deals with the trading of slaves.

Dr Henry Goose

"Adam, I am a doctor. A tiger cannot change his stripes."
Played By: Tom Hanks

A sinister doctor, travelling alongside Ewing with no intention but to obtain his riches, even if he has to poison him for them.


Played By: David Gyasi

A Moriori slave stowaway on the ship upon which Ewing travels home.

Capt. Molyneux

Played By: Jim Broadbent

The captain of the the sailing vessel upon which Adam Ewing is sailing to return to the United States.

Rev. Giles Horrox

Played By: Hugh Grant

A missionary who has several slaves assisting him on his plantations.

Madame Horrox

Played By: Susan Sarandon

Rev. Horrox's wife.


Played By: Keith David

A Maori slave owned by Reverend Horrox.

    Letters From Zedelghem (1936) 

Robert Frobisher

"At this point in my life all I know, Sixsmith, is that this world spins from the same unseen forces that twist our hearts."
Played By: Ben Whishaw

An English musician who seeks work at the home of a famed composer.

Rufus Sixsmith

Played By: James D'Arcy

Frobisher's lover, to whom he writes the letters that retell his story.

  • Ate His Gun: Just like the way Frobisher died.
  • Boom, Headshot: Courtesy of Bill Smoke.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Luisa's story.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • He Knows Too Much: In "The First Luisa Rey Mystery".
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In "The First Luisa Rey Mystery". Bill Smoke shoots him in his mouth and puts a gun in his hand to make it look like a suicide.
  • The Mourning After
  • Nice Guy
  • Nice Hat: Lampshaded by Frobisher.
    Robert Frobisher: Didn't think the view could be anymore perfect, until I saw that beat-up trilby. Honestly, Sixsmith, as ridiculous as that thing makes you look, I don't believe I've ever seen anything more beautiful.
  • Straight Gay
  • Together in Death: "I believe there is another world waiting for us, Sixsmith. And I'll be waiting for you there." In the book, Frobisher meets him again as Luisa, but in the film, Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy only play characters who either never meet or aren't in one story together, so Frobisher and Sixsmith never meet again.

Vyvyan Ayrs

Played By: Jim Broadbent

An elderly, famous composer.

  • Evil Brit
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Jerkass: Insults and hurts the feelings of his guest Frobisher multiple times and then tries to take credit for his sextet.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When he first hears Frobisher's composition, he's deeply moved, and there is a touching scene of them rejoicing in its beauty and you think the two will actually make a good partnership. He then indicates his intention to take full credit for the peace and blackmail Frobisher if he tries to protest.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His Jewish wife Jocasta clearly has a few more year left on the clock.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Pulls this one on Frobisher. It doesn't work.

Jocasta Ayrs

Played By: Halle Berry

Ayrs' wife, who becomes Frobisher's lover during his stay.

Tadeusz Kesselring

"At our time of life, Ayrs, a man has no right to such daring ideas.."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

A German who visits Ayrs to listen to one of his melodies. Apparently has a history with Jocasta.

The Hotel Manager

Played By: Tom Hanks

A sleazy, greedy hotel manager. Helps Sixsmith figure out that Frobisher is staying at his hotel by wearing the waistcoast he made Frobisher pay with.

    Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery (1975) 

Luisa Rey

"Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes... over and over."
Played By: Halle Berry

A Spyglass columnist who gets herself in trouble when she gets a little too close to a conspiracy that may well end in nuclear winter.

Isaac Sachs

"Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish."
Played By: Tom Hanks

A nerdy scientist and co-worker of Sixsmith who falls in love with Luisa at first sight, feeling as though he's seen her before.

Bill Smoke

Played By: Hugo Weaving

An assassin hired by Corrupt Corporate Executive Lloyd Hooks to tie up a few loose ends.

Joe Napier

Played By: Keith David

A bodyguard of Lloyd Hooks' as well as a friend of Luisa's father, hence why he saves her from Bill Smoke.

Lloyd Hooks

Played By: Hugh Grant

The chief executive of Seaboard Corporation and the mastermind behind the whole conspiracy, as well as the deaths of Saachs and Sixsmith.

Javier Gomez

Played By: Brody Nicholas Lee

A young neighbour of Luisa Rey's who frequently hops his way onto her balcony.

  • Acting for Two: This applies to just about every character in the film, but this one is not as noticable: Lee also plays Zachry's nephew in the 2321 storyline.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Genre Savvy: His extensive knowledge of crime mystery clichés helps Luisa figure out the truth.

The Mexican Woman

A lookout at a factory where illegal aliens make stuffed toys under sweatshop conditions. Luisa Rey and Joe Napier flee into the building to escape Bill Smoke.

Played by: Bae Doona

    The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish (2012) 

Timothy Cavendish

"I will not be subjected to criminal abuse!"
Played By: Jim Broadbent

A quirky English publisher, who unknowingly gets himself checked into an Old Folk's Home when on the run from the brothers of a gangster author to whom he owes money.

  • Bad Liar: When attempting to pay back The Hoggins family, he's shown to be one of these in his troubles.
    Timothy Cavendish: You heard correctly, Charles Dickens own, original, authentic writing for sixty thousand pounds. I think that's very fair.
    Other Voice over the phone: But our records indicate that the desk is already accounted for by the Dickens House museum.
    Timothy Cavendish: Okay. What about uh...Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's desk?
    [the line clicks dead]
  • Bowties Are Cool
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Although the book leaves it unclear as to whether he has the comet or not. Georgette called it "Timbo's Turd", and Cavendish didn't regard it as a comet, but as he is saying this while deliberately dismissing the concept of reincarnations, it's possible he willfully denies it.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Jerkass
  • The Lancer: Serves as one during the escape of Aurora House.
  • Large Ham
  • Lovable Coward
  • Mean Brit: Even though he gets much nicer towards the end.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Noble Bigot: Not present in the film, and Cavendish is clearly unaware of it, but he's quite racist, sexist, classist, and xenophobic, and clearly expects the reader to agree. For example, he considers "reasonable woman" to be an oxymoron.
  • Oh Crap: He does a perfectly deadpan version of this when he and his compatriots can't find the keys to drive off from Aurora House.
    Cavendish: We're done for.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His whole storyline serves as this, and the book version is quite a bit more lighthearted when colored through Cavendish's voice than the film, which seems to almost be setting up for a horror/thriller—although there are notably more horrific things happening in the book, such as Noakes' drugging Cavendish to dementia and blaming it on a stroke.
  • Your Cheating Heart

Denholme Cavendish

"You can't believe what people will pay to lockup their parents."
Played By: Hugh Grant

Timothy's much wealthier brother and the person who gets Timothy locked up in the retirement house.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Jerkass: Just look at what he does to his brother. He's also well aware that Noakes is free with physically hitting the residents and does nothing about it.
  • Karma Houdini: Film only—in the book, he dies an ignominious death and it's left up to question whether Denholme was going to leave his brother in the home forever.
  • Mean Brit
  • Playing Gertrude


Played By: Ben Whishaw

Denholme's younger wife.

Nurse Noakes

"I am Nurse Noakes. You do not wish to cross me!"
Played By: Hugo Weaving

A brutish nurse at the Old Folk's Home.

Dermot "Dusty" Hoggins

"Now that's an ending that is flat and inane beyond belief!"
Played By: Tom Hanks

A psychotic English criminal-turned-author, who wants the money Cavendish earned through Hoggins' novel Knuckle Sandwich.

Mr. Meeks

"I know! I know!"

Played By: Robert Fyfe

One of the "inmates" at Aurora House, and a member of Cavendish's escape party who seems unable to say anything apart from "I know".

  • Acting for Two: Again, this is one of the more "hidden" examples in the film: Robert Fyfe also plays a crewmember on the ship in Adam Ewing's story.
  • Catch Phrase: "I know! I know!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: See OOC Is Serious Business.
  • The Load: In the escape of Aurora House.At First.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Cavendish is making a run for it, Mr. Meeks says "Don't leave me here!" Cavendish gives a look bewilderment after hearing him saying more than what he usually says.
    • Later, at the bar, he yells at the top of his lungs to all the patrons in the bar for help against Nurse Noaks and the owners of the car. They happily oblige.
  • Nice Hat


Played By: Amanda Walker

An "inmate" at Aurora House and a member of Cavendish's escape party.


Played By: Ralph Riach

An inmate at Aurora House, and a member of Cavendish's escape party.


Played By: Jim Sturgess

The leader of the angry Scotsmen in the pub where Cavendish and his escape party make a stop.

Mozza, Jarvis & Eddie Hoggins

Played By: Niall Grieg Fulton, Louis Dempsey & Martin Docherty

Dermot's vicous brothers who come to Cavendish's home to collect their money.

    An Orison of Sonmi~ 451 (2144) 


"...from womb to tomb, our lives are not our own..."
Played By: Bae Doona

A fabricant who is rescued from her slave-like duties at a fast food joint by a member of a futuristic rebel alliance.

Hae-Joo Im

"This is what we have been waiting for."
Played By: Jim Sturgess

A high-ranking member of the rebel alliance known as 'Union' who rescues Sonmi-451.

Yoona ~939

Played By: Zhou Xun

Rebellious fabricant that inspires Sonmi to escape her duties at Papa Song's.

The Archivist

"Your version of the truth is all that matters."

Played By: James D'Arcy

The man interviewing Sonmi-451, who she relates her story to.

  • Affably Evil: Almost bordering on Nice Guy levels. See Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Heel Realization: After hearing Sonmi's story from beginning to end, its implied he was on the receiving end of one of these.
    • Heel-Face Turn: Possibly. In a blink and you'll miss it moment, his name appears in a bible dedicated to Sonmi's philosphy read by Abbess. Additionally, when he asks Sonmi how she expects her martyrdom to change anyone's minds, she says she's already changed one, presumably encouraging him to spread her story.
  • Neural Implanting
  • Punch Clock Villain
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Hears Somni out and despite what most of what she´s saying is borderline heresy in their society, takes her every word into careful consideration.
  • The Stoic: As his job is to archive the momentous event of Sonmi's ascension, he tries his best to be, but being young and inexperienced he often fails.
    • Not So Stoic: He seems absolutely devastated after Sonmi is done telling her tale.
  • Yellowface

Boardman Mephi

"The problem you create is a political one."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

Seer Rhee

Played By: Hugh Grant

The man in charge of the fast food joint Sonmi-451 works at.

An-Kor Apis

Played By: Keith David

The leader of the rebel alliance Hae-Joo belongs to.

Dr. Ovid

Played By: Halle Berry

A scientist that helps Sonmi remove her Explosive Leash after her escape.

Actor Playing Timothy Cavendish

Played By: Tom Hanks

The star of the in-Universe film based on the life of Timothy Cavendish.

    Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After (2321) 

Zachry Bailey

"Old Uns got the Smart. They mastered sick and seeds, they make miracles and fly across the sky."
Played By: Tom Hanks

A Valleysman who helps Meronym find something that's hidden on the island where he and his tribe live.


"All true. But they got somethin' else. A hunger in their hearts, a hunger that's stronger than all their Smart."
Played By: Halle Berry

An ethnologist from the most advanced human civilization left after the Fall.

Old Georgie

"Ain't no blade can protect you from the True-True!"
Played By: Hugo Weaving

If Sonmi is God to the Valleymen, Old Georgie is the devil. He is said to exist atop Mauna Kea, which is, in turn, a feared spot for the Valleymen. He appears regularly as a vision to Zachry. He is dressed in old, ruined black clothes and top hat, reminiscent of the dress worn by Adam in the opening scene of The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing. Zachry believed that Old Georgie was the one who "tripped the Fall" before being corrected by Meronym.


"Bridge'a'broken, hide below, Hands'a'bleedin', can't let go, enemy sleepin', don't slit that throat."
Played By: Susan Sarandon

A well-regarded spiritual leader within Valleysmen.


Played By: Zhou Xun

Zachry's sister, who loses her husband during a raid by the Kona tribe.

Kona Chief

Played By: Hugh Grant

The Chief of the savage, cannibalistic Kona tribe.

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