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Characters: Extras
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Andy Millman

Played By: Ricky Gervais

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.

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.

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".

  • Adam Westing
  • Butt Monkey: 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.
  • Hidden Depths: He offers genuinely good advice to Andy.
  • I Am Not Spock: Everyone calls him 'Barry from Eastenders'. Even the credits lists him as playing Barry.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's Barry-from-Eastenders!
  • Those Two Guys: With Darren.

Darren Lamb

Played By: Stephen Merchant

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.


Greg Lindley-Jones

Played By: Shaun Pye

Iain Morris

Played By: Guy Henry

Damon Beesley

Played By: Martin Savage


Played By: Gerard Kelly

Tre Cooper

Played By:

     When the Whistle Blows 

Ray Stokes

Played By: Ricky Gervais as Andy Millman


Played By: Liza Tarbuck


Played By: Andrew Buckley


Played By: Jamie Chapman


Played By: Sarah Moyle

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Ben Stiller

Played By: As Himself

Ross Kemp

Played By: As Himself

Vinnie Jones

Played By: As Himself

Kate Winslet

Played By: As Himself

Les Dennis

Played By: As Himself

Samuel L. Jackson

Played By: As Himself

Patrick Stewart

Played By: As Himself

Orlando Bloom

Played By: As Himself

David Bowie

Played By: As Himself

  • Affably Evil: He brutally tears Andy apart via song, but does so in a jovial way while speaking pleasantly to his friends.
  • The Bully
  • Jerkass: Constructs an entire song to destroy a man who idolizes him.

Daniel Radcliffe

Played By: As Himself

Chris Martin

Played By: As Himself

Sir Ian McKellen

Played By: As Himself

Robert De Niro

Played By: As Himself

  • The Cameo: His role is tiny, and simply involves being inordinately amused by a pen (with a naked lady on it).
  • The Quiet One: He has little-to-no dialogue.
  • The Stoic

Robert Lindsay

Played By: As Himself

Jonathan Ross

Played By: As Himself

  • Elmer Fudd Syndrome: Just like in real life, Ross pronounces Rs as Ws.
  • Man Child: Like in real life, Ross is a toy collector. He also has super-soaker fights with Andy.

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