[[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.

* AuthorAvatar: Up to a certain point. Andy's personality, style of humour and views on comedy are note-for-note those of Ricky Gervais. The big difference is that Andy is readily willing to compromise his principles in pursuit of fame and money, whereas the real-life Gervais is content sticking with his more polarizing brand of comedy.
* 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.
* 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: There are signs of this starting to take hold throughout the second series, but it really comes to a head in the Christmas Special, thanks to Andy shutting her out of his life, and her own career really falling apart.
* CannotTellALie: Goes ''way'' beyond this, and has to blurt out absolutely anything that crosses her mind, no matter how offensive it might be.
* CloudCuckooLander: Of the AdultChild variety, which Andy calls her out on during the first series finale.
* DespairEventHorizon: Creator/CliveOwen's atrocious treatment of her on a film set during the Christmas Special drive her to this. The director tells her that she can either put up with it, or be fired and blacklisted from ever working as an extra again. She chooses the latter, and officially gives up her dream of becoming an actress.
* TheDitz
* DumbBlonde
* TheHeart
* NegativeContinuity: Handwaved. In the first series finale, she seems to re-evaluate her life, rids her apartment of soft toys and adopts a more mature look and personality following Andy calling her out on her attitude toward things when she nearly ruins his chance of getting a BBC sitcom; realising she was only trying to help him, Andy recruits Creator/PatrickStewart to apologise on his behalf, and the relationship between the two returns to normal.
* NiceGirl
* NoSocialSkills
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: To the point where late in the second series she has to resort to dating ''Darren''. Their date goes surprisingly well, until Darren's antics when dealing with a toilet emergency drive her away.

!!Shaun Williamson (Barry from ''Series/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
* ExtravertedNerd
* TheMillstone: For both Andy and Shaun.
* MythologyGag: In the Christmas Special, Tre Cooper says that he's never heard of Darren before. In fact, prior to that episode Darren's full name had never been spoken on-screen, and he was only ever credited as "Agent."
* NoSocialSkills


[[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
* {{Jerkass}}: He tells Andy rather flatly and harshly that, screw his creative vision, they're going for the lowest common denominator...
** JerkassHasAPoint: ...but seeing how Andy waited until literally minutes before filming the pilot of ''When the Whistle Blows'' to make his complaint, he's pretty much correct to point out how it's really too late for a ReTool.
* ShoutOut: He shares his name with one of the co-creators of ''Series/TheInbetweeners''.
* StraightGay: Something he keeps to himself until after Andy makes a remark about how over-sensitive gay people can be.

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

* CampGay: Andy finds his stereotypically over-the-top mannerisms to be annoying, which lands him in hot water when Maggie repeats this out loud to Damon.
* InsultToRocks: Despite having an awful sense of humour and virtually destroying Andy's vision for ''When the Whistle Blows'', even he apparently doesn't think that Creator/LennyHenry is funny.
* ShoutOut: He shares his name with the other co-creator of ''Series/TheInbetweeners''.

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

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

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

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CatchPhrase: ‘Life’s cruel’.
* {{Jerkass}}: After his true colours are revealed.
** JerkassHasAPoint: That said, Andy's diva-esque behaviour certainly doesn't make Tre's life any easier, which he eventually calls Andy out on.
* {{Slimeball}}

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

* {{Catchphrase}}: "Are you having a laugh? Is (s)he having a laugh?"
* 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: Turns out to be this in the series finale.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Becomes ''Ooh, bugger me!''
* TheSmartGuy

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

->'''Played By:''' Keith Chegwin

* CloudCuckoolander: Thanks to his actor never quite being able to get the mood of a scene down correctly.
* TheDanza: Got turned into this after Chegwin couldn't understand why people were referring to him by his original character name, Alfie.[[invoked]]
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Keith the fictional character is apparently mostly a nice guy. As soon as the cameras stop rolling, Keith Chegwin starts complaining about how the BBC is "still being run by Jews and queers," and claiming that black people aren't funny.
* PutOnABus: A possibly unintended implication of the Christmas Special is that he never made it past the first series (and possibly not even the first episode) of ''When the Whistle Blows'', since the character doesn't appear and isn't referenced. Considering his actor's behind-the-scenes behaviour, it wouldn't be surprising if he said the wrong thing and got fired.


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

* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BreakTheHaughty
* CompensatingForSomething: Heavily implied for his final gag. The only big romantic scores he can brag about are fictional ones from the films he acted in.
-->'''Stiller:''' It still counts!!!!........It still counts....It does...
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Bullies his staff mercilessly, but has his ego broken down ridiculously easily by Andy.
* {{Jerkass}}
* PlayingAgainstType: In-universe.
* PrimaDonnaDirector
* VillainousBreakdown: Corners himself into one after Andy insults him, bragging indignantly until eventually he just walks off sheepishly, realising he's humiliated himself in front of his entire crew.

!!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: He's trying to his his own self-penned movie made, which can basically be described as a Franchise/JamesBond movie if Bond had the power to spontaneously make people's clothes fall off.
* NiceGuy: Despite his eccentricities, he's probably the celebrity who Andy has the most positive encounter with, and helps get the BBC to make ''When the Whistle Blows''.

->'''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: Tries chatting up just about every woman on the set, which comes back to bite him big-style when he makes moves on Warwick Davis's wife...
* KarmaHoudini: ...but fortunately for Daniel, Andy unwittingly provides the mother of all distractions by accidentally knocking Warwick out.

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

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

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

* WorthyOpponent: One of his comedy shows easily defeats ''When The Whistle Blows'' in the [=BAFTAs=], and it's obvious that deep down, Andy admires Stephen's brand of comedy far more than he does his own show. Despite this, Andy still has to defend the show to Stephen, if only to keep up appearances.

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

* PrecisionFStrike: While Richard is giving a dignified, heartfelt speech about a recently-deceased producer, Darren gets out a box of Ray Stokes dolls and inadvertently causes one of them to repeat Ray's catchphrase endlessly. Richard takes this about as well as you'd expect, destroys the doll and openly calls it "tacky shit," getting a round of applause from the BAFTA attendees.

!!Ronnie Corbett
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* KarmaHoudini: Thanks to being in the presence of Ronnie and a bag of cocaine for just the wrong few seconds, Andy (and technically Darren, though it'd be less of a problem for him even if he were a competent agent) ends up with a lifetime ban from the BAFTA awards, made permanently ineligible for BAFTA consideration, and threatened with being shopped to the police if he ever tries to protest his ban. Ronnie gets off much lighter in comparison.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: A variation. While he initially gets handed the same blanket BAFTA ban as Andy, he's able to negotiate it down to only being allowed to attend the Welsh [=BAFTAs=] for a few years.

!!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.

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

* {{Jerkass}}: A strong contender for the biggest Jerkass in the entire series, as his behaviour toward Maggie is enough to finally call it quits on her acting career.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Not that he's some obscure small-time actor by any means, but he's ''way'' too full of himself.

!!Lionel Blair
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* MoneyDearBoy: Admits that this is about the only thing which keeps him going in life.[[invoked]]
* OnlySaneMan: He's the only other ''Celebrity Series/BigBrother'' housemate that Andy feels even deserves the title of "celebrity," let alone has any respect for.

!!Dean Gaffney
->'''Played By:''' AsHimself

* ButtMonkey: He's an even more pathetic, less successful version of Shaun Williamson. Yes, let that sink in.
* TrueCompanions: With Darren and Shaun in their new job at the Carphone Warehouse, to the extent that Stephen Merchant briefly considered writing a spin-off series featuring the trio.