Characters / Fawlty Towers

Basil Fawlty

John Cleese

Sybil Fawlty

Prunella Scales

  • Annoying Laugh: Basil compares it to "somebody machine-gunning a seal".
  • Beehive Hairdo: Which Basil referes to as a "rat's maze" during a row.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Perhaps "brilliant" is too strong a word, but she's a far more competent hotelier than Basil on the rare occasions that she stops gossiping and actually does some work.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Oh, I knooow!"
  • Gossipy Hens: Fond of tying up the phone line chatting with best mate Audrey.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hypocrite: Always quick to bollock Basil for apparent laziness, flirtatiousness, rudeness etc, but is certainly Not So Above It All herself.
  • Jerkass: Nowhere near the same level of Jerkassery as Basil, but that's not saying much.
  • Only Sane Woman: Along with Polly, one of the most reasonable members of the staff.
  • Sexless Marriage
  • The Tease: Some of the male guests (particularly Mr Johnson in "The Psychiatrist") definitely grab her attention, and she enjoys a spot of shameless flirting.
  • Tsundere: Nice to guests, hostile to her husband (and Irish builders).


Andrew Sachs

Polly Sherman

Connie Booth

  • Butt-Monkey: While Manuel suffers the worst direct abuse from Basil, Polly, being more reliable, is always first to be Press-Ganged into some degrading and ill devised scheme to cover up his incompetence.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She always manages to conjure up a career and livelihood-saving lie for Basil in the heat of the moment. She's still a pretty lousy waitress though.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Polly is scorchingly hot, and spends a portion of "The Wedding Party" in her underwear. Even when in her regular uniform, her figure is fairly... noticeable.
  • Only Sane Man / Only Sane Employee

Major Gowen

Ballard Berkeley


Brian Hall