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Sgt. Nicholas Angel The Ace: Deconstructed. He's so effective that he's sent to Sandford, and eventually learns not to take himself quite so seriously. Action Hero Awesome McCool Name: The best part is, it isn't even a fake name. He's named for a real life Nick Angel who worked with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg in the past. Badass The Comically Serious: He's generally rather uptight, stoic and even-toned. This makes his more deadpan comments and lapses in his demeanour all the more funny. Cool Horse: Ends up on one during the finale. Deadpan Snarker Defrosting Ice King: Danny takes it upon himself to teach him how to 'switch off'. Doesn't Like Guns: Part of what makes him a good police officer is his desire for a peaceful resolution wherever possible. Doesn't mean he won't break out a shotgun and kick some ass when he needs to. Hero with Bad Publicity: Most of the villagers believe he is neurotic and insanely obsessed with the murders. Of course, it's just an act: they're all in on the murders to begin with! Impaled Palm: He was stabbed through the hand by Santa Claus...a Santa Claus played by Peter Jackson. Improbable Aiming Skills: He's not only an excellent shot with a gun, but throws a can across the field and hits a running thief. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very cold and emotionless from the beginning as he takes his police work a little too seriously, but when he meets Danny, he loosens up a bit and learns how to have fun. Married to the Job: His main flaw. The crux of his Character Development is learning how to "turn off" and have fun. No Sense of Humor: Angel is pretty cold, and doesn't exactly go along with Sandford's deeply middleclass sense of bad sitcom humour. Only Sane Man: In Sandford. Everyone else is in denial, stupid or in on the conspiracy. Playing Against Type: Simon Pegg normally plays lazy slackers, but in this film, he plays a very serious character. Straight Man Surrounded by Idiots Tall Poppy Syndrome PC Daniel 'Danny' Butterman "Is it true that there is a place in a man's head that, if you shoot it, it will blow up?" Insp. Frank Butterman Played By: Jim Broadbent DC Andy Cartwright & DS Andy Wainwright Played By: Rafe Spall & Paddy Considine
Two police officers who make Angel's life a living Hell.
Sgt. Tony Fisher Played By: Kevin Eldon PC Doris Thatcher Played By: Olivia Colman PC Bob Walker Played By: Karl Johnson Sgt. Turner Played By: Bill Bailey Saxon Played By: Sampson
Neighbourhood Watch Alliance
Simon Skinner "I'm Simon Skinner, and I run the local Supermarché. Stop in and see me some time. My discounts are criminal! Catch me later!" Prof. Tom Weaver Played By: Edward Woodward Casting Gag: Back in 1973 Woodward starred in where an young no-noncence cop showed up in the quiet village and started to root out an dark mystery. The Wicker Man Joyce Cooper Played By: Billie Whitelaw Major Bernard Cooper Played By: Eric Mason Leslie Tiller Played By: Anne Reid Dr. Robin Hatcher Played By: Stuart Wilson Rev. Philip Shooter Played By: Paul Freeman Michael 'Lurch' Armstrong
Tim Messenger Played By: Adam Buxton Martin Blower Played By: David Threlfall Eve Draper Played By: Lucy Punch Annoying Laugh: The reason she's killed, in addition to being a terrible actress and having an affair with Martin Blower. Bad Bad Acting: During the Romeo & Juliet production. May-December Romance: With Martin Blower. She tends to favour the older gentleman in general. Danny: Marcus Carter’s big brother said he’d fingered her up the duck pond. Tina Played By: Alice Lowe Arthur Webley Collector of the Strange: He's collected hundreds of guns of all range and sizes, not to mention an old sea mine. Killed Off Screen: Nicholas gives him a citation for cutting other people's hedges and he turns up later on with the rest of the dead bodies that the NWA has killed. Meaningful Name The Unintelligible: They need to bring around the equally unintelligible Bob Walker to translate for Danny, who translates Bob for Nicholas. George Merchant Played By: George Merchant Kill It with Fire: One of the NWA members knock him out and blow up his house with him in it, making it look like an accident. Meaningful Name: He's a rich 'merchant'. The Swan Played By: Elvis
Metropolitan Police Service
The Sergeant The Inspector Played By: Steve Coogan Ch. Insp. Kenneth Brutal Honesty: While the Sergeant and Inspector tip-toe around the issue, Kenneth comes right out and tells Nick the reason he's being 'promoted'. The Cameo: For regular Wright alumni, Bill Nighy. Da Chief: Of London, no less. Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
Angel: "You can't just make someone disappear!"
Chief Inspector: "Yes, I can. I'm the Chief Inspector." Janine The Cameo: She's played by an uncredited Cate Blanchett. The Faceless: Due to her mask. Glasses Pull: Parodied with her pulling off her crime scene goggles, which has no effect due to the mask.