!Sandford Police

!!Sgt. Nicholas Angel
->'''Played By:''' Creator/SimonPegg

A dedicated but humorless member of the Metropolitan Police Service sent to the small village of Sandford for making his colleagues look bad by comparison.
* TheAce: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed.]] He's so effective that he's sent to Sandford, and eventually learns not to take himself quite so seriously.
* ActionHero: Complete with flying through the air firing his gun.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Ends up [[NotSoAboveItAll bursting out laughing]] when Danny pretends to stab himself in the eye. And before that, when Danny states he's make a good Muppet.
* {{Awesome McCool Name}}: The best part is, it isn't even a fake name. He's named for a real life Nick Angel, who was the head of sound design for the film.
* {{Badass}}: Highly competent, good shot, expert fencer and physically fit.
* BrokenAce: An excellent cop but a socially inept man.
* CharacterAlignment: LawfulGood.
* TheComicallySerious: He's generally rather uptight, stoic and even-toned. This makes his more deadpan comments and lapses in his demeanour all the more funny.
* CoolHorse: Ends up on one during the finale.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceKing: Danny takes it upon himself to teach him how to 'switch off'.
* DoesntLikeGuns: 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.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Most of the villagers believe he is neurotic and insanely obsessed with the murders. [[spoiler:Of course, it's just an act: they're ''all'' in on the murders to begin with!]]
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Or as he puts it, good at what he does. Which he is, as Danny points out.
* ImpaledPalm: He was stabbed through the hand by Santa Claus...a Santa Claus played by Creator/PeterJackson.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He's not only an excellent shot with a gun, but throws a can across the field and hits a running thief.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: From the beginning, Angel is a very cold, emotionless and stoical man who takes his work very seriously. When he meets Danny, he loosens up a bit and learns how to have fun.
* LightningBruiser: He holds the Met record for the hundred yard dash, and is also an excellent fencer. Both of these come into play.
* MarriedToTheJob: His main flaw. The crux of his CharacterDevelopment is learning how to "turn off" and have fun.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Angel is pretty cold, and doesn't exactly go along with Sandford's deeply middleclass sense of bad sitcom humour.
* OnlySaneMan: In Sandford. Everyone else is in denial, stupid or [[spoiler:in on the conspiracy.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: How his story begins.
* SecularHero: He's agnostic.
* StraightMan: To Danny in particular, but also to the entire village of Sandford.
* SurroundedByIdiots: How he feels in Sandford. [[spoiler:His colleagues aren't total idiots, though, they've just been mildly brainwashed into complacency by Frank.]]
-->'''Angel:''' I chased a suspect from the scene! Innocent people don't run!\\
'''Fisher:''' Maybe it was our old friend the Cactus Thief?\\
'''Thatcher:''' Oh yeah, he was a prickly customer, weren't he? ''(everyone laughs)''\\
'''Angel:''' '''AM I GOING COMPLETELY MAD?!'''
* TallPoppySyndrome: The reason for his promotion and transfer.


!!PC Daniel 'Danny' Butterman
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NickFrost

->''"Is it true that there is a place in a man's head that, if you shoot it, it will blow up?"''

The son of Inspector Frank Butterman, and Nicholas Angel's new partner in Sandford.
* ActionHero: Well, he wants to be one because he wants to be like the characters from cop movies. His dream is realized in the finale.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
%%** TookALevelInBadass
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: He points out to Frank he's gone KnightTemplar in his efforts to make Sanford a perfect town.]]
* CharacterAlignment: NeutralGood.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The ketchup sachet trick.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Or so it seems, until it's revealed in the epilogue that he survived.]]
%%* TheDitz
* IJustWantToBeBadass: See ActionHero.
* ManChild: Danny is a big kid, basically. He's happy-go-lucky, friendly to everyone and doesn't seem to have a bad bone in his body.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:His mother killed herself.]]
* NiceGuy: While definitely [[DumbIsGood a tad dim]], he's obviously well-meaning.
* ParrotExposition: Tends toward this in regards to Angel's lessons - he has a shockingly good memory for it, too!
* SweetTooth: Like his father, he has a fondness for ice cream.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:For Angel; subverted in that he survives.]]

!!Insp. Frank Butterman
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JimBroadbent

Sandford's jovial Chief Inspector and Danny's father.
%%* {{Badass}}
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:With Skinner]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Punishes his officers (or at least Danny) for poor behaviour by forcing them to treat the rest of the station to dessert foods.
* CoolOldGuy: He might seem like a nebbishly, lovable old grandpa but he reveals himself to be a highly competent policeman who earned his top-ranking position.
%%* DirtyCop
* AFatherToHisMen: [[spoiler:Until they turn on him.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:After his wife Irene commits suicide, Frank loses it and starts the conspiracy that drives the plot, all out of love for Irene.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler: To him, MurderIsTheBestOption to keep Sanford the perfect village.]]
%%* PrinciplesZealot
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: See VillainousBreakdown.]]
* SweetTooth: Mentions a fondness for ice cream early on, and can be seen digging in to a bowl when Nick returns to Sandford.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:A minor one when the Sandford police turn on him.]]
-->''"[[spoiler:You're... You're not seriously going to believe this man, are you!? ARE YOU!? HE ISN'T EVEN FROM 'ROUND 'ERE!! YOU INCOMPETENT FLATFOOTS!!]]"''
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Everything he did was for his dead wife.]]

[[folder:The Andys]]
!!DC Andy Cartwright & DS Andy Wainwright
->'''Played By:''' Rafe Spall & Paddy Considine

An inseperable pair of Sanford policemen who take an instant dislike to Angel.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
%%* BashBrothers
%%* CoolShades
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They warm up to Angel later.
* [[OneSteveLimit One Andy Limit]]: Averted. Both of them are partnered together and share the same first name.
* {{Pornstache}}: Andy Wainwright.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys

!!Sgt. Tony Fisher
->'''Played By:''' Kevin Eldon

A police officer in the Sandford Police Service. He is first met when PC Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. Throughout most of his appearances, he asks Nicholas for advice on what should be done.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
%%* CaptainObvious
* {{Jerkass}}: Especially to Angel, whom he takes an instant dislike to. Fisher fears that Angel will take his job, possibly because he's aware of how incompetent he truly is.
* TheStrategist: [[spoiler:Reveals a talent for strategy in the finale.]]
* WhatHeSaid: He 'asks' Angel what he 'reckons' and then acts like he's agreeing instead of stealing.

!!PC Doris Thatcher
->'''Played By:''' Olivia Colman

The only female police officer in the Sandford Police Service. She is first met when Sgt. Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. Throughout all of her appearences, she says many sexual innuendos.
* ActionGirl: In the finale.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* DoubleEntendre: Constantly.
* HurricaneOfPuns: She's full of these.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence:
-->"Nothing like a little [[DesignatedGirlFight girl on girl]]!"

!!PC Bob Walker
->'''Played By:''' Karl Johnson

The oldest police officer in the Sandford Police Service. He is first met when Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. Throughout all of his appearances, he speaks in an inaudible mumbling sound and always has his dog, Saxon, with him.
* DirtyOldMan: The only time he utters actual words, they're, 'tits' and 'cocks'.
** DontExplainTheJoke: Which is usually after Doris makes a ''really bad'' DoubleEntendre.
* TheUnintelligible: His accent is so thick it's almost impossible for non-locals to understand him. Danny has to translate for Nicolas' benefit on more than one occasion, until the end.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Saxon.

!!Sgt. Turner
->'''Played By:''' Bill Bailey

%%* AlwaysIdenticalTwins
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: The night shift's sergeant is never told anything, to the extent that he's not present at the finale.

->'''Played By:''' Sampson

A dog in the Sandford Police Service. He is first met when Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. He is constantly with PC Bob Walker, and is always ordered to patrol areas.
%%* HeroicDog
%%* TeamPet
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Bob Walker.

!Neighborhood Watch Alliance

[[folder:Simon Skinner]]
!!Simon Skinner
->'''Played By:''' Creator/TimothyDalton

->''"I'm Simon Skinner, and I run the local Supermarché. Stop in and see me some time. My discounts are criminal! Catch me later!"''

The manager of Sandford's supermarket, Somerfield. He is a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance and has won several trophies for fun-running events.
* AffablyEvil: He's a fun-running champion and enjoys a cordial relationship with his staff and customers.
* ArchEnemy: To Angel. [[spoiler:Frank is the BiggerBad, but Skinner is a much more personal enemy to Angel.]]
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:He goes toe-to-toe with the much younger, combat-trained Angel and nearly beats him.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:With the N.W.A.]]
* BloodKnight: He's very excited to fight [[spoiler:Angel and the police for-...''service''. Until he starts losing.]]
-->'''Skinner:''' My, my. Here come the Fuzz.
%%* CombatPragmatist
* CoolCar: A Jag.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Supermarket Manager]]: [[spoiler:Averted, actually. He might be an evil murderer, but he runs his supermarket in a pretty clean way, business-wise.]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DevilInPlainSight[=/=]ObviouslyEvil: C'mon, how can you ''not'' suspect this guy?
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:A subtle one. He slips on a model van sporting the logo of his own supermarket and gets impaled on the spire of a model of the church, which he previously [[DeathFromAbove used to kill someone]].]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:A rare, non-fatal case.]]
* PunctuatedPounding: ''"Get! Out! Of my! Village!"''
%%* SharpDressedMan
* SmugSmiler: He's frequently smiling with delight.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:He takes a ginger kid hostage.]]

[[folder:Prof. Tom Weaver]]
!!Prof. Tom Weaver
->'''Played By:''' Edward Woodward

A professor and a citizen of Sandford. He was first met when Nicholas Angel is touring the Sandford Police Station. Tom was the Civilian Liaison for the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance.
* CastingGag: Back in 1973 Woodward starred in ''Film/TheWickerMan'' where a young no-noncence cop showed up in the quiet village and started to root out an dark mystery.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Serves as Sandford's surveillance.
* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:He turns up after the N.W.A. have all been arrested, and subsequently he's the only member to be killed.]]
* KarmaHoudini: An odd variety, in that Weaver is the only villain who is actually [[spoiler: killed off at the end. However, by dying, he avoids having to face justice for his crimes, which is a fate all his peers must face.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Sandford PD completely forgets him and he almost kills Danny]].
* OhCrap: After [[spoiler:being pinned down by an active sea mine, his last words are, 'Oh God, no.']]
* TagalongKid: Is treated as ornamentation by Sandford PD [[spoiler: he's more involved than they realize]].

[[folder:Joyce Cooper]]
!!Joyce Cooper
->'''Played By:''' Billie Whitelaw

The wife of Bernard Cooper and together they run the hotel. She is the first Sandford citizen that Nicholas Angel meets.
* {{BFG}}: She [[spoiler:wields one in the climax. It makes her beehive hairdo wobble.]]
* DeathGlare: Shoots Nicholas a truly impressive one when she thinks he's calling her a "hag". He was in fact looking at the crossword she was doing.

[[folder:Bernard Cooper]]
!!Major Bernard Cooper
->'''Played By:''' Eric Mason

[[folder:Dr. Hatcher]]
!!Dr. Robin Hatcher
->'''Played By:''' Stuart Wilson

Sandford's resident doctor. He is first met at the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance meeting.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: He frequently gets shot in the leg and foot area.
* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler:Not ''so'' deadly.]]
* RunningGag: Getting shot in the leg.
** He's a doctor, he'll get over it.

[[folder:Rev. Shooter]]
!!Rev. Philip Shooter
->'''Played By:''' Paul Freeman

The cleric of Sandford, and a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance.
* BadassPreacher: [[spoiler:He actually manages to shoot Angel.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Shooter isn't the kindly Reverend he pretends to be.]]
* [[ShutUpKirk Fuck Off, Grasshopper!]]: [[spoiler:When Angel delivers a short speech to Shooter, the good Reverend responds like this.]]
* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler:Due to being a member of the N.W.A.]]

!!Michael 'Lurch' Armstrong
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RoryMcCann

The very unintelligent henchman of Simon Skinner who works at Somerfield.
%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* TheBrute
* {{Catchphrase}}: ''"Yarp."''
* DumbMuscle: His role for [[spoiler:the N.W.A.]]
* TheBrute: For [[spoiler:the N.W.A, and Skinner in particular.]]
* ManChild/PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler:He's willing to kill, but gets distracted by a cuddly monkey.]]
-->'''Danny:''' Dad says he's got the mind of a child.
* MightyGlacier: Lurch is massive and nigh unstoppable.
* UnskilledButStrong: He doesn't display much fighting aptitude

!Sandford Citizens

[[folder:Leslie Tiller]]
!!Leslie Tiller
->'''Played By:''' Anne Reid

Sandford's resident gardener and a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance . Her gardening skills helped put Sandford on the map.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:By an N.W.A. member.]]
* MeaningfulName: She's a gardener, and her name is Tiller. Hard to get more blatant than that.

[[folder:Tim Messenger]]
!!Tim Messenger
->'''Played By:''' Adam Buxton

A journalist who often asked Nicholas to be interviewed with little success.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:By a piece of a church, which falls on his head and stays embedded in his upper body.]]
* MeaningfulName: A messenger with a message for Angel.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: His grasp of grammar is amazingly awful. In fact, he even writes Angel's name ''as'' Angle. [[spoiler:It's why the N.W.A. kill him.]]
* VerbalTic: ''"Hi-hi!"''
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler:A piece of the church roof falls on him, splattering his head.]]

[[folder:Martin Blower]]
!!Martin Blower
->'''Played By:''' David Threlfall

A respected Solicitor from Sandford. He was playing the leading role of Romeo in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" along with Eve Draper.
* AmoralAttorney: We never see him practice law, but he's perfectly fine with going way over the speed limit.
* BadBadActing: During the Romeo & Juliet production. Except when it comes to kissing Eve Draper.
* CampStraight: Blower acts rather effeminate and camp, but he's carrying on an affair with Eve Draper.
* CoolCar: With which he exceeds the speed limit.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* MayDecemberRomance: With Eve Draper.
* LargeHam: During the play.
* OffWithHisHead: How he ends up.
* {{Slimeball}}: His attempts at 'charm'. It's a wonder he managed to start an affair with Eve Draper in the first place. Of course, she didn't seem to be one of Sandford's leading lights (in intellect, or perception).
* YourCheatingHeart: He was seemingly married, but was having a sordid affair with Eve Draper. Mind, Mrs. Draper herself is apparently cheating him, if the line about having four alibies is any indication.

[[folder:Eve Draper]]
!!Eve Draper
->'''Played By:''' Creator/LucyPunch

A city council member from Sandford. She was playing the leading role of Juliet in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" along with Martin Blower.
* AnnoyingLaugh: The reason [[spoiler:she's killed, in addition to being a terrible actress and having an affair with Martin Blower.]]
* BadBadActing: During the Romeo & Juliet production.
* TheDitz: Intelligence is not her strong suit.
* MayDecemberRomance: 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.
* MeaningfulName: Both a reference to Evelyn Draper in PlayMistyForMe, and a play on eavesdropper.

->'''Played By:''' Alice Lowe

* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:During the fight in the super-market, she runs at the police screaming and brandishing a knife.]]
* TheDarkChick: For Skinner.
* PerpetualFrowner: She rarely deviates from her bored gaze.
* SexySecretary: For Skinner. She works part-time as a table dancer at a place called 'Flappers'.

!!Arthur Webley
->'''Played By:''' Creator/DavidBradley

A farmer in Sandford. Nicholas Angel, Danny Butterman, Bob Walker, and Saxon are called to his house when James Reaper complains that he has been cutting hedges that don't belong to him.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: He's collected hundreds of guns of all range and sizes, not to mention an old sea mine.
* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MeaningfulName: Mr Webley has a massive collection of guns, fitting for someone named after a revolver.
* TheUnintelligible: They need to bring around the slightly less unintelligible Bob Walker to translate for Danny, who translates Bob for Nicholas.

!!George Merchant
->'''Played By:''' George Merchant

A successful businessman in Sandford.
* TheAlcoholic
* BigFancyHouse: Which everyone hates [[spoiler: and why he is killed]].
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Gets incredibly drunk, forcing Nick and Danny to take him home, [[spoiler:and it helps the N.W.A. make his death look like a drunken attempt at cooking gone wrong.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Double-parks his big-ass Range Rover in the supermarket car-park without a care in the world, and built a ridiculously ostentatious house.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:One of the NWA members knock him out and blow up his house with him in it, making it look like an accident.]]
* MeaningfulName: He's a rich 'merchant'.

[[folder:The Swan]]
!!The Swan
->'''Played By:''' Elvis


A local swan who escapes from 'the castle' and proceeds to evade Sandford Police.
* {{Badass}}: It can break a man's arm. Which is a case of TruthInTelevision, in fact.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: It keeps on coming back.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: [[spoiler:In the finale, when it takes down Frank.]]
* RunningGag: It's continual evasion of the Sanford Police Department, and the repeated fact that a swan can break a man's arm.
%%* SwansASwimming

!Metropolitan Police

[[folder:The Sergeant]]
!!The Sergeant
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MartinFreeman

A member of the Metropolitan Police Service. He calls Nicholas Angel into his office to inform him of his recent promotion to Sergeant, as well as his transfer.
* TheCameo: For Creator/MartinFreeman, who had a previous cameo in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' and has a supporting role in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* DeskJockey: The Sergeant is an admitted DeskJockey, and he's actually rather proud of it.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a smarmy prick to Nicholas pretty much from the get-go.
* LargeHam: You can tell Martin Freeman is trying to make the most of his screentime.
* NoNameGiven: He's only known as 'Sergeant'.

[[folder:The Inspector]]
!!The Inspector
->'''Played By:''' Creator/SteveCoogan

The Inspector at Nicholas Angel's station.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Briefly tries to act friendly and polite, asking about Angel's previously injured hand.
* TheCameo: For Steve Coogan.
* NoNameGiven: He's only known as 'the Inspector'.

!!Ch. Insp. Kenneth
->'''Played By:''' Creator/BillNighy

The Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan Police Service. He is called into the office by the Met Inspector and the Met Sergeant in order to convince Nicholas Angel that he is indeed being transferred.
* BrutalHonesty: While the Sergeant and Inspector tip-toe around the issue, Kenneth comes right out and tells Nick the reason he's being 'promoted'.
* TheCameo: For regular Wright alumni, Bill Nighy.
* DaChief: Of London, no less.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's more directly nasty to Angel than the Met Inspector or Sergeant.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: As he explains to Angel:
-->'''Angel:''' You can't just make someone disappear!\\
'''Chief Inspector:''' Yes, I can. I'm the Chief Inspector.

->'''Played By:''' Creator/CateBlanchett

A member of the Metropolitan Police Service and Nicholas Angel's ex-girlfriend. When he gets transferred to Sandford, he goes to her to inform her. There, she attempts to connect with Nicholas, but he instead focuses on their job.
* TheCameo: She's played by an uncredited Cate Blanchett.
* TheFaceless: Due to her mask.
* GlassesPull: Parodied with her pulling off her crime scene goggles, which has no effect due to the mask.