The residents of 23 Meteor Street
are an... interesting lot. Here's all about them.
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"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a graphic artist. And one day soon, I will be."
Tim, rarely seen without his skateboard, his Chocolate beanie, or his PlayStation
controller, is an aspiring comic book artist, amateur skateboarder, and passionate follower of cult fiction in many forms, including video games, science fiction, and especially - at least initially - the original Star Wars trilogy.
Played By: Jessica Stevenson
"Oh, sorry, I thought you were a drug dealer!"
Daisy is an aspiring writer, although she tends to spend most of her time actively avoiding doing any writing - or any other actual work for that matter. Whereas Tim is often grouchy and sour, Daisy is sunny, enthusiastic and cheerful, and at times overwhelmingly so. She can also be aggressive and confrontational at times, as demonstrated when she joined an employment agency only to lose most of the jobs she was assigned through her negative attitudes.
- Action Girl: Becomes one at the beginning of Season 2, when she takes on the two agents that have been pursuing her and kicks their asses.
- All Women Are Lustful: When buying magazines for research for her job interview, she picks up a male-porno mag titled Huge Fat Cocks.
- Buxom Is Better: Discussed in-universe.
- Character Tic: Whenever she wears her lensless glasses, she puts her fingers through the frames to make it seem as though she's busy or tired. This usually happens when she is trying (and failing) to write.
- Competition Freak: Becomes one whenever she exercises, due to some apparent allergy to endorphins. When she and Marsha go jogging, Daisy repeatedly pushes her down and even sends Colin after her.
- Genki Girl: Attempts to be one, but she's often morose and moody, and her genki antics are more often or not really an excuse to avoid doing any writing.
Tim: Oh, let's have a party! Let's get a dog! Let's do some theatre! Let's stand in front of the bedroom mirror BOGELING TO ASWAD!
- The latter turns out to be a subversion; Tim is surprised to realize that Daisy wasn't lying and it actually was research for an article.
- Hipster: Wears lensless glasses to look smarter and uses an antiquated typewriter. Plus, her idea of a good evening is seeing a modern play by some unknown playwright (preferrably "with a swear word in the title").
- The Klutz: Frequently trips or falls over for no reason.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Even if They are spectacularly lazy.
- Motor Mouth: At times, particularly whenever she's trying to be Genki.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She's an aspiring writer who actually does very little writing. Lampshaded by Tyres in this exchange:
Tyres: And what do you do?
Daisy: I write, actually.
Tyres: In other words, you're on the dole.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Tim. Until the "Skip to the End" documentary.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Jessica Stevenson was pregnant during the filming of the first series, which is why in series two Daisy suddenly becomes more active and goes from a total disinterest in physical activity to taking up jogging, practicing martial arts, and engaging in finger gun battles.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Daisy tries this at her birthday party. Unfortunately, all the guys are more interested in the cake.
- The Slacker: Regularly avoids working. She also avoids exercise, but this is due to the aforementioned endorphin allergy that makes her violently competitive.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Twist's Girly Girl.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she comes back from Asia she apparently knows martial arts. Of course, she's still as clumsy and lazy as ever.
- Will They or Won't They?: Has this with Tim throughout the series. They have finally gotten together at the end of the "Skip to the End" documentary.
Played By: Julia Deakin
"Hullo, it's me. The weirdo from upstairs."
Marsha, the permanently sozzled landlady, is never seen without a lit cigarette in one hand, and a glass of red wine in the other. Once a promising young athlete, she retired from athletics after receiving a leg injury and became a groupie instead, resulting in several marriages that ended bitterly and a teenage daughter, Amber, with whom she is near-constantly arguing. She passionately lusts after Brian, an attraction which stems from a hazy, torrid incident in the past where rent negotiations became somewhat more sensual than usual as a result of Brian's sheer poverty. She is utterly delighted to have new, young friends, which is slightly awkward, as she's the only one who does not know that Tim and Daisy are not actually a couple.
- The Alcoholic: She offers to share a bottle of champagne left over from the previous day with Brian to celebrate him getting an installation at an art gallery. When Brian asks what was so special about that day, Marsha replies "Sunday." She reassures Brian that she can resist the bottle for a day, before opening it less than ten seconds later.
- Atomic F-Bomb / Cluster F-Bomb: Whenever she's shouting at her daughter Amber.
- Catch Phrase: "Hullo, Brian."
- Compliment Backfire: Pulls this on Daisy when she gets back from Asia.
Marsha: You look really well! A lot of people lose weight when they're travelin'.
- Double Entendre: Frequently makes these in regards to Brian.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: She was a champion athlete until she was forced to retire due to injury, after being run over by the man she'd later marry.
- Lady Drunk
- Mrs. Robinson: Is this towards Brian, and Mike for a little while. Although in Mike's case, he gets completely Squicked out by her advances.
Mike: (disturbed) Is there a key to this lock?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's initially implied that she was aware that Tim and Daisy aren't really a couple, but pretended to be oblivious because she loves having them downstairs. The penultimate episode, however, subverts this by revealing that she didn't know and is absolutely devastated to discover that Tim and Daisy had been lying to her.
- She's Got Legs: Apparently from her days as an Olympic runner.
Marsha: Why do you think I've got such ace pins? They're me souvenirs.
Played By: Mark Heap
"I see contemporary art as a dirty plate heaped with worthless junk food and I want something more nourishing."
The lodger in the flat below Tim and Daisy's, Brian is a rather bizarre and somewhat angst-ridden and pretentious artist. Quietly spoken and intense, Brian gives the impression of being almost psychotic and sociopathic; in fact, he's just very shy and timid. His main artistic drives are anger, pain, fear and aggression, and his art is, according to him, 'a bit more complex' than watercolours.
- Ambiguously Gay: When pressed, Brian has asserted that he isn't gay... in a fashion that suggests he really thinks he ought to be.
- And then, of course, there's his relationship with Vulva.
Brian: I don't expect you to understand. Most people don't want to listen, they just tune out. It's hard to hear the story of a love affair between two straight men, one of whom is the most divine woman alive.
- Biggus Dickus: When Tim catches a glimpse of it (while Brian is using it as paintbrush), he simply remarks, "Huge." Of course, this was actually an ad-lib by Simon Pegg.
- Casual Kink
- Chick Magnet
- The Comically Serious
- Creator Breakdown: The motivation for much of Brian's artwork.
- Hairstyle Inertia: in an example similar to Mike's, he already sported a goatee in a flashback of him as a child.
- Mad Artist: Subverted; Brian comes off as one of these, but he's just very very shy and socially awkward; he's actually quite sweet once you get to know him.
- No Social Skills: He is generally oblivious to social conventions, and even when he knows what he should be doing his shyness typically gets the best of him.
- Stalker with a Crush: Is this towards his ex-girlfriends.
Brian: I see all of my ex-girlfriends. Although... not so much see, as... watch...
- True Art Is Angsty: In-universe. He finds himself unable to paint when he becomes happy as a result of dating Twist, and can only return to his craft when he hears that his uncle has died. Marsha even lampshades it.
Played By: Nick Frost
"Sergeant Mike Watt, TA. It's the longest way up, shortest way down."
Mike is Tim's best friend. He wishes dearly that he could join the British Army, but unfortunately is ineligible owing to the detached retinas he received following a painful childhood accident when jumping from a tree after being egged on by Tim, and as must console himself with membership in the Territorial Army instead. The first series revealed that Mike had been thrown out of the TA because he stole a Chieftain tank and tried to invade Paris with it while on weekend manoeuvres in France.
Played By: Katy Carmichael
"Come now, Daisy, don't start feeling like a big, fat, ugly failure!"
Twist, Daisy's best friend, is (in the words of Tim) either 'sweet and stupid, or an evil genius'. She 'works in fashion' (i.e. a dry cleaner) and is an atrociously superficial 'fashion fascist'. She is prone to giving backhanded compliments to Daisy, particularly about her size, weight or clothing choices.
Played By: Ada
Colin is Daisy's dog, a Miniature Schnauzer, bought from a dogs' home where he was shortly due to be put down, to cheer Daisy up after she is dumped by her boyfriend Richard. He is named after the cardboard box Daisy played with as a child when she wasn't allowed to have a real dog.
Played By: Anna Wilson-Jones
Sarah is the ex-girlfriend who broke Tim's heart by leaving him for his friend, Duane, and kicking him out of their flat. Sarah is a rather antipathetic person, feeding her own vanity with Tim's lame attempts to get her back, while, at the same time, ruthlessly ignoring him.
Played By: James Lance
Daisy's boyfriend. Their pet names for each other are "Daisy Duke" and "Boss Hogg". They are in a long-distance relationship (he lives in Hull) but he later breaks up with her over the phone after she confesses to having cheated on him.
Played By: Peter Serafinowicz
"Hi, Dom. This is Duane Benzie. How you doing?"
The gravelly-voiced back stabber who stole Sarah away from Tim. He was Sarah's boss and Tim's good friend until Tim learned of their affair.
Marsha's bratty teenage daughter. She and her mother constantly argue and the arguments always end with Amber storming out of the house. The sound of Amber leaving becomes a cue to Tim and Daisy that Marsha will come by wanting to talk.
"Oi, oi! You lucky people!"
A Northern Irish bike messenger and a friend of Tim and Mike's. He is a raver and everyday noises such as a phone ringing, or a car horn honking, sound like rave music to him, often prompting him to start dancing. The raving and the drugs also make him prone to hair-trigger mood swings. Tyres possesses a very short attention span and is easily distracted.
Played By: Bill Bailey
Tim's boss at the comic book store, "Fantasy Bazaar". He explains to Tim the story of Gramsci, the dog that attacks only the rich people on Hampstead Heath. At one point in series 2, Bilbo fires Tim for his inability to get over his dislike of The Phantom Menace, but later begs him to return, inspired by Tim leaving a message begging him to do so on his answer-phone. He once beat up his dad for saying Hawk the Slayer
Played By: Clive Russell
The head of Dark Star Comics, the company that Tim desperately longs to work for. When Tim first submitted his portfolio, Damien laughed him out of the office. Since then, Tim has been haunted by visions of Damien laughing at him, and is afraid of submitting a new portfolio to him.
Played By: Lucy Akhurst
Damien's beautiful assistant who helps Tim get hired at Dark Star. They immediately begin dating and have a fun relationship, provoking jealousy in both Daisy and Mike.
Dexter & Cromwell
Played by: Reece Shearsmith & Jonathan Ryland