Characters: The Escapist

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    Frank Perry 

Frank Perry

Played By: Brian Cox

A solid and phlegmatic character, he holds his own, but neither attracts nor creates any trouble. He is a lifer and has long accepted that he will never see the outside again.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Seems to be indicated by his general demeanor, the fact that he's serving a life sentence in prison, and his daughter being addicted to hard drugs.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Frank gives his life so that Lacey can escape punishment from Rizza and escape the prison.

    James Lacey 

James Lacey

Played By: Dominic Cooper

A newly arrived prisoner and Frank's cellmate.

  • Break the Cutie: Is sent to a Hellhole Prison despite being very young and of a sweet nature. Sexual harassment, violent rape, a suicide attempt, an attempted rape, and a threat to his life all happen within a week. As his incarceration continues you can see his emotional state deteriorate from PTSD to near catatonia.
  • Butt Monkey: One terrible thing happens to him after another.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On Tony.
  • Prison Rape: Is heralded into the empty showers, by the prison's guards, so that Tony can have access to him.

    Brodie 

Brodie

Played By: Liam Cunningham

Perry's right hand man and closest friend.

  • Nice Hat: Often seen wearing a grey toboggan.
  • Noodle Incident: What he did to get put in prison in the first place.
  • The Lancer: Frank's sarcastic and amicable right-hand man.
  • Tunnel King: He knows his way around the London underground very well and seems to have experience working in the sewers.

    Lenny Drake 

Lenny Drake

Played By: Joseph Fiennes

A former thief and boxer.

  • The Big Guy: Frank and Brodie needed someone with muscle to help facilitate their break-out so they went to the prison's resident fighter.
  • Death Glare: Seems to know no other expression.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s the only one to stop and relentlessly try to save Batista.

    Viv Batista 

Viv Batista

Played By: Seu Jorge

The prison chemist.

    Rizza 

Rizza

Played By: Damien Lewis

A ruthless convict who rules over the other inmates.

  • Aloof Big Brother: Rizza is nonplussed and unfettered amidst the chaos of the prison, in contrast with Tony's erratic and manic ways.
  • Big Bad: He's more frightening and powerful than Tony, but also more sinister because he's clearly in control of himself and without the excuse of drugs for his sadistic behavior.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite the both of them being evil, Rizza clearly cares for his younger brother Tony.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Terrifies the entire jail, including the staff, into compliance with his rule without raising his voice.
  • The Stoic: He shows very little emotion even while forcing a man to cut off his own thumb, or threatening another man's child.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His solid, stoic, smug demeanor is shaken when Frank fearlessly and casually informs him that outside the prison walls…he’s less than nothing.

    Tony 

Tony

Played By: Steven Mackintosh

Brother of Rizza, drug addled and the source of much conflict.

  • Jerkass: Clearly enjoys tormenting Lacey, blackmailing Frank, and generally being a terrible person.
  • Talkative Loon: Never shuts up, whether it's taunting Lacey, threatening Frank, or jabbering nonsense to his brother.