Characters / The Inbetweeners

Main Characters

William "Will" McKenzie

Played by: Simon Bird

  • Adorkable: When he's not being pompous, he has his moments.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Comes up exactly once, when Patrice mistakes him for an Arab.
  • Berserk Button: Repeatedly being denied alcohol when everyone else is underage, too.
  • Blind Without 'Em
  • Bring My Brown Pants: As a result of nerves and too many energy drinks, he shits himself during an exam.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Camp Straight: He's rather effeminate.
  • Carpet of Virility: Subverted. He's got a very hairy chest in the first series, but he's not exactly Rated M for Manly. After that, he's either shaved or waxed it, as he appears with a hairless chest in any Shirtless Scene.
  • Catchphrase: "Hi! I'm Will."
  • Cool Loser: Zigzagged. When he actually picks up (or at least is close at picking up) girls, it's usually because they fall for his peculiar humor or pertinent sarcasm. But most of the time, these traits just make people consider him to be a pompous/awkward freak.
  • Cunning Linguist: Is the only member of the group that has any knowledge of any language other than English (as shown by his conversation in French with Patrice). Downplayed, though, as he doesn't find himself in any other situations where other languages are needed (if he knows any) and justified in that he's probably studying French for his A levels.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in the narrations. In fact, it's what women find most attractive in him.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Has a tendency to keep going off on tirades long after he should have stopped, most notably in his rebuffing of Kerri.
    • The mechanics at the garage are reasonably friendly towards him...until Will starts telling them he's "too clever" for their job.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father leaves his mother prior to the start of the series, meaning that she can no longer afford to send him to the private school he was attending previously, forcing him to go to Rudge Park. He doesn't make an appearance until the first movie.
  • Does Not Like Guns: In the second movie's ending, the rest of the lads fire off a few rounds at a Vietnamese gun range. Will declines to participate.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He gets very annoyed when Oneshot Character Lauren prefers Simon over him.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Briefcase" (or some variation thereof) until the time he shits himself.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric/Melancholic.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tends to go off into a massive rant at relatively minor things such as people taking the front seats on a roller coaster, being denied alcohol or being assumed to be in a relationship with a girl he has no interest in.
  • Has a Type: Most of the women he has been attracted to over the series and movies - Charlotte, Lauren, Alison and Katie - have been blonde. Katie and Alison look similar enough that some fans mistook their actresses for the same person.
  • The Hero: By default, being the main character and all. He himself doesn't have any heroic qualities.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Due to being the most reasonable members of the group, Will and Simon bond relatively quickly.
  • Jerkass: He tends to be incredibly petty and shallow.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He shows himself to care for his friends pretty regularly.
  • Kavorka Man: While he's not unattractive, he's not handsome by any means, dresses like a ninny and acts like an awkward stick in the mud at all times. Despite this, several attractive girls have shown interest in him. Subverted to a degree in that he tends to lose their interest because of these very flaws, making it a mystery of how he attracts them in the first place.
  • Large Ham: At times.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The Movie reveals that hot women are attracted to Will's dad as well.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality
  • Momma's Boy: Oh yes. He even admits that after Charlotte dumps him, he's going home to cry to his mum.
  • Motor Mouth: When he goes off on a rant, his pattern of speech tends to speed up.
  • The Narrator
  • Neat Freak: Problematic, since his other three friends are Guys Are Slobs.
  • Nerd
  • Nerds Are Virgins
  • Never Live It Down: In universe, shitting himself in an exam.
  • Not So Above It All: While he generally attempts to behave more grounded and rationally minded than most of his friends and is clearly more responsible in the majority of situations, there are several incidents that prove he is effectively capable of the same level of thoughtlessness and ineptitude. Most evident when he's left home alone, he eventually joins in with the lads in destroying daffodils after a few cans.
  • Obsessed Are the Listmakers: He makes a study plan that takes several days to make.
  • Of Course I'm Not A Virgin: Blunders it with Charlotte, telling her that he slept with an 11-year old when he was 13. She figures out that he's a virgin during his attempts to have sex with her and, thus, ruins his chances with her. Subverted in the first movie when he's honest with Alison about being a virgin. She doesn't think any less of him for it.
  • Only Sane Man: Not as much as Simon is, but he's comparatively normal when alongside the other two.
  • Parental Abandonment: His Dad.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a blistering one to Katie and Ben in the second movie.
  • The Smart Guy: Somewhat subverted in that he's while he's academically bright and smarter than the other three, he often reveals his limited amount of social skills and general impulsiveness in particular situations.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He could be interpreted as this as he has undertaken some misguided deeds that express his ultimate lack of understanding certain societal norms. Such as:
    • Vocally complaining when a group of people were seated at the front of a ride he and his friends had specifically queued for, only to find out said people were obliged to take this space in the ride as they were disabled.
      • Somewhat justified, in that he had no knowledge of their disability, having never previously seen these people, and he also showed extreme remorse for these actions.
    • Impulsively placing a wig within his underwear during a date with an older woman, after a prank lead to his own pubic hair being removed, causing further embarrassment for him.
    • Attempting to amiably break off an effectively one-sided relationship with a girl he was never attracted to, only to create a scene during his friend's birthday party.
      • This was partly the girl's fault; she had manipulatively claimed that Will attempted to have sex with her, prior to breaking off the "relationship".
    • Becoming the subject of abuse after making several pretentious, patronising but ultimately not malicious claims towards a group of garage workers he would be employed by during his work experience.
    • Claiming to have engaged in several sexual encounters in order to secure his relationship with a slightly older, promiscuous girl, only to face more severe humiliation when his lack of sexual experience is evidenced.
    • Making wild claims of said girl's opinion of him and an extreme exaggeration of their "relationship" to avoid being further abused by the afore mentioned group of mechanics.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He has a more advanced vocabulary than pretty much anyone else in the show, but he's not above a Cluster F-Bomb when he gets angry.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He is academically more knowledgeable than his three friends and usually more grounded uptight and sensible than them (other than possibly Simon, as the voice of relative sanity alternates between the two characters depending on the situation)while he has his own moments of tactlessness, he is generally among the most rationally minded and logical of characters in the series.

Simon Cooper

Played by Joe Thomas

Jay Cartwright

Played by James Buckley

  • Abusive Parents: His Dad belittles him in almost every conversation he has in the series and his mother just sits there and lets him.
  • Attention Whore: He admits to Big John that he makes up lies so people will notice him.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He will make lewd comments about every woman going and sometimes, depending on how much he's drank, make unwanted sexual advances. However, this trope is subverted whenever he meets a girl he actually cares about.
    • Disrespecting a girl he fancies seems to be one for him- he gets quite angry at the end of the first movie and during the second when people make fun of Jane's weight. He also gets mad with Neil when he makes lewd comments about Chloe.
  • Blatant Lies: Just about everything he says.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He gets unusually annoyed when Will makes a joke about his sister and demands Will takes it back. Will does, then switches to a Your Mom joke. Jay ignores it.
  • Catch Phrase: "Fuck that", although this mostly applies to the movie.
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • The Chick: Surprisingly. He's actually the most sensitive of the four, though he tries very hard to obscure this.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Surprisingly, but when he actually does get a girlfriend in-series, he's actually quite respectful towards her. He also becomes this in the movie with Jane.
  • The Danza: Sort of.
  • Determinator: In the second movie, he goes to Australia, where he has to work in a toilet and sleep in a tent, to try and win Jane back.
  • Dirty Coward: Often; he immediately tells Donovan that Will is upstairs with Charlotte, mocks Simon after some guys threaten to beat him up over something Jay did, ditches his friends when some chav pre-teen girls get their brother to chase them with a cricket bat...
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Often pauses after making a Double Entendre and adds a filthier line, generally ruining it. Will lampshades it during "A Night Out In London."
    Neil: She touched her hair. In body language-speak, that means she likes you.
    Jay: Well in London, there'll be plenty of girls touching their hair around me.
    Will: Their pubic hair, presumably.
    Jay: No, their actual......yeah, their pubic hair.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In contrast to Simon, who drives like an old woman, Jay is extremely reckless behind the wheel of his mother's car.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine/Choleric.
  • Freudian Excuse: The way his Dad treats him explains a lot of Jay's behavior.
    • He is implied to have been sexually abused by his neighbor as a child.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?
  • Hidden Depths: When he actually does have a girlfriend, he's a pretty attentive and caring boyfriend. He's also a pretty good DJ and is Not So Different from Big John.
  • Jerk Ass
    • Jerk Ass Facade: In the series 1 finale, he lets slip to Big John that he only acts the way he does to get attention.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially in the movies. In the series, while he is shown to have some (rather well-hidden) redeeming traits, he is more often portrayed as a Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk. But that may be due to the cynical nature of the series, while the movies, comparatively, have more heart-warming and Throw the Dog a Bone moments.
  • Karma Houdini: He often manages to escape punishment or embarrassment due to being a Dirty Coward.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All
  • Large Ham: Can slip into this at times.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He wishes.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted- Jay ends up crying after his first serious girlfriend dumps him. It actually makes you feel sorry for him.
  • Miles Gloriosus: One of his many Blatant Lies is that he once spent the summer at a Thai boxing training camp and knocked out so many Thai fighters that they had to bring in fighters from Cambodia. Of course, it's obvious that he has no experience.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This happens to Jay when his lie ends up getting his dog put down.
    • Also happens when he runs over a squirrel.
      Jay: "...Its eyes look sad."
  • The Nicknamer: Almost never calls Will by name in the first two series, but instead some variation of "briefcase". In the third series, when Will becomes more known for shitting himself at an exam than carrying around a briefcase, Jay starts calling him by name, though still lets slip a briefcase insult/joke once in a while.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: When it comes to love advice.
  • Of Course I'm Not A Virgin: Constantly brags that he's shagged every woman he's ever come across, sometimes several at a time. Taken Up to Eleven in the second movie when he claims to have had a three way with the Minogue sisters ten minutes after arriving in Australia. His Establishing Character Moment even has him bragging that he's really good at shagging only to trip up on a question Neil asks.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Probably has the filthiest mouth out of the lads, although they have their moments too.
  • Sticky Fingers: "I nicked it out of Sadie Cunningham's bag during registration" appears quite a few times in the show.
  • Super Gullible: In addition to spouting Blatant Lies, Jay is more than willing to believe them as well. This includes the rumour that a sexy housewife in Swannage is willing to have sex with schoolboys and when the trio of drunk students tell him about Dutch student Heike wanting to have sex with younger guys.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Evil is a strong word, but most of the time, Jay isn't actually nicer than school bully Donovan - the main difference simply is that Jay is too big of a coward to use violence. His jerkassery is played more for laughs than Donovan's, though, but except for his very few Pet the Dog moments, he only seems to be part of the group by virtue of having known Simon since early childhood and being admired by Neil who is stupid enough to believe in his lies.
    • There's also the fact the lads are clearly aware of Jay's Freudian Excuse - Simon even accuses Jay of being scared of his Dad in the movie. Donovan on the other hand mostly seems to act like a dick For the Lulz.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • What You Are in the Dark: When he talks alone with Big John in the sixth episode, he shows a surprisingly nice side of himself and even seems to find John sympathetic. However, when others are around, he doesn't miss one chance to gravely insult John, especially about his weight - because the general consensus is that John is a loser.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A lot of his lies are to impress his Dad, but his Dad is Genre Savvy enough that he doesn't fall for it. Unfortunately, he then tends to respond to Jay's attention seeking by belittling him. This seems to create a Vicious Cycle - Jay tells more lies to impress his hard-to-please Dad, who as a result tries harder to puncture his son's inflated ego. It's not known whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Neil Sutherland

Played by Blake Harrison

  • Anything That Moves: He's not fussy about who he winds up with, which is probably why he's the first of the lads to lose his virginity.
  • Big Eater
  • The Big Guy
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It's hard to tell if he's this or simply so dumb he does mean things by mistake, but he's pulled some very dick moves over the course of the series.
  • Catch Phrase: He adopted saying "No problemo" in a shit Spanish accent for one episode, but dropped it afterwards.
    • He tends to say "behave" when the others say something that annoys him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Particularly when he goes on about how many things are drugs, starting with relatively sane things such as cigarettes and alcohol and moving on to stuff like trainers and clingfilm.
  • Completely Missing the Point: All the time.
  • Dancing with Myself: Does this at a Caravan Club party. Will admits that he's actually quite good.
  • The Ditz: Bordering on Too Dumb to Live
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Lyndsey.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Katie's Responsible. Not that being more responsible than Neil is hard.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic/Sanguine.
  • Gasshole: Of all the characters, he tends to fart the most. The second film establishes that he has Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Going Commando: Under his monkey costume at Thorpe Park, much to the disgust of the others. Neil counters that the monkey isn't naked- "he has a vest on!"
    • In the second movie, when dressed for a fancy dress part as Hermione Granger, he doesn't wear underwear either.
  • Hidden Depths: He's usually the first one who points out the flaws in Jay's Blatant Lies. He's also quite a good dancer.
  • Hot for Teacher: Has a crush on Miss Timms and makes a move on her at the end of the first series.
  • Kavorka Man: Not that he's "ugly" per se, just very stupid with lacking hygiene.
  • Likes Older Women: Not only Miss Timms but also the older women around Malia in The Movie. He hooks up with an older housewife in the second movie too.
  • Nice Guy: Neil can be annoying due to his stupidity, but he has almost no actual Jerkass moments compared to the other lads. He is also generally polite and is quick to comfort his friends in the "arm around the shoulder and kind words" way that the others would probably deem as too "bent" or girly. Although hooking up with a new girl in the movie and cheating on his current girlfriend with a transparent excuse, ignoring her when she was waiting for him at the airport when returning from Greece in the first movie is a definite contradiction.
  • The Pig Pen
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Being The Ditz means he's generally unable to grasp the concept of Will's wit.
  • Stupid Good

Recurring Characters

Mr Gilbert

Played by Greg Davies

  • Actor Allusion: Greg Davies really was a teacher before taking up acting.
  • Berserk Button: Seems to have one about being contradicted. Will being Will, he tends to do this a lot.
  • Brick Joke: In the series, he tells Will he'd like to get with his mother. In the second movie, he actually does.
  • Child Hater: He really seems like one at times.
  • Cool Old Guy: On holidays at least.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the biggest in the show.
  • Dean Bitterman
  • Do Not Call Me Phil: Especially not if you're Will.
  • I Banged Your Mom: In the second movie. He takes a sick pleasure in describing the act to Will.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Will thinks he's a good enough guy to help Neil out once (he thinks) he got a girl pregnant. He's wrong.
      • He does at least stop Mr. Kennedy from trying to molest Neil several times, so at least there's that.
      • In the Exam episode, he doesn't disqualify Jay for having his phone out, despite having every right to do so.
  • Large and in Charge: He's 6'8". Will once refers to him as "a lunatic giant."
  • Not So Different: Despite hating Will with passion most of the time, he genuinely agrees with him when Will argues that a fashion show is a stupid, unethical way to collect money for charity since only good-looking people are able to take part. However, he is still enough of an asshole to force Will to take care of the charity money anyways.
  • Pet the Dog: Neil mentions Gilbert takes him making a move on Ms. Timms after one too many beers quite well.
    • He also stops Paedo Kennedy from molesting Neil on a couple of occasions, even telling Kennedy that he's been putting his neck on the line for him.
  • Sadist Teacher / Apathetic Teacher: The former against students who have managed to personally annoy or insult him, especially Will. The latter against students in general.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Will gets on the wrong side of him on his first day and he never lets up at him, even after he leaves the school.

Carli D'Amato

Played by Emily Head

  • Alpha Bitch
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Girl Next Door
  • Love Interest: For Simon. It's pretty much one sided though.
  • Put on a Bus: Simon declares that he doesn't want to see her again at the end of the first movie, and he kept his word as she is not seen or even given the slightest mention in the second movie.
  • Satellite Character: Most of her characterisation revolves around Simon pining over her.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: She has vanished from the face of the earth in the second movie. While she was Put on a Bus at the end of the first movie for perfectly justifiable reasons, it's still a bit jarring as she was one of the most important characters of the show before with so many of the plots and sideplots being about Simon trying to win her heart.
  • The Tease: When Simon stops paying attention to her and starts getting interested in Lauren, all Carli has to do is compliment him and he instantly forgets all about Lauren.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She's a reasonably nice Girl Next Door in the first series, but later on appears to be just stringing Simon along and even using him to make other guys jealous when it suits her.

Charlotte Hinchcliffe

Played by Emily Atack

Mark Donovan

Played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes

  • Axe Crazy: Will refers to him as "the school psycho." Hash seems to make him "spread butter like a maniac."
  • The Bully
  • The Charmer: Gets away with his bullying because he's very polite and pleasant towards adults. (And girls.)
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He's threatened Will for being with Charlotte and is implied to have beaten Patrice to a pulp for sleeping with her.
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: None of the protagonists are physically inclined, so Donovan can pretty much get away with screwing with them without retaliation.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Beats up Patrice for sleeping with Charlotte.

Big John

Played by John Seaward

  • Butt Monkey
  • The Danza
  • Fat Idiot
  • Hidden Depths: When he sees Will being grappled by Donovan at the Christmas party, he doesn't even hesitate before yelling at Donovan to put him down, which gets the whole school year to stick up for Will and Donovan to back off.
  • Kavorka Man: Is seen at a house party with his hand on a girl's breast.
  • The Pig Pen
  • Straw Loser: He often appears when the four main characters seem to be complete losers to point out that they are actually not at the bottom of the hierarchy (there is a reason they're called "inbetweeners" - they're not really losers, at least not if they pull themselves together, but they are surely not popular either), because guys like John are much worse off.
    • However, it's inverted in the episode "Will's Birthday" where the fact that even John is invited to a party shows how uncool the four main characters are.
      • Although, when confronted, the girl in question says the only reason she didn't invite the lads simply because she didn't know them that well.

Polly McKenzie

Played by Belinda Stewart-Wilson

  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Will "petal" a few times, often in front of his mates.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
  • Brainless Beauty: As of the second movie. While she's always had a certain cluelessness she has clearly taken a Level In Dumbass, accidently flashing everyone her cleavage while trying to adjust her webcam amongst other things.
  • Buxom Is Better
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
  • Genre Savvy: Knows perfectly well the text she got from Will's phone sent by Neil wasn't written by Will, so she simply tells him she's happy he got there safely.
  • Guess Who I'm Marrying?: Gets engaged to Mr Gilbert by the end of the second movie.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Every character who's met her, particularly at the school, comments on her general physical attractiveness. This has spilled over into the fandom as well.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Implied initially by the lads since Will can beat her at the Wii. In the second movie, she's unable to use Skype properly despite Will having instructed her several times.
  • My Beloved Smother: She worries about Will a little too much at times to embarrassing levels.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Mr Gilbert.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Will goes anywhere with his mates, she goes off to get him a jumper.
  • Stacy's Mom: Everybody, from the school psycho to the head of sixth form, has a thing for her. The lads always make comments about her, much to Will's chagrin.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Her attempts to comfort Will usually have her accidentally insulting him, but she does try.

Kevin Sutherland

Played by Alex McQueen

Alan Cooper

Played by Martin Trenaman

Terry Cartwright

Played by David Schaal

John "Paedo" Kennedy

Played by Waen Shepherd

Tara Brown

Played by Hannah Tointon

  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In her first appearance, she's fairly witty.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Around Simon she goes much more giddy, even giving him a ridiculous makeover.
  • Second Love: Simon's first actual girlfriend, but meets her while he's chasing after Carli.
  • Yoko Oh No: In universe, Will sees her as this. The lads get annoyed that he spends more time with her than them.

Film Characters


Played by Laura Haddock


Played by Tamla Kari


Played by Lydia Rose Bewley


Played by Jessica Knappett


Played by Theo James

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Provided they don't have poo on their noses.
  • Jerkass: The main things he does in the movie is running over Simon's leg with a scooter (pretending it was an accident), conning Simon out of his clothes to humiliate him, threatening Jay (who was just trying to make friends with him) to beat him up, insulting Jane for being fat, and forcing Jay to give him a note so that he can sniff cocaine.


Played by Theo Barklem-Biggs


Played by Lauren O'Rourke

Katie Evans

Played by Emily Berrington

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In spite of the fact that Ben is a complete asshole, she can't help but be physically attracted to him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A case could be made for this, as she's stringing Will along while carrying on with Ben in an on/off relationship, despite the fact that she despises him.
  • Genki Girl: She's highly energetic and gets even moreso with alcohol.
  • The Tease: She is constantly kissing Will, even though she has a thing going on with Ben.
  • Remember the New Guy: She was at school with Will before he transferred to Rudge Park. She doesn't quite count as a New Old Flame, as they were never together, but Will does mention that she was his first love.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She constantly wears hot pants, when she isn't outright stripped down to just a bikini.

Ben Thornton-Wild

Played by Freddie Stroma

  • Hipster: He's got the whole anti-mainstream thing going for him, especially during his Establishing Character Moment when he thinks that having medical supplies on a tough trek is too touristy.
  • Jerkass: He berates Will for simply trying to introduce himself. Katie doesn't even like him, but can't help but be attracted to him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He shows off his ripped physique for much of the film.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: His dreadlocks. Will calls him out on being white and blond, noting that dreadlocks make him look pretentious.
  • Romantic False Lead: Subverted. He has all the makings of this, but Katie chooses him over Will after he calls them out.