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Richard Sharpe

Played By: Sean Bean

A rifleman in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. The series dramatises Sharpe's struggle for acceptance and respect from his fellow officers and from the men he commands. Sharpe was born a guttersnipe in the rookeries of London. Commissioned an officer on the battlefield, he overcomes class in an army where an officer's rank is often bought. Unlike many of the officers with whom he serves, Sharpe is an experienced soldier. Described as "brilliant but wayward" and a "loose cannon".

  • Action Dad: During Sharpe's Company and Sharpe's Enemy, where Teresa has his daughter. After Teresa dies in Sharpe's Enemy, Sharpe never sees his daughter again.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Sharpe is described as having dark hair and blue eyes. In contrast, Sean Bean has light hair and blue eyes.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the Good Is Not Nice variety.
  • Badass in Charge: The Leader of the Chosen Men and a dangerous combatant.
  • Batman Gambit: Runs one in the closing minutes of Sharpe's Enemy. He tells Colonel Dubreton and his wife that he has horse (cavalry), foot and artillery. He knows the arrogant Ducos will be dismissive of this, which comes as a surprise to the French soldiers sent to take Adrados and they are beaten back by volleys of rifle fire, fake cavalry and rocket artillery.
  • Battle Trophy: If Sharpe kills a French Colonel with suitably big feet, he'll take their boots for himself. It's for pragmatic reasons: the shoes the British issue are terrible by comparison.
    • Considers taking Loup's Klingenthal sword as one in Sharpe's Sword, but opts against it.
  • Berserk Button: He has a few.
    • Don't dishonor him.
    • Don't mistreat women.
    • Don't harm his men.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His career defining moment in both books and tv series is to save Arthur Wellesley's (the future Duke of Wellington) life. In the books, it's at the Battle of Assaye, from approximately five Mahratha soldiers. In the tv series, it's from three French cavalrymen in Sharpe's Rifles.
  • BFS: Alongside his rifle, Sharpe wields a 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword.
  • Book Dumb: Played with. In the beginning of the series, Sharpe has exactly the level of education expected of a man of his background and class (none). He learns to read after sharing a cell and a Bible page in India with William Lawford for three months. Even then, he sees no real reason to get an education, in the tv series, until he gets married and commissioned. At that point he seems to realise that the Officer and a Gentleman thing is probably going to stick, and he can't embarrass his wife by being a brute. After this, he becomes an avid reader, and is occasionally shown swapping books with The Smart Guy Harris.
    • In the books, he remains relatively uneducated, but still winds up as a fluent speaker of French and Spanish.
  • The Bully: But only if you're Obadiah Hakeswill, who is even worse than him.
  • Call to Agriculture: Occasionally expresses a desire in the books to get a small farm and settle down after he leaves the army.
  • The Captain: For most of the Peninsular War books, he either has the rank or functions in the role. He later upgrades to Majorly Awesome and, finally, Colonel Badass.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: As a soldier raised from the ranks and not a gentleman by birth, Sharpe fits the Sergeant Rough mold to most of his commanding officers, who are typically of the gentry class and bought their commissions, despite his rank being higher than a sergeant.
  • Cartwright Curse: Until Lucille, Sharpe has little to no luck with women and is his own worst enemy in that field.
  • Chick Magnet: Being Tall, Dark, and Handsome, and interestingly scarred, he tends to be magnetically attractive to women.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's just as likely to uses his fists and feet in a Sword Fight as much as his sword. Case in point his duel with La Marquesa's husband.
    Sharpe: We've played by your rules. Now, we'll play by mine. (Cue Groin Attack)
  • Cool Sword: His 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword, given by Captain Murray. After it gets broken in Sharpe's Sword, Harper makes him a new one.
  • The Dreaded: Sharpe is regarded as one of the most dangerous men in the British Army after taking a French Eagle at Talavera, and gets significant Villain Respect from the French (as is sometimes noted, he's occasionally respected more by the French than his own side). By the end of the series, he is responsible for 182 onscreen deaths. And that's just the tv series - the book version has a much higher kill-tally.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Occasionally when he has to teach regiments to fight. And he's not even a sergeant - though he used to be.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Depressingly prone to this, as Hogan lampshades - for all Sharpe's grouchy mannerisms, he's very prone to jumping on the metaphorical white charger and thunder off looking for ladies to rescue.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sharpe has prominent scars on his back from a sentence to 2000 lashes (of which only 200 were done). He often takes his shirt off with his back to the viewers. In the books, he also has a scar that gives him a mocking expression, save for when he smiles.
  • Happily Married: He and Teresa were this before her death.
    • And again with Lucille at the end of the series.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Teresa's death.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite sneering at most aristocratic pretensions, he takes this very seriously, and ends up in many duels as a result.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both the book and TV versions, though it's more prominent in the latter case.
    Marie-Angelique: You are a good man, Richard, whatever you would have the world think.
  • The Lancer: To the Duke of Wellington, acting as Wellington's attack dog. Wellington's main solution to any particularly difficult problem is to have Sharpe and his men deal with it, be it destroying a bridge or putting down a small army of renegades, training a group of Irish soldiers who are angry and resentful, etc.
  • Made of Iron: He takes a great amount of damage over the series, mostly sword slashes and shots to the leg, but he gets shot in the gut in Sharpe's Sword. And that's not going into the scars on his back from 200 lashes.
  • Majorly Awesome: Spends most of the TV series at the rank of major and he is one of the best in the British Army.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Poorly educated and blunt though he may be, he has a knack for manipulating people when he wants to.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Just look at how often Sean Bean shows up on that page. Shirtless Scenes in spades.
    • Hogan lampshades it during Sharpe's Eagle:
    Hogan: Sharpe?
    Sharpe: Yes sir?
    Hogan: Stop showing off, Sharpe.
  • Oop North: Sean Bean's Sheffield accent is on prominent display, despite the fact that Sharpe is canonically a Londoner. Bean's performance was so impressive, however, that Cornwell (who was still writing the books, including ones about Sharpe's backstory) established that Sharpe spent time in Sheffield during his teens before joining the army.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: To an extent, though perhaps less than one would expect from a 19th century soldier. For example: "You boneheaded Paddy."
  • Pragmatic Hero: Sharpe is, in every instance where women aren't involved, ruthlessly practical.
  • Rank Up: Happens numerous times through the series, starting with a promotion from sergeant to lieutenant in Sharpe's Rifles, from lieutenant to captain in Sharpe's Eagle, from captain to major in Sharpe's Enemy, and from major to lieutenant colonel in Sharpe's Waterloo.
  • Refuge in Audacity: During the books version of Sharpe's Gold, he needs to get the titular gold out of Almeida, as it is pretty much required to keep the British Army in the Peninsular. However, his enemy, Colonel Jovellanos (a Spanish partisan looking to use it to set up his own fiefdom), has successfully faked orders saying otherwise, which the British garrison commander believes. Almeida is one of the largest, strongest, and most secure fortresses in Portugal, bristling with defences. So what does Sharpe do? He blows up Almeida. note 
  • Self-Made Man: A military version, which brings him trouble from more aristocratic officers who have bought their commissions rather than earning them.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Has a very low opinion of this type of punishment, given his own experience and the fact that it leads to desertion rather than discipline.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's not a particularly skilled swordsman, but makes up for it by fighting dirty and beating down his opponents with overpowering attacks.
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: His uniform is cobbled together and worn out, with holes and missing braiding and buttons, as a way of showing that he's a poor soldier who earned his commission rather than a gentleman wealthy enough to purchase his position and a properly tailored uniform.
  • Weapon of Choice: In addition to his Baker Rifle, he also uses a 1796 heavy cavalry sabre for fighting in close quarters. He prefers, and is much more skilled with, the rifle. Not only is the pairing very effective in combat as the cavalry sword is able to power through lighter officer swords and the rifle has more range and accuracy than either a musket or a pistol, but they serve as a reminder of the character's humble beginnings and where he is now. The rifle isn’t that humble, to be honest, as all officers of the 95th historically carried them instead of more common pistols.
  • Working-Class Hero: He's a great officer because he fought his way up from the ranks, defeating prejudice from the aristocrat-dominated officer corps who know far less about what warfare is like for the common soldier. Because of this Sharpe focuses on what he knows is important from his battlefield experience instead of getting hung up on theory like the book-taught officers. However, this trope is subverted in one way—Sharpe has a great respect for the upper-class William Lawford, who taught him how to read while they were imprisoned together in India.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Even though he's married to Teresa, Sharpe sleeps with other women - in the books, Helene Leroux a.k.a. La Marquesa, while also flirting with Josephina, in the tv series, Isabella, a former flame and married to an English aristocrat. He feels thoroughly guilty about both. And then Teresa is shot - in the books, while chasing down Hakeswill, in the tv series trying to save Isabella from being raped by Hakeswill - and dies.



Sgt. Patrick Harper

Played By: Daragh O'Malley

Harper is a large, fierce-seeming man from Donegal, Ireland, recruited in the early years of the 19th century into the British Army and eventually the 95th Rifle Regiment. He becomes one of Sharpe's closest friends and reliable companion, sharing most of his exploits and rising in rank beside him to sergeant and regimental sergeant-major.

  • Action Dad: From Sharpe's Honour onward.
  • Adaptational Name Change: In the books, Harper's middle name is Augustine. In the TV series, it's Michael.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Harper is a large, blond man in the books. In the episodes, he's a large, dark-haired man.
  • An Axe to Grind: Wields a hatchet during the assault on Badajoz in Sharpe's Company.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't insult his Irish ancestry. He gives Sharpe a Death Glare when he calls him a "boneheaded Paddy" in Sharpe's Rifles. When Obadiah Hakeswill calls him a "filthy Irishman" in Sharpe's Company, Harper has to be restrained by Sharpe.
    • Don't be an Irishman who can't keep his gun in half-decent order. Ain't that right, O'Rourke?
    Harper: I'm ashamed and disgusted, so I am, that an Irishman can't keep his gun in half decent order. Jesus, you wouldn't kill an Englishman with that, never mind a bloody Frenchman!
  • BFG: Harper's primary weapon from Sharpe's Company onward is a Nock gun, a heavy weapon with seven barrels, essentially a colossal sawn-off shot-gun. It was a gift from Sharpe.
  • The Blacksmith: In Sharpe's Sword when Sharpe's sword is broken in battle.
  • Blown Across the Room: Anyone on the receiving end of Harper's Nock Gun will end up like this. Oftentimes, Harper can kill three men at a time when firing.
  • Combat Pragmatist: For one thing, grabbing Sharpe's balls in a fight in Sharpe's Rifles.
  • Death Glare: When Sharpe calls him a "boneheaded Paddy."
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe has to beat the stuffing out of Harper to gain his respect enough to follow him on their first mission together after the captain of the company dies.
  • Fighting Irish: He's Irish and highly effective in combat, particularly with the Nock Gun.
  • Happily Married: To Isabella/Ramona (Isabella in the books, Ramona in the series), in contrast to Sharpe (in the tv series. He's Happily Married in the books).
  • Improvised Weapon: Kills a French cavalryman during Sharpe's Rifles by shooting a ramrod into his throat.
  • It's Personal: Toward the four traitorous Irish Company soldiers in Sharpe's Battle. During the Final Battle, Harper seeks them out and kills them all.
  • The Lancer: Sharpe's close friend and second-in-command.
  • Overly Long Name: Not him but his son, Patrick Jose Hagman Cooper Harris Perkins Harper.
  • Perma-Stubble: Harper typically has a day’s worth of stubble. He has to shave it for a disguise in Sharpe's Regiment.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one in the closing minutes of Sharpe's Battle after O'Rourke, the traitorous Royal Irish Company soldier who murdered Perkins.
  • Sergeant Rock: After he and Sharpe become friends.
  • The Starscream: During Sharpe's Rifles, he tries to lead a mutiny against Sharpe a little less than halfway through.
  • Token Minority: Of the Chosen Men, he's the only one who's not from England.
  • Weapon of Choice: He uses a Nock gun, a seven-barrelled musket developed in limited numbers by the Royal Navy; the gun has understandably immense firepower, especially at close range and with it, ridiculous recoil (in real life the British found the gun was Cool, but Inefficient as it was very heavy, very slow to reload and it would even often injure the operator by breaking or dislocating their shoulder; Harper never experiences this issue).


Daniel Hagman

Played By: John Tams
The oldest Chosen Man and the best shot, Hagman was a successful poacher until a run in with the law forced a change a career path into the army.

  • The Big Guy: Of the quiet, skilled type.
  • Boom, Headshot!: His fate in Sharpe's Waterloo.
  • Chaste Hero: Hagman is the only Chosen Man who doesn't have any particular romantic interests.
  • Creator Cameo: John Tams, who played Hagman, composed much of the music for the series.
  • Delivery Guy: He and Harris share this role for Harper's wife Ramona during the tv version of Sharpe's Honour, which includes a scene where he and Harris argue over what position Ramona should be in to deliver the baby. Hagman says Ramona should be on all fours, Harris thinks she should be in a crab position. Hagman wins.
  • Friendly Sniper: Hagman is the best shot and a pleasant man to be around, who acts as a mentor to the younger riflemen, particularly Perkins.
  • Hat Damage: Sharpe tests Hagman's skills when they first meet by throwing his shako up in the air and Hagman quickly shoots it.
  • Old Soldier: Hagman is the oldest of the Chosen Men.
  • Oop North: Hagman hails from Cheshire.
  • Rank Up: Promoted to Sergeant for Sharpe's Waterloo.
  • Sniper Duel: In Sharpe's Siege, as he and a French sniper shoot the Compte de Marquerre as he returns from a parley.



Played By: Jason Salkey
Formerly a teacher, now serving as a Chosen Man as a result of some bad debts.

  • Back for the Finale: After being absent for Sharpe's Revenge and Sharpe's Justice, he returns in Sharpe's Waterloo. Winds up being Back for the Dead.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Harris has the most educational skills of the Chosen Men, but was a "courtier to my Lord Bacchus and an unremitting debtor."
  • Cultured Badass: Harris is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as poetry. In Sharpe's Sword, he is given the job of decoding a message and in Sharpe's Mission, he gets the better of a man trying to seduce Jane Gibbons by point out the flaws in his knowledge.
  • Delivery Guy: He and Hagman share this role for Harper's wife Ramona during Sharpe's Honour, which includes a scene where he and Hagman argue over what position Ramona should be in.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted; Harris doesn't lose his temper that much.
  • Frame-Up: Framed for the murders of three Gypsies in Sharpe's Mission, though he is cleared.
  • I Am Very British: Speaks with an RP accent.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His fate in Sharpe's Waterloo, while charging to rescue Hagman.
  • Only One Name: Only ever known as Harris. Hagman lampshades it when he asks about his name.
    • Word of God gives his name as Benjaminnote 
  • Refuge in Audacity: During Sharpe's Sword, Harris is in the library looking for a book that could serve as a key for a message he's trying to decode. When Sir Henry Simmerson asks him what he's doing, Harris replies that he's looking for a book to wipe his butt.
  • The Smart Guy: Harris can read and write in French and Spanish, which comes in handy a few times. There's a subplot in Sharpe's Sword where he's trying to decode a message.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Harris is sometimes seen with a pair of spectacles and is the resident Smart Guy.
  • Warrior Poet: He's the closest thing the series has to this trope. In Sharpe's Sword, he's involved in a lengthy sub-plot were he must find a copy of Voltaire's Candide in order to find a French spy. Besides that, he's one of the few literate members of The Squad, and Sharpe often gets a lot of esoteric information from him, whether he wants it or not.


Francis Cooper

Played By: Michael Mears
A former thief who chose to join the Army instead of gaol note , hanging or transportation.

  • Put on a Bus: Disappears after being wounded in Sharpe's Gold, but shows up again as the narrator of Sharpe: The Legend.
    • It was originally intended for him to return, but Michael Mears was busy with other projects.
  • The Sneaky Guy: A former thief, Cooper can do such things as pick locks.
  • Sticky Fingers: Which makes him useful for scrounging.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall, thin, dark-haired, and always ready with a quick line that leaves Sharpe, himself a Deadpan Snarker, wordless for reply.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Shoots a British spy dressed up as a French soldier in Sharpe's Company.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Refers to himself in the past as a "trader... in property and the like."
    Sharpe: Would that be other people's property, Cooper?


Isaiah Tongue

Played By: Paul Trussell

A Chosen Man with a Mysterious Past.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the books, Tongue is the educated Rifleman with an alcohol problem, similar to Harris. In the TV series, Tongue doesn't know much other than the Bible and being the group sentry.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Tongue has a tendency to quote the Bible and Harper refers to him as a Bible-thumper in Sharpe's Eagle. For example, he says "Oh woe unto them who rise up early and follow strong drink all day" when Sharpe has to call the Chosen Men away from a whole day of "whoring."
  • *Click* Hello: His first action in the series is to pull a gun on Sharpe.
  • Mysterious Past: Tongue doesn't know anything of his past apart from being in the Army and a foundling home.
  • Never Bareheaded: Always seen wearing a cloth atop his head.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Never shown smiling.
  • The Quiet One: Tongue doesn't speak much and has to be told to speak up at one point.
  • Sensor Character: Tongue has the best eyes and ears in the group, serving as the group sentry.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Tongue is absent from the series after Sharpe's Eagle. At least Cooper has an excuse due to injury.


Ben Perkins

Played By: Lyndon Davies

The youngest of the Chosen Men.

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Perkins is the youngest of the Chosen Men.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Perkins earned his place in the Chosen Men when he saved Sharpe from Colonel De L'Eclin in Sharpe's Rifles.
  • Butt-Monkey: As the youngest of the Chosen Men, he usually gets the most humiliations, like getting taken hostage by Teresa, Disguised in Drag, getting a Tap on the Head from Hakeswill which leads to Teresa getting killed) and having his Love Interest fall victim to the Cartwright Curse before his own death.
  • Cartwright Curse: The only woman he's interested in dies terribly, and he dies not long after.
  • The Chick: The youngest and least experienced of the Chosen Men.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Harper mentions he's an orphan in Sharpe's Eagle.
  • Death by Irony: Perkins is the only Chosen Man left standing in a melee where the rest are gunned down. Then it turns out the Chosen Men were Faking the Dead. In the ensuing shootout, Perkins is murdered by O'Rourke, making him the first Chosen Man to die onscreen.
  • Disguised in Drag: The other Chosen Men use him dressed up in Ramona's best dress as a Trojan Prisoner gambit in Sharpe's Enemy to infiltrate a fort held by an army of renegades.
  • Famous Last Words: "I'm sorry, Sarge!"
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Speared by O'Rourke, a traitorous member of the Spanish Royal Irish Company, in Sharpe's Battle.
  • Playing Sick: When the Chosen Men infiltrate another fort to rescue Sharpe from Ducos, Perkins pretends to be a cholera infectee, complete with groaning.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The first Chosen Man to be confirmed as dead, dying about halfway through the series.
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only other member of the 95th Rifles, aside from the Chosen Men, to survive an ambush that wipes out the other 95th Rifles in Sharpe's Rifles.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Miranda, a girl he rescued from pillaging French troops.
  • Teens Are Short: Perkins is the youngest (he's a drummer boy in the book version ofSharpe's Rifles) and shortest of the Chosen Men.
  • Together in Death: With Miranda. They're buried in the same grave.

Allies-British Officers

    The Duke of Wellington 

Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Played By: David Troughton (Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Eagle), Hugh Fraser (Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Enemy, Sharpe's Honour, Sharpe's Gold, Sharpe's Battle, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Mission, Sharpe's Waterloo, Sharpe's Challenge, Sharpe's Peril)
Commander of the British and Portuguese forces in Spain and a reluctant patron of Sharpe.

  • Berserk Button: Do not try to shift blame with him.
  • Big Good: Most of Sharpe's orders come from him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: His icy demeanour only tends to melt in the presence of attractive women - which is not especially surprising, since the real Duke of Wellington was a notorious flirt.
  • Four-Star Badass: He doesn't often fight, but he can, and actually rather well. He's also willing to stray dangerously close to the French lines when needed, and remains icy calm.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's often abrupt, abrasive, and cold with those around him, including Sharpe - who he finds both immensely useful and a repeated pain in the neck owing to his tendency to, as Wellington puts it, "wage private wars behind my back!" However, he does have his kinder moments.
  • Historical Domain Character: See The Duke of Wellington.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's abrasive, but will stick his neck out to help Sharpe, if he can afford to - however, this is partly because he regards Sharpe as useful, and he's also entirely willing to cut Sharpe loose if doing so is necessary. Sharpe, a Pragmatic Hero himself, tends not to take it personally.
  • Pet the Dog: In the books, at the end of Sharpe's Enemy, after Teresa's death, he takes a moment after Sharpe has reported to him to say, somewhat awkwardly, "All things pass."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an epic one to Simmerson when the latter attempts to shift blame for losing the King's Colours, one of a regiment's standards, touched by King George's hand.
    Simmerson: The fault was not mine sir. Major Lennox must answer.
    Wellington: Major Lennox ANSWERED WITH HIS LIFE, as you should have done if you had any sense of honour! You lost the colours of the King of England. You disgraced us, sir, you've shamed us, sir! You will answer.
  • Self-Made Man: Much like Sharpe, he started from the bottom and reached high rank, earning him no end of contempt from his peers. Of course 'bottom' was a relative term - while he wasn't born into the very highest ranks of the aristocracy, he was still an aristocrat. His high-flying career was only possible because of his aristocratic origins and connections. Nobody not born into the gentry could ever hope to attain commands such as those Wellesley was given, and the only thing that truly distinguished Wellesley from other noblemen given command as a favour rather than on merit was that he proved to have actual talent when it came to command.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Described, pretty accurately, as a cold and ruthlessly efficient Technician, in comparison to the usual Performer flair of Napoleon and his marshals, with one French observer comparing the two as being like ice and fire.


Major Hogan

Played By: Brian Cox
Wellesley's aide and liaison with Sharpe.

  • The Chessmaster: As Wellington's spy master, this is his usual job.
    • Arranges for Sir Henry Simmerson to botch a mission at Val de la Casa.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the TV series, he disappears after Sharpe's Eagle, to be replaced by Nairn, Munroe and Ross.
  • Double Meaning: What he said Wellington told him about Sir Henry Simmerson. "'Hogan', says he, 'the South Essex is a sight to make you shiver.'" (Well shiver because they're woefully incompetent until Sharpe gets there).
  • The Engineer: One of his functions.
  • Functional Addict: Is seen taking snuff quite frequently, but is unimpeded by its use.
  • Number Two: Considered this for Wellesley.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He feigns ignorance and appears dim-witted to lull his enemies into a false sense of security.
  • Oireland: Considers himself, Wellesley and Harper to be the three Irish men standing between Bonaparte and Britain.


Major Dunnet

Played By: Julian Fellowes
Sharpe's first commanding officer.
Appears In: Sharpe's Rifles

  • Character Death: Cut down by Colonel D'Eclin in an ambush.
  • Death by Adaptation: The books version is captured in an ambush and later reappears for Sharpe's Waterloo. Here, he is cut down by D'Eclin and dies on the spot.
  • Fat Idiot: Dunnet is rather heavyset and sets up his camp in an open field, which becomes a great spot for an ambush.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Dunnet is the first of many snobbish commanding officers Sharpe has to contend with.


Captain Murray

Played By: Tim Bentinck
Executive Officer to Major Dunnet and second in command of the Rifle company. While Dunnet treats Sharpe with contempt due to the junior officer’s being made up from the ranks, Captain Murray immediately recognizes Sharpe’s bravery and battlefield skill and respects him as one of their own. The reverence with which Harper and the others talk about him indicates a mutual respect between Murray and the enlisted men.
Appears In: Sharpe's Rifles

  • A Father to His Men: Murray is highly respected by the men under his command. He seems to care about them, even though he is a gentlemen and they are working-class commoners. When Murray dies, the rest try to desert.
  • Almost Dead Guy: How we see Murray for most of his on-screen time. He spends his dying moments passing on advice to Sharpe, who is severely out of his element as an officer brought up from the ranks, on how to lead his men like an officer should. He then passes on his sword, says his last words, and dies with a final gasp.
  • The Captain: Even though he is junior to Dunnet, Murray clearly is the more competent and well-behaved officer.
  • Character Death: Slashed across the chest during the French attack that virtually wipes out the rest of Sharpe’s company. He dies soon afterwards.
  • Cool Sword: Carries a 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword, which he later passes on to Sharpe.
    Murray: I want you to have my sword. Maybe if the men see you carrying it…
    Sharpe: They’ll think I’m a proper officer?
    Murray: No. They’ll think I liked you.

  • Last Words: “Bloody silly place to die.”
  • Number Two: As executive officer, he is considered this to Dunnet.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: In the most British sense of the word. Murray is of the upper-class and knows that Sharpe is not, but tries to encourage Sharpe to not let social status get in the way of good leadership.
    Murray: Don’t be too hard on the men, Sharpe. How can I say this without offense? You see, the lads don’t like an officer who comes from the ranks. They want an officer to be privileged, to be set apart from them. Touched by grace. They think of you as one of them, as one of the damned.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: Murray says almost this exact thing to Sharpe.
    Murray: Sorry to be so much trouble.
  • Take Up My Sword: Gives his sword to Sharpe while dying of his wounds.


Major Nairn

Played By: Michael Byrne
Dour, Scottish and secretive, another one of Wellington's spymasters.
Appears In: Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Enemy, Sharpe's Honour

  • Composite Character: Takes Major Hogan's role in Sharpe's Company and Sharpe's Honour.
  • Death Faked for You: Fakes Sharpe's death in Sharpe's Honour so he can investigate La Marquesa's claims.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Sharpe's Enemy when he learns Ducos is operating in the area of Adrados because he knows that Ducos is trouble.


Captain William Frederickson

Played By: Philip Whitchurch
Older and grittier than Sharpe, Frederickson commands the Royal American Rifles, a unit raised in America and left over from the Revolutionary war, with only one actual American, Thomas Taylor, left among their ranks.
Appears In: Sharpe's Enemy, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Revenge

  • Bald of Awesome: Under his wig of horse hair.
  • Cultured Badass: Frederickson has some pretty solid badass credentials, none of which are diminished in the slightest by his tendency to seek out Spanish churches to admire the architecture, sketch the landscapes they are marching through in pencil and read every poem in his immediate vicinity.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch over his left eye, which appears to be dead.
  • Facial Horror: "I'm not smiling, sir. A musket ball broke my jaw. I have false teeth. The sawbone stuck on the smile for free, sir."
  • Game Face: When fighting, he removes his false teeth, wig and eyepatch.
  • Genius Bruiser: Frederickson is a capable combatant and military leader, and deliberately cultivates his fearsome apperance. He is also fluent in German and conversant in French and Spanish, an aspiring lawyer and a great lover of art, poetry and architecture, and spends his time off making landscape sketches in pencil and discussing politics with American expats and French prisoners.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Sweet William".
    • Genius Bonus: To add a layer to the irony "Sweet William" is a stock character from English folk ballads, who is generally about equal parts a male version of The Ingenue and the innamorato from Commedia dell'Arte... none of which is applicable to Captain Frederickson.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Facial injuries aside, he collects perfect teeth from French dead, and plans to have a full set made.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Due to the Facial Horror he's received.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Described as a misogynist, even by the standards of the time, though it's downplayed, as we rarely actually see him interact with women (he usually appears on the front-line). He does actually fall for a woman, Lucille, eventually - though women are rarely charmed by A Credit To Your Race attitudes and she likes Sharpe better.


Lord Benedict, Earl of Kiely

Played By: Jason Durr
A young aristocrat in command of the Royal Irish Company of Spain.
Appears In: Sharpe's Battle

  • Adaptational Heroism: He's much more heroic (and likeable) in the TV version than his book counterpart (who, notably, is not married; and, rather than the TV version's Redemption Equals Death, is instead Driven to Suicide).
  • Colonel Badass: Kiely has the rank of colonel and he is a deadly combatant.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: He gets taken from behind by Loup and fatally stabbed in contrast to committing suicide in the book.
  • Duel to the Death: His first combat scene involves challenging one of Loup's men to single combat, which Kiely wins.
  • Famous Last Words: "You have killed me, sir."
  • Good Old Ways: Kiely is a strong believer in the glory of past war.
  • Honor Before Reason: Duels one of Loup's men in single combat, and refuses to strike the killing blow when he has the advantage.
  • Kick the Dog: He's quite a Jerkass to his wife, upbraiding her for her response to an insult made by Juanita, and blaming her for the death of their child.
    • He immediately changes his tune when he learns that she is pregnant.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last to bear the name of Kiely:
    "I am the last of my blood, Sharpe. When I die, the name dies with me."
    • The news of his wife's pregnancy subverts this.
  • Master Swordsman: Unlike your average Neidermeyer, Kiely is a highly effective swordsman.
  • Nobility Marries Money: His wife had money, he had the title.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Is a very capable fighter, but is untested in the field and cites the romanticised battles of legend, which sets him at odds with Sharpe.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: He is shocked by his wife handing out rifles to the Royal Irish Company soldiers.
    Kiely: Good God! What the hell does she think she's doing?
    Sharpe: Being a good wife. I don't see the Dona Juanita getting her hands dirty, do you?


Colonel Runciman

Played By: Ian McNeice
An ex-general and officer appointed by Wellington to accompany the Royal Irish Company and liaise between Sharpe and Kiely.
Appears In: Sharpe's Battle

  • Authority in Name Only: It's clear that unlike Sharpe and Lord Kiely, Runciman doesn't command any real authority over the men and is just along for the ride - a situation with which he's perfectly comfortable.
  • Big Eater: To the point where other soldiers actually take bets on how much he can eat.
  • Fat Bastard: Averted. Runciman is more or less harmless, pleasant enough to be around, and fairly well-meaning, which leads to Sharpe taking an odd liking to him. Granted, it helps that his fairly mild nature makes him easy for Sharpe to manipulate to his own ends, but even still.
  • Frontline General: Tries to be this, insisting that, as a general, he has to lead the men in battle. He only heads to bed when Sharpe promises to wake him.
  • Gasshole: "'Let the effusions out', Sharpe. That's what my doctor says."
  • Glory Days: Used to be Wagonmaster General, and is ready to remind you of that.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Manages to sleep through a battle.
  • Insistent Terminology: Prefers to be addressed as General Runciman, rather than Colonel.
  • Nice Guy: Somewhat. He's generally fairly harmless, Politically Incorrect Hero moments aside, and Sharpe comes to like him well enough that he does what he can to try and protect him from being used as a scapegoat in Sharpe's Battle - though it helps that the method through which he does so serves Sharpe's ends as well.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Holds a very low opinion of the Irish - which was pretty common at the time.
    "[The Irish] don't understand their own good luck. I mean, we go and we sort out their country, and all they do is froth at the maw and throw brickbats at us. I mean, there's no gratitude, Sharpe. None, but still, we have to be diplomatic. We have to treat these chaps as if they were English. Well, almost English."
  • Rank Up: After the events of Sharpe’s Battle, he is given the title of Baron.


Captain Jack Spears

Played By: James Purefoy
Handsome, devil-may-care reckless fool, Jack Spears is one of the few officers who genuinely befriends Sharpe as an equal. Spears has a title, but no money, so he does not see himself as any better than Sharpe, and Sharpe respects Jack's bravery as an Exploring Officer, riding behind enemy lines in full uniform so as not to be mistaken as a spy.
Appears In: Sharpe's Sword

    Prince George 

George Augustus Frederick, Prince Regent of the House of Hanover

Played By: Julian Fellowes
The heir to the British Empire and an admirer of Sharpe's exploits. Sharpe is summoned to attend him during his investigations for the missing reinforcements.
Appears In: Sharpe's Regiment

  • Adipose Rex: His corpulent figure is in keeping with his historical size circa 1813.
  • The Ghost: He is first mentioned in a letter read in Sharpe's Enemy.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To Sharpe, expressing his delight in meeting the Hero of Talavera.
  • Historical Domain Character: See The House of Hanover.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is not above mild ribbing at Sharpe's expense, he has nothing but admiration for him.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Despite never having set foot on a battlefield, he claims responsibility to great exploits and victories even in front of the very men who actually achieved them. Many encourage this, because they're licking his boots. Those who aren't actively toadying still play along because it doesn't hurt to have the Prince Regent's favor.
    Prince Regent: We were enveloped in flames! Were we not, Dick? Oh, that bloody day!
    Rossendale: He, uh, thinks he was there. Let him.
    Sharpe: We were, sir. Enveloped in flames.
    Prince Regent: [Gesturing towards his head] Every detail etched!


Major Septimus Pyecroft

Played By: Nigel Betts
A skilled demolitions expert, Septimus Pyecroft who takes an Exploring Officer position following a serious disfiguring injury. It is on one such exploration that he happens upon Zara, the only survivor of an attacked gypsy family.
Appears In: Sharpe's Mission

  • An Arm and a Leg: His left forearm ends in a hook hand.
  • Canon Foreigner: Sharpe's Mission was an original teleplay, not based on any original novel.
  • Demolitions Expert: This was his role before the accident. Wellington recruits him to fulfil it again.
  • Dramatic Unmask: To Zara.
  • Due to the Dead: Buries Zara's parents and commends them to the Lord.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His facial burns and his hook hand.
  • In the Hood: He wears a leather cowl to cover his burns.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He manages to coerce Pope into spilling Colonel Brand's plan to capture Ross by depositing a pouch of blast powder on him with a lit fuse eight minutes long.
  • Sadistic Choice: How Wellington recruits him; either help demolish the French powder magazine or be sent back to England, where children can point and stare at him. Pyecroft chooses the former.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was close friends with Major General Ross before the accident that burned him, for which he blames Ross. They reconcile in the end.

South Essex Regiment

An infantry regiment that Sharpe and the Chosen Men are assigned to in Sharpe's Eagle.


Lieutenant Colonel William Lawford

Played By: Martin Jacobs, Benedict Taylor
An elegant dandy, monied, fashionable, aristocratic and able to buy his promotions, William Lawford represents everything Sharpe hates about the British Army and the officer class. Except Sharpe likes his superior officer very much, and the feeling is quite mutual. Complete opposites, they forged a friendship that surpassed rank and class while stuck together in adversity in India on a mission to rescue Lawford's uncle, Hector McCandless. Sharpe kept Lawford alive and Lawford taught Sharpe how to read and write, using only one page of the bible while in the dungeons of the Tippoo.
Appears In: Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Regiment

  • An Arm and a Leg: Sharpe cuts off Lawford's arm to save his life in Sharpe's Company.
  • Bash Brothers: With Sharpe, to an extent as Colonel of the South Essex - while Harper tends to be by Sharpe's side in the actual fighting (though Lawford can and does fight), the two work together smoothly, on the grounds that they trust each other implicitly.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Sharpe's Regiment.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: The Captain Smooth to Sharpe's Sergeant Rough. This dynamic continues even though each rises past captain and sergeant, and suits them both perfectly - Lawford handles the politics (his ultimate ambition is to be a successful politician), and gives Sharpe free reign on the military side of things. In turn, Sharpe teaches Lawford how to be a soldier, and Lawford teaches the illiterate Sharpe how to read and write (required to be a commissioned officer in the British army) and something about politicking.
  • Odd Friendship: With Sharpe, given their completely different social classes. They are very very close, however, and Sharpe is highly thankful of Lawford teaching him how to read.
  • Put on a Bus: In Sharpe's Company, thanks to losing his arm.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Lawford and Sharpe have a lot of respect for each other despite Lawford having a lot of things that Sharpe despises about the upper class, and Sharpe being a rough-hewn gutter-rat.


Major Lennox

Played By: David Ashton
An old friend of Sharpe's who is one of the officers of the South Essex Regiment when Sharpe and the Chosen Men are assigned to it.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle

  • Brave Scot: An honorable, effective Scottish officer.
  • Brutal Honesty: He spares no words to Sharpe over what kind of commander Sir Henry Simmerson is.
    Lennox: But thank you for reminding me I was a damn good soldier. Now, wipe your boots. I'll take you to meet a damn bad one.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Ensign Denny's arms while talking to Sharpe.
  • Killed Off for Real: Cut down by French cavalry at the bridge at Valdelacasa.
  • Last Request: Asks Sharpe to seize an Imperial Eagle from the French Army to make up for losing the King's Colours.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Sharpe describes how he managed to rally a regiment to victory in India.
  • Old Soldier: He's the only member of Simmerson's staff who is a veteran.
  • Only Sane Man: Until his death a little more than halfway through Sharpe's Eagle.
  • Retirony: He was retired. Then his wife died, he had nothing else but the army and the South Essex was all he could get. Halfway through the episode, he is killed by French soldiers at Valdelacasa.
  • The Scapegoat: Attempted. Simmerson tries to pin the blame on Lennox for losing the King's Colours; since Lennox is dead, he can't defend himself. Since he was trying this on Wellington, who is nobody's fool and in a thoroughly foul mood to begin with, this goes poorly.


Captain Leroy

Played By: Gavan O'Herlihy
The son of an American Loyalist, Leroy has made his fortune in the slave trade, purchased a captain's commission in the South Essex.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle

  • Badass Mustache: A nice handlebar.
  • Cigar Chomper: Often seen smoking cigars.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When the Chosen Men jog ahead of the South Essex.
    Sir Henry: What the blazes?!
    Leroy: Quick time, sir. The Rifle Regiment only has two marches, quick time and dawdle.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: His family traded slaves, something he saw no problem continuing. Sharpe calls him on it.
    • This is a bit of Truth in Television as the average Englishman (such as Sharpe) at this time were deeply hostile to the slave trade (which by this point had been outlawed in Britain).
  • Demoted to Extra: In the books, Leroy appears in Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Company, and Sharpe's Honour where he is killed. In the TV series, he doesn't appear after Sharpe's Eagle.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Disapproves of Simmerson's flogging of white men, only for Simmerson to shout him down.
  • Insistent Terminology: He is not American; he is Virginian.
  • Only Sane Man: Takes this role after Lennox's death.
  • Token Enemy Minority: An American Loyalist officer in the British regular army at a time when England was still occasionally in direct conflict with the United States like The War of 1812. Though, since he specifically describes himself as being 'from Virginia' rather than America, he's not that much of an enemy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Sharpe out for leading Ensign Denny deep into French lines, all just to capture an Eagle. Sharpe returns the favour by calling Leroy out on his slave trading.


Ensign Denny

Played By: Nolan Hemmings
The young Ensign and lowest ranking officer in the South Essex.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle



Played By: Paul Bigley
A soldier in the South Essex.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle

  • Fainting: The first time his name is mentioned onscreen, he's shown fainting from over-exertion from drilling in the blazing sun.
  • Mook: Essentially a heroic version of one and manages to survive the Battle of Talavera.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After managing to fire off four shots in a minute, he collapses from fatigue and the effects of the 75 lashes he received that morning.
  • A Taste of the Lash: For losing consciousness, he is whipped 75 times.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is never seen again after Sharpe's Eagle.


Lieutenant Harry Price

Played By: Scott Cleverdon (Sharpe's Company), Nicholas Irons (Sharpe's Waterloo)
Harry is young, charming, bored and a drunkard. Not entirely cut out for army life, Harry survives in a blur of wine, women and song and pure luck. Harry manages to be amusing and sort of makes himself the regimental mascot. Even Sharpe grew terribly fond of the lad and indulged him.
Appears In: Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Waterloo?

  • The Alcoholic: His first scene involves getting drunk during the storming of Ciudad Rodrigo.
  • Composite Character: In the TV series, he takes the role of Robert Knowles, Sharpe's comrade who is sent to rescue Teresa and Antonia and is shot dead by Hakeswill.
  • Demoted to Extra: A semi-regular character in the books, only appears in Sharpe's Company and possibly Sharpe's Waterloo.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a very good singer.
  • One Steve Limit: A rather bizarre aversion. The Price in Sharpe's Company is shot dead by Hakeswill, but a similarly named character appears in Sharpe's Waterloo, played by a different actor.


Ensign Matthews

Played By: William Mannering
16 years old with weeks of experience, young Matthews follows Sharpe and Price around like a puppy.
Appears In: Sharpe's Company



Played By: Peter Gunn
A soldier in the South Essex. Has a wife named Sally and two children.
Appears In: Sharpe's Company

  • Action Dad: A soldier with two children.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Shot in the head while storming the breach at Badajoz.
  • Death by Adaptation: The books' version of Clayton manages to survive all the way to Sharpe's Waterloo. Here, he is killed at Badajoz.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's not particularly attractive, but his wife Sally is regarded as the prettiest wife of all the soldiers' wives.


Captain Peter D’Alembord

Played By: Edward Atterton
Dally is a handsome yet foppish young man who doesn't really seem suited to the army, yet there he is, sitting out a scandal in England that occurred as the result of a duel.
Appears In: Sharpe’s Honour

Foreign Allies

    Blas Vivar 

Major Blas Vivar, Count of Matamores

Played By: Simon Andreu
Enigmatica, deeply religious and deeply loyal to Spain, Vivar continues to fight the French after the defeat of Spain as a partisan.
Appears In: Sharpe's Rifles


Chef du Battalion (Colonel) Michel Dubreton

Played By: Francois Guetary
A French Colonel whose wife is captured by the group of deserters led by Pot-Au-Feu and Obadiah Hakeswill.
Appears In: Sharpe's Enemy

  • *Click* Hello: Greets Hakeswill with a cocked pistol as Hakeswill tries to rape Lady Farthingdale.
  • Colonel Badass: Holds the rank of Colonel and can hold his own against Sharpe.
  • Do with Him as You Will: Hands Hakeswill over to Sharpe after Hakeswill murders Teresa.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Sharpe against Pot-Au-Feu and Hakeswill.
  • Happily Married: To his wife Sarah. He brings the ransom for her himself, and would gladly storm the place where she's being held, save that his superiors won't allow him to risk so much for his British wife.


Father Curtis, aka El Mirador

Played By: John Kavanagh
This crafty little priest is Wellington's number one spy in Spain. Curtis fought with Spain against the British, but now fights with Britain and Spain against France.
Appears In: Sharpe's Sword

  • Badass Preacher: A Catholic priest and excellent duelist.
  • Blood Knight: After all these years, he still enjoys a good duel and is disappointed by Sir Henry Simmerson.
    Curtis: God forgive me, but I wish it had lasted longer.
  • Bully Hunter: Invoked. He defends Sharpe's love interest from the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Simmerson. Simmerson asks why the priest would care, since as an Irishman he should hate the English and support the French.
    John Bull's a bad neighbor, but Bonaparte's a bully, and so are you.
  • Cool Old Guy: He may be past his fighting days, but that doesn't mean he can't duel.
  • Fighting Irish: "I'm Irish. John Bull's a bad neighbor, but Bonaparte's a bully, and so are you."
  • Living MacGuffin: He is El Mirador, the number-one person on Napoleon Bonaparte's hit list.
  • The Spymaster: Wellington's best spy in Spain.

Sharpe's women

    Teresa Moreno 

Commandante Teresa Moreno

Played By: Assumpta Serna
A Spanish partisan (guerilla) and assassin who is Sharpe's first wife.
Appears in: Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Enemy

    Countess Josefina 

Josefina, Countess La Costa

Played By: Katie Caballero
A countess traveling with the South Essex Regiment. She is attached to Lieutenant Christian Gibbons, but is drawn to Sharpe.
Appears in: Sharpe's Eagle

  • Actually Pretty Funny: She's amused by the sight of Sharpe and the Chosen Men jogging past the South Essex.
  • Decomposite Character: Her character from the books is split into two: Josefina and Lady Isabella Farthingdale, who appears in Sharpe's Enemy.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She is attached to Gibbons, but is drawn to Sharpe for his sense of honor and dependability. At the end of the episode, she ends up with Captain Leroy, who is just as honorable and dependable.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Teresa's Tomboy in Sharpe's Eagle.
  • Widow Woman: Unlike the novel, where she is separated from her husband, it's mentioned in the TV series that her husband was killed at the Battle of Vimieiro.

    Lady Farthingdale 

Lady Isabella Farthingdale

Played By: Elizabeth Hurley
The wife of Sir Augustus Farthingdale, Lady Fartingdale is captured by an army of deserters led by Sharpe's Arch-Enemy Obadiah Hakeswill.
Appears in: Sharpe's Enemy

    La Marquesa 

La Marquesa

Played By: Alice Krige
A half-English, half-French wife of an aristocrat who is made by Ducos to write a letter to her husband that Sharpe tried to force himself on her.
Appears in: Sharpe's Honour

  • Dark Chick: For Ducos' group, as the only one who is female and more unwilling to participate in his scheme.
  • Damsel in Distress: After Sharpe is hanged (he's really Faking the Dead), she is captured by El Matarife and imprisoned at the convent by Father Hacha. Then after Sharpe wins the Battle of Vitoria, El Matarife captures her again and it's over her that the Duel to the Death decides.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: Married her husband on Napoleon's orders.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. She's Colonel Leroux's sister in the books, but there's no relation between them in the TV show.
  • She Knows Too Much: Why El Matarife and Father Hacha kidnapped her and imprisoned her in a convent.
  • Taking the Veil: More like "forced to take the veil" by El Matarife and Father Hacha.
  • Toplessness from the Back: While changing her clothes after Sharpe and Harper rescue her from a convent.

    Ellie Nugent 

Ellie Nugent

Played By: Jayne Ashbourne
The daughter of Wellington's cousin Beth, who are visiting Wellington while looking for Ellie's father.
Appears In: Sharpe's Gold

    Lady Kiely 

Lucy, Lady Kiely

Played By: Allie Byrne
The wife of Lord Benedict, Earl of Kiely.
Appears In: Sharpe's Battle

  • Canon Foreigner: Created for the TV version of Sharpe's Battle.
  • Cuckold: She knows that Lord Kiely is having an affair with Dona Juanita and wants him to end it, to the point of asking Sharpe to intervene and even offering to sleep with him. Sharpe refuses to sleep with her, but promises to speak to Lord Kiely.
  • Defiant Captive: She repeatedly refuses Loup's advances, smashing a bottle over his head and threatens to slash her own throat if he tries to rape her.
    Lady Kiely: You will not defile me, sir. On my child's life, you will not. I will do it, as God sees me.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: After Kiely learns she is pregnant, she is sent away from the fort, but is captured by traitorous members of the Irish Company so Loup can force Kiely to abandon Sharpe's men to die.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She miscarried her first pregnancy some time ago and her husband can barely look her in the face after that.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Lady Kiely may seem to be your average aristocrat's wife, but she's handy with a pistol and proves to be a Defiant Captive, as Loup found out the hard way.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband is killed by Loup at the end of the episode.
  • Women Are Wiser: Emotionally, she's stronger than her husband.



Played By: Emily Mortimer
Quiet and doll like, the novice is shocked into silence after witnessing the torture and murder of her priest and fellow nuns. She is found hiding in the woods by Sharpe and taken back to camp to be cared for by Ramona. Lass will not leave Sharpe's side and insists on sleeping with him, and finds herself unable to resist the temptation to touch his naked shoulder while he's trying to sleep.
Appears In: Sharpe's Sword

  • Attempted Rape: Sir Henry Simmerson tries to have his way with her at the end of Sharpe's Sword, only to be stopped by Father Curtis.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She puts a coin down Simmerson's throat.
  • Canon Foreigner: She was created for the TV series.
  • Clothing Damage: Simmerson cuts up her clothes a little when he tries to rape her.
  • Heroic BSoD: Spends most of the episode in one after watching the death of the priest and nuns.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Only ever known as the "Lass."
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Surprisingly considering that she spends most of the film silent due to trauma. When Simmerson attempts to cow her into doing as he pleases she initially goes along with it just long enough to pull his own gun on him and march him out of the library room.
  • Suddenly Voiced: When Sharpe's fever finally breaks.

    Jane Gibbons 

Jane Gibbons

Played By: Abigail Cruttenden
Sir Henry Simmerson's niece and Christian Gibbons' sister. Sharpe later marries her.
Appears In: Sharpe's Regiment, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Mission, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Justice, Sharpe's Waterloo

  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Napoleon in Sharpe's Waterloo. Napoleon is the main French threat, she's the personal threat to Sharpe.
  • Domestic Abuse: Simmerson is shown just about to whip her during Sharpe's Regiment.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Turns from an ally of Sharpe's to an enemy.
  • Lady Macbeth: In Sharpe's Waterloo you see a noticeable change in her outlook in regards to Sharpe. By the time of Sharpe's Waterloo, she's actively urging her lover to arrange Sharpe's death under the cover of battle.
  • The Unfavorite: Simmerson treats her pretty badly compared to Christian.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Sharpe with Lord John Rossendale.


Madame Lucille DuBert

Played By: Cécile Paoli
A French widow.
Appears In: Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Waterloo

  • Death by Adaptation: In a departure from the novels, Lucille dies offscreen before Sharpe's Challenge.
  • You Killed My Brother: Initially believes that Sharpe murdered her brother as part of Major Pierre Ducos' plot.

Antagonists - Imperial France

     Napoleon Bonaparte 

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French

Played By: Ron Cook
Emperor of the French and the overarching antagonist in the series.
Appears In: Sharpe's Honour, Sharpe's Waterloo

     Colonel De L'Eclin 

Colonel De L'Eclin

Played By: Malcolm Jamieson
A French cavalry commander who is determined to keep the Spanish people rising up against the French.
Appears In: Sharpe's Rifles

  • Backstab Backfire: Tries to shoot Sharpe in the back, but is shot by Perkins.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Sharpe's Rifles.
  • *Click* Hello: Greets Sgt. Williams with a cocked gun before the Man in Black strangles Williams.
  • Colonel Badass: De L'Eclin is a colonel and a deadly combatant with a sword.
  • Duel to the Death: Between him and Sharpe after Sharpe and the Chosen Men have decimated his garrison.
  • Green and Mean: An antagonist who wears green.
  • Hero Killer: De L'Eclin is personally responsible for the deaths of the two senior officers in the 95th, Major Dunnett and Captain Murray.
  • Offstage Villainy: Sharpe and the Chosen Men find the aftermath of a village massacred by De L'Eclin and his men.

     The Man in Black 

The Man in Black

Played By: Anthony Hyde
A mysterious man in dark civilian clothing who is De L'Eclin's right-hand man.
Appears In: Sharpe's Rifles

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Has a claim on the countship of Matamores. As for the evil part, he participates in two massacres.
  • Bald of Evil: The hair's thinning on the top of his head and he's a bad guy.
  • Beard of Evil: A short goatee.
  • Bond One-Liner: "Vale"note  (after strangling Sgt. Williams).
  • Cain and Abel: With Major Blas Vivar. It's hard to tell which one's Cain and which one's Abel.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears all black. Harper even remarks he looks like an undertaker. He also has a black horse.
  • The Dragon: To Colonel De L'Eclin.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's disgusted when Harper shoots one of his men in the throat, using a ramrod as a bullet.
  • Hat Damage: Harper shoots off his hat (and is later seen wearing it) after killing his two men when they come to take the chest.
  • Last Request: After getting stabbed by Vivar, he asks him to not have any priests at his funeral.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: He's credited as the Man in Black and referred to in-story as the Count of Matamores, a title he shares with his brother.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: He is on the Enlightenment side, with his vision of Spain a princely court with Napoleon Bonaparte as the "light of reason".


Major Pierre Ducos

Played By: Féodor Atkine
Aptly toad like, cold blooded, misogynistic and ruthless, Ducos is a political animal, having survived several changes of government by being a lying weasel and court toady.
Appears In: Sharpe's Enemy, Sharpe's Honour, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Revenge

  • Adapted Out: Loup and Juanita work for Ducos in the book version of Sharpe's Battle. In the episode, the plan is all Loup's.
  • Arch-Enemy: Does a good job of picking up the slack from Hakeswill after Hakeswill's execution in Sharpe's Enemy.
  • Asshole Victim: Shot in the back by Sharpe at the end of Sharpe's Revenge.
  • Bald of Evil: Just like Hakeswill.
  • Big Bad: Of Sharpe's Honour and Sharpe's Revenge.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In Sharpe's Enemy, he's the most pressing French antagonist, but Hakeswill and Pot-au-Feu are the main enemies to contend with during most of the episode.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Tells his whole plan to Sharpe while interrogating him in Sharpe's Honour.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel Sharpe's Revenge, he's executed via firing squad. In the film, Sharpe shoots him as he tries to escape.
  • Dirty Coward: Never confronts Sharpe if a) he doesn't have a goon squad to back him up or b) Sharpe isn't emotionally compromised.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His plan in Sharpe's Honour involves framing Sharpe for murder and getting him hanged, just because Sharpe broke his glasses. Which he did because Ducos insulted Teresa, Sharpe's recently murdered wife.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Wellington's various spymasters, Major Nairn in particular. Nairn is particularly distressed to hear that Ducos is operating in an episode.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Ducos wears glasses and is a nasty person.
  • Frame-Up: His main strategy against Sharpe, particularly in Sharpe's Honour and Sharpe's Revenge.
  • French Jerk: The prime example in the series, who looks down on everyone except whoever he's trying to impress. This is notable since most French officers Sharpe meets are at least Affably Evil and sometimes enter into an Enemy Mine situation if they have a common foe like Hakeswill or El Casco. Ducos is just a Jerkass.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To the French commanders in Sharpe's Enemy, and again in Sharpe's Siege.
  • Green and Mean: An antagonist and usually seen wearing dark green clothes.
  • In the Back: Shot in the back by French soldiers for his failure in Sharpe's Honour (though he survives). Sharpe snipes him in the back in Sharpe's Revenge and this time it finally sticks.
  • Lack of Empathy: When Sharpe asks him what Dubreton, whose wife is held captive, should do, Ducos replies "Find another" and threatens to force Sharpe to do the same if Teresa is caught.
  • The Man Behind the Man: In Sharpe's Siege.
  • Never My Fault: Ducos is angry at Sharpe for breaking his glasses, but doesn't recognize the fact that he caused the incident because he insulted Teresa.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Very, very averted when he says that he would give Sharpe his regrets for the death of his wife, but "not if his wife was the Spanish whore who waged war on France."
  • The Sociopath: Unempathic, Consummate Liar, Manipulative Bastard, Narcissistic, and doesn't take responsibility for his actions.
  • The Spymaster: To Napoleon.
  • Straw Misogynist: Seems to regard all women as whores, judging by the way he speaks of and acts toward them, such as Colonel Dubreton's wife, Teresa, and La Marquesa.
  • What a Drag: Gets dragged by his horse after Sharpe shoots him in Sharpe's Revenge.

    Father Hacha 

Father Hacha

Played By: Nikolas Grace
A Spanish Sinister Minister working for Major Pierre Ducos.
Appears In: Sharpe's Honour

    El Matarife 

El Matarife

Played By: Matthew Scurfield
A Spanish partisan leader working for Ducos.
Appears In: Sharpe's Honour

  • Backstab Backfire: Tries to kill Sharpe after losing the final duel, but a Spanish officer kills him.
  • Badass Cape: A hallmark of his group of partisans.
  • Bald of Evil: El Matarife is clearly balding and an active participant in Ducos' plans.
  • Beard of Evil: Like his brother, though El Matarife's beard covers more of his chin.
  • Chain Pain: Matarife's method of dueling involves both combatants on either end of a chain, slashing at each other with long knives, with the chain keeping them together.
  • Co-Dragons: With his brother Father Hacha to Ducos.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: His death is altered, being shot by Major Mendoza as he prepares to stab Sharpe in the back rather than having his throat slit by Sharpe.
  • Duel to the Death: With Sharpe at the end of Sharpe's Honour.
  • Dragon Their Feet: He's the last remaining threat after Ducos shoots Father Hacha and Ducos is shot by French soldiers for his failure to stop Sharpe at the battle of Vitoria.
  • Final Boss: Of Sharpe's Honour.
  • The Heavy: Of Sharpe's Honour, as his brother is behind the scenes with the Spanish upper classes and Ducos awaits results.
  • Karmic Death: After being forced to confess his murder of La Marquesa's husband, he tries to stab Sharpe, only to be shot by the officer he had tricked by framing Sharpe.
  • Knife Nut: Likes using knives in duels.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Only ever known by the term "El Matarife."
  • Rebel Leader: The Leader of a partisan group working for Ducos.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Father Hacha.
  • Slashed Throat: What he does to La Marquesa's husband.


Brigadier General Guy Loup

Played By: Oliver Cotton
A French general who vows revenge on Sharpe.
Appears In: Sharpe's Battle

  • Animal Motifs: Wolves. His men wear grey uniforms, have wolf-tail sashes and capes and leave wolf heads at massacres. Plus the name Loup, which is French for wolf.
  • Badass Mustache: His mustache is similar to Ambrose Burnside's.
  • Best Served Cold: Wants revenge on Sharpe after Sharpe ordered the execution of two of his men and Loup had sworn to his men that he would protect them.
  • Big Bad: Of Sharpe's Battle.
  • Eye Scream: His left eye appears to be dead.
  • A Father to His Men: He promised to protect his men and is very angry when Sharpe orders the execution of two of them.
  • Hero Killer: He is the first antagonist whose schemes lead to the death of one of the Chosen Men: Perkins. He also gunned down Harper (this turns out to be Faking the Dead) and stabs Kiely to death.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Invoked.
    "The chief weapon of the guerilla, Major, is horror. Horror! So, I make sure that I am more horrible than my enemy."


Dona Juanita

Played By: Siri Neal
A Spanish partisan who is the mistress of Lord Kiely.
Appears In: Sharpe's Battle

  • Apple of Discord: She's distributing fake newspapers among the Irish Company to encourage deserters and weaken the Anglo-Spanish alliance.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Ends up on the receiving end of one from Lady Kiely during Loup's attack at night.
  • Compressed Hair: Her hair is typically up in curls, similar to Annie, but is shown to be more than waist-length during the night.
  • Dark Mistress: To Lord Kiely.
  • The Dragon: To Loup.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Teresa, as a female Rebel Leader who is in a relationship with a British officer,but is helping the French.
  • Famous Last Words: "Kill him. Kill him you fool! I'll do it myself."
  • Faux Affably Evil: When she informs Kiely of his wife's capture and forces him to comply with her and Loup.
  • Rebel Leader: The leader of another group of partisans at the Franco-Spanish border.
  • She Knows Too Much: Murders Miranda when she spies on Juanita's meeting with Loup.



Played By: Liam Carney
A member of the Spanish Royal Irish Company.
Appears In: Sharpe's Battle


Colonel Leroux

Played By: Patrick Fierry
A colonel in the Imperial Guard, sent to kill Wellington's spymaster, El Mirador.
Appears In: Sharpe's Sword

  • Bad Boss: Shoots his captain to impersonate him.
  • Big Bad: In Sharpe's Sword.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts this on the priest and the nuns in the opening five minutes, which traumatises the Lass into silence for most of the episode. He also tortured Spears into betraying Britain.
  • Cool Sword: Harper suggests that Sharpe's wish to kill Leroux stems from desire for the latter's sword. It was able to break Sharpe's own Cool Sword.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Pretends to be his captain, allowing himself to be captured.
  • Duel to the Death: Between him and Sharpe after Sharpe, the Chosen Men and the South Essex have stormed the fort at Villafranca.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is polite to the English officers during his time as a captive. Sharpe sees right through it.
  • Hero Killer: Gets the closest to killing Sharpe out of any villain, as well as demoralizing him by breaking his sword.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Is able to play Colonel Berkeley like a fiddle.
  • Praetorian Guard: Serves in Napoleon's Imperial Guard.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kills Ensign McDonald.


General Jean-Baptiste Calvet

Played By: Olivier Pierre (Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Mission), John Benfield (Sharpe's Revenge)
A French general and a veteran from Napoleon's Russia campaign. His force is the last opposition Wellington has in Spain.
Appears In: Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Mission, Sharpe's Revenge

  • Adaptational Name Change: The TV Series gives him the name Maurice.
  • Bash Brothers: He and his orderly, Gaston, are rarely seen apart. He only calls off the attack in Sharpe's Siege when he sees his friend wounded.
  • Big Bad: In Sharpe's Mission.
  • Big Eater: It is easier to count the number of scenes where he is not eating something. Justified, considering the starvation faced in the Moscow Retreat.
  • Enemy Mine: Works alongside Sharpe to recover the French Imperial Treasure in Sharpe's Revenge.
  • Gasshole: Burps loudly after executing Colonel Cresson.
  • The Heavy: In Sharpe's Siege; it is his force that is sent to take Maquerre's castle and kill Sharpe.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Killed and ate his corporal during the Moscow Retreat.
  • Not So Different: To Sharpe; both of them are high-ranking officers that were promoted on merit, both of them saw action before Spain (Sharpe in India and Calvet in Russia) and both of them hold a dim view of their respective aristocracy. Calvet even has his own counterpart to Harper - Gaston.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Soup, or at least enough so that he will eat it with every meal. Including breakfast.
    I eat soup with every meal, because I remember all the meals when I didn't even have soup.
  • You Have Failed Me: To Ducos in Sharpe's Siege, whom he grabs by the lapels and yells in his face, and to Colonel Cresson in Sharpe's Mission, who he shoots.


Corporal Gaston

Played By: Ercument Balakoglu
A French Corporal and orderly to General Calvet, serving him both in Russia and Spain.
Appears In: Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Mission, Sharpe's Revenge

  • The Gadfly: Pretends to consume a poisoned mushroom in one scene.
  • Older Sidekick: Appears to be older than Calvet.
  • Old Soldier: His hair and moustache are grey and he still assaults the castle in Sharpe's Siege.
  • Team Chef: One of his duties for Calvet.


Comte Aristide de Maquerre

Played By: Christian Brendel
A French aristocrat and double agent who has worked undercover as a monarchist.
Appears In: Sharpe's Siege

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He visits his sick mother and is broken when his sister, Catherine, refuses to accompany him away from their castle.
  • False Friend: He lures the British into Bordeaux, telling them that the region are ready to rise in support of the Bourbons.
  • In-Series Nickname: Major Hogan refers to him as Maquereau, a French word for mackerel, but also slang for a pimp.
  • In the Back: In the series, he gets shot in the back by Robinson and Hagman.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He convinces Colonel Bampfylde to leave the castle and the wounded men of the Prince of Wales Volunteers behind, along with ruining the gunpowder.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The series gives him his first name.


Colonel Cresson

Played By: Peter Le Campion
A French Colonel with orders directly from Emperor Bonaparte to capture Major General Ross and a plan to do just that.
Appears In: Sharpe's Mission

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Calvet in Sharpe's Mission.
  • Canon Foreigner: Cresson is a TV-only character.
  • The Chessmaster: Concocts a plan to capture Ross by luring him to a French powder magazine.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Colonel Brand.
  • The Uriah Gambit: Following the failed plan, Calvet offers him some mushrooms, some of which are poisoned. The one he eats is not. He is still shot.
  • We Have Reserves: His plan hinges on using French deserters to lure Ross into the trap. He divides these between the Sheep - soldiers who turn tail and flee, and Goats - soldiers more willing to fight.

Antagonists - British


Sir Henry Simmerson

Played By: Michael Cochrane
With more money than sense or taste and completely lacking in humanity, honour and decency, Sir Henry is the epitome of the British upper classes. He has neither morals nor backbone, his chief weapons are blackmail and backstabbing.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Sword, Sharpe's Regiment, Sharpe's Challenge, Sharpe's Peril

  • Arch-Enemy: Of Sharpe's many enemies, he appears the most, looking to cause Sharpe trouble at every turn.
  • Asshole Victim: Downplayed, since he doesn't die, but whatever misfortunes befall him (such as a painful Curb-Stomp Battle in Sharpe's Sword) are well deserved.
  • A Taste of the Lash: His solution for discipline? Whip them.
  • Big Bad: Of Sharpe's Eagle, since there is no visible French antagonist.
  • Breakout Villain: Simmerson only appears in two novels (Sharpe's Eagle and Sharpe's Regiment), but his popularity with the audience has him show up three more times in the series, including one novel where he did not originally appear (Sharpe's Sword) and the two later miniseries (Sharpe's Challenge and Sharpe's Peril).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ends up on the receiving end of a very painful one from Father Curtis in Sharpe's Sword.
  • Dirty Coward: He'll run at the first sign of enemy troops.
  • Dirty Old Man: Tries to force himself on "The Lass" in Sharpe's Sword.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's baffled when Father Curtis draws his sword against him when Simmerson tries to rape "The Lass".
    Simmerson: What's it to you, priest? You hate the British.
    Father Curtis: I'm Irish. John Bull's a bad neighbor, but Bonaparte's a bully, and so are you. [Cue Father Curtis curb-stomping Simmerson]
  • Evil Uncle: For his niece Jane, whom he beats.
  • Exposed to the Elements: In Sharpe's Peril, Simmerson is found tied up naked in a fort, with his massacred subordinates scattered around him.
  • Glory Seeker: He thought a little military success would help him in the political field.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During Sharpe's Peril.
  • Jerkass: Most of his scenes involve him being nothing but an asshole.
  • The Man Behind the Man: In Sharpe's Regiment.
  • The Neidermeyer: The chief example in the series. Sir Henry is more concerned with superficial things like proper marching and making sure his men stand ramrod straight, typically with collars that scar the men's necks. He's absolutely useless in combat and spends every appearance as the Butt-Monkey of every character he goes against.
  • Never My Fault: Will typically shift blame from himself to the more professional officers, like Sharpe and Lennox.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: He's often reminded of his losing the King's Colours.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: After he gets stabbed in the arm in Sharpe's Sword.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He'll usually cower behind a relative at Horse Guards if things don't go his way.
  • Smug Snake: Has a perpetual air of snobbery which his actions do nothing to justify.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A lower-end aristocrat with only money to help him and no common sense.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is white and he is a loathsome human being.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Oh boy would he. Jane Gibbons reveals that Simmerson regularly punishes her for acts of defiance. He also lets Girdwood, the man he wants her to marry, watch stating "a man should know how to treat his wife".


Lieutenant Berry

Played By: Daniel Craig
The best friend of Simmerson's nephew Lieutenant Christian Gibbons.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, Berry was a Fat Bastard and Fat Idiot. Here, he's thinner and more handsome, as well as smarter.
  • Adaptational Badass: He's much more dangerous here than in the novel, even eclipsing Gibbons as the secondary antagonist.
  • Asshole Victim: Killed by Harper while torturing Sharpe.
  • Badass Boast: "Nobody can be me with a pistol at 50 paces."
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts this on Sharpe by kicking his leg wound until he begs for death.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: His death is an amalgamation of the deaths of Gibbons and Berry from the book: The novel has Sharpe luring Berry off to a secluded spot under the cover of a French attack and stabbing him through the throat with his sword.
  • The Dragon: To Simmerson, bordering on Dragon-in-Chief in the second half of the episode after the colours are lost, since Berry makes the plans to discredit and kill Sharpe.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Daniel Craig.
  • Food Slap: Sharpe tosses wine into his face after Berry and Gibbons rape Josefina.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: With Sharpe when Berry tries to rape Josefina, with Berry laying more punches on Sharpe than the opposite.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Gibbons. Gibbons is on higher social standing, being the nephew of an aristocrat, while Berry is his friend (and Berry remarks that he's not "top drawer"), but Berry is smarter and tougher.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: When you have Daniel Craig playing someone, what do you expect?
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Apparently has these, if you go by his Badass Boast.
  • In the Back: Stabbed in the back by Harper.
  • Kick the Dog: Forces a soldier to drill, a soldier that received 75 lashes that morning.
  • No-Sell: Sharpe tries to kick Berry in the groin during their fistfight. Berry only chuckles.
  • Only One Name: Only known as Berry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Berry is the blue to Gibbons' red, patient, soft-spoken and clear-headed.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Berry rarely raises his voice above a whisper.
  • Spiking the Camera: Berry spends most of his first scene looking right at the camera when he speaks.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Bribes one of Josefina's maids by dropping a coin down her dress.
  • Whip It Good: Berry is eager to use a riding crop on Josefina.
    Berry: The Countess has been very naughty, making eyes at Sharpe, making a fool of Sir Henry and calling herself a countess. Very naughty indeed. Naughty girls get spanked and put to bed.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His plan to discredit Sharpe is to rape Josefina; Sharpe would call him and Gibbons out; if Berry wins, Simmerson is down an enemy and if Sharpe wins, his reputation will be destroyed.


Lieutenant Christian Gibbons

Played By: Neil Dudgeon
The nephew of Sir Henry Simmerson and brother of Jane Gibbons.
Appears In: Sharpe's Eagle

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Josefina.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Much of the traits that Gibbons had in the novel were given to Berry.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Twice.
    • Tries to whip Sharpe when they pass each other in the street. Sharpe grabs the arm holding the whip and pulls him out of the saddle.
    • Messing with a partisan disguised as an apple farmer gets him threatened with a knife and a Mexican Standoff.
  • Butt-Monkey: Can never win a card game with Berry.
  • Dirty Coward: Just as much as his uncle.
  • The Ditz: He's a bit of a clod.
  • Food Slap: Sharpe tosses wine in his face to challenge him to a duel after he and Berry rape Josefina.
  • Nepotism: As Sir Henry's nephew, he receives a commission. Gibbons does nothing to earn it, only trying to woo Josefina and standing around.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he hears who he tried to hit and the man's reputation: it was Sharpe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Berry's blue as Gibbons is impulsive, hot-headed and romantic.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Gibbons is killed by Harper in the novel. Here, he flees back to England with his uncle.
  • Villainous Crush: He has one for the Countess Josefina. She falls for Sharpe instead, then Leroy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after Sharpe's Eagle.


Obadiah Hakeswill

Hakeswill is Sharpe's nightmarish nemesis, haunting our lad from India until he turns up again in Spain. It was Hakeswill who got Sharpe flogged in India. Hakeswill's main goal in life seems to be to cause Sharpe as much misery and grief as possible.
Appears In: Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Enemy

  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally shoots Ensign Matthews while trying to shoot Sharpe.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Not that he's anything close to sympathetic in the novels, but the TV series makes him, if possible, even worse. For one, instead of laying off Lady Farthingdale because she came to the village to pray for her mother, Hakeswill tries to rape her and is only stopped by Pot-at-Feu telling him that rape will damage the ransom value.
  • Anything but That!: When caught by Colonel Dubreton in Sharpe's Enemy, Hakeswill begs to not be handed over to Sharpe. Dubreton, who caught Hakeswill after he murdered Teresa and tried to rape Lady Farthingdale, not to mention the fact that Dubreton's wife had been captured by the renegades, hands him over to Sharpe.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Sharpe. For one thing, Hakeswill is the reason why Sharpe has the scars on his back.
  • Asshole Victim: At the end of Sharpe's Enemy, where he is shot by a firing squad.
  • Bad Boss: On a normal day, Hakeswill's an abusive bully to the men in his charge. Other days, he'll actively murder them to use as cover during battle.
  • Bald of Evil: Bald and a murderous, rape-happy psychopath.
  • BFG: Gets a turn with Harper's Nock Gun. It goes badly.
  • Big Bad: Of Sharpe's Company. In Sharpe's Enemy, he's in a Big Bad Duumvirate with Pot-au-Feu and they're in a Big Bad Ensemble with Major Ducos, who seeks to invade Portugal using Adratos, the fortress the renegades are holed up in, as a funneling point.
  • Blade on a Stick: His primary weapon during Sharpe's Company is a pike.
  • Character Tics: Has an uncontrollable amount of facial tics due to his failed hanging years ago.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Hakeswill talks to his shako as if it's his mother. It's also a good place to hide a small portrait.
  • Classic Villain: Of the Greed and Lust types.
  • Companion Cube: Speaks to his hat as if it's his mother.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel, he faces the firing squad and Sharpe personally administers the coup de grace. The film leaves the latter part out.
  • Dirty Coward: He's shown hiding under bodies in Sharpe's Company.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Barabbas, as revealed in Sharpe's Peril.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Outwardly he behaves this way towards the common men in order to stay in the officers' good books; privately, he likes to be much much worse.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More of an insane fixation, really.
  • Evil Brit: Downplayed since most of the cast is British, but Hakeswill is the most evil one in the series, highlighted by combining a Cockney accent with Guttural Growler to show his thuggish nature.
  • Famous Last Words: "Can't kill me!"
  • For the Evulz: Hakeswill's most regular hobby is to bully and abuse every enlisted man in his regiment that he can; his second most regular hobby is to brutally rape any woman he crosses paths with. He does both for no other reason than that it brings him immense pleasure.
  • Frame-Up: Frames Harper for stealing an aristocrat's wife's portrait and got him flogged in Sharpe's Company.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hakeswill has a prominent scar around his neck as a result of a failed hanging when he was 12 (in the books, he raped a vicar's daughter).
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is harsh and raspy.
  • Hero Killer: He murders Teresa when she tries to stop him from raping Lady Farthingdale.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His appetites are his undoing in both episodes of the tv series he appears in: if he hadn't gone after Teresa the second time in Sharpe's Company, he'd never have been caught out and forced to desert the army; in Sharpe's Enemy, if he hadn't kidnapped Lady Farthingdale again in order to rape her, Teresa and Dubreton likely wouldn't have caught up with him.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: His crimes are so loathsome that Sharpe doesn't consider him human. When Hakeswill is caught by Dubreton at the end of Sharpe's Enemy:
    Sharpe: A liar. A thief. A rapist. A murderer. That's not a man. Take it away.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Shown screaming for his mother in Sharpe's Company.
    "Mother! Mother, Mother! Spread your wings and lift me high!"
  • Kick the Dog: Most of his time onscreen is spent doing this.
  • Lack of Empathy: In Sharpe's Enemy, he orders one of the renegades to murder one of Lady Farthingdale's bodyguards simply for being an inconvenience. And that's not going into his treatment of women.
  • Made of Iron: In Sharpe's Company, he takes a full-on blast from Harper's Nock gun, a weapon that can kill three men at a time, and keeps walking.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Believes that he cannot be killed. Case in point the hanging where he got his scar, and in Sharpe's Company, when he falls from a great height and gets shot by Harper.
  • Meaningful Name: Hake is a species of fish; swill can refer to leftover animal guts from the kitchen used to feed the pigs: "fish guts" would be a very appropriate description of the sergeant's personality.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When Sharpe and the French colonel are fighting in Sharpe's Enemy, Hakeswill whispers that he hopes Sharpe isn't killed. When Pot-au-Feu asks why, Hakeswill responds that he wants to do it himself.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: He will never ever openly disobey an officer or retaliate when an officer abuses him, and that makes it very hard to catch him in any wrongdoing.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It's one of the reasons Sharpe hates him so much. The first time he shows up onscreen, he tries to rape Teresa, showing what sort of a man he is. He also rapes and murders Sally Clayton.
  • Rasputinian Death: When finally executed by firing squad, the initial volley fails to put him down and it takes a soldier shooting him point-blank through the heart to finish him off for good.
  • Sadist: There's no question he enjoys the pain he causes.
  • Serial Rapist: Tries to rape any pretty woman in the episode.
  • Slasher Smile: Before he shoots Teresa.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even after he has joined the army of deserters, his French co-leader Pot-au-Feu never really warms up to him and merely sees him as a useful brute.
  • The Resenter: Sharpe makes it his duty and his pleasure to lay a beatdown on Hakeswill every chance he gets as payback for the flogging he received as a private due to Hakeswill's sadistic cruelty, and because he knows the evil bastard is a thief and an enthusiastic rapist. Hakeswill is enraged that the lowly private he once bullied and abused is now an officer he has to bow and scrape to, so he secretly tries to inflict as much misery and ruin on Sharpe and his rifle company as possible.
  • The Sociopath: Lack of Empathy? Check, just ask Sally Clayton's children, after he raped and murdered their mother. Consummate Liar and Manipulative Bastard? Double check. Need for stimulation? If there's a pretty woman in the episode, he'll try to rape her and if she has a husband, he'll threaten him too. Narcissist? He believes himself invincible.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He’s of the psychopathic type; if he wasn’t in the army, he’d be doing the same things: bully anyone he can step on and rape any pretty woman he can find.
  • Spiteful Spit: While tied to the post for execution, he spits at the man who attempts to put the blindfold over his eyes.
  • Twitchy Eye: Happens quite frequently when he's talking to himself or his "mother", or during his other overt moments of mental instability.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Murders Sally Clayton and Teresa.


Lord Fenner

Played By: Nicholas Farrell
The Secretary At War, revealed to have been skimming the books, transferring and auctioning men and stores in and out of battalions secretly and taking hefty kickbacks for his trouble.
Appears In: Sharpe's Regiment


Lt. Colonel Girdwood

Played By: Mark Lambert
A disgraced officer on half-pay recruited by Simmerson to command the Second Battalion of the South Essex Regiment and the training camp, as part of Simmerson's crimping scheme.
Appears In: Sharpe's Regiment


Sergeant Lynch

Played By: Robert Patterson
An Irish sergeant and Girdwood's second-in-command. In spite of being born there, or maybe because of it, Lynch despises everything Irish, including his own name, Sean, which he changed to John.
Appears In: Sharpe's Regiment


Lord John Rossendale

Played By: Alexander Armstrong, Alexis Denisof
A courtier to the Prince Regent, Rossendale initially helps Sharpe find missing recruits, but later seduces Jane Gibbons, Sharpe's wife.
Appears In: Sharpe's Regiment, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Justice, Sharpe's Waterloo


Colonel Brand

Played By: Mark Strong
A Major who fights alongside Sharpe in 1810 and conducts a rescue operation that made him Colonel. He leads his own company - Brand's Boys.
Appears In: Sharpe's Mission

  • Bald of Evil: Is mostly bald along the top of his head.
  • Broken Pedestal: Sharpe has nothing but praise for him at the beginning of Sharpe's Mission. He discovers Brand's butchery of helpless gypsies and French soldiers, as well as his part in Colonel Cresson's plan to capture Ross. By the end, he has nothing but scorn for him.
  • The Butcher: Thinks nothing of slaughtering helpless soldiers.
  • Canon Foreigner: A TV-only character, along with the rest of Brand's Boys.
  • Disney Villain Death: Sharpe pushes him into a well.
  • The Dragon: To Colonel Cresson and General Calvet.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Is celebrated as a British hero back home, and is anything but.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a small, thin scar in the corner of his left eye.
  • Leitmotif:He and his troops seem to have their own theme following them, a stirring piece of music that becomes ominous and sinister as it goes on.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The episode he appears in features an opening flashback set just after Sharpe's Eagle, but no mention of him is given before Sharpe's Mission.
  • The Social Darwinist: Champions the notion that the strong survive and that the weakest die. He has no second thoughts on leaving the injured behind.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Is still regarded well at home and tries to use that to leverage better terms following his capture.
  • Walking Spoiler: His loyalties spoil at least half of Sharpe's Mission.


Captain Crake

Played By: Christian Rodska
The second highest officer in Brand's Boys.
Appears In: Sharpe's Mission

  • Anti-Villain: Is far less antagonistic than Pope and Brand, and vehemently denies spying for the French, while confessing to the murdering and looting.
  • The Atoner: Becomes this in the final scenes of the episode.
  • The Dragon: To Brand as his second highest ranking officer. For Cresson's scheme, he is more in line with the Dark Chick.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Crake: Alright, lads! Let's show these frogs how to fight!
  • Hold the Line: He leads the remnants of Brand's Boys in the defence of the powder magazine, to allow time for Sharpe, Ross, Pyecroft, the Chosen Men and the Prince of Wales volunteers to escape and destroy the magazine.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sharpe offers him and the rest of Brand's Boys this. They accept.


Sergeant Pope

Played By: Andrew Schofield
A prominent member of Brand's Boys.
Appears In: Sharpe's Mission

Antagonists - Other


Marshal Pot-au-Feu

Played By: Tony Haygarth
A man who loves good food more than anything else. Leading the deserters with Hakeswill, Pot-au-Feu would rather discuss chicken recipes than fight.
Appears In: Sharpe's Enemy

  • Affably Evil: He cooks food for his enemies and more friendly with them than they are with him.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Hakeswill in Sharpe's Enemy. They're in a Big Bad Ensemble with Major Pierre Ducos.
  • Green and Mean: An antagonist who wears green. Downplayed as he's pleasant to be around unless you mess with his food.
  • Handy Cuffs: A rope variant when he uses the rope tied around his wrists to strangle a French soldier.
  • Know When to Fold Them: Surrenders when his men are trapped and he has a sword to his throat.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Puts Kelly on guard duty when the latter protests against the maids being offered to the unruly renegades. Kelly, when found by Sharpe and the Chosen Men, does a Heel–Face Turn and locks the renegades in the villa, making them waste time trying to get the doors open and the place is turned into a shooting gallery as Sharpe and the Chosen Men kill them left and right.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Has Sharp, Harper and Dubreton surrounded when they come to pay the ransom for the Colonels' wives. He could easily have them shot and take the cash, but stands his men down instead and offers to cook for the three "guests". Pot-au-feu clearly follows the rule of Sacred Hospitality.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Tells Hakeswill to not rape the women because it will damage the ransom value.
  • Trojan Prisoner: At the beginning, he is tied up along with some French soldiers by a group of British soldiers, who are escorting a woman. It turns out they are all working together, apart from the woman, who is their captive.
  • Wicked Cultured: At least when it comes to food.



Played By: Morgan Jones
A former Connaught Ranger and one of Hakeswill's Mooks.
Appears In: Sharpe's Enemy

     El Casco 

El Casco

Played By: Abel Folk
Another Spanish partisan leader.
Appears In: Sharpe's Gold

     Lady Molly Spindacre 

Lady Molly Spindacre

Played by: Connie Hyde
Appears In: Sharpe's Revenge

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems to be there specifically for this. She is the one who suggests Jane leave Sharpe and take all of his money, then happily encourages her to fall for the prodigal Lord Rossendale. And ultimately when Jane breaks down from the emotional strain of the situation Molly's suggestions have got her into callously calls Jane a whore and informs her that she is the laughingstock of the town, then leaves but not before informing her that her best bet is to leave Lord Rossendale and hitch up with the next man she can get.


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