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    Dakin 

Dakin

Actor: Dominic Cooper

Dakin is the most confident and handsome boy in his class.

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     Posner 

Posner

Actor: Samuel Barnett

Posner is a Jewish boy of small stature and the youngest student in his sixth-form class.

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  • Bittersweet Ending: In the film. In the play his ending is just depressing.
  • Gayngst:
    I’m a Jew. I’m small. I’m homosexual. And I live in Sheffield. I’m fucked.
  • "I Am" Song: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
  • Jewish and Nerdy: He is both.
  • Kick the Dog: He’s playfully mocked several times, particularly by Lockwood.
  • Love Martyr: Dakin finds Posner’s crush on him to be annoying at best, but Posner carries on pining nonetheless.
  • Teacher's Pet:
    Akthar: It’s just the knowledge, sir.
    Timms: The pursuit of it for its own sake, sir.
    Posner: Not useful, sir. Not like your lessons.
  • The Woobie: He spends half the movie looking like he’s about to cry.
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    Scripps 

Scripps

Actor: Jamie Parker

Scripps is an Anglican student and the most religious boy in his class.

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  • Ambiguously Bi:
    Scripps: Just because you’ve got a scholarship doesn’t mean you’ve got to give him unfettered access to your dick.
    Dakin: So how would you say thank you?
    Scripps: Same as you, probably. On my knees.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Subverted. Scripps is the only character who is outwardly Christian.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone tends to be somewhat snarky, but Scripps stands out as being exceptionally dry, especially in response to Dakins love life.
  • Nostalgic Narrator: Scripps is the main narrator of the story, and he tends to speak about events in the past tense as they’re unfolding.
  • The Piano Player: Subverted. While he does accompany Posner on piano several times, he does more than just that.
  • Vow of Celibacy:

    Rudge 

Rudge

Actor: Russell Tovey

Rudge comes from a working-class background and struggles in school; none of his teachers expect him to get into Oxbridge.

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  • Dumb Jock: Rudge isn’t necessarily dumb, he just isn’t as smart as his ridiculously clever classmates.
    You may think it’s a joke, but golf makes the same sense to me as architecture or films do to you. You may not rate it but it’s an accomplishment. I may not know much about Jean-Paul Sartre, but I’ve got a handicap of four.

    Timms 

Timms

Actor: James Corden

Timms is overweight and plays the role of the class clown.

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  • Fat Comic Relief: Timms’ main role in the play is as comic relief.
  • Stoners Are Funny:
    Irwin: It’s your eyesight that’s bad and we all know what that’s caused by.
    Timms: Sir! Is that a coded reference to the mythical dangers of self-abuse?
    Irwin: Possibly. It might even be a joke!

    Akthar 

Akthar

Actor: Sacha Dhawan

Akthar is a Muslim student of unspecified South Asian descent.

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    Crowther 

Crowther

Actor: Samuel Anderson

Crowther has notable acting talent.

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    Lockwood 

Lockwood

Actor: Andrew Knott

Lockwood is an argumentative student.

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The Staff

    Hector 

Hector

Actor: Richard Griffiths

The eccentric General Studies teacher who believes that exam preparation is the enemy of education.

Tropes:

  • Armoured Closet Gay: Is an extremely closeted gay man, to the extent that he’s married to a woman.
  • Big "SHUT UP!":
    WILL YOU SHUT UP ABOUT THESE EXAMS!
  • Cool Teacher: Deconstructed. He’s the “cool teacher” but he also gropes his pupils and is a “bit of a shambles”.
  • Fired Teacher: Hector isn’t quite fired, but he is pressured to resign until Dakin gets him his job back by blackmailing Felix.
  • Hot for Student: Generally.
  • Killed Offscreen: The aftermath of the accident that kills Hector is shown, as is his funeral, but we never actually see a body.

    Irwin 

Irwin

Actor: Stephen Campbell Moore

The young and savvy supply teacher whom the Headmaster brings in to prepare the boys for their Oxbridge entrance exams.

Tropes:

  • Gayngst:
  • Hot for Student: For Dakin.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    Mrs Lintott: Don’t you ever want to go back?
    Irwin: To Oxford? Not clever enough. Not… anything enough really.

    Mrs Lintott 

Mrs Lintott

Actor: Frances de la Tour

Mrs. Dorothy Lintott is the history teacher who has quietly and steadily been teaching the boys everything they need to know to excel academically.

Tropes:

  • Better Than Sex: She states to Hector that prefers her first pizza to losing her virginity.
  • Motive Rant: Non-criminal, but an example nonetheless.
    History’s not such a frolic for women as it is for men. Why should it be? They never get round the conference table.
  • Only Sane Man: In between Hector fondling the boys, Irwin pining after Dakin, and Felix being an overall imbecile, Lintott comes across as stark raving sane.
  • Stern Teacher: Deconstructed. She’s stern, but she’s kind and clearly cares first and foremost about the boys education.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Brief but to-the-point.
    Hector, a grope is a grope. It is not the Annunciation.
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    Headmaster 

Headmaster

Actor: Clive Merrison

Mr. Felix Armstrong is the Headmaster of the school.

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  • Hate Sink: Universally disliked by staff and students alike.
    Mrs Lintott: Our headmaster is a twat. An impermissible word nowadays but the only one suited to my purpose. A twat. And to go further down the same proscribed path, a condescending cunt.

    Fiona 

Fiona

Actor: Georgia Taylor

Fiona is the Headmaster’s secretary with whom Dakin has an affair.

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  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: She’s mentioned many times in the play but never makes an appearance. In the movie, however, she is in several scenes.

    Wilkes 

Wilkes

Actor: Adrian Scarborough

    Mrs Bibby 

Mrs Bibby

Actor: Penelope Wilton

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