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Jamie WintonMild-mannered bank manager mistaken for the cyber-terrorist White Horse, who was last seen with Jamie's missing wife of seven years. After news of the imminent comet impact is announced, Jamie decides to find his wife and his mysterious doppelganger.
- Doorstop Baby: He was left in a car park in Slough.
- The Everyman
- Has Two Mummies: Non-lesbian version. After finding out he is adopted, he discovers his birth mother, and then Celine becomes his stepmother. Lampshaded by Dave.
- Oblivious Adoption: He does not know he was adopted, or that he has a twin brother, until he is arrested for cyber crimes the day the news of the comet breaks.
- Separated at Birth
- Weirdness Magnet
Dave BosleyJamie's slacker flatmate. Has a bucket list and plans to enjoy the end of days. Sam to Jamie's Frodo.
- MayDecember Romance: With Paula.
- Professional Slacker
- Only Sane Man: Has shades of this, particularly whenever Jamie is freaking out.
Paula WintonJamie's mum.
- Mama Bear: Do not mess with her Jamie, or you'll regret it.
Hawkwind "Layla" WintonJamie's wife.
- Defecting for Love: Originally Ariel's girlfriend Hawkwind, she posed as Layla as part of Ariel's plan to mess Jamie's life. She ended up falling in love with him for real.
- Mama Bear: She found out she was pregnant on their honeymoon, but left Jamie and went into hiding to protect both him and the baby from Ariel.
Frankie WintonJamie's and Layla's daughter.
- Waif Prophet: After briefly dying in a car crash and coming back to life, she claims to hear a voice in her head that tells her things she would have no other way of knowing, i.e. that Celine is pregnant with Jude's baby.
Ariel ConroyThe White Horse.
- Betrayal Insurance: One of Ariel's favourite tactics.
- Determinator: Ariel literally will not stop until he gets what he wants...
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's a psychopathic murderer, but he's also obsessed with manners and not putting people's feet in food processors...
- Evil Twin: To Jamie.
- Hollywood Hacking
- Separated at Birth
- Stalker with a Crush: To Layla/Hawkwind
- Terrified of Germs
- Twin Switch
Mary ConroyAriel's mother. And Jamie's biological mother. And Jude's old girlfriend.
Lady SuttonMother of Jude, Rhonda and Scotty. Rich. Killed her second husband and hid from the law. Has a bunker and a blood disease.
Father Jude SuttonVatican's bad boy, tasked with vetting potential Saints. Promoted to vetting potential Messiahs after the comet announcement.
- Badass Preacher:
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Father Jude has his own approach to things, he smokes like a chimney, swears like a sailor and has a generally casual attitude but he is a devout priest with real faith in his God and a caring man.
- Disappeared Dad: He had a fling with Mary in Slough when he was 18, before joining the priesthood.
- He Knows Too Much: Is killed by the Vatican after protesting against their plan to announce a new fake Messiah, the second coming of Jesus.
Sister Celine LenottiA young nun who knows several languages and dreams of travel. Becomes Jude's new research assistant after the death of her mentor and friend, sister Sophia.
Rhonda McNeilMiddle-class mom who took the fall for hacking into the NSA for her son. Broken out of prison by the White Horse after the comet announcement. Wants to rejoin her family before the comet hits.
- Fish out of Water: When in prison.
- Mama Bear: Her main desire is to be with him again before the apocalypse.
- Taking the Heat: She is covering up for Spike's crimes.
Leanne ParkinsLeader of the neo-Nazi gang in Rhonda's prison. Stows away in the getaway car. Thelma to Rhonda's Louise.
Spike McNeilRhonda's son, custody of whom was given to his biological father, Tim.
Scotty McNeilRhonda's brother and sole member of the Special Situations Group - the government apocalypse response department. Nervous polymath.
- Straight Gay
- Badass Pacifist: Couldn't hurt a fly, but that doesn't stop him from taking down a terrorist and stepping in front of a bullet.
General Arnold GainesPresident's adviser on the apocalypse as well as the commanding officer on Project Savior and Mt Genesis. Confident jock. Scotty's husband.
US President FarrellThe only person Scotty and Gaines answer to. Philanderer obsessed with his media image.
- All There in the Manual: His name is only mentioned in publicity materials, never on screen.
- Killed Off for Real: Gaines shoots him before he enters Mount Genesis, as he feels the new world order would be better without him.
- President Corrupt
RajeshRhonda's husband, hospitalized for cancer.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Rajesh stays outside the bunker in order to close the door. By ramming it with a van.
- Parental Substitute: Spike regards him as his father.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He has been diagnosed with a fatal cancer, and only has weeks to live.