If you're developing a drama and are stuck for character ideas, browse through this gallery to see a selection of different character types.
Don't forget to check out the costume gallery for more character ideas.
Modern characters refer to the types of people you might meet walking down a street today. Find a selection of different modern characters on this page and the next. The examples provided here are only a small selection of the vast range of characters you can choose for your drama, but they should help you start to think creatively.
Your character can be defined by a whole range of different things, but among the most obvious are:
Characters are often represented in drama by stereotypes [stereotypes: A conventional and standard view of someone or a type of people ], eg criminals are shown as coming from poor backgrounds, hence their need to steal. It's easy to choose stereotypes for your drama, but sometimes it's more interesting to create a character who breaks the mould - a working-class judge, for example, might make people sit up and take notice.
Here's a selection of historical characters you might meet in period dramas or texts.
You can let your imagination free when you create fantasy characters - here are a few to help get your ideas flowing.