Character gallery

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 1

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:

  • Personality - eg a character with a compassionate personality could work as a charity worker for a living
  • Circumstances - eg a homeless character might be lonely or depressed through having no home.
  • Profession - eg a hotel manager might be strict and highly organised at home and at work.

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.

a man wrapped in a blanket sitting outdoors

A homeless man

A man wearing a tracksuit and a gold chain

A 'chav'

two men in sunglasses dragging a third man away

Two gangsters and their victim

An old man being threatened by a hooded youth

A mugger and his victim

A smiling woman holding a charity collection box

A charity worker

An elderly woman wearing hair rollers

An elderly working-class woman

A young woman outdoors wearing warm clothes

A political activist / demonstrator

A fictional British prime minister and his wife standing outside 10 Downing street

A male politician and his wife

Modern characters 2

A man dressed in a smart uniform pouring a cocktail

A waiter / barman

A woman dressing in clubbing clothes behind a bar counter

A nightclub barmaid

A man in a suit standing behind a hotel reception desk

A hotel manager

a man in a navy blue uniform delivering letters

A Postman

a casually dressed man wearing a money belt around his waist

A market trader

a man in a butcher's uniform

A butcher

a woman wearing overalls sitting behind a machine

A female factory worker

a man wearing an apron

A manual labourer

Historical characters

Here's a selection of historical characters you might meet in period dramas or texts.

an elderly woman in nineteenth century funeral clothes

An elderly widow from the 19th century

A smartly dress nineteenth century man wearing a top hat

A young businessman (19th century)

an eighteenth century couple wearing fancy clothes and jewelry

An aristocratic couple from the 18th century

A man and woman in scruffy eighteenth century clothing

A working couple (18th/19th century)

an eighteenth century man wearing black clothes

A blacksmith (18th / 19th century)

A man in a suit holding a tray of tea

A butler (19th / 20th century)

an old woman in black victorian clothing surrounded by four young women in black and white maidservant outfits

A victorian housekeeper, with maidservants

a nineteenth century mother holding a baby

A young, perhaps well-to-do, mother with baby (19th century)

Police and law enforcement characters

a man dressed in old style police uniform talking to two men

A policeman (19th / early 20th century)

two modern-style policemen

Two men dressed as modern policemen

a policeman in a bulletproof vest arresting a young woman

A modern-style policeman, arresting a female suspect

an old man in a judge's wig and robes

A male judge (20th century)

Medical profession characters

a nurse in old fashioned nineteen thirties uniform

A nurse (1930s)

a woman dressed as a nurse and a man dressed as a doctor

A modern nurse and male doctor

a man dressed as a surgeon

A modern-style male surgeon, in scrubs

A man and a woman dressed in paramedic uniforms

Two modern-day paramedics

Fantasy characters

You can let your imagination free when you create fantasy characters - here are a few to help get your ideas flowing.

a female witch
a male wizard
a male magician
a magical creature

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