Shakespeare was a master character creator, and invented hundreds of characters in his many plays. This site section is a work in progress, as we work to build out indepth character studies for all of Shakespeare’s characters. In the meantime, you can have a read of character guides for some of Shakespeare’s most researched characters, including Queen Mab, Laertes, Polonius, Friar Laurence, Falstaff and Fortinbras.
Want to see the characters Shakespeare created for a specific play? Click on the play below to find the full list of characters Shakespeare created and used.