Marcus

Played by: Tom Rosenthal
Plebs. Marcus (Tom Rosenthal). Image credit: RISE Films.

Unlikely to be immortalised in the annals or memorialised in a frieze, Marcus is a young man in Rome hoping to get laid, hold down a job and climb the social ladder.

Marcus is actually quite sensitive and caring, and would love to go on a date with Cynthia... if only she's show an interest.

Stylax

Played by: Joel Fry
Plebs. Stylax (Joel Fry). Image credit: RISE Films.

Like Marcus, Stylax is young and single and living in the suburbs of Rome. Stylax is energetic and highly sexed, and always up for an adventure. He manages to get himself into trouble quite often.

Stylax and Marcus work for Flavia, in a job that mainly involves copying scrolls out by hand.

Grumio

Played by: Ryan Sampson
Plebs. Grumio (Ryan Sampson). Image credit: RISE Films.

Grumio is Marcus and Stylax's slave. He's lazy with a major attitude problem, but still accompanies them everywhere, from the baths to the city's nightclubs.

With poor hygiene, low morale and a very lazy attitude to everything, Grumio is far from the ideal person for two lads looking to attract the ladies to hang around with... but he does prove to be useful sometimes.

Flavia

Played by: Doon Mackichan
Plebs. Flavia (Doon Mackichan). Image credit: RISE Films.

Flavia is the boys' boss. She's an expert manipulator with a private life that's the stuff of legend.

Flavia runs her business in a manner that perhaps later inspired Alan Sugar. She knows what she wants done - and she'll make sure it always happens.

It appears that married Flavia is perhaps interested in Stylax in a sexual sense. Stylax better hope not - she'd probably eat him alive.

Landlord

Played by: Karl Theobald
Plebs. Landlord (Karl Theobald). Image credit: RISE Films.

The landlord - real name unknown - is always on the look out for ways to make money.

He collects rent from Marcus and Stylax, and neighbour Cynthia, but also has a number of other business sidelines. If you need a gladiator match fixed, a black market item or an alibi then he can sort that out... for a price, of course.

Cynthia

Played by: Sophie Colquhoun
Plebs. Cynthia (Sophie Colquhoun). Image credit: RISE Films.

Cynthia catches the attention of Marcus when she moves into the flat next door to the boys.

Cynthia comes from Briton and is hoping to become an actress. She is a little naive about city living. In fact, she's perhaps a few brain cells short generally... as is evidenced by the fact she thinks that the deaths in gladiator matches is just good acting by those involved.

Metella

Plebs. Metella (Lydia Rose Bewley). Image credit: RISE Films.

Metella is Cynthia's sarcastic slave. She lives with Cynthia next door to the boy's flat and is very happy to speak her mind and point out flaws in people and plans... something which the lads don't find particularly welcome most of the time.

Aurelius

Played by: Tom Basden
Plebs. Aurelius (Tom Basden). Image credit: RISE Films.

Aurelius is the water boy at Flavia's office, although he does try to insist on being called the 'water man'. No matter, as it seems Flavia can never remember his name anyway.

One of the roles Aurelius must undertake is to supply water to Marcus and Stylax whilst they're working. This inevitably always leads to conflict... he's still trying to get over the fact the duo broke his water jug.