Character guide

Bad Education. Stephen (Layton Williams)


AKA: Stephen Carmichael.  Played by: Layton Williams

Camp, colourful, master of the one-man musical - Stephen starts the show as a teenage student who's not afraid to reveal his theatrical side. Stephen's the butt of many jokes but he doesn't care - he's got Chantelle for company and he's quite happy. Alfie might not have been looking for a slice of Glee in his class but with Stephen, he's certainly got it.

From Series 4, Stephen becomes a teacher at the school. However, he is less interested in teaching the kids about traditional academic subjects, and more interested in showbusiness. He still has his sights set on becoming a TV, film and West End star.

Bad Education. Mitchell (Charlie Wernham)


AKA: Mitchell Harper.  Played by: Charlie Wernham

The class wide boy in the first three series, Mitchell isn't afraid to make a joke at the expense of anyone in the class (including Alfie).

He's always on hand with a foul mouthed comment or a threat of physical violence and when those aren't shocking enough, well he'll simply make up any old story to enhance his reputation as someone not to be messed with.

Mitchell leaves the school during Series 3, as his family's caravan is heading elsewhere. However, from Series 4 he is back, and is working at the school as a PE teacher. Now a father, he's trying to hold down the job so he can bring in some PAYE money.

Bad Education. Fraser (Mathew Horne)


AKA: Shaniqua 'Simon' Fraser.  Head Master.   Played by: Mathew Horne

Ridiculously laid-back, Fraser is certainly not your normal head teacher. What matters to this principal is being down with the kids. Unfortunately, he's just ... well, a bit of an idiot, really.

Concerned primarily with his own popularity and looking and sounding good (none of which he achieves), the actual day to day running of Abbey Grove often takes a back seat as Fraser bounds from one half-baked scheme to another.

He really likes Alfie, seeing him as the only teacher on his wavelength and even somewhat of a role model at times. This generally plays to Alfie's advantage, however, whilst Pickwell, Miss Gulliver and many of the other staff stand back and watch in dismay.

By the time Series 4 starts, Fraser has been (finally) demoted and is now working in the school kitchen. However, he doesn't seem to notice that he's been removed from a position of power... he's still having fun.

Bad Education. Hoburn (Vicki Pepperdine)

Hoburn (Series 4-5)

AKA: Bernadette Hoburn.  Played by: Vicki Pepperdine

Cantankerous jargoneering Hoburn is the no-nonsense new head teacher at the school in Series 4. She has an eye on saving money and is motivated for the school to succeed... despite being hampered by some useless teachers.

Bad Education. Usma (Asha Hassan)

Usma (Series 4-5)

Played by: Asha Hassan

Usma will always and forever tell you exactly what she thinks, and how it is... she has zero filter. Her worst trait is she just doesn't know when to shut up.

Bad Education. Inchez (Anthony J Abraham)

Inchez (Series 4-5)

Inchez is a class clown, but also insecure. He's a very good singer, as he proves when the class have to put on a stage show.

Bad Education. Harrison (Bobby Johnson)

Harrison (Series 4-5)

Played by: Bobby Johnson

Harrison is a sweet, emotionally intelligent boy who loves school and pretty much spends his days away with the fairies in his wonderful, slightly uneducated brain. He's like a loveable Labrador, eager to please, but most of all he wants to help Stephen and Mitchell in any of their endeavours and he also just wants to be part of the group, which he does very well.

Bad Education. Jinx (Laura Marcus)

Jinx (Series 4-5)

Played by: Laura Marcus

Jinx is the loveable scrape of the class. She tries way too hard and says way too much.

Bad Education. Warren (Ali Hadji-Heshmati)

Warren (Series 4-5)

Warren takes class quite seriously. He thinks Stephen is brilliant and will go out his way to please his teacher.

Bad Education. Blessing (Francesca Amewudah-Rivers)

Blessing (Series 4-5)

Straight talking no-nonsense Blessing is another member of Class K. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and knows how to make the best of a bad situation.

Bad Education. Alfie (Jack Whitehall)

Alfie (Series 1-3 & 5)

AKA: Alfie Wickers.  History Teacher.   Played by: Jack Whitehall

Newly qualified history teacher and a self-appointed 'maverick', at 23 years old Alfie's in fact closer in age to the kids in his class than he is to the other teachers in the staff room in Series 1. Somewhat ironically, he's also a bigger kid than his students.

He loves teaching History, especially to his class, Form K, however his childish desires, past-times and general laziness often get in the way. His clever plans to get maximum results with minimal effort are unfortunately never quite as clever as he thinks. The kids love him but equally despair of him as he stumbles from one disaster to the next.

He may be a bit of a lazy oaf at times, but Alfie has a sweet, genuine side - and is deeply in love with Miss Gulliver. That Fraser sees him as a close confidante and role-model is the sole reason for his continued employment. But he's always got that old B&Q uniform if Fraser should be replaced.

Bad Education. Miss Gulliver (Sarah Solemani)

Miss Gulliver (Series 1-3)

AKA: Rosie Gulliver.  Biology Teacher.   Played by: Sarah Solemani

Rosie Gulliver is the sole voice of reason in the madness of the Abbey Grove staff room.

Sweet, well meaning and with the added benefit of being extremely attractive, Miss Gulliver is the female that all the male staff flock around, especially Alfie.

The school's biology teacher, Rosie is passionate about education and cares deeply for the pupils and their welfare.

Recently split from her boyfriend, in Series 1 she shows little sign of being interested in Alfie. She thinks the age difference is a problem; it's only ten years, but he is a very young twenty-three.

In Series 2, we discover that Rosie is 'batting for the other team' and is in a relationship with a former student. Alfie is upset, but mainly aroused.

Series 3 sees Rosie and Alfie become an item.

Bad Education. Joe (Ethan Lawrence)

Joe (Series 1-3)

Played by: Ethan Lawrence

Class geek Joe is Alfie's best mate and confidante.

Joe is the kid who's most likely to be bullied and picked on and so Alfie alternates between sticking up for him and roping him in to whatever scheme he's got going on. As a result poor Joe regularly finds himself in the most humiliating positions - all for the sake of saving Alfie's skin, and often in aid of impressing Miss Pickwell, too.

In Series 3, Joe has shaved off his hair. He looks quite different... but he's still a softie at heart.

Bad Education. Chantelle (Nikki Runeckles). Credit: Tiger Aspect Productions

Chantelle (Series 1-3)

Played by: Nikki Runeckles

She's a cheeky one. Chantelle is in love with Alfie. Well, she's in love with quite a few guys actually. Lots of guys in fact.

Chantelle delights in asking Aflie the most detailed biological questions just so she can watch him blush. She knows she's sexy and she loves to use and abuse it for her own ends. Frustratingly the one person that doesn't fall for it is Alfie.

She may seem like a mere teasing schoolgirl, but Chantelle does seem genuinely upset by Alfie's interest in Miss Pickwell. How does she really feel? Who knows...

Bad Education. Jing (Kae Alexander). Credit: Tiger Aspect Productions

Jing (Series 1-3)

Played by: Kae Alexander

Sensible and responsible, Jing is a student who finds Alfie's antics tiresome.

Longing for a decent education, Jing has somehow ended up in Alfie's class and she can't stand it. Often choosing to speak in Chinese in order to vent her frustrations with Alfie, she is the one person in the class who's always right but is sadly never listened to.

Bad Education. Rem Dogg (Jack Binstead). Credit: Tiger Aspect Productions

Rem Dogg (Series 1-3)

Played by: Jack Binstead

Rem Dogg doesn't let the fact that he's in a wheelchair hold him back, especially when there's an opportunity to cause a little mischief.

Despite his limited mobility, Rem Dogg is quite capable of standing up for himself - and with classmates like Mitchell, he'd have to be! He's always up for taking on any of the challenges that Alfie - or anyone else in the class - throws at him.

Bad Education. Grayson (Jack Bence). Credit: Tiger Aspect Productions

Grayson (Series 1-3)

AKA: Frank Grayson.  Played by: Jack Bence

Grayson is the school bully - he even manages to bully Alfie, which is quite an achievement considering that Alfie is meant to be the grown up teacher. He is, however, somewhat older than his peers, having been held back for quite a few years.

Grayson may not have many skills he could write on a CV, but he'd get an A grade for intimidation and criminality.

Bad Education. Martin Wickers (Harry Enfield)

Martin Wickers (Series 2-3)

Alfie's Dad.   Played by: Harry Enfield

Mr Wickers is Alfie's Dad. He is also a teacher.

There is a shock for Alfie when he returns for Series 3 to find that his dad has been appointed as the new deputy head, whose first jobs are to increase class sizes and fire a member of staff.

Bad Education. Cleopatra (Weruche Opia)

Cleopatra (Series 3)

Played by: Weruche Opia

Cleopatra is a new student, who joins the adventures in Series 3.

She doesn't take any nonsense for anyone, although does secretly have a soft spot for Mitchell, even if she's trying to hide it.

Cleopatra delights in tying Alfie up in angst-based knots by suggesting to him that he's being racist.

Bad Education. Pickwell (Michelle Gomez). Credit: Tiger Aspect Productions

Pickwell (Series 1-2)

AKA: Isobell Pickwell.  Deputy Headteacher.   Played by: Michelle Gomez

"Prickwell" as she's affectionately known to Alfie, was Abbey Grove's deputy headteacher.

Stern to the point of being ferocious, Pickwell despises Alfie's lax attitude and headmaster Fraser's ridiculous ideas of how to best run the school. Keen to climb the ladder and take charge of proceedings herself she enjoys nothing more than catching Alfie out and watching him suffer the subsequent humiliation.

There's no room for sentimentalism in her life - although she does seem to have a fierce religious bent, longing for the return of creationism to the syllabus.

Pickwell certainly doesn't take fools gladly, and is not a woman you'd want to mess with. In fact, it's rumoured she has testicles of her own.

Bad Education. Professor Green (Samantha Spiro)

Professor Green (Series 2)

AKA: Professor Celia Green.  Played by: Samantha Spiro

Green is Mrs Pickwell's replacement as deputy headmistress after Pickwell's (faked) death. It is quickly revealed that Fraser hired her because he thought she was the British rapper Professor Green.

Bad Education. Mrs Mollinson (Leila Hoffman). Credit: Tiger Aspect Productions

Mrs Mollinson (Series 1 & 4-5)

Maths Teacher.   Played by: Leila Hoffman

Mrs Mollinson is by far the oldest teacher in the school but this affords her none of the respect that she may deserve.

Mollinson teaches Maths and Art. She's been somewhat of a sexual adventurer in her time, and she delights in sharing these stories with pupils and teachers alike as she regularly interjects with tales of the recreational pan-European swinging jaunts she takes with her unseen, submissive husband.

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