The Café. Image shows from L to R: Richard Dickens (Ralf Little), Sarah Porter (Michelle Terry). Copyright: Jellylegs
The Café

The Café

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One
  • 2011 - 2013
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Gentle sitcom based around a Weston-super-Mare café that acts as the social hub for the seaside town. Stars Ellie Haddington, Michelle Terry, June Watson, Ralf Little, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and more.

Character guide

The Café. Carol Porter (Ellie Haddington). Copyright: Jellylegs

Carol Porter

Played by: Ellie Haddington

Carol runs the cafe. She is a worrier and has big, burden-bearing shoulders.

Her current biggest worries are that her daughter Sarah hasn't got a boyfriend, and that the business is in financial difficulty. Despite trying things like launching a new menu, it looks like the business could be taken away from her soon.

The Café. Sarah Porter (Michelle Terry). Copyright: Jellylegs

Sarah Porter

Played by: Michelle Terry

Sarah left for London - the city, the Big Smoke - to fulfil her dreams. It didn't work out and now she's back in Weston.

She is attempting to pursue a writing career, but so far hasn't had much luck with finding a writing agent.

Many of her old school adversaries still live in the area and are frequent visitors to her mum's café.

The Café. Mary Ellis (June Watson). Copyright: Jellylegs

Mary Ellis

Played by: June Watson

Mary is the grandmother of the family and it was her late husband Cyril who originally opened the café. He died 15 years ago and Mary's daughter Carol has been keeping it going. Mary comes in every morning with Carol and then just sits in her armchair talking to whoever comes in, listening and passing comment.

Mary doesn't say a huge amount but, when she does, it's usually something to make you smile. She is a nice lady and rather saucy as well.

The Café. Richard Dickens (Ralf Little). Copyright: Jellylegs

Richard Dickens

Played by: Ralf Little

Richard is a care home assistant by day and a musician by night.

He is a warm, genuine person and a talented musician, but has very little ambition - he never went off to make it as a rock star because it never occurred to him. He's perfectly happy to stay in the town that he grew up in, work in a nursing home and teach guitar on a weeknight. Richard is the butt of the jokes and a bit awkward, but there's a lot more to him.

Richard and Sarah were together in sixth form and have remained friends, but he's always held a torch for her. And now she's back living in the town...

The Café. Chloe Astill (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Copyright: Jellylegs

Chloe Astill

Chloe is Sarah's friend. She is completely wild, lives her life with glorious abandon and has a genuine lust for life. Chloe is happy with who she is, and where she is.

She works at the local hairdressers - but why anyone turns up to get their hair cut by her is a mystery, as she is terrible at customer service.

The Café. Keiran Barker (Kevin Trainor). Copyright: Jellylegs

Keiran Barker

Played by: Kevin Trainor

Kieran is a living statue along the promenade of Weston, the town he has grown up in with Sarah, Richard and co. He thought about going to drama school but, after a few unsuccessful auditions, stumbled upon a slightly different career path.

Kieran puts a lot of time and effort into his costumes, which are pretty spectacular - Hellboy and Avatar are two choices.

How he makes any money standing on the empty seafront is anyone's guess.

The Café. Stan Astill (David Troughton). Copyright: Jellylegs

Stan Astill

Played by: David Troughton

Stan is Chloe's father and the local florist. A cheery chap, he is a frequent visitor to the café... due, in the most part, to his fondness for Carol.

Mary has noticed he's sending love signals in the flowers he is choosing to give to the cafe. The rose is perhaps the biggest hint.

The Café. Brenda Kiely (Seeta Indrani). Copyright: Jellylegs

Brenda Kiely

Played by: Seeta Indrani

Brenda, a local successful entrepreneur, seems all smiles and niceness... but it looks like she might end up taking the family business away.

The Café. Frank Dobson (Brian Murphy). Copyright: Jellylegs

Frank Dobson

Played by: Brian Murphy

Mr Dobson is one of the regulars at the cafe. Even though he's married to Alice, do we detect that he is flirting with Mary?

The Café. Alice Dobson (Marcia Warren). Copyright: Jellylegs

Alice Dobson

Played by: Marcia Warren

Alice is a prim-and-proper regular guest at the cafe. She sits with her husband and Mary in the corner, passing away the time.

The Café. Phil Porter (Robert Glenister). Copyright: Jellylegs

Phil Porter (Series 2)

Played by: Robert Glenister

Phil is Carol's ex-husband and Sarah's dad.

He is the area as he is a photographer, and Brenda has hired him to shoot a Weston tourist brochure.

The Café. Jason (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith). Copyright: Jellylegs

Jason (Series 2)

Jason is a young man serving community service at the allotments.

The Café. John Streatfield (Daniel Ings). Copyright: Jellylegs

John Streatfield (Series 1)

Played by: Daniel Ings

John grew up in Weston, but is now a successful events manager in London. He returns to Weston to visit his elderly mother. He doesn't plan to stay long, but then he spots Sarah...

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