Agnes- Oliver's mother who died
giving birth. The only thing she left was a locket with her name inscribed.
Nurse- Woman who delivered Oliver, and later died
in the workhouse revealing the story of the locket and the night Oliver was born.
Oliver Twist- The main character of the story,
Oliver is an affection-starved little boy who will not commit crimes. He was abused as a young
child, and only wants to be loved. His adventures make him the best of friends and the worst of
- The woman who raised Oliver for the first nine years. She treated him and her other orphans
very poorly by beating and starving them.
Mr. Bumble- The town beadle who thinks very lowly of Oliver. He eventually marries Mrs.
Corney and makes Oliver's life more difficult.
Mr. Gamfield- A chimneysweeper who wanted Oliver as an apprentice.
Mr. Sowerberry- A coffin maker that Oliver was
apprenticed to. He generally treated the boy well, but chose his wife's lies over Oliver's truths.
Mrs. Sowerberry- Wife of
the coffin maker who disliked young Oliver.
Charlotte- Maid to the Sowerberry's that ends up running away with Noah and beginning a life
- Another worker for the Sowerberry's, Noah antagonizes Oliver when he was there, and when he begins
to work for Fagin, his actions lead to the death of Nancy.
Young Dick- A friend of Oliver's at Mrs. Mann's who loves him.
Jack Dawkins- "Artful Dodger" is a young accomplished
thief who finds Oliver on the road to London and introduces him to Fagin.
Fagin- The main antagonist in the story, "The
Jew" takes Oliver under his wing and tries to make a pickpocket out of him. He is a powerful crime
leader who has an affection for only money and will kill anyone who stands in his way.
Charley Bates- Another one of Fagin's thieves
who tends to laugh at everything in life.
Betsy- A woman who works for Fagin.
Nancy- A woman who works for Fagin and tries to help Oliver which eventually leads to her death.
She is passionate, caring, and loves Sikes, who eventually kills her.
Mr. Brownlow- A man who Oliver's thief friends
rob on the street. He takes Oliver in, and discovers his true parentage.
Mrs. Bedwin- Mr. Brownlow's housekeeper who nurses
Oliver back to health.
Mr. Grimwig- A friend of Mr. Brownlow who is very cynical of the boy but eventually helps to keep
- Another evil character who is a member of Fagin's gang. He has a little white dog that follows
him everywhere. He threatens Oliver and reluctantly leaves him to die in a field after the boy
was shot. He kills Nancy in a rage, and eventually kills himself.
Tom Chitling- Another petty thief of Fagin's
Toby Crackit- A "flash" man who helps Sikes attempt to commit the robbery.
Barney- A thief who helps Sikes.
Mrs. Corney/ Mrs. Bumble- The
matron of the workhouse Oliver was born in who eventually marries Mr. Brumble and here's the confession
of the nurse on her deathbed. She finds the evidence of Oliver's parentage, and sells it to Monks.
Giles- The butler of the
Maylie household, he is the man who shot Oliver.
Brittles- The "boy" of the Maylie household who was also there the night Oliver was shot.
Rose Maylie- The adopted
niece of Mrs. Maylie who turns out to be Oliver's Aunt. She is kind, loving, and a great joy in
Maylie- An old woman who accepts Oliver into her home and finally gives him a loving atmosphere
to live in.
- The doctor and friend of Mrs. Maylie who helps Oliver in his adventures. He is impatient and
earnest, but also happy and kindhearted.
Blathers Duff- The two Bow Street Runners who come to investigate the attempted robbery.
They are filled with stories to tell, and are suspicious of Oliver.
Harry Maylie- The son of Mrs. Maylie, Harry is deeply in love with Rose and would do anything
to marry her. He befriends Oliver and adds to the boy's loving atmosphere.
Monks/ Edward Leeford- Oliver's older half brother
who does not want to split his inheritance with the bastard child. He destroys the evidence of
Oliver's mother, and is a cohort of Fagin and his gang