Harriet Cecil ✣ Hermione, "Winter's Tale" ✣ 37 ✣ Louise Brealey
Hermione was the wife of Leontes, the King of Sicily in The Winter’s Tale. After a childhood friend of Leontes, Polixenes the King of Bohemia comes to visit, and Hermione convinces him to stay longer than he intended. She is successful, and Leontes mistakenly believes that her sway over Polixenes is because she is having an affair with him, and that the child who she is pregnant with must be Polixenes’. Accusing his wife of an affair, Leontes has her thrown in prison, and she has her child there, where she dies shortly thereafter. Sixteen years later, after much has happened regarding the child born in prison, and at the end of the story, Leontes is regretful, and a statute which is done in her image comes to life as Hermione. The couple are reunited, and their daughter Perdita is restored.
Harriet was once the wife of wealthy MP, Leonard Cecil, who she married young. After a scandal involving his friend Paul Bonner, in which Harriet was accused of having an affair, Leonard divorced his wife, separating her from her two children: Max and Pippa, who were eight and six respectively. Although her husband was rich, Harriet was left with little to nothing due to the scandal, and at the age of twenty-seven. With what little money she had from the settlement, and with a little help from Paul, she went to school, earning her degree to become a teacher. She tried hard to ignore the fact that she would never see her own children again, and found that working with children helped her to cope with it.
It has been ten years since then, and Harriet has moved to London, content with being a teacher, and living the rest of her life in solitude. She still loves Leonard, despite the fact that he treated her the way he did, and keeps in touch with Paul simply because he is one of her only friends. Most nights she spends in front of the telly or reading, not expecting anything more from her life — the spunk she once had in her youth having died out. She enjoys little hobbies here and there, but does nothing particularly special anymore. She tries to keep tabs on her growing children despite the fact that she cannot contact them due to the court order which she was given when she divorced their father. Still, she hopes that one day she will reunite with them.
Patricia and Anthony Lord - Friends. Patricia has known Harriet since they were in school together as kids, and has always stuck by her. Anthony is Patricia’s husband, and although he is still friends with Leonard, he likes to let Harriet know how things are going with her children. She visits them from time to time, always enjoying their company.
Paul Bonner - Friend. Paul is the son of a wealthy businessman, and was accused of having an affair with Harriet. He has been Harriet’s friend ever since, and has tried to help her as much as he could after the scandal, partially paying for the school which she went to so that she could later on support herself due to his guilt. They keep in touch.
+ Loyal, Loving, Compassionate
- Introverted, Timid, Stubborn
This character is: TAKEN.
Definitely, it’s just not likely that it will be any time soon. Our next batch of characters features roles from Twelfth Night, Henry VI (Parts I-III), Richard II, and more. As always, if you’d like to see a specific character from Julius Caesar (or any other play), you can message us off-anon and we’ll work with you to get that character out as quickly as possible, or you can submit an application for the character via the original character form.
- Admin Erika
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- Admin Erika
Congratulations, Christine, You have been accepted for the role of Harriet Cecil! We’ll get your bio up soon! Please follow everyone, track the tags stated in the rules, and have your blog to us within 48 hours. Welcome to the Globe!
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- Admin Fiona
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Stephan Keeley ✣ Stephano, "The Tempest" ✣ 27 ✣ Aaron Paul
Stephano is a butler to King Alonzo in The Tempest. Often drunk, he stumbles upon Trinculo and Caliban on the island after they’re shipwrecked. Though he initially thought the two to be some kind of four-legged monster, he quickly recognizes Trinculo and offers the two men some wine. Caliban, who thinks this wine has healed him of his ailments, believes Stephano to be a god and convinces him (and Trinculo) to plot against Prospero. Stephano believes that he will take control of the island and marry Miranda, but this ends up not being the case. For the remainder of the play, the three men are seen traveling about the island drunk and are attacked by Ariel until they’re led to Prospero and the King.
No one really knows where Stephan Keeley came from or, frankly, where he’s going. He’s got no direction — no past or future — which leaves him looking much more enigmatic than he probably deserves. In truth, Stephan isn’t really all that much of a mystery at all. He’s an abuser of the bottle and pills, he can’t hold a job, and the rest of his “gang” are filled with more people just like him: burnouts. Stephan is pretty good at hiding how useless he actually is, though; he claims that the reason he can’t hold a job is because he hasn’t found his passion yet and, well, he’s charming enough that people will believe him.
In his free time, Stephan makes some extra cash by selling prescription drugs to university students in need of a fix. He doesn’t do any of the hard stuff anymore, as it was too detrimental to his “finest booze collection ever” fund and he couldn’t make the money back on what little he was selling. He’ll still have his fun every once in a while, though, so long as someone else is buying. His supplier is an unknowing pharmacist with an annoying brat for an assistant, but Stephan’s got his ways of attaining what he needs to and, honestly, as long as he can keep boozing and schmoozing, he doesn’t really care about the why or the how — he only cares about what’s in it for him in the end.
Trevor Wilkinson - Best Friend. They’re always getting into trouble together, but what else are best friends for? They’ve been through some pretty crazy crap together, but that’s probably why Stephan loves Trevor so much. They’ll be mates until the very end.
Calvin Potter - Friend. Stephan mostly uses Calvin for the free prescription meds he can… get… from his employer, but he’s not a bad bloke. He knows Calvin just wants to be part of his crowd, so he lets the guy tag along sometimes.
Freddie Whittle - Twerp. For whatever reason, Freddie’s always one-upping Stephan. Freddie is wittier and smarter, constantly dancing circles around him and, frankly, it pisses him off.
Miranda Collins - Possible Conquest. Apparently her dad’s a bit of a tight ass, but Calvin told him that she’s hot so, naturally, he’s interested.
Aaron Collins - Accidental Supplier. The old man doesn’t even know he’s been distributing various medications to Stephan for months. Guess he’s got Calvin to thank for that.
+ Humorous, Persuasive, Lively
- Unsuspecting, Inattentive, Besotted
This character is: OPEN.
Melissa Pembroke ✣ Lady Percy, "Henry IV" ✣ 29 ✣ Michelle Dockery
Lady Kate Percy is the wife of Harry Percy in Henry IV Part I. She is neglected by her husband, who believes that intimacy with her will cause him to loose his masculinity, thus making him more vulnerable in battle. While Lady Percy takes this in stride by making jokes about his aversion to sex and romance, her love for Harry despite his shortcomings (and how big of a jerk he can be to her) is one of the strongest examples of love found in the play. Though Kate is a minor character only found in a few scenes, she is strong and able to stand her ground against her husband, which makes her an important example of women in Shakespearean culture.
Melissa Pembroke (née Rollins) grew up in a small town just north of London. Her mother was a teacher and her father a banker, so she led quite an average life until she moved out at eighteen to go to University in London. Though an impassioned child, Melissa valued stability more than anything and found solace in how her living situation was as a child. Moving to London didn’t change that too much… not until she met Harry Pembroke. He was everything she could have dreamed of — gorgeous, talented, and just as passionate as she was. The one issue was, of course, his convoluted idea of retribution when it came to Henry Galloway. She never quite understood the hatred, mostly because she knew Hal and thought he was a pretty nice bloke (not that she ever told Harry that), but she supported Harry nonetheless and they were married within a year of having met.When it came to their living situation, however, Melissa couldn’t stand it. Harry, who was nearly obsessed with the idea of besting Hal, disregarded the fact that they had no money in order to pursue his acting career until Melissa told him he needed to get a job in the meantime. He began waiting tables as a result and, while he wasn’t exactly happy about it, Melissa became a lot more comfortable once they were on their own two feet. For a few years, she was working as a freelance photographer, but has recently landed a permanent position at Vogue UK. Harry’s acting career is finally taking off, as well, and Melissa couldn’t be happier for him. She does worry, however, that his job is driving a wedge between them. Every role Harry takes on makes him more distant, but he does always come back in the end and, well, that’s all that really matters.
Harry Pembroke - Husband. Though she has to badger him all the time, things almost always go her way in the end. It doesn’t make her spoiled, really, there’s just no other way to get him to listen. She really does love him and knows that, while he’s not so good at showing it, he does truly love her too.
Henry Galloway - Old Flame. Since it was never anything serious between them, Melissa’s never told Harry about her brief fling with Hal. She knows it would only upset him and figures it was meaningless enough that it wouldn’t exactly make a difference.
Peter Poins - Childhood Friend. They grew up a town apart and were very close when they were young. While she and Peter haven’t stayed as close as they once were, they have kept in touch, and she’s quite happy to have a familiar face around.
+ Passionate, Caring, Protective
- Critical, Overly-emotional, Easily agitated
This character is: OPEN.