20 Best British TV Comedy Characters Of All Time

Get the kettle on: it's time to relive the best of the best British gems.


Not to blow our own horn too loudly but British people have the best sense of humour and that’s just a fact. Our politics may be a mess, we might not excel in sporting events and our weather is 90% rain but don’t be fooled, we know how to do comedy. British humour works so well because it’s varied and doesn’t rely on just one kind of gimmick.

And this collection of characters rooted from British television just proves that our humour is diverse and appealing to many different demographics, replete with satire, black comedy, sarcasm and being able to poke fun at our own culture.

It’s hard to narrow them all down, but here are the some of the greatest British TV characters, ones who have truly shaped our reputation for the world's best comedy. Ranging from the classics (Porridge) to the innovative (The Inbetweeners), all these TV shows may differ in their set ups but one thing is for sure: they’ve got at least one hilarious character which became part of British pop culture through their absolute brilliance.

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