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by Virginia Woolf

Orlando Characters

Meet the Cast


Orlando is many things: poet, patron of the arts, ambassador, man, woman, and temporary coma patient. But one thing Orlando is not is a character with a trajectory easy to map from one chapter to t...

Nick Greene

First spotted in Chapter Two standing in Orlando’s grand hallway looking a little lost and very humble in the face of the fancy surroundings. His presence debunks Orlando’s image of poe...


In a novel that's all about finding the right words for things, it's significant that the only character who gets to do the naming is our protagonist, Orlando. And it's also meaningful that he name...

Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine

We have a suspicion that, if Orlando were living today, she'd shop at REI. Or maybe she'd have a subscription to Backpacker Magazine and a lifetime membership with the Sierra Club. Our point here?...

Archduchess Harriet/Archduke Harry

Harry/Harriet is a Romanian Archduke with a serious crush on Orlando. Harry (it turns out to be just Harry) holds a deep, constant, and abiding love for our protagonist. This would be impressive if...

Captain Nicholas Benedict Bartolus

This is the ship captain who brings Orlando from Constantinople to England. He’s the first lucky guy to see Orlando wearing dresses, and when he treats her as a woman, Orlando realizes for th...


Orlando’s mother’s maid. Orlando spies a poet in her room during Chapter One.


Orlando’s gardener during Elizabethan times.

Lady Clorinda

Bachelorette #1 who didn’t interest Orlando because she was too sweet and good.

Lady Favilla

Bachelorette #2 who lost Orlando’s interest because she had her spaniel whipped.

Lady Euphrosyne

Bachelorette #3 who lost Orlando’s interest because…Princess Sasha showed up.

Mrs. Grimsditch

Orlando’s first and longtime housekeeper.

Mr. Dupper

Orlando’s chaplain. He first appears in Chapter Two and then resurfaces in Chapter Five.

Rustum el Sadi

The old gipsy man who houses Orlando after his (or her) sex change. He is the only gipsy whose name we learn, and he holds very different philosophies than Orlando when it comes to nature, and prop...

Mr. Pope

In real life, Pope lived in the 18th century and has remained popular for his satirical poetry. One of the "great wits" that Orlando spends time with, she alternates between feelings of awe for his...


The prostitute that Orlando befriends after she is sick and tired of England’s greatest wits.

Widow Bartholomew

Orlando’s housekeeper during the Victorian era.


He is Orlando’s butler during the Victorian era.