Top 5 Shakespeare Characters

A Guide to the Best Shakespeare Characters

Who's made it into our top 5 list of Shakespeare characters? Find out with our essential guide to the best Shakespeare characters.
Shakespeare Characters: Jude Law as Hamlet
Shakespeare Characters: Jude Law as Hamlet. Photo © Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Hamlet is arguably Shakespeare's most complex character. Explore Hamlet's emotional turmoil in our Hamlet character profile. More »

Shakespeare Characters: Macbeth
Shakespeare Characters: Macbeth. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most intense and attractive villains. However, as this Macbeth character analysis reveals, he is a complex and multi-faceted character. More »

Shakespeare Characters: Romeo from 'Romeo and Juliet'
Shakespeare Characters: Romeo from 'Romeo and Juliet'. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

Romeo from Romeo and Juliet is literature's most famous lover. He’s a handsome man of about sixteen who falls easily in and out of love demonstrating his immaturity. More »

Shakespeare Characters: Lady Macbeth
Shakespeare Characters: Lady Macbeth. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

Lady Macbeth from Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most infamous female characters because she exerts a great deal of influence over the events of the play and is the main instigator in the plot to kill the king. More »

Shakespeare Characters: Benedick from 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Shakespeare Characters: Benedick from 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Photo © Lee Jamieson

Young, funny and locked into a love-hate relationship with Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing's Benedick is one of Shakespeare's most hilarious characters. More »