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White Teeth | Characters

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Archie Jones Englishman Archie Jones is a veteran of World War II, the husband of Clara Jones, and the father of Irie Jones. A simple man, Archie prefers to make important decisions by coin toss. Read More
Samad Iqbal Samad Iqbal is the husband of Alsana and the father of Magid and Millat. A veteran of World War II who immigrates to England and works in a restaurant, he is obsessed with the legacy of his ancestor Mangal Pande. Read More
Clara Jones Clara Jones, née Bowden, immigrated to England from Jamaica as a teenager. She is Archie Jones's wife and Irie Jones's mother. Read More
Alsana Iqbal Alsana Iqbal, née Begum, is Samd Iqbal's much younger wife, through an arranged marriage, and the mother of Millat and Magid. Read More
Magid Iqbal Magid Iqbal is the son of Samad and Alsana Iqbal, two minutes older than his twin brother, Millat. A studious and intelligent boy, Magid spends much of his youth in Bangladesh and returns to England to become Marcus Chalfen's assistant. Read More
Millat Iqbal Millat Iqbal is the son of Samad and Alsana Iqbal, two minutes younger than his twin brother, Magid. A rebellious and promiscuous troublemaker, Millat joins the radical Islamist group KEVIN. Read More
Irie Jones Irie Jones is the half-Jamaican daughter of Clara and Archie Jones. She struggles to reclaim her hidden familial history and becomes pregnant with a daughter after sleeping with both twins, Millat and Magid Iqbal. Read More
Abdul-Colin Abdul-Colin is a member of KEVIN and relative of Mickey, who owns O'Connell's.
Abdul-Jimmy Abdul-Jimmy is a member of KEVIN and son of Mickey, who owns O'Connell's.
Sister Aeyisha Sister Aeyisha meets Millat Iqbal when Brother Tyrone from KEVIN introduces them, hoping to inspire Millat to date a different kind of girl.
Annalese Annalese passes Irie Jones a note after English class, making fun of Irie.
Arshad Arshad is Mo Hussein-Ishmael's son.
Ambrosia Bowden In 1906, Jamaican teenager Ambrosia Bowden becomes pregnant by her English tutor and, subsequently, becomes a devout Jehovah's Witness. She gives birth to her daughter, Hortense Bowden, inside a church during the 1907 Kingston earthquake.
Darcus Bowden Darcus Bowden is Hortense's husband and Clara's father. Upon immigrating from Jamaica to England, he becomes disabled and spends all his time watching television.
Hortense Bowden Hortense Bowden, Clara's mother, is a pious, strong-willed Jehovah's Witness who immigrated to England when Clara was a teenager. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1907 earthquake, Hortense is obsessed with the coming apocalypse her religion promises.
Mrs. Brenton Mrs. Brenton is the fiery, Scottish spinster who introduces Ambrosia Bowden (pregnant with Hortense Bowden) to the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1906.
Poppy Burt-Jones A young British woman with a poorly informed admiration for Eastern culture, Poppy Burt-Jones teaches music at Magid and Millat's school and has an affair with Samad Iqbal.
Karina Cain Karina Cain is Millat Iqbal's favorite girlfriend. After Millat joins the radical Islamist group KEVIN, he becomes critical of Karina's Western self-expression and sexuality, and breaks up with her.
Benjamin Chalfen Benjamin Chalfen is one of the Chalfen children, about a year younger than his brother Joshua Chalfen, Irie Jones and Millat Iqbal's friend.
Jack Chalfen Jack Chalfen is one of the Chalfen children, about three years younger than his brother Joshua Chalfen, Irie Jones and Millat Iqbal's friend.
Joshua Chalfen Joshua Chalfen is the son of Joyce and Marcus Chalfen. He eventually rejects his family's intellectual, rational ideology as hypocritical and joins the radical animal rights group FATE.
Joyce Chalfen Joyce Chalfen, a self-proclaimed liberal feminist and writer of gardening books, is Marcus's wife and Joshua's mother. She becomes obsessed with "saving" troubled Millat Iqbal.
Marcus Chalfen Marcus Chalfen, a geneticist who creates the controversial FutureMouse, is Joyce's wife and Joshua's father. His mentor is Dr. Marc-Pierre Perret, and Magid Iqbal becomes his protégé.
Oscar Chalfen Oscar Chalfen is the youngest Chalfen child.
Clarence Clarence is one of the Jamaican regulars who always plays Dominoes at O'Connell's bar.
Clive Clive is one of the young men living at the commune, where Archie Jones meets Clara Bowden.
Crispin Crispin founded the radical animal rights group FATE with his wife, Joely.
Denzel Denzel is one of the Jamaican regulars who always plays Dominoes at O'Connell's bar.
Ophelia Diagilo Ophelia Diagilo is Archie Jones's first wife, an Italian woman he met and quickly married after the end of World War II. When she divorces him after 30 years of unhappy matrimony, Archie attempts suicide.
Thomas Dickinson-Smith Thomas Dickinson-Smith, captain of a World War II battalion with Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones, is killed when their tank breaks down in Bulgaria.
Dipesh Dipesh, part of Millat Iqbal's crew, goes with him to Bradford to protest a blasphemous book.
Captain Charlie Durham Captain Charlie Durham, portrayed in the past (1906 and 1907) in White Teeth, is the Englishman living in Jamaica who impregnates Ambrosia Bowden, Irie Jones's great-grandmother.
Elderly Alim Samad Iqbal visits the elderly Alim at the mosque when Samad is becoming more religious and needs advice about whether masturbating is a sin.
Sir Edmund Flecker Glenard In 1906 Sir Edmund Flecker Glenard sends Ambrosia Bowden (Irie Jones's great-grandmother) away when her pregnancy shows, and later he is killed in an earthquake (1907) just after he tries to rape Ambrosia. Glenard Oaks, Irie and Millat Iqbal's school, is named after him.
Gozan Gozan owns the café in Bulgaria where Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal spend time after their tank breaks down during World War II.
Gozan's nephew Gozan's nephew goes with Archie Jones, Samad Igbal, his uncle, and eight Russian soldiers when they capture Dr. Marc-Pierre Perret in Bulgaria during World War II.
J.P. Hamilton J.P. Hamilton is the old man Irie Jones, Millat Iqbal, and Magid Iqbal bring food to during the Harvest Festival.
Headmaster The Glenard Oak headmaster decides, after Irie Jones and Millat Iqbal are caught smoking marijuana in the schoolyard, that they should spend two nights per week studying at the Chalfens.
Kelvin Hero Kelvin Hero is Archie Jones's boss at the folded-paper firm MorganHero.
Hifan Hifan, a member of the radical Islamic group KEVIN, visits Millat Iqbal at school to recruit him.
Mo Hussein-Ishmael Mo Hussein-Ishmael is a Muslim butcher who thwarts Archie Jones's suicide attempt outside his butcher shop; he later becomes a member of the radical Islamic group KEVIN.
Horst Ibelgaufts Horst Ibelgaufts is a Swedish gynecologist who shared 13th place with Archie Jones in the 1948 London Olympics for track cycling. Archie is powerfully influenced by the letters he receives from Ibelgaufts over the years.
Indian girl in airport While waiting for Magid Iqbal to arrive, Marcus Chalfen converses with a young Indian woman (who he mistakes for an "Asian girl") about the novel he coauthored.
Indian woman Millat Iqbal approaches an Indian woman sitting alone at a Piccadilly café, and she rejects his attempt to teach her about KEVIN.
Joely Joely founded the radical animal rights group FATE with her husband, Crispin. Joshua Chalfen's sexual attraction to Joely is one of the main reasons he joins FATE.
Johnny Johnny is an O'Connell's customer, who balks when Samad Iqbal brings his over-formal son, Magid Igbal, to the bar one night.
Will Johnson Will Johnson, gunner in the same battalion with Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones during World War II, is killed when their tank breaks down in Bulgaria.
Sol Jozefowicz Sol Jozefowicz is the former groundskeeper at the park where Clara Jones and Alsana Iqbal discuss their husbands.
Kenny Kenny is a member of the animal activist group FATE.
Leo Leo is one of the young men living at the commun where Archie Jones meets Clara Bowden.
Roy Mackintosh Roy Mackintosh, co-driver in the same battalion with Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones during World War II, is killed when their tank breaks down in Bulgaria.
Mad Mary Mad Mary, a homeless woman, confronts Samad Iqbal when he is just beginning his affair with Poppy Burt-Jones.
Zinat Mahal Zinat Mahal is the wife of Samad Iqbal's cousin. Knowing she is a gossip, Samad visits her to secure an alibi prior to meeting his lover, Poppy Burt-Jones.
Hakim Mahal Hakim Mahal is Samad Iqbal's cousin, and Zinat Mahal's husband.
Maxine Maxine is the lesbian girlfriend of Alsana Iqbal's niece Neena.
Mickey Mickey is the Muslim proprietor of O'Connell's, the poolroom and restaurant where Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones spend their free time.
Ms. Katie Miniver Katie is at the parent-governors' meeting when Samad Iqbal makes a motion to cancel the Harvest Festival on the grounds that it is pagan.
Minnie Minnie is the newest member of the animal activist group FATE.
Ambrosia's mother Ambrosia Bowden's mother is portrayed in 1906 and 1907 in Jamaica, when White Teeth flashes back to the past.
Muhammad Muhammad is Ardashir Mukhul's great-uncle and a waiter at the Palace.
Ardashir Mukhul Ardashir Mukhul is Samad Iqbal's distant cousin and the owner of the restaurant, the Palace, where Samad works.
Neena Neena is Alsana's lesbian feminist niece, whom Alsana calls "niece-of-shame."
Noel Noel is Archie Jones's coworker at the folded-paper firm, MorganHero.
Mrs. Owens At the parent-governors' meeting, when Samad Iqbal makes a motion to cancel the Harvest Festival on the grounds that it is pagan, Mrs. Owens assures Samad the school is concerned with respecting "religious diversity."
Paddy Paddy is a member of the animal activist group FATE.
Dr. Marc-Pierre Perret Dr. Marc-Pierre Perret is a French scientist who worked for the Nazi eugenics program. After Archie Jones fails to kill him in 1945, he goes on to become Marcus Chalfen's mentor.
Nikolai Pesotsky Nikolai, or Nick, Pesotsky, is the Russian soldier who hands over Dr. Marc-Pierre Perret to Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones after losing to Samad in a game of poker.
Petronia Petronia is one of the young women living at the commune where Archie Jones meets Clara Bowden.
Rajik Rajik, part of Millat Iqbal's crew, goes with him to Bradford to protest a blasphemous book.
Rajnu Rajnu, Samal Iqbal's nephew who attends Cambridge College, writes to Samad about a book he found in the library (by A.S. Misra), which protrays their ancestor Mangal Pande in a good historical light.
Ranil Ranil, part of Millat's crew, goes with him to Bradford to protest a blasphemous book.
Olive Roody Olive Roody, Irie Jones's English teacher at the Glenard Oaks school, tells Irie not to read Shakespeare with a "modern ear."
Shiva Shiva waits tables at the Palace, the restaurant where Samad Iqbal works. Despite being a Hindu, he eventually joins the radical Islamist group KEVIN.
Brother Ibrahim ad-Din Shukrallah Brother Ibrahim ad-Din Shukrallah is the founder of the radical Islamic group KEVIN. After he is charged with tax evasion and civil disobedience, KEVIN abandons its plan to use violence to disrupt the FutureMouse event.
Sir James Swettenham Sir James Swettenham, the governor of Jamaica in 1907, refuses to make an exception for Captain Charlie Durham (Irie Jones's great-grandfather) when he tries to help Ambrosia Bowden procure a place on the American relief ships after the Kingston earthquake of 1907.
Tina Tina is the headmaster's secretary at the Glenard Oaks school, where Irie Jones and Millat Iqbal attend.
Ryan Topps Ryan Topps dated Clara Jones when they were teenagers. After meeting Hortense Bowden, Ryan Topps becomes a Jehovah's Witness.
Nikki Tyler Nikki Tyler is a girl Millat Iqbal flirts with in English class, in front of Irie Jones.
Brother Tyrone Brother Tyrone is a KEVIN member who gives Millat Iqbal religious leaflets, which effectively cause him to break up with his white English girlfriend, Karina Cain, and join KEVIN.
Varin Varin is an overweight Hindu boy who works in Mo Hussein-Ishmael's butcher shop.
Wan-Si Wan-Si is one of the young women living at commune where Archie Jones meets Clara Bowden.
Tim Westleigh Tim Westleigh (Merlin) runs the commune where Archie Jones meets Clara Bowden.
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