Romeo and Juliet characters

Read on to find out more about the key characters from Romeo and Juliet.

Juliet

The young daughter of Lady Capulet, she is betrothed to Pâris and unhappy about the planned arranged marriage. She falls in love with Romeo, the son of her family’s enemy, and goes to great lengths to protect their union.

Romeo

A Montague caught in a violent feud between his family and the Capulets, though his only interest is love. Madly in love with Rosaline, his feelings are forgotten when he first lays eyes on Juliet and the pair begin a passionate love affair with tragic consequences.

Friar Laurence

A Franciscan friar and friend to Romeo and Juliet. Kind and always with a plan, Friar Laurence secretly marries the pair of lovers with the hope of bringing peace to Verona through their union but inadvertently causes the tragedy that unfolds.

Lady Capulet

Juliet’s mother. She is eager for her daughter to marry Pâris and relies on Juliet's nurse for pragmatic support.

Tybalt

Juliet’s cousin, he is a Capulet and loathes the Montagues. Vain and aggressive, he is quick to draw his sword when he feels his pride has been injured.

Mercutio

Romeo’s close friend, he is witty, hot-headed. He finds Romeo’s romanticised ideas about love tiresome.

Benvolio

Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, he tries to defuse violent scenes in public places.

Pâris

A friend of the Capulets, he is betrothed to be married to the reluctant Juliet.

The Nurse

Juliet’s nurse and confidante, she has cared for Juliet her entire life and facilitates her liaisons with Romeo.

Rosaline

In the beginning, the object of Romeo’s love who is forgotten once Romeo lays eyes on Juliet.

The Two Acolytes

Minor members of the clergy and aids to Friar Laurence.