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Charles Dickens
   wrote   
Oliver Twist
One of the first English language novels to feature a child protagonist
Charles Bates
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
Oliver Twist
Member of Fagin's band of thieves. He mends his ways after Fagin is captured.
Betsy (Bet)
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Prostitute and friend of Nancy. Goes mad after identifying Nancy's body.
Blathers
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Bow Street Runner (London Policemen) who, along with Duff, investigates the attempted robbery of the Maylie home.
Brownlow
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Adopts Oliver after he is charged with pickpocketing. He later establishes Oliver's true identity.
Bumble
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Beadle at the workhouse where Oliver is born. He mistreats the residents in his care and becomes the symbol of Dickens' distaste for the workhouse system. Marries Mrs Corney and later is disgraced and becomes a resident in the same workhouse.
Noah Claypole
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Assistant at Sowerberry's with whom Oliver fights. Noah later joins Fagin's band and spys on Nancy. After Fagin's capture he testifies against him and becomes an informer for the police.
Mrs Corney
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Matron of the workhouse where Oliver is born. She marries Bumble making him miserable. The Bumbles are disgraced and end up as paupers in the workhouse they once ruled over.
Jack Dawkins
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Also known as the Artful Dodger, he is the most successful and interesting of Fagin's thieves. He shows Oliver the ropes of the pickpocket game and is later captured and sentenced to transportation.
Duff
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Bow Street Runner (London Policemen) who, along with Blathers, investigates the attempted robbery of the Maylie home.
Fagin
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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A crafty old Jew who runs a thieve's school near Field Lane in Saffron Hill. Oliver falls in with Fagin's band when he runs away from the workhouse. When Fagin attempts to help Monks destroy Oliver's reputation he is arrested and executed at Newgate. Fagin was based on real-life Jewish fence (receiver of stolen property), Ikey Soloman (1758-1850).
Agnes Fleming
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Mother of Oliver, whom she has out of wedlock with Edwin Leeford. Agnes is also the sister of Rose Maylie.
Mr Grimwig
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Cantankerous friend of Mr Brownlow. Quote: "I'll eat my head!"
Edward Aka Monks Leeford
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Villainous son of Edwin and half-brother of Oliver Twist who plots with Fagin to corrupt Oliver, in which case Leeford will inherit all of their father's property. After the plan is foiled Leeford is forced to emigrate to America where he dies in prison.
Edwin Leeford
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Father of Oliver, whom he has fathered out of wedlock with Agnes Fleming. Also father of Edward (Monks) from a previous marriage. Edwin has died before the story begins.
Dr. Losberne
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Impetuous doctor who treats Oliver and Rose in illness. A friend of the Maylie family.
Mrs Mann
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Matron of a workhouse farm where Oliver is raised to age 9.
Mrs Maylie
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Mother of Harry and the adopted mother of Rose.
Harry Maylie
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Son of Mrs Maylie, he marries Rose.
Rose Maylie
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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A poor girl adopted by Mrs Maylie, she and Mr Brownlow endeavor to help Oliver through Nancy. When Nancy's conversation with Rose on London Bridge is overheard by Claypole, Nancy is murdered by Sikes. She later marries Harry.
Nancy
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Prostitute and member of Fagin's band of thieves. Befriends Oliver and is eventually murdered by Sikes trying to help Oliver escape Fagin's clutches.
Old Sally
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Old hag present at Oliver's birth. She steals the locket and ring from Oliver's mother as she lays dying.
Bill Sikes
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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A vicious thief working on the fringes of Fagin's band of pickpockets. He uses Oliver in an attempt to burglarize the Brownlow home. When Nancy tries to help Oliver she is found out by Fagin who relates the information to Sikes who murders Nancy. While fleeing police after the murder he accidentally hangs himself.
Mr Sowerberry
   appeared in the Dickens novel   
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Undertaker to whom Oliver is apprenticed. Oliver is mistreated and runs away to London
David Lean
   directed   
Oliver Twist (1948)
Rachel Portman
   wrote music for   
Oliver Twist (2005)
Oliver Twist (1948)
   starred   
Robert Newton, Alec Guinness and Kay Walsh
Director: David Lean
Charles Dickens
   wrote the book adapted for the film   
Oliver Twist (2005)
Based on the book 'The Adventures of Oliver Twist'
Oliver Twist (1922)
   starred   
James A, Marcus, Aggie Herring and Jackie Coogan
Director: Frank Lloyd. Also starred Nelson McDowell, Lewis Sargent & Joan Standing. Plot: Oliver's mother, a penniless outcast, died giving birth to him. As a young boy Oliver (Coogan) is brought up in a workhouse...
Oliver Twist (1933)
   starred   
Dickie Moore, Irving Pichel and William 'Stage' Boyd
Director: William J. Cowen. Also starred Doris Lloyd, Alec B. Francis & Barbara Kent. Plot: An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves.
Oliver Twist (1948)
   starred   
Robert Newton, Alec Guinness and Kay Walsh
IMDB rating 8.0/10. Director: David Lean
Charles Dickens
   wrote the book adapted for the film   
Oliver Twist (2005)
Based on the book 'The Adventures of Oliver Twist'
Agnes Fleming
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Oliver Twist
Mother of Oliver, whom she has out of wedlock with Edwin Leeford. Agnes is also the sister of Rose Maylie.
Bill Sykes
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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A vicious thief working on the fringes of Fagin's band of pickpockets. He uses Oliver in an attempt to burglarize the Brownlow home. When Nancy tries to help Oliver she is found out by Fagin who relates the information to Sikes who murders Nancy. While fleeing police after the murder he accidentally hangs himself.
Brownlow
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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Adopts Oliver after he is charged with pickpocketing. He later establishes Oliver's true identity.
Bumble
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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Beadle at the workhouse where Oliver is born. He mistreats the residents in his care and becomes the symbol of Dickens' distaste for the workhouse system. Marries Mrs Corney and later is disgraced and becomes a resident in the same workhouse.
Edward Aka Monks Leeford
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Oliver Twist
Villainous son of Edwin and half-brother of Oliver Twist who plots with Fagin to corrupt Oliver, in which case Leeford will inherit all of their father's property. After the plan is foiled Leeford is forced to emigrate to America where he dies in prison.
Edwin Leeford
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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Father of Oliver, whom he has fathered out of wedlock with Agnes Fleming. Also father of Edward (Monks) from a previous marriage. Edwin has died before the story begins.
Fagin
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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A crafty old Jew who runs a thieve's school near Field Lane in Saffron Hill. Oliver falls in with Fagin's band when he runs away from the workhouse. When Fagin attempts to help Monks destroy Oliver's reputation he is arrested and executed at Newgate. Fagin was based on real-life Jewish fence (receiver of stolen property), Ikey Soloman (1758-1850).
Jack Dawkins
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
Oliver Twist
Also known as the Artful Dodger, he is the most successful and interesting of Fagin's thieves. He shows Oliver the ropes of the pickpocket game and is later captured and sentenced to transportation.
Mrs Corney
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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Matron of the workhouse where Oliver is born. She marries Bumble making him miserable. The Bumbles are disgraced and end up as paupers in the workhouse they once ruled over.
Nancy
   appears in the Dickens' novel   
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Prostitute and member of Fagin's band of thieves. Befriends Oliver and is eventually murdered by Sikes trying to help Oliver escape Fagin's clutches.






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