Briony Tallis—13-year-old co-protagonist who falsely accuses Robbie of rape.
Cecilia Tallis—co-protagonist who falls in love with Robbie.
Leon Tallis—older brother of Briony and Cecilia.
Emily Tallis—mother of Briony, Cecilia, and Leon.
Jack Tallis—father of Briony, Cecilia, and Leon.
Robbie Turner—Cecilia's lover, son of Tallis's house cleaner.
Grace Turner—mother of Robbie.
Ernest Turner—father of Robbie, who deserts family.
Hermione Quincey—sister of Emily Tallis, mother of Lola and twins.
Cecil Quincey—father of Lola and twins.
Lola Quincey—cousin of the Tallis children who is raped.
Pierrot Quincey and Jackson Quincey—nine-year-old twin brothers of Lola.
Paul Marshall—rich friend of Leon's who rapes Lola.
Mr. Hardman—houseworker for Tallis.
Danny Hardman—sixteen-year-old son of Mr. Hardman suspected of rape.
Betty Tallis—cook and housemaid.
Polly Tallis—cook and housemaid.
P. C. Vockins—local constable.
Corporal Nettle—gentle soldier who takes care of Robbie.
Corporal Mace—large-sized soldier who protects Robbie.
Sister Marjorie Drummond—teaching nun at the hospital where Briony works.
Fiona—Briony's roommate and friend at hospital.