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I May Destroy You Cast and Character Guide

A guide for the HBO/BBC series “I May Destroy You,” that notes cast members, information about their character, and other details about the show.

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Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

Arabella Essiuedu (Michaela Coel & Danielle Vitalis)

First Noted In – I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 1 “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”

Brief Description

The semi-famous writer of “Chronicles of a Fed Up Millennial” who has been struggling with her follow up book. Maybe because she isn’t just pulling old tweets and making them into cohesive thoughts, her love life being a bit complicated, or just utter lack of inspiration. But with her agent breathing down her neck, she has to come up with something if she wants to keep making trips to Italy.

Additional Information About Arabella

Notable Episodes

  • S1E4: Starts seeing Zain Tareen (Karan Gill)
    • S1E5: Won the Berkerly Award in 2017
  • S1E5: We learn the owner of her publisher, Susy Henny, is a Black woman.

Quotes

Control what you can, no more, no less.
— Arabella (S1E3)


Biagio (Marouane Zotti)

Biagio (Marquane Zotti) saying goodbye to Arabella.
Biagio (Marquane Zotti)

First Noted In – I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 1 “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”

Brief Description

Arabella’s Italian f— buddy who she’d love to become her actual boyfriend, but he isn’t willing to commit to that.

Additional Information About Biagio

  • S1E3: Makes money dealing drugs.
    • Met Arabella three months prior to the start of the series

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Alissa (Ann Akin)

Alissa (Ann Akin) smiling at Kat.
Alissa (Ann Akin)

First Noted In – I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 1 “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”

Brief Description

In pursuit of spicing things up in their relationship, Kat allows Simon to join a dating app, and he discovers Alissa. She is someone who has always had an issue being in her own relationship, so joining one in progress doesn’t bother her. In fact, she likes the idea.

Additional Information About Alissa

  • S1e1: Notes she has depression and anxiety.
    • It’s also noted she likes drama in her relationships.

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Simon (Aml Ameen)

Simon (Aml Ameen) at a party with his Kat and Alissa.
Simon (Aml Ameen)

First Noted In – I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 1 “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”

Brief Description

Alongside being one half of the 8-year couple known as Simon and Kat, Simon is also one of Arabella’s closest friends.

Additional Information About Simon

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Kat (Lara Rossi)

Kat (Lara Rossi) feigning a smile.
Kat (Lara Rossi)

First Noted In – I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 1 “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”

Brief Description

Simon’s other half, for the last 8 years, who is noted to be a good cook and is a teacher or professor.

Additional Information About Kat

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Kwame (Paapa Essiedu)

Kwame (Paapa Essiedu) realizing his friend was assaulted.
Kwame (Paapa Essiedu)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2

Brief Description

One of Arabella’s friends who often is there to keep her company.

Additional Information About Terry

  • S1E1: Is gay

Notable Episodes

  • S1E4: A major trauma happens to him.

Quotes


Terry Pratchard (Weruche Opia)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2

Brief Description

Arabella’s best girlfriend who is an aspiring actress.

Additional Information About Terry

  • S1E2: Follower count is 7236

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Theodora (Harriet Webb & Gaby French)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 6

Brief Description

A schoolmate of Arabella and Terry whose life growing up, especially her teen years, were sordid due to her mother coercing her to say her father assaulted her at 7 and her accusing a boy of rape in her teen years.

Additional Information About Theodora

Notable Episodes

Ryan (Josiah Mutupa) dealing with the accusation he raped someone.
Ryan (Josiah Mutupa)

  • S1E6: We meet Ryan (Josiah Mutupa) who, after taking pictures of her without her consent, she falsely accuses him of raping her.

Quotes


General Information

Creator(s)Michaela Coel
First Aired (HBO Max and BBC)6/7/2020

 

How To Watch

Groups & Organizations

  • Future Voices (1.1): The company that Arabella works with

Notable Locations

  • Ostia, Italy (1.1): Where Biagio lives
  • Hackney, London (1.1): The area Arabella lives and works
  • Ego Death Bar (1.1): The place Arabella is assaulted.

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What To Read Next

I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 8 “Line Spectrum Border” – Recap/ Review with Spoilers

As Kwame explores what it is like to be with a woman, the cops reach a conclusion when it comes to Arabella's rape case.

I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 7 “Happy Animals” – Recap/ Review with Spoilers

Exploitation, Terry's guilt, and the weird place Theo holds in Arabella's life is explored in "Happy Animals."

I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 6 “The Alliance” – Recap/ Review with Spoilers

"I May Destroy You" ventures into dangerous territory as it exhibits a false rape accusation.

I May Destroy You: Season 1 Episode 5 “…It Just Came Up” – Recap/ Review with Spoilers

What constitutes as rape, be it heterosexual or homosexual sex is the focus as Arabella and Kwame story as they try to speak their truth.

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