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It’s A Sin Cast, Characters, and Show Guide

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A guide for the Channel 4 and HBO Max series “It’s A Sin.” Included is information about characters and details about the series.


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General Information About It’s A Sin

Network(s)Channel 4 (UK)
HBO Max (US)
Created or Developed ByRussell T Davies
First Aired1/22/2021 (UK)
2/18/2021 (HBO Max)

Plot

It’s A Sin focuses on a handful of individuals, Ritchie, Colin, Roscoe, and Jill, as they deal with the rise of AIDS and its effect on the gay community in London.

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Notable Locations & Items

  • London (1.1): The main city the show focuses on
  • The Pink House: The name of the house where Ritchie, Roscoe, Jill, Colin, and many other characters live.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • When Does the Show Start? (1.1): It starts in September of 1981.
  • The Year? (1.2): It’s December 1983, going into early 1984.
  • La! (1.1): After Ritchie’s drag performance as Rachel, “La!” becomes a greeting and how Ritchie, Roscoe, and Jill say goodbye to one another.

Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander)

Ritchie (Olly Alexander) smiling and talking to a potential agent

Ritchie (Olly Alexander)

From the Isle of Wight, Ritchie grew up in a middle-class household with the proverbial mom and dad who had two kids, one girl, and one boy. Originally, he was going to study law and become a barrister, but after meeting Jill, he transferred to the arts, to his father’s ire, and arguably went off the rails a bit. Mainly in becoming a bit promiscuous.

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From the little I can gather, good acting is when it’s true.
— Ritchie’s Mom (1.2)

Roscoe Babatunde (Omari Douglas)

Roscoe (Omari Douglas) during a job interview

Roscoe (Omari Douglas)

Roscoe is from a Nigerian family and is one of the few characters introduced as someone his family knows is gay. But, with his family being conservative, and it being the 80s, Roscoe finds himself mostly cut off from them. For on top of being homosexual, Roscoe is flamboyant. Thus, he only really keeps in contact with his sister and has acquired a new family through London’s gay community.

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Colin Morris-Jones (Callum Scott Howells)

Colin (Callum Scott Howells) out on a city street

Colin (Callum Scott Howells)

When it comes to Colin, he is the quiet one of the group. Yet, while the quietest, he is the most stable of the group. He has a regular day job, a career trajectory when you look at it, and seems to be one of the few who didn’t feel the need to run wild once they left their parents’ house.

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Jill Baxter (Lydia West)

Jill (Lydia West) trying to reason with someone

Jill (Lydia West)

You could consider Jill as either the big sister or the mother figure of the group. Though she is closest to Ritchie, who she has even gone home with and met his family. And because of how close they are, Ritchie’s mom thinks they are together, and Ritchie’s dad blames her for Ritchie switching his major since she was in the arts before him.

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[…] you’re too clever by half, like, in your mind, you can think your way out of anything.
— Jill (1.2)

Harry Coltrane (Neil Patrick Harris)

Harry Coltrane (Neil Patrick Harris) talking to Colin

Harry Coltrane (Neil Patrick Harris)

Colin’s co-worker at the tailor he worked for, who originally befriended Colin to protect him from their predatory boss Mr. Hart. Though, from there, he becomes a mentor. One who exposes Colin to the idea he can meet someone, like his partner Juan Pablo, and be with them for decades. Harry met Juan Pablo at 18, while he was a ramp agent in Gatwick, and they have been together for 30 years.

Now, as for whether both were exclusive, considering how things ended for Harry? That’s hard to say.

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Mr. Hart (Nicholas Blane)

Mr. Hart (Nicholas Blane) avoiding Colin

Mr. Hart (Nicholas Blane)

Mr. Coltrane and Colin’s boss, who is secretly gay, and seems to often hire young boys he clocks as queer and can prey on.

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Gloria (David Carlyle)

Gloria (David Carlyle) back after dealing with sickness

Gloria (David Carlyle)

A Glasgow native, Gloria’s day job is working for public transit, with some financial help from their dad, who works in the tax department. But, like most on the show, his sexuality isn’t accepted and so, when they need their family, there are issues that Gloria is forced to suck up – like being called Gregory.

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Donald (Nathaniel Hall)

Donald (Nathaniel Hall) talking to Ritchie

Donald (Nathaniel Hall)

Donald was Ritchie’s boyfriend for a while, and also someone he competed with to get acting roles. But then when it appeared Donald got sick, Ritchie dropped him.

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Eileen (Andria Doherty)

Eileen (Andria Doherty) learning her son is locked up

Eileen (Andria Doherty)

Colin’s mother is just a nice and simple lady. Also, when she learns that Colin is gay, she honestly doesn’t care for her son is her world.

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Lizbeth (Seyan Sarvan)

Lizbeth (Seyan Sarvan) helping Colin get their freedom

Lizbeth (Seyan Sarvan)

Lizbeth is a lawyer who, with knowing how the Public Health Act of 1984, and subsequent laws were formed and used to discriminate against AIDS patients, forces the system to treat people as such. Also, she tries to get hospitals and officials to modify policies so that future patients are treated with dignity.

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Ash (Nathaniel Curtis)

Ash (Nathaniel Curtis) talking about how he is treated at work

Ash (Nathaniel Curtis)

While introduced as part of a performance class, Ash ends up becoming a teacher. One who is off and on with Ritchie, despite Ritchie’s ways.

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Arthur (Stephen Fry)

Arthur (Stephen Fry) talking about Margaret Thatcher

Arthur (Stephen Fry)

A politician, whose bi-sexual, and acts as a bit of a sugar daddy to Roscoe.

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Clive (Shaun Dooley)

Clive (Shaun Dooley) crying

Clive (Shaun Dooley)

Ritchie’s father who was always a bit hard on him.

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Valerie (Keeley Hawes)

Valerie (Keeley Hawes) revealing Ritchie died

Valerie (Keeley Hawes)

Ritchie’s mother that didn’t know Ritchie was gay until it was too late to get to know him in his true form.

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Oscar (Delroy Brown)

Oscar (Delroy Brown) talking to his son

Oscar (Delroy Brown)

Roscoe’s religious father.

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