The Characters

The Roberts and Armstrong Families

1. Barbie Roberts, entrepreneur, former fashion model, creator and CEO of fashion house, The Barbie Look
2. Amy Roberts, her younger sister, singer with the Ladies in Black
3. Francie Roberts, their cousin, socialite, animal lover, and philanthropist
4. Ken Armstrong, Barbie’s fiancé and Finance Officer for The Barbie Look
5. Charlotte Armstrong, his sister, yoga teacher
6. Adam Armstrong, their younger brother, university student

The Ekpo-Holmes Family

1. Emma Ekpo, Creative Director at The Barbie Look
2. Marvin Holmes, her husband, television presenter and host of Mornings with Marvin
3. Viviane Ekpo-Holmes, their daughter, aged 4, attending Reception
4. Dasia Ekpo, Emma’s sister, singer for the Ladies in Black
5. Blessing Olatunji, Emma’s cousin, works at the King George III
6. Kendra Olatunji, singer for the Ladies in Black
7. Monique Holmes, Marvin’s cousin, lab supervisor/technician/preparator in the Biology Dept at the university
8. Roberta Holmes, Monique’s half-sister, nurse in the medical centre
9. Erika Holmes, Roberta’s sister, veterinary nurse at uni
10. Corbin Holmes, Roberta and Erika’s brother, university student
11. Jazmin Szalay, university student, Corbin’s live-in girlfriend
12. Lavinia Devine, aunt to Marvin, Monique, Roberta, Erika and Corbin
13. Faith Devine, Lavinia’s older daughter, model
14. Grace Devine, Lavinia’s younger daughter, age 6, attending Year 2

The Panenka-Puppe Family

1. Kevin Puppe, manager of the pub, the King George III
2. Alistair Puppe, Kevin’s younger brother, Sixth Form student
3. Steffi Panenka, Kevin’s wife, stay-at-home mum and child minder
4. Gretchen Panenka-Puppe, their oldest daughter, aged 4, attends Reception
5. Evi Panenka-Puppe, their middle daughter, aged 3
6. Uwe Panenka-Puppe, their son, aged 16 months
7. Mitzi Panenka-Puppe, their youngest, aged 4 months
8. Ivana Panenka, oldest Panenka sister, model
9. Dr Bonnie Panenka, BSc, MSc, PhD, second Panenka sister, palaeontologist and university lecturer
10. Claire Panenka, Steffi’s younger sister, single mum and singer for The Ladies in Black
11. Paul Panenka, Claire’s infant son
12. Skipper Panenka, the youngest Panenka sister, aged 11, attending year 7
13. Katie Panenka, yogini
14. Olly Petersen, Katie’s fiancé, yogi
15. Penny Panenka, aerobics instructor, the Panenka sisters’ cousin

The Lamb-Cuthbertson Family

1. Dr Lara Lamb, MBBS MRCGP, the local GP
2. Josh Cuthbertson, Lara’s husband, stay at home dad
3. Lottie Lamb-Cuthbertson, their oldest daughter, age 8, attending Year 4
4. Alexandra Lamb-Cuthbertson, their younger daughter, age 6, attending Year 2
5. Dr Nicholas (Nick) Lamb, BVSc PhD, Lara’s brother, a veterinarian, wildlife biologist, university lecturer

The Oliviers

1. Dr Esmée Olivier, BDS, the local dentist, single mum.
2. Layla Olivier, her daughter, aged 3, cared for by Steffi Panenka while Esmée is at work.
3. Yvette Olivier, her sister, barmaid at the pub

The Sherwood-McLaughlin Family

1. Midge Sherwood, psychotherapist
2. Sam McLaughlin, actor, her husband
3. Rachel Sherwood-McLaughlin, Midge and Sam’s infant daughter
4. Sasha Sherwood, Midge’s sister and ward, aged 8, attending year 4
5. Noa Greenbaum, Midge’s aunt
6. Jamie McLaughlin, Sam’s brother, photographer
7. Liu Liu Ling, Jamie’s partner, fashion designer for The Barbie Look

The Jones Siblings

1. Michelle Jones, model for The Barbie Look
2. Chrisandra Jones, Director of the Centre for Sport at uni, football coach and former footballer on England’s national women’s team
3. Dr Jamal Jones, BSc, MSc, PhD, senior lecturer in biology

The Takara Siblings

1. Jenny Takara, Sixth Form student from Japan
2. Haruto-kun (Hari) Takara, Jenny’s brother, age 13, Year 9

The Yukimura Sisters

1. Cho Yukimura, the oldest sister, classical musician, violin and piano
2. Yuki Yukimura, the middle sister, university student
3. Ruruko Yukimura, age 10, year 6, their younger sister

The MacDonald Sisters

1. Luna MacDonald, lead singer for Luna and the Dolls
2. Merida MacDonald, singer with the Ladies in Black

The Kiyembe Sisters

1. Malia Kiyembe, dancer
2. Naomi Kiyembe, PhD student in Human Biology

The Colliers and Henry Brewer

1. Kitty Collier, model for The Barbie Look
2. Henry Brewer, her partner, biker chef and cookbook author
3. Scarlett Collier, university student

The Davis Brothers

1. Diondre Davis, PR and promotion, The Barbie Look
2. Deangelo Davis, PhD student in biology

All the Single Men

1. Zayn Ahmed, manages café at uni
2. Marcelo Bambolini, manager of Luna and the Dolls
3. Jake Blake, pianist for Luna and the Dolls
4. Jack Chan, martial arts instructor at university
5. Robin B. Gee, drummer for Luna and the Dolls
6. Liam Hemingway, actor and Sam McLaughlin’s best friend
7. Dr Clark Kent, BSc, MSc, PhD, biological anthropologist, university lecturer
8. Tommy Lu, talent agent
9. Sutton Matthews, basketball coach at the Centre for Sport
10. Steven Obi, Ken Armstrong’s best friend, actor, model, dancer, singer
11. Pierre Tomy, local optometrist
12. Ryan Williams, meditation teacher, in a relationship with Momoko Moto

 All the Single Ladies

1. Lilli Akana, Barbie’s PA
2. Marilyn Baker, singer for the Ladies in Black, aspiring actress
3. Nicole Bernstein, soprano, opera singer and voice coach
4. Sandra González, pianist for the Ladies in Black
5. Hanna Haywood, yoga teacher
6. Gwenhwyfar Hughes, bass player for Luna and the Dolls
7. Ariadne Kostopoulos, model for The Barbie Look
8. Momoko Moto, intern at The Barbie Look, in a relationship with Ryan Williams
9. Rebeca Ramirez, administrator at university
10. Gabriella Rossi, gymnastics coach at the university
11. Audrey Ruston, actress
12. Mira Tan, yoga teacher and owner of the local yoga studio
13. Prof Nichelle Uhura, BSc, MSc, PhD, Professor of Biology and Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University
14. Salynda Wong, model for The Barbie Look

The Students

1. Zoë Adamson, PhD student in Palaeontology
2. Jessica Taylor, PhD student in Veterinary Medicine and Biology
3. Dexter Delaval, Sixth Form, guitarist in the band, Luna and the Dolls
4. Kurhn Lee, Sixth Form, Dexter’s girlfriend, wants to be a singer but parents are insisting she do medicine
5. Rika-chan (Rikki) Kayama, attends Year 7, aged 12