The Real Characters Behind Bryant & May

Bryant and May


This may be the first of an occasional series to show where characters come from.

My mad and melancholy white witch Maggie Armitage may be found in the pages of most Bryant & May novels, usually either helping to solve a crime or making matters worse, but as many of you know she’s based on a real-life friend, and is eccentric enough to have featured in books by another writer, Tom Wakefield.

Years of having had her photograph taken professionally seems to have taught her always to lean in pictures – I don’t think I have a single picture of her staying entirely upright.

She’s modelled all her life, and has, as far as I know, never taken a bad picture. I based part of my play ‘Falling Stars’ on her, but had to tone the role down because nobody would believe me if I simply told her true story.

She’s rather pleased with her physical rendering in ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’ but feels she should have been more glamorous. She’ll return in ‘Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart’.


7 comments on “The Real Characters Behind Bryant & May”

  1. Pheeny says:

    Gosh – she looks very glamorous!

  2. Pheeny says:

    I can understand why she feels that she has been a little short changed in the books 😀

  3. keith page says:

    Unfortunately I only met the delightful Maggie Armitage after I’d done the drawings.Hopefully she’ll be a little more glamorous in the sequel.Hope you weren’t too insulted, Maggie!

  4. Ray says:

    One of my favourite characters in the Bryant and May series. Makes me happy to know she’s based on a real-life friend.

  5. Helen Martin says:

    I’m always pleased when Maggie turns up, she’s such a practical person and the real Maggie appears practical in the same way.

  6. Dan Terrell says:

    This is a good idea, this series. Please continue.

  7. Griffin says:

    Blimey, what a beautiful woman. Up your descriptive powers, author, you ain’t done her justice 🙂

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