Most of the characters were historical characters. Much of the bigotry and jealousies are based on accounts given from Victoria's own writings.<
re>For more on Victoria's court, see: Schomp, V (2010) <i>Victoria and Her Court. Life in Victorian England</i>. New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark.<ref>
Victoria: She is, during the movie, an old but lonely woman who had witnessed the death of her husband decades earlier and her friend John Brown. She appears tired and jaded by court life and longs for a genuine friendship.
Abdul Karim: He is a Muslim India who also had memorized the <i>Quran</i> at an early age. He is shown as being ambitious and dutiful, wanting to cultivate his relationship with the Queen. However, he was also very loyal to her and grew to have a close bond and deep friendship with the Queen.
Edward (future Edward VII): Better known as Bertie, he is shown as being jealous and guarded about courtiers, in particular Abdul. He finds it horrifying that someone from the India subcontinent has cultivated such a close relationship with his mother.
Marquess of Salisbury: He is the Prime Minister, who initially is not involved with court life but sees Abdul's increasing influence as detrimental, particularly as he might influence the Queen's thoughts about India and have greater influence in court.
Mohammad Bakhsh: Companion to Abdul who progressively becomes sicker as Abdul and he spend more time in Britain. He continually wants to return to India, but Abdul sees an opportunity so they remain. He eventually dies in Britain.