- Leontes – The King of Sicily, and the childhood friend of the Bohemian King Polixenes.
- Hermione – The virtuous and beautiful Queen of Sicily.
- Camillo – An honest Sicilian nobleman.
- Paulina – A noblewoman of Sicily.
- Antigonus – Paulina's husband, and also a loyal friend of Hermione.
- Dion – A lord of Sicily.
- Cleomenes – A Sicilian lord.
- Mamillius – The young prince of Sicily, Leontes and Hermione's son.
- Emilia – One of Hermione's ladies-in-waiting.
- Jailer – Charged with imprisoning Hermione.
- Mariner – His ship takes Antigonus to Bohemia.
- Polixenes – The King of Bohemia, and Leontes's boyhood friend.
- Florizel – Polixenes's only son and heir.
- Perdita – The daughter of Leontes and Hermione, unaware of her royal lineage.
- Shepherd – An old and honorable sheep-tender.
- Clown – or Young Shepherd, the Old Shepherd's buffoonish son, and Perdita's adopted brother.
- Autolycus – A roguish peddler, vagabond, and pickpocket.
- Mopsa – A shepherdess, in love with Young Shepherd.
- Dorcas – A shepherdess, in love with Young Shepherd.
- Archidamus – A lord of Bohemia, visiting Sicilia with his king.
- Lords, servants, gentlemen, ladies in Sicilia
- Shepherds, shepherdesses, servants in Bohemia
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