Hedda Gabler Tesman The main character, newly married and bored with both marriage and life. She is the daughter of General Gabler.
George Tesman Hedda's husband, an academic who is more interested in research than in his wife.
Juliana Tesman George's aunt; also called Aunt Julia.
Thea Elvsted A younger schoolmate of Hedda and a former acquaintance of George. Nervous and shy, Thea is in an unhappy marriage.
Judge Brack A family friend who is secretly in love with Hedda and in rather unscrupulous.
Eilert Lövborg George's former colleague and now someone with whom George competes for publications and a teaching position. Eilert was once in love with Hedda.
Berta A servant at the Tesmans.