List of Twin Peaks characters

List of Twin Peaks characters

The following is a list of characters from the television series Twin Peaks.



Grouping Name Description Played by
The FBI/DEA Special Agent Dale Cooper Investigates the murder of Laura Palmer using unorthodox methods, falls in love with Twin Peaks and all its rural life, fascinated with the paranormal. He practices Buddhism. Kyle MacLachlan
Albert Rosenfield Abrasive forensics expert, whose façade hides a spiritual nature Miguel Ferrer
Chester Desmond Investigates murder of Teresa Banks, mysteriously disappears Chris Isaak
Sam Stanley Forensics specialist, assists Desmond in the investigation of Teresa Banks' murder Kiefer Sutherland
Phillip Jeffries Long-lost FBI agent, who knows of the Lodges and their inhabitants David Bowie
Roger Hardy Agent working for Internal Affairs who temporarily suspends Cooper from the FBI. Clarence Williams III
Gordon Cole Stone-deaf Regional Bureau Chief, known to shout constantly David Lynch
Dennis/Denise Bryson Cross-dressing DEA agent who investigates drug allegations against Dale Cooper David Duchovny
Sheriff's Department Sheriff Harry S. Truman Lover of Josie Packard and friend of Cooper. Helps him solve the Laura Palmer case. Michael Ontkean
Deputy Andy Brennan Dorky deputy, lover of Lucy Harry Goaz
Deputy Hawk, Tommy Hill Native American, expert tracker Michael Horse
Lucy Moran Ditzy receptionist, on and off lover of Deputy Andy Brennan Kimmy Robertson
Cappy Rarely seen young, male assistant at the police station, possibly another deputy Ron Kirk
Palmer family Laura Palmer Murder victim and the center of the story, linked to almost everyone in Twin Peaks Sheryl Lee
Leland Palmer Laura's father, known for his compulsive singing and dancing, lawyer Ray Wise
Sarah Palmer Laura's psychic mother Grace Zabriskie
Maddy Ferguson Laura's identical-looking cousin Sheryl Lee
Hayward family Doctor William Hayward Doctor of Twin Peaks, assists on the autopsy of Laura Palmer Warren Frost
Eileen Hayward Doctor Hayward's wheelchair-using wife Mary Jo Deschanel
Donna Hayward Laura's best friend, lover of James Hurley Lara Flynn Boyle/Moira Kelly[1]
Harriet Hayward Donna's younger sister Jessica Wallenfels
Gersten Hayward Donna's youngest sister Alicia Witt
Horne family Benjamin Horne Wealthy businessman, owns Great Northern Hotel, Horne's Department Store and a brothel on the Canadian border Richard Beymer
Jerry Horne Ben's playboy brother and business partner David Patrick Kelly
Sylvia Horne Ben's constantly angry wife Jan D'Arcy
Audrey Horne Ben's sultry teenage daughter Sherilyn Fenn
Johnny Horne Ben's mentally handicapped son, tutored by Laura Robert Davenport/ Robert Bauer[2]
Packard/Martell Family Josie Packard Widowed sawmill owner with a dark past, lover of Sheriff Truman, tutored by Laura Joan Chen
Andrew Packard Late owner of the Packard Sawmill and husband of Josie Dan O'Herlihy
Catherine Martell Sister of Andrew, schemes with secret lover Ben Horne to burn down the sawmill Piper Laurie
Pete Martell Long-suffering husband of Catherine, fishing and chess enthusiast, found Laura's body Jack Nance
Briggs family Major Garland Briggs Intelligent and gifted Air Force officer involved in Project Blue Book, deep-space monitoring, and the woods surrounding Twin Peaks Don S. Davis
Betty Briggs Unassuming and loving wife and mother Charlotte Stewart
Bobby Briggs Rebellious teenager, captain of the football team, boyfriend of Laura Palmer, secret lover of Shelly Johnson Dana Ashbrook
Hurley/Jennings triangle Big Ed Hurley Owner of Big Ed's Gas Farm, secret lover of Norma Jennings Everett McGill
Nadine Hurley Ed's one-eyed, super-strong, curtain drape-obsessed wife Wendy Robie
James Hurley Ed's nephew, secret lover of Laura Palmer, later lover of Donna Hayward James Marshall
Norma Jennings Double-R Diner owner, lover of Big Ed Hurley, organizer of Meals on Wheels with Laura Peggy Lipton
Hank Jennings Norma's husband, criminal on parole, conspirator with Josie Packard Chris Mulkey
Annie Blackburn Younger sister of Norma, an ex-nun with a troubled past Heather Graham
The Johnsons Leo Johnson Brutish trucker and drug-runner, had a sexual relationship with Laura Palmer Eric Da Re
Shelly Johnson Abused young wife of Leo, waitress at Norma's diner, secret lover of Bobby Briggs Mädchen Amick
One Eyed Jack's/ Renault family Jacques Renault Canadian croupier, drug-runner, and bartender at the Roadhouse. Had sexual relationship with Laura Palmer Walter Olkewicz
Bernard Renault Youngest Renault brother, mules drugs over the border Clay Wilcox
Jean Renault Oldest and most dangerous Renault brother, veteran criminal, insurance agent. Michael Parks
Blacky O'Reilly The madame of One Eyed Jacks Victoria Catlin
Nancy O'Reilly Blackie's sister, lover of Jean Renault Galyn Görg
Other locals Ronette Pulaski former employee of Horne's Department Store and One Eyed Jacks, was with Laura the night she died Phoebe Augustine
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby Eccentric former psychiatrist of Laura with an obsession for Hawaii Russ Tamblyn
Mike Nelson Bobby's best friend, high school wrestling champ, ex-boyfriend of Donna. Gary Hershberger
Margaret Lanterman
a.k.a. "The Log Lady")
Mystic, widow who divines through a log she carries with her everywhere Catherine E. Coulson
Harold Smith Agoraphobic horticulturist, Laura's Meals on Wheels friend Lenny Von Dohlen
Emory Battis Store manager of Horne's Department Store, recruits girls from the perfume counter to work at One Eyed Jack's Don Amendolia
Dick Tremayne Pretentious employee of Men's Department at Horne's, ex-lover of Lucy Ian Buchanan
The Elderly Room Service Waiter Elderly bellhop at the Great Northern with a link to the Lodges and the Giant in particular Hank Worden
Roadhouse Singer Angelic singer at the Roadhouse, known for her dream-like voice Julee Cruise
Mayor Dwayne Milford Long-time mayor of Twin Peaks, has an ongoing feud with his brother Dougie John Boylan
Dougie Milford Publisher of the Twin Peaks Gazette local newspaper, known to marry often Tony Jay
Lana Budding Milford Seductive fiancée of Dwayne, and widow of Dougie, known to charm almost any man that's around her Robyn Lively
Outsiders Evelyn Marsh Rich woman who James Hurley runs into, and who is beaten by her husband Annette McCarthy
Thomas Eckhardt Former business partner of Andrew Packard, obsessively in love with Josie Packard David Warner
Jones Thomas Eckhardt's assistant Brenda Strong
Teresa Banks First victim, found almost exactly one year before the murder of Laura Palmer Pamela Gidley
Windom Earle Psychotic but brilliant ex-partner of Cooper, desires the powers of the Lodges Kenneth Welsh
John Justice Wheeler Friend of Ben Horne and later falls in love with Audrey Horne Billy Zane
Lodge Inhabitants The Man from Another Place Enigmatic dwarf, inhabitant of the Red Room. Michael J. Anderson
MIKE Spirit, former associate and now opponent of BOB, inhabits shoe salesman Phillip Gerard, "The One-Armed Man" Al Strobel
BOB Malevolent spirit, haunts the woods and inhabits humans, killer of Laura. Frank Silva
The Giant A supernatural giant who appears at key moments and provides Cooper with cryptic clues. Carel Struycken
Mrs Tremond/Chalfont Link to the Lodges and intentions unclear Frances Bay
Pierre Tremond/Chalfont Mrs Tremond/Chalfont's grandson, link to the Lodges and intentions unclear Austin Jack Lynch/ Jonathan J. Leppell[3]
Judy Swain She is the foster care aid for orphan child Molly Shannon


Creation of BOB

Frank Silva was a set decorator who worked on the pilot episode. One day, when he was moving furniture in Laura Palmer's bedroom, a woman remarked to Silva not to get locked in the (Laura Palmer's) room. The image of Silva trapped in the room sparked something in Lynch, who then asked Silva if he was an actor. Silva replied "Yes", and Lynch told him that he had a part in mind for him on the series. Silva accepted, and Lynch shot footage of him behind Laura's bed with no real idea of what he would do with it.

When Lynch shot the scene of Sarah Palmer's frightening vision, Silva's reflection was accidentally caught in the footage. Silva can be seen in the mirror behind Sarah Palmer's head. Lynch was made aware of this accident, but decided to keep Silva in the scene.

Laura Palmer

To save on money, Lynch intended to cast a local girl from Seattle "just to play a dead girl".[4] The local girl ended up being Sheryl Lee. "But no one — not Mark, me, anyone — had any idea that she could act, or that she was going to be so powerful just being dead."[4] Indeed, the image of Lee wrapped in plastic became one of the show's most enduring and memorable images. And then, while Lynch shot the home movie that James takes of Donna and Laura, he realized that Lee had something special. "She did do another scene — the video with Donna on the picnic — and it was that scene that did it."[4] As a result, Sheryl Lee became a semi-regular addition to the cast, appearing in flashbacks as Laura, and becoming a recurring character—Maddy, Laura's cousin who also becomes another victim of BOB.

MIKE, the One-Armed Man

MIKE's appearance in the pilot episode was only originally intended to be a "kind of homage to The Fugitive. The only thing he was gonna do was be in this elevator and walk out."[4] However, when Lynch wrote the "Fire walk with me" speech, he imagined MIKE saying it in the basement of the Twin Peaks hospital – a scene that would appear in an alternative version of the pilot episode, and surface later in Agent Cooper's dream sequence. MIKE's full name, Phillip Michael Gerard, is also a reference to Lieutenant Philip Gerard, a character in The Fugitive.

The Man from Another Place

Lynch met Michael J. Anderson in 1987. After seeing him in a short film, Lynch wanted to cast the actor in the title role in Ronnie Rocket, but the project ultimately fell through. While editing the alternate ending of the foreign version of the pilot episode, an idea occurred to Lynch on his way home one day: "I was leaning against a car — the front of me was leaning against this very warm car. My hands were on the roof and the metal was very hot. The Red Room scene leapt into my mind. 'Little Mike' was there, and he was speaking backwards... For the rest of the night I thought only about The Red Room."[4]

Law enforcement

Special Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper

Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan is an FBI agent who arrives in Twin Peaks in 1989 to investigate the brutal murder of the popular high-school student, Laura Palmer, falling in love with the town and gaining a great deal of acceptance within the tightly knit community. He displays an array of quirky mannerisms such as giving a 'thumbs up' when satisfied, sage-like sayings, and distinctive sense of humor along with his love for a good cherry pie and a "damn fine cup of coffee." One of his most popular habits is recording spoken-word tapes to a mysterious woman called 'Diane' into his microcassette recorder that he always carries with him, that often contain everyday observations and thoughts on his current case. His investigative techniques go far beyond the usual ones employed by the FBI and include intuitive exercises and analysis of his dreams. He becomes deeply involved with the inhabitants of Twin Peaks, and remains in town even after the resolution of the Laura Palmer case.

Albert Rosenfield

Rosenfield, played by Miguel Ferrer, alienated the Twin Peaks sheriff's department relatively quickly, mocking Andy, and enraging Sheriff Harry S. Truman to the point where Truman lost his temper and punched Rosenfield. He also rowed with Doc Hayward, and was very disparaging about the capabilities of the local police and medical facilities in Twin Peaks generally, showing respect only to his FBI colleagues, at least at first. He warms up to the townsfolk as the series progresses, but does not lose his sharp and ironic manner.

A later appearance, and another conflict with Sheriff Truman, led to an emotional moment where Rosenfield exposed a sensitive and peace-loving side, seemingly at odds with his acerbic surface persona and to the complete shock of the sheriff and viewers alike. Such complex, contradictory characters were typical of Twin Peaks and the works of David Lynch in general.

In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Albert had a minor role, and appeared in the F.B.I. offices with Gordon Cole during the reappearance of Phillip Jeffries.

He is also briefly in The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, under the entry recorded on 4 February 1977 - it is implied that this is Dale Cooper's and his first meeting. This makes Albert 21 when the two first meet, according to the My Life, My Tapes canon.

Chester Desmond

Desmond, a Special Agent with the FBI, played by Chris Isaak, is called out by his boss, Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole, to investigate the murder of a 17 year old girl named Teresa Banks, who was found wrapped in plastic. Desmond is introduced to his new partner, Special Agent Sam Stanley, and receives coded clues in the form of Lil the Dancer. Desmond and Stanley then begin their investigation by driving to a rural town called Deer Meadow.

A few days into the investigation, Desmond mysteriously disappears after picking up a ring later seen to be owned by the Man from Another Place. His disappearance is reported to Regional Bureau Chief Cole, who then dispatches Special Agent Dale Cooper to pick up where Desmond left off. Desmond's disappearance is never explained, although Cooper discovers that Desmond's car has been vandalized with the words "LET'S ROCK," the same words spoken by the Man from Another Place when he introduces himself, indicating that he was taken to the Black Lodge.

Sam Stanley

Special Agent Sam Stanley is a fictional FBI agent played by Kiefer Sutherland in the David Lynch movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Assisting Special Agent Chester Desmond, Stanley uses his forensics expertise to investigate the murder of Teresa Banks. Gordon Cole mentions that he cracked the "Whitman case" (In the shooting script, Stanley examines Teresa Bank's body with a special machine that helped him to do this and in a latter deleted scene he showed this to Cooper at his home). In a running joke, he repeatedly estimates the value of buildings in Deer Meadow. The Deer Meadow segment is an opposite of Twin Peaks with characters and locations functioning as mirrors of each other (whatever is friendly in Twin Peaks (police officers, diner) isn't in Dear Meadow, and Desmond and Stanley are as rejected in Dear Meadow as Cooper is welcomed in Twin Peaks). By this logic, Sam is the opposite of Albert Rosenfield.

Sam Stanley was actually mentioned once in the original series. In the pilot, during the scene in which Agent Cooper is examining Laura Palmer's corpse, he speaks into his dictaphone something along the lines of: "Don't bring it to Sam, Albert's a little more on the ball with this." Lynch most likely created the character from this line.

Phillip Jeffries

In the movie, Jeffries suddenly appears out of an elevator in the Philadelphia office of the FBI, two years after his (equally sudden) disappearance. He hurries to the office of his former superior, Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole and starts raving in a loud and disturbed manner, referring at one stage to Special Agent Dale Cooper and yelling “Who do you think this is, there?” (Possibly a foreshadowing of the series' cliff-hanger ending, where Cooper has been replaced by an evil doppelganger possessed by BOB.)

Jeffries goes on to narrate in abstract fashion where he has been since his disappearance. He mentions names and incidents that are unfamiliar to those listening. His words are illustrated by the intrusion of a ghost transmission showing a small group of characters including the Little Man From Another Place and “Bob” in a series of strange rooms.

Most of Jeffries’ bizarre utterances remain unexplained throughout the course of the movie. The story would have been explained in future movies or if the TV-show had continued, but neither happened, due to the movie underperforming. Judy, whom Jeffries mentions, would, supposedly, have turned out to be Josie Packard's identical sister.

He disappears into thin air once again after announcing “I found something...and then there they were!”

In the shooting script, Jeffries is in a hotel in Buenos Aries, Argentina, when he suddenly disappears and reappears in the FBI office. He is then transported back to where he left. While in the offices, he notices a calendar, and seems shocked that it is May 1989.

Jeffries was played by David Bowie.

Gordon Cole

Cole (played by David Lynch, and named for a minor character in Sunset Boulevard[5]) is a Regional Bureau Chief in the FBI and Agent Cooper's immediate superior. He is very hard-of-hearing (wearing large hearing aids) and thus speaks very loud. He often misunderstands what is said to him and replies with comically inappropriate responses. Cole’s coded messages sometimes baffle even his closest colleagues. In the first episode he appears, he says, “Cooper, you remind me today of a small Mexican chihuahua.” The conversation continues as normal, with the issue remaining unsolved.

While in Twin Peaks, Cooper and Cole go to the Double R Diner where he is smitten by waitress Shelly Johnson, whom to his surprise he can hear perfectly well.

At the beginning of Fire Walk With Me, Cole briefs agents Chester Desmond and Sam Stanley on their assignment to investigate the murder of Teresa Banks. Cole uses a coded language, in the attire and gestures of Lil the Dancer, to inform the agents of what to expect in their investigation. Cole describes the Teresa Banks murder case as one of his “blue rose” cases. The exact meaning of this is never given, but fans have speculated that a “blue rose” case is one involving the supernatural.

Denise/Dennis Bryson

The role was played by David Duchovny, who would later go on to play another more famous agent: Special Agent Fox Mulder of the FBI in The X-Files. The character’s binary identity reflects the dualistic leitmotif of the series.

It is unclear from the series whether Bryson would self-identify as a cross-dresser, a transvestite or transgender. Bryson began wearing women's clothing during a DEA undercover operation and found that it relaxed him. Bryson identifies as "Denise," wears women's clothing and presents female behavior during working hours and otherwise. When required for a sting operation, Bryson dons a man's suit and goes by "Dennis."

Bryson comes to Twin Peaks when Dale Cooper is accused by the Mounties and the FBI of misfeasance for his handling of the rescue of Audrey Horne from One Eyed Jacks and the alleged theft of cocaine from an RCMP stakeout. Cooper quickly determines that the "Mountie" accusing him is himself involved in drug dealing with Jean Renault and Hank Jennings. This leads to the stakeout at Dead Dog Farm, in which Bryson's "feminine side" allows her to effect the rescue of Agent Cooper.

Harry Truman

Truman (played by Michael Ontkean) is Twin Peaks' sheriff who assists Special Agent Dale Cooper in the investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer. Harry is in love with fragile Josie Packard, and he is one of the Bookhouse Boys.

Harry gets along well with Cooper. They hit it off almost from the start. Harry is very down-to-earth in contrast with Cooper's unconventional methods of policing, fascination with Tibet, dreams, etc. Harry regards Cooper as somewhat eccentric but well-meaning. In early episodes, Harry serves to introduce Cooper (and hence the viewer) to the more prominent residents of Twin Peaks. Harry states that he begins to feel that he is Dr. Watson to Cooper's Sherlock Holmes. Despite their differences, Truman represents a literary alternate to Cooper: they approach the same goal through different means.

As the case progress, Harry's respect for Cooper grows. He regards Coop as "the finest lawman he has ever known".

Harry shares his name with Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. A picture of President Truman appears in his office. Additionally, a stuffed and mounted buck's head on his office wall has a placard reading "The Buck Stopped Here" hanging from it, a reference to the famous "The buck stops here" sign President Truman put on his desk.

Andy Brennan

Brennan is a character played by Harry Goaz. Andy is a bit slow, even "dimwitted", and is deputy sheriff in Twin Peaks. He is very sensitive, and tends to cry at murder scenes. He is very loyal and trustworthy, and is compared to a dog by Albert Rosenfield. Andy has been seeing the secretary of sheriff's department, Lucy Moran. She, however has grown tired of him, and seeks adventure by seeing Dick Tremayne. Andy is initially jealous of Dick's relationship with his former girlfriend, however the two later bond over Dick's temporary foster son Nicky and end up becoming rather fond of each other. Not much is revealed of Andy during the show, except through physical comedy, such as his inadequacy at handling guns and sticky tape. However, Andy improves his gun skills at the range, later shooting Jacques Renault when he tries to go for Sheriff Truman.

Andy was the one who (in Season Two) realised that the drawing was a map, and he therefore played a big part in FBI agent Dale Cooper's finding his way to the Black Lodge.

In the pilot, he is revealed as a trumpeter, albeit not a very good one. And he has a talent at drawing which is demonstrated when he sketches Bob from Sarah Palmer's vision, and again during the trial of Leland Palmer when he sketches the back of Leland's head.

Tommy Hill

Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill is played by Michael Horse. Born in 1951, he works at the Twin Peaks sheriff's department under Sheriff Harry S. Truman. He is a Native American, but it is not made clear to which tribe he belongs, although during a discussion as to whether or not Tommy believes in the soul he references Blackfoot Indian mysticism to Special Agent Dale Cooper. He is usually referred to as "Hawk" because of his excellent tracking skills, which extend beyond animal and human tracks to those of cars and trucks. He is clearly aware of the supernatural presence in woods of Twin Peaks and also discusses with Cooper his belief in a direct connection to Native American spirituality. He is also the first person to verbally express to the viewers (as well as to Cooper) what the White Lodge and Black Lodge are.

One of the Bookhouse Boys and an all-around dependable good guy, he saves the lives of both Truman and Cooper on more than one occasion. He has an unseen girlfriend who is a local veterinarian with a PhD from Brandeis.

Lucy Moran

Lucy Moran, played by Kimmy Robertson, is a high-voiced, childlike blonde receptionist at the Twin Peaks' sheriff's department. She is seeing deputy sheriff Andy Brennan, until they have an argument. She reveals later that she was also seeing Dick Tremayne, who works at Horne's Department Store, after feeling frustrated with Andy. Lucy gets pregnant, which turns out to be the reason why she and Andy have been fighting. The paternity of the child is called into question when Andy reveals that he cannot be the father of the baby, due to low sperm count. He gets retested and finds out that he could have been the father. This sparks off a competition between Andy and Dick Tremayne, both vying for Lucy's affection and the role of father to her child. This includes adopting "Little Nicky" through the Big Brothers program. After some particularly rude behaviour from Dick Tremayne, Lucy decides not to wait for the baby to be born in order to determine paternity and chooses Andy as the father of her child.

In 1990, Simon & Schuster Audio released a cassette entitled "Diane ...": The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper which compiled many of the recorded diary entries of Cooper that had been featured in the first season and the beginning of the second, along with specially recorded entries including several taking place prior to the pilot episode. One of the specially recorded entries takes place the night of Cooper's arrival in Twin Peaks and has Lucy giving Cooper directions to the Great Northern Hotel.

Palmer family

Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer, (played by Sheryl Lee), was her town's favorite daughter; she volunteered at Meals on Wheels, was the high school Homecoming queen, and was (apparently) the darling of her parents, Sarah and Leland. However, Laura led a double life. She was a cocaine user, a victim of incest, and a teenage prostitute. She had briefly worked at One Eyed Jacks, a casino/brothel just north of the Canadian border, until she was apparently fired for gratuitous cocaine usage.

The discovery of Laura's body in the pilot episode of Twin Peaks brought Special Agent Dale Cooper to town and the investigation of her death, and the effects it had on those around her, propelled the first season and the first 8 episodes of the second season. Laura remained prominent afterward, as her death had exposed many secrets related to her, and also—in some cases—unrelated, such as the Packard mill conspiracy.

Laura's diary was uncovered in the first episode, but her secret diary was not recovered until later, and it contained passages suggesting that she had long been the victim—sometimes willingly—of abuse from a malevolent entity named BOB, who wanted to be close to her, or even be her.

Leland Palmer

Leland Palmer, played by Ray Wise, is an attorney, with his primary client being local businessman Ben Horne. He is well-known and respected in the town of Twin Peaks. Together with his wife Sarah and his daughter Laura, his family is seemingly perfect. When Laura is murdered, Leland’s psychological foundations begin to crumble. He suffers from multiple nervous breakdowns and during Laura's funeral flings himself into her grave and must be pulled out. He remains unstable for some time. Later it becomes apparent that Leland is possessed by BOB. Leland dies when he is caught by Cooper and the rest of the police squad, but due to a cigarettes' smoke that activates the sprinkler system on the police station, the BOB inside him explodes in a madness and it results in Leland's death when Leland smashes his head into the iron door of his cell. When Cooper talks to him BOB is gone, and Leland dies next to Cooper. Before he dies, Leland says that he regrets his actions, and he tells Cooper that he did not want to harm Laura, but that BOB made him do it. He then apparently "sees" Laura, and apologizes to her before dying.

Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), is the mother of Laura Palmer and the wife of Leland Palmer. Laura is found murdered in the pilot episode of Twin Peaks. Sarah's husband Leland has been a bit unstable since the murder, and Sarah doesn't know what's going on. When Leland falls onto Laura's coffin at the funeral, Sarah tells him "Don't ruin this, too!" During the second season it is revealed that Leland killed Laura under the influence of evil spirit BOB. It is implied in the series and confirmed in the prequel film, that Leland/BOB have been drugging Sarah in order to sexually abuse Laura.

Sarah has some paranormal powers, and she is known for (on some occasions) predicting the future or seeing people (Bob) no one else sees. In the Pilot episode, she has a vision of the other half of Laura's necklace (buried by James Hurley) being dug up and in a latter episode sees BOB at the foot of Laura's bed. Prior to Maddy's murder, Sarah has a vision of a white horse in her living room. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, reveals that she had a similar vision just before Laura's murder. In the series finale (Windom Earle) speaks to Garland Briggs through Sarah, daring him to come to The Black Lodge to rescue Dale Cooper.

Maddy Ferguson

Madeleine "Maddy" Ferguson (Sheryl Lee), first appears midway through the first season, when she travels to Twin Peaks from her hometown of Missoula, Montana (which happens to be David Lynch's real-life birthplace). She comes to help her uncle and aunt, Leland and Sarah Palmer, overcome the loss of their daughter, Laura, who had been murdered. Maddy seems to be a few years older than Laura, but otherwise looks identical, excluding Maddy's dark hair and bookish glasses. Maddy even remarks that she and Laura used to pretend they were sisters. Despite the visual similarity, the innocent and sweet Maddy stands in stark contrast to Laura, whose personal life is steeped in sex and deception. Like Laura's mother and Laura herself, Maddy has premonitions, including one of a bloodstain on the floor of the Palmers' living room and another of 'Bob', a demonic entity plaguing the town.

Maddy quickly befriends Donna Hayward and James Hurley, Laura's closest friends, and helps them in their investigation into Laura's death. At one point, Maddy even appears wearing a blonde wig in order to lure out one of Laura's acquaintances.

During the second season, Maddy begins to resemble her cousin more and more: her hair (though still dark) straightens, she stops wearing her glasses, and in her carriage and demeanor she behaves more like the character of Laura seen in the prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me than the Maddy shown in the first season.

Eventually, she is herself murdered by Leland Palmer, who is possessed by 'Bob', in a violent recreation of Laura's murder. Maddy's death shortly leads to Leland's arrest. Resemblance to Laura may have been key to Maddy's murder, as it is revealed in Fire Walk With Me that Teresa Banks, the first of Leland's victims, was selected because "you look just like my Laura" (although the fact that she was planning to blackmail Leland also constitutes a valid motive). Additionally, in the episode where Leland is caught, Donna might have become victim #4 when Leland/Bob sees that Donna is wearing Laura's sunglasses, given to her earlier by Maddy.


The notion of pairing similar or identical women with contrasting hair colors and personalities is one that arises frequently in Lynch's work, especially when it pertains to another individual obsessing over their shifting identities. Other pairs in this trend include Patricia Arquette's characters in Lost Highway and Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring's in Mulholland Drive. Duality is a strong feature in Twin Peaks, as implied by the name. Also not to mention the doppelgangers in the black lodge[6] Can happen that Lynch has got inspired from Alfred Hitchcocks masterpiece "Vertigo" (1958)) were similar play with identity takes place. Twin Peaks characters name - Madeleine Ferguson - could be a clue to this theory because the name could be seen as a mash-up from two of Vertigos leading characters names: John 'Scottie' Ferguson and Madeleine Elster.

Hayward family

Will Hayward

Doctor William Hayward (played by Warren Frost) is a coroner, who, due to his close relationship with her, refuses to perform the autopsy on Laura Palmer. His first name is not generally used, but because he is referred to as "Will" in several episodes, it can be presumed to be "William"; he is normally referred to as just "Doc" most of the time.

He is the husband of Eileen and father of three daughters Donna (who has by far the biggest role of the family), Harriet and Gersten. The Doc is generally a balanced, fair man, but he is especially upset by Laura's murder, as he is a friend of the Palmer family, and his daughters knew her well.

Doc Hayward also has an altercation with the abrasive Albert Rosenfield, who calls his work "amateur", and wishes to do more work on Laura's corpse. Unlike most of the characters on Twin Peaks he appears to have no major nasty secrets, or eccentricities. However, towards the end of the second season, we learn he may have been cuckolded by Benjamin Horne, fathering Donna. This is never resolved, though, because of the series' cancellation.

Eileen Hayward

Eileen Hayward, played by Mary Jo Deschanel is the wheelchair-using wife of Doc Hayward and mother of Donna; Highly tolerant and decent in every sense, she seems to have an itching past concerning Benjamin Horne.

Donna Hayward

Donna, played by Lara Flynn Boyle in the series and by Moira Kelly in the prequel, was the best friend of Laura Palmer, and after her death she was obsessed with finding out who killed her and why, with the help of James Hurley, Laura's secret boyfriend and Donna's new love interest, and Madeleine Ferguson, the look-a-like cousin of Laura.

At the end of season two, it is strongly suggested that Doc Hayward might not be Donna's biological father after all, and that she is in fact the daughter of Benjamin Horne and half-sister to Audrey Horne. However, due to the series' cancellation, this theory has not been elaborated upon. In the final episode, Doc Hayward attacks Benjamin and although it seems that Ben has been seriously injured (possibly killed), Doc Hayward shows up at the end of the episode relatively back to his normal temperament.

Harriet Hayward

Harriet, played by Jessica Wallenfels, is the middle child in Hayward family. Harriet is shown to be a poet. She appears twice in the series, and both times feature her reading poetry she has written. In the show's pilot, Donna asks Harriet to lie to their father while she sneaks out the bedroom window to meet James Hurley to discuss the death of Laura Palmer. Harriet, who is busy writing a poem, fails to adequately cover for her sister, however. Harriet's other appearance—the first episode of the second season, "May the Giant Be With You"—features her reading a rather eerie poem she wrote about Laura.

Later in the series, Donna begins to suspect that her mother, Eileen may be having or may have had an affair with Ben Horne. This implies that Donna and Audrey Horne could be sisters. Nonetheless, Harriet bears a strong resemblance to Donna. The plot was never resolved, as ABC cancelled the series after the second season.

Harriet is best known for the now infamous line, "I'm gonna tell it to ya and I'm gonna tell it to you straight. You see that window?"

Gersten Hayward

Gersten, played by Alicia Witt, is the youngest of three Hayward sisters. Her father is the town doctor 'Doc' Hayward and her mother Eileen sits in a wheelchair and tends the home. Unlike her sisters and her mother, Gersten is a redhead. She is skilful at playing the piano.

While a minor character on the show, the episode "May the Giant Be With You" ends with the credits rolling over footage of Gersten playing the piano. This is notable in that it is one of the few episodes that do not end with credits rolling over a static image, most often a photo of Laura Palmer. While some fans have passed off the footage as director David Lynch's way of showcasing Witt's talent, others have attempted to read more into the scene, much in the manner that fans read into countless other strange aspects of the series.

Horne family

Ben Horne

Horne is one of the two richest and most powerful individuals of Twin Peaks; per Sheriff Truman, Horne "owns half the town." He owns and runs the Great Northern Hotel, the town's only apparent travel lodgings; the Great Northern also acts, on occasion, as a de-facto town hall, and the only place in Twin Peaks suitable for a wedding reception, making it one of the hubs of the community. In addition to the Great Northern, Ben owns and runs Horne's, the town's only department store, and One Eyed Jacks, a casino/brothel just over the Canadian border. His would-be monopoly on the town's economy is challenged only by Josie Packard, the owner of the Packard Saw Mill, one of the few major businesses in town which Horne doesn't own. At the outset of the series, Horne has been involved in an affair for some time with Catherine Martell, as part of an intricate plot to kill her, destroy the mill, become the beneficiary of her life insurance, and take sole ownership of the land on which the mill sits, which he intends to turn into a luxury country club.

Jerry Horne

Jeremy "Jerry" Horne (David Patrick Kelly) was the playboy brother of Ben Horne. He was the uncle of Audrey and Johnny. He was his brother's right-hand-man and emissary, travelling around the world to act in Ben's place for his international business dealings. Although he and Ben shared similar interests and characteristics—womanising, cut-throat business dealings—Jerry publicly demonstrated all the negative traits which his brother hid beneath a veneer of sophistication and class. The brothers' contrasts were reflected in their attire: Ben wore tailored, neutral-coloured business suits, but Jerry dressed in a variety of bizarre, multi-coloured outfits, seemingly culled from his trips around the world, and had a strange hairdo incorporating both the buzz cut and hi-top fade.

Jerry was a supporting character in the series, who did not receive his own plotline; he primarily served to give Ben an intellectually-equal associate, because Ben was otherwise surrounded by low-level thugs such as Leo Johnson and Hank Jennings. Although not intelligent as his brother, Jerry demonstrated world-awareness beyond that of most of the town's population.

Audrey Horne

Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) fits the image of a poor little rich girl, able to have anything she wants except for her father's love. She eventually discovers that her father, Benjamin, the town's business magnate, gave his love to the deceased Laura Palmer, both physically and emotionally.

Audrey is labelled a troublemaker and she initially lives up to that expectation. In a memorable scene in the Twin Peaks pilot, she derails one of her father's business deals, worth millions of dollars, by interrupting a meeting of Norwegian investors and telling them about Laura's murder. Although Audrey and Laura were not friends, Audrey says she "kind of loved Laura" because Laura tutored Audrey's brother Johnny.

Johnny Horne

Audrey's older, intellectually disabled brother Johnny is a peripheral character in the series. He is played by Robert Davenport in the pilot episode, and later by Robert Bauer - twice in the first season and once in the second season, as well as in the film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

At the Twin Peaks Festival 2011 in North Bend Washington, Jan D'Arcy (who plays Johnny's mother Sylvia) told the assembled crowd that there was a deleted scene from the second season of Twin Peaks, in which Sylvia confesses to Dr. Jacoby that as a girl, Audrey pushed her brother Johnny down a flight of stairs - resulting in his brain damage.

Packard family

Josie Packard

Josie (Joan Chen) is from Hong Kong, and is ethnic Chinese. Josie meets and marries Andrew Packard, owner of the Packard Mill, in Hong Kong and accompanies him to Twin Peaks. After Andrew's death in a boating accident, Josie inherits the mill, which is run by Catherine. Her sister-in-law resents Josie for taking over the mill and suspects that Josie was responsible for Andrew's demise. Catherine's husband, Pete Martell, a former woodcutter, is good friends with Josie, seeing her fragile side and striving to protect her. Through most of the first season, Josie seems innocent, an easy mark and potential victim for her more savvy and cunning sister in law, Catherine, and Catherine's lover, Ben Horne. It is only later that we learn that Josie is not at all what she seems, as she is a classic "femme fatale" character whose innocence masks a manipulative and cold-blooded side.

After her husband's death, Josie starts dating the town sheriff Harry S. Truman. Agent Dale Cooper, in town investigating the murder of Laura Palmer, has befriended Truman, and quickly detected Truman's feelings for Josie, but does not himself trust her at all. He tries to warn Truman against getting too close to Josie, but to no avail. At the end of the first season, a mysterious caller shoots Cooper. He survives, thanks to a quick operation, but does not get a look at his assailant, who is later revealed to have been Josie.

Andrew Packard

Andrew Packard (Dan O'Herlihy) a sprightly and high-spirited man in spite of his old age, was formerly the owner of the Packard Sawmill. He was supposedly killed in a boating accident brought about by Hank Jennings, working on behalf of Andrew's wife Josie and his former business partner Thomas Eckhardt, a sinister businessman operating in the Far East. Later it is revealed that Andrew anticipated the attempt and went into hiding.

Andrew and his sister Catherine Martell have a mutual distrust, but are also mutually beneficent. Catherine seems to resent the fact that Pete, her husband, gets on so well with Andrew and that they joke together.

Before he dies, Eckhardt leaves a mysterious puzzle to Andrew and Catherine. It is a box, with an astrological code on it, which in Russian doll fashion contains several other boxes within it. Andrew and Pete finally discover a key to a safety deposit for the local bank after Andrew shoots a couple of bullets into the smallest one with the large revolver he carries beneath his jacket.[7]

When Andrew and Pete go to the bank and open the deposit, a bomb is triggered. The extent of the damage is unclear, as this happened in the final episode, but probably Andrew, Pete, Audrey Horne, and the bank clerk all died in the explosion.

Catherine Martell

Catherine (played by Piper Laurie), sister of Andrew Packard, married lumberjack Pete Martell, but their happiness was short-lived. Though they remained married, Catherine holds her more simple and naive husband in contempt. After her brother Andrew's death in a boating accident, actually brought about by his young Chinese wife Josie and Hank Jennings, Catherine runs the Packard mill though Josie is the legal owner.

Catherine is having an affair with local businessman and landowner Ben Horne, with whom she is plotting to burn down the mill. Unknown to Catherine, Ben is also in cahoots with Josie, and the two of them are plotting to cut her out of the picture entirely, with the intent to eventually shut down the mill and develop the land for their own profit.

Pete Martell

Pete (played by Jack Nance), is a lumberjack who married his boss' sister Catherine. What started as a "summer's indiscretion", developed into a marriage on the rocks, a marriage that from Pete's perspective never should have happened. "Catherine is plain hell to live with", Pete once admits during the course of the show. Catherine is ruthless, stubborn and determined and doesn't make anything easy for her husband (whom she feels is a useless, soft old fool). However, it is also made clear that Catherine was far richer than he, so he has at least a financial consolation. Pete also seems to harbor some genuine, nostalgic affection for his wife, which he expresses to Sheriff Truman when he thinks Catherine has died.

He is a keen angler. While Catherine plots to get back her late brother's business, the Packard mill, from his widow Josie Packard whom she despises, Pete spends his time fishing ("There's a fish in the percolator!") and joking affectionately with Josie. Perhaps too good to be true, Josie is pure balm to Pete after Catherine's constant spite and contempt.

He is also an expert chess player, the best in town (and seemingly in a very large surrounding area), and helps Cooper in his deadly tournament against Windom Earle in season 2.

Briggs family

Garland Briggs

Major Garland Briggs (Don S. Davis) is a U. S. Air Force officer involved in Project Blue Book. He is the father of Bobby, whose smoking he cannot abide. His work is highly classified; he does not tell even his family about it. His name is probably taken from mathematician Garland Briggs, who worked with J. W. Alexander.

The role can be seen as a precursor to Davis’s character Lt. Gen. George Hammond on the series Stargate SG-1, who is also an Air Force officer involved in secret projects. His greatest fear is “the possibility that love is not enough.” Due to Major Briggs’s secret investigations, the entrance to the Black Lodge is discovered in the woods at Twin Peaks. He is himself abducted (taken to the White Lodge?), and is told to deliver a message to Special Agent Dale Cooper at one point, by the Log Lady.

In the second season, Major Briggs and Bobby find some common ground and make up. Later in the second season we learn that Major Briggs is also the only person who can enter the waiting room without getting his soul annihilated. Therefore if there was going to be a 3rd season, it has been rumored that he would have become an important factor for the rescue of Dale Cooper who is imprisoned in the Black Lodge.

Bobby Briggs

Robert "Bobby" Briggs, played by Dana Ashbrook, was the boyfriend of Laura Palmer, and therefore he was one of the lead suspects in her murder. His father is Major Garland Briggs, a member of the U.S. military, with whom he has an uneasy relationship. Bobby becomes jealous of James Hurley when he discovers that James was secretly seeing Laura. Laura on the other hand did not really love Bobby, and only used him as a source of cocaine.

The prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me shows that just two days before Laura Palmer's death, Bobby (accompanied by Laura) has a midnight meeting, arranged by Jacques Renault, with Cliff Howard, deputy in Deer Meadow, the town in which Teresa Banks was murdered the previous year. Howard is supplying Bobby with cocaine to be sold in Twin Peaks; when an inebriated Laura yanks the drugs out of his hands, Howard pulls a gun and is shot by Bobby. This scene serves to explain what James Hurley reported to Donna Hayward in the series' pilot—that Laura, the night she was murdered, had mentioned to him that someone had gotten killed.

Bobby was secretly seeing Shelly Johnson even before Laura's death, and they move in together when Leo Johnson becomes comatose.

Hurley/Jennings families

Ed Hurley

Big Ed Hurley, played by Everett McGill, runs the local gas station. He is married to Nadine, with whom he is clearly troubled, but is secretly seeing Norma Jennings, with whom he had been in love since high school. He also looks after his nephew James Hurley.

He is also one of the Bookhouse Boys and as such serves an "unofficial deputy" to Sheriff Truman.

Nadine Hurley

Nadine Hurley, played by Wendy Robie, is married to Big Ed and is well known in the town for her ferocity and eccentricity. Nadine wears a patch over her left eye, having lost it in a hunting accident on their honeymoon. Ed's guilt over the accident (and other things) is perhaps all that holds together their mostly unhappy marriage, as he would rather have married Norma Jennings, his high-school sweetheart.

Nadine spends the first few episodes of the series in a state of obsession with trying to create the world's first completely silent drape-runners. She is successful when her husband, Ed, accidentally spills mechanical grease on the cotton balls she is fixing to the runners. Nadine initially thinks this will make them both very rich but alas it does not, because she was refused a patent and gave up hope that it could ever sell successfully. She subsequently attempts suicide by overdosing on pills.

After trying to commit suicide, Nadine awakes from the resulting coma believing herself to be a teenager in high school and, incidentally, just dating her husband. Her superhuman strength (already present in season one) allows her to enter the school's wrestling team—the first female to do so. Though the cause of her strength and her memory loss is left largely to the viewer's imagination, adrenaline is circuitously mentioned at one point by Dr. Hayward, as well as is Dr. Jacoby's comment that "that tissue's packed in there pretty hard".

As season two progresses, Nadine and Ed decide to "break up", and she begins pursuit of teenage Mike Nelson (captain of the Twin Peaks wrestling team). This in turn leaves Ed free to pursue Norma.

In the final episode, Nadine suffers a blow to the head that results in the simultaneous loss of her strength and her delusions of teenhood. Apparently, she has no memory of anything that has occurred since her suicide attempt. The full repercussions of her recovery, including the potential scuppering of Big Ed's and Norma's newly announced marriage plans, were left to be addressed in a third season that was never to be.

James Hurley

James Hurley, played by James Marshall, lives with his uncle Ed and his aunt Nadine due to his troubled family situation: his father (probably Ed's brother), a musician, left mother and child behind when James was very young, while his mother, a writer, is an alcoholic who frequently sleeps with total strangers.

James is a keen motorcycle rider. He is only quiet on the outside. James frequently has problems with women. He was Laura Palmer's secret boyfriend. After her death, he falls in love with his and Laura's best friend Donna Hayward. Later he is also attracted to Laura's look-alike cousin Maddy Ferguson, leading to disputes with Donna. After Maddy's death, he leaves Twin Peaks and gets into trouble with Evelyn Marsh.

Bobby Briggs, Laura's boyfriend, resents James because of their relationship.

Norma Jennings

Norma Jennings, played by Peggy Lipton, owns the Double R Diner, where she employs Shelly Johnson, a good friend of hers, and is organizer of meals on wheels, formerly with Laura Palmer. She is a former Miss Twin Peaks. She is later joined at the Diner by her sister Annie Blackburn, a former nun.

She is the lover of Big Ed Hurley, and married to Hank, a paroled prisoner. She does not care for Hank, but she adores Ed. She feels that she married the wrong man, and now she is stuck with him. She finds it difficult to trust Hank, because he is a criminal, and he has let her down in the past. What she would really like to do is to divorce Hank and marry Ed, but events continually prevent her from doing this. Her mother is a food critic, and the two have a bad relationship.

The neon sign outside the diner says RR Diner, which may stand for Railroad Diner, in reference to its location.

Hank Jennings

Hank Jennings, played by Chris Mulkey, is the criminal (and during the first few episodes imprisoned) husband of Norma Jennings.

He is a career criminal, albeit a more professional one than Leo Johnson. Bad to the bone, he is able to put on a nice-guy appearance and manages to convince some people. According to Sheriff Harry S. Truman, Hank once was a member of the Bookhouse Boys, and in fact, "one of the best", and was probably expelled for his criminal activities. In many ways, Hank is a counterpoint to Sheriff Truman.

Prior to the start of the series, Hank has been hired by Josie Packard to arrange the death of her husband Andrew Packard, owner of the Packard Saw Mill, in a boating accident. (However, later it is revealed that Andrew anticipated and secretly avoided this attempt on his life.) Hank used his apparent involvement in a drunken driving accident as an alibi for the night of Andrew's death and for this was convicted of manslaughter. At the beginning of the series, he is still imprisoned but due for parole.

Hank has a difficult relationship with his wife Norma. Norma actually has an affair with Big Ed Hurley since high school and only due to misunderstandings, the two were married to other people. Hank's imprisonment provides the couple safety from Hank and hence the two are feeling uneasy about his imminent parole. Nonetheless, Norma gives a restrained but positive testimony in the parole hearing, ensuring his release, and provides him with a job at her Double R diner.

After his release, Hank violates parole by committing a number of crimes and by crossing the Canadian border. Immediately after his release he threatens Josie, who had agreed to pay him $90,000 upon his release, and tries to extort more from her.

Hank is hired for a number of shady dealings by Benjamin Horne. In particular, he is responsible for shooting Leo, after Leo set fire to the Packard Mill on Hank's orders. The shot does not kill Leo, but sends him into a coma. Unbeknownst to him, this was witnessed by Bobby Briggs, whom Leo had been attacking with an axe at the time.

After crossing the Canadian border on orders of Benjamin Horne, he is captured by Franco-Canadian criminal Jean Renault and is henceforth involved in his doings, especially the takeover of One Eyed Jacks and the Dead Dog Farm stake out.

Hank decides to punish Ed for the affair with Norma but runs into Ed's superhumanly strong wife Nadine, who beats him to a pulp. Hank spends the remainder of the series on crutches and is eventually taken back to jail for parole violations. Hank tries to get an alibi regarding the night of Leo's shooting from his wife, Norma, while she is visiting his cell to tell him that she wants a divorce. Hank replies "you give me my alibi, and I'll give you a divorce". He also calls her Big Ed's "whore", to which she replies that she'd "rather be his whore than your wife."

Annie Blackburn

Annie Blackburn, (b. December 24, 1971) played by Heather Graham, is the sister of Norma Jennings, from whom she gets a job in the RR Diner.

She appears in the final 6 episodes of the series and briefly in the prequel feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. She grew up in Twin Peaks, but, after a painful romantic experience that led her to slit her wrist in a suicide attempt, she went to live in a convent. She hasn't decided if she wants to remain in the secular world, but is willing to see what it can offer her. Despite her lack of experience outside the convent, Annie is not naive about everyday sorrows and transgressions. She may be seen as a mirror for FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

She seems to possess an intangible quality to which he is drawn, almost hypnotically. Annie ultimately begins to represent a dark and painful truth from his past. Subsequently, she is cast into Agent Cooper's urgent quest to elude/capture the progenitor of his increasingly nightmarish existence. In the final episode of the series she is trapped in the Black Lodge by Windom Earle who brings her there as his "Queen" after she wins Miss Twin Peaks (Earle was playing a "sick chess game" involving real people prior to this). At the end of the episode Dale Cooper is himself possessed by the spirit of Bob, and he and Annie depart the Black Lodge.

In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Annie appears to Laura Palmer in a dream bruised and bloodied to warn her of her death, but as the events are still to happen, Laura does not understand the message. Annie says, "My name is Annie, and I've been with Laura and Dale. The good Dale is in the Lodge, and he can't leave. Write it in your diary."

Johnson family

Shelly Johnson

Shelly Johnson, played by Mädchen Amick, works at the Double R Diner, which is owned by Norma Jennings, a good friend of hers.

Shelly dropped out of high school to marry trucker Leo Johnson, who had swept her off her feet by lavishing her with attention. As soon as they got married, it turned out that Leo just "wanted a maid he didn't have to pay for," in the words of Shelly. Leo is a monstrous home dictator, wife-beater, and dangerous criminal, and he is tangibly connected to Laura Palmer's murder.

Shelly has been having an affair with Laura's boyfriend, Bobby Briggs. Bobby, like Laura, is still in high school, and besides being a jock, he's something of a known hooligan. Although Bobby doesn't quite tread on the right side of the law, he is at least kind to Shelly, unlike Leo. The risk of the affair is great; Bobby deals drugs for Leo and knows just how dangerous Leo is. Leo eventually finds out, and tries to kill Shelly by tying her up inside the Packard Saw Mill and setting it on fire. However Catherine Martell, who was also meant to die in the fire, reluctantly frees Shelly and helps her escape. Catherine, however, vanishes.

During the show's second season, Leo lapses into a catatonic state. Shelly is forced to quit her job at the Double R Diner to take care of Leo at home, where she and Bobby openly flaunt their relationship in front of him. When Leo awakens from his catatonia and attacks Shelly, Bobby comes to Shelly's defense and is himself attacked by Leo. Shelly manages to stab Leo in the leg with a knife, and the wounded Leo staggers off into the woods. Shelly later asks Norma for her old job at the Double R Diner, which Norma gladly gives back to her. Shelly - along with Donna Hayward and Audrey Horne - later receives fragments of poetry from former FBI man Windom Earle, as part of Earle's elaborate scheme. At the urging of Bobby, Shelly enters the Miss Twin Peaks contest, which is ultimately won by Annie Blackburn.

Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson, played by Eric Da Re, is a trucker who also moonlights as Twin Peaks' primary source of narcotics, which he obtains from the Renault Brothers, and traffics it over the Canadian/US border for distribution in Twin Peaks. Because of his criminal versatility, Sheriff Truman has never been able to obtain any evidence of his criminal dealings. Leo is married to Shelly Johnson, one of the waitresses at the town diner. Due to his volatile temper, he regularly beats her for both real and imagined transgressions, ranging from her infidelity with high school football player Bobby Briggs to his dissatisfaction with the way she washes the kitchen floor.

In the course of the series, cumulative evidence leads to Leo becoming one of the primary suspects in the murder of Laura Palmer. As it turns out, though, Leo was simply present on the night Laura was murdered by Killer Bob. While under investigation for the Palmer murder, Leo is hired for his criminal skills by Ben Horne, who charges him with burning down the Packard Saw Mill with his business rival Catherine Martell inside so that Horne can simultaneously kill his competition and destroy the only obstacle to his obtaining the valuable Mill land. Leo decides to use the situation to solve his own marital discord, abducting Shelly and tying her up inside the mill shortly before setting fire to it with a time bomb. Catherine foils his plans by freeing Shelly and helping her escape the mill. When Leo returns home from setting fire to the mill, he discovers Bobby looking for Shelly. Leo attacks him with an axe, but is gunned down by Hank Jennings, hired by Ben Horne to cover his own tracks.

Leo spends most of the second season in a vegetative state, cared for by Shelly and Bobby, who agree to take him in as part of a scheme to commit insurance fraud. The plan backfires, however, when it turns out that Leo's home care is far more expensive than they had anticipated, and the pair are left destitute. To vent their frustration, they take to abusing Leo whilst simultaneously flaunting their relationship in front of him.

Near the end of the season, Leo regains some of his cognitive abilities and attacks Shelly and Bobby. Wounded during the course of a struggle, he staggers into the woods, where he is abducted by escaped mental patient (and former FBI agent) Windom Earle. Earle enslaves the barely coherent Leo by affixing him with a shock collar and forcing him into submission. Leo spends the remainder of the series as a mute drone, serving Windom Earle. In the third to last episode, Leo seems to regain some more functioning ability, as he frees another one of Earle's captives, Major Garland Briggs, believing Shelly's life to be in danger after Earle posts a photo of her on his cabin wall. In the series finale, Earle leaves Leo for dead, rigging a cage of tarantulas above Leo's head, with a string affixed between Leo's teeth; if Leo lets go of the string, the cage will drop on his face, releasing the agitated tarantulas. His fate is never revealed.

Renault brothers

The three—Jacques, Bernard and Jean—are Franco-Columbians and heavily involved in various kinds of crime, especially drug running. No two of the three brothers are ever shown together on screen during the series. By the end of the series, all three are dead.

Jacques Renault

Jacques, played by Walter Olkewicz, used to be a woodcutter but had to quit that job because of his weight. He then went to other jobs, working as a bartender at the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks as well as a croupier at One Eyed Jack's, a casino and brothel located across the Canadian border. Together with Leo Johnson, he ran drugs from Canada into Twin Peaks. Both Leo and Jacques had sexual relations with Laura Palmer the night she was killed.

He flees from the Twin Peaks police into Canada but is questioned incognito by Agent Cooper at One Eyed Jacks. Cooper dupes him into returning to Twin Peaks, where he is ambushed and arrested on the charge of murdering Laura Palmer. Having been shot and wounded during the arrest, he is taken to hospital, where Laura's father Leland suffocates him, getting revenge on the supposed killer of his daughter.

Bernard Renault

Bernard, played by Clay Wilcox is the youngest of the Renault brothers. He helps Jacques in his drug running and warns him to stay away from the Roadhouse. He is interrogated by the Bookhouse Boys but refuses to answer all their questions properly. He is later murdered by Leo Johnson and left in the woods.

Jean Renault

Jean, played by Michael Parks, is the eldest and most ruthless of the three brothers, but hides his ruthlessness behind a soft-spoken, charming appearance. He is described as being involved in gambling, extortion, drug dealing and other crimes in the Northwest before his first appearance in the series.

He first appears during Blackie's attempt to wrest control of One Eyed Jack's from owner Benjamin Horne. He reportedly once sold insurance for the brothel to Horne and is also the lover of Blackie's younger sister Nancy. Now, he acts as a go-between between Blackie, who's holding Horne's daughter Audrey ransom, and Horne, but he also has a personal score to settle: he wants to get revenge on Agent Cooper, who he blames for the death of his younger brothers. His intentions are thwarted as Cooper and Sheriff Truman infiltrate One Eyed Jack's and rescue Audrey.

On the night Audrey is rescued, Jean kills Blackie, takes control of the brothel, and acquires the services of Ben Horne's henchman Hank Jennings. Later, he stages a plot to convict Cooper of drug running, leading to Cooper's temporary suspension. He is eventually killed by Cooper during a gun battle at Dead Dog Farm.

Blackie O'Reilly

Blackie O'Reilly, nicknamed The Black Rose, is the madame of One Eyed Jacks, the casino/brothel just north of the Canadian border. She runs Jack's at the behest of its secret owner, Benjamin Horne. In keeping with the "upscale" theme of the establishment, Blackie adorns herself in glamorous black evening gowns and exudes an air of sophistication and being a member of the "upper class." She is the highest authority at Jacks, aside from Ben Horne, eliciting absolute obedience from the cadre of prostitutes in her stable. Whenever a new girl is hired, she oversees a coin-tossing ceremony between Ben and Jerry Horne to see which man will "break her in."

Blackie is a heroin addict; sometime prior to the beginning of the series, she was the mistress of Ben Horne, who intentionally got her addicted to the drug as a means of controlling her. Blackie resents Ben's control over her, and when Ben's daughter infiltrates Jack's to try to collect information on Laura Palmer, Blackie injects her with the drug to seek vengeance on Horne. This proves to be the first step in a war between Horne and Blackie and her drug baron brother-in-law, Jean Renault, who seizes control of One Eyed Jacks in a hostile takeover. Ultimately, Jean stabs Blackie to death, wanting to eliminate any potential competition he might have in the operation of his new business venture.


Ronette Pulaski

Ronette Pulaski, portrayed by Phoebe Augustine is the daughter of Janek Pulaski, an employee of the Packard Saw Mill. She attended Twin Peaks High School.

She works at the perfume counter at Horne's Department Store, and at One Eyed Jacks, but is fired from both jobs. She and Laura Palmer are both assaulted by the serial killer BOB at the same time. Laura is murdered, but Ronette escapes. She is discovered wandering along train tracks in a trance. As she had crossed state lines, the FBI becomes involved in the investigation. She lapses into a coma, emerging only briefly to identify BOB from a drawing.

The character appeared only briefly in the series, with few lines of dialogue, but she proved an integral part of the overall plot, especially as she was with Laura at her end. Her picture, along with that of Leo Johnson's truck, are found in Fleshworld (a swingers magazine) by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, and Sheriff Harry S. Truman, along with a forwarding address which allows them to track down to whom it belonged. She also appears toward the very end of the series when Cooper brings her in to confirm that BOB's smell is indeed the smell of engine oil.

She is featured most heavily in both Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and the series' pilot episode.

A small aspect of her character in relation to Fire Walk With Me is that she was somehow meant to come out of Laura's murder alright. Towards the end of the film during the final scene in the train car, Laura sees Ronette's "guardian angel" looking over her as she frantically prays for her life. Her ropes are miraculously loosed allowing her to open the train car and let MIKE pull her outside and away from BOB while in his frantic killing mode. Earlier, Laura sees her own "angel" abandoning her (disappearing from the picture on her wall). When Ronette is brought in during the last episodes, she appears to have reformed, dressing demurely and co-operating with the police without question.

Lawrence Jacoby

Lawrence Jacoby, portrayed by Russ Tamblyn, is a highly eccentric psychiatrist. Born January 30, 1934, Jacoby grew up in Hawaii and remains fascinated by it.

Jacoby was seeing Laura Palmer as a patient prior to her murder. Jacoby confesses to FBI agent Dale Cooper he's not a good person, and he really doesn't care about his patients who see him as their friend. Laura changed all that, and Laura changed him. Laura was in pain and the reasons for that were so mysterious that Jacoby couldn't penetrate the walls she had built around it.

Dr. Jacoby is married to a Hawaiian woman who is only seen once in the course of the series. He is known for keeping cocktail umbrellas marked with dates of influential events that affected him. He is also a keen surfer. A recognizable trait of the Doc's were his glasses - one lens of which was blue, the other red. He also could do some conjuring tricks.

Dr. Jacoby's character was inspired by the late ethnobotanist and shamanistic explorer Terence McKenna.

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson, portrayed by Gary Hershberger, was close friends with Bobby Briggs and was the boyfriend of Donna Hayward. He was on both the high school football and wrestling teams. Extra-curricularly he dealt drugs with Bobby.

As Donna grew closer to James Hurley, she broke up with Mike. Mike initially didn't take the breakup well, but soon became involved with an amnesiac Nadine Hurley. Mike fell in love with Nadine and planned to marry her, but was heartbroken when she regained her memory and had no recollection of her affection for him. It is not known if Nadine went back to her husband, Big Ed.

Mike was illustrative of the theme of duality that pervaded Twin Peaks. He was, with Bobby, one of two duos in the series named "Mike" and "Bob," the other being Mike / Philip Gerard the one-armed man and Bob.

Margaret Lanterman (Log Lady)

Margaret Lanterman, better known as the Log Lady, makes semi-regular appearances in both seasons, and is played by Catherine E. Coulson, who also very briefly reprised the role for a single scene in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

The Log Lady is a fixture in the town of Twin Peaks by the time of Laura Palmer's murder, and most residents in the town regard her as crazy. This is mainly due to her habit of always carrying a small log in her arms, with which she seems to share a psychic connection, often dispensing advice and visions of clairvoyance which she claims come from the log;[8] prior to the murder, she delivers moving and cryptic warnings to Laura Palmer herself.[6][9] The Log Lady does not interpret the messages transmitted by the log, but instead functions as a medium for the information it conveys.[10]

Harold Smith

Harold Smith, portrayed by Lenny Von Dohlen, has agoraphobia and thus does not leave his home. Laura Palmer met him when she delivered him his meals. Laura gave Harold her secret diary for safe-keeping, because BOB can't see him. Harold grows and develops new orchid hybrids in his home.

Donna Hayward, Laura's best friend, befriended him during her investigation into her death. Their relationship ended badly when Donna attempted to steal Laura's secret diary. Harold was later found dead with scraps of the diary around him, the cause of death being ruled as suicide. His suicide note read "J'ai une âme solitaire." (literally "I have a solitary soul").

Dick Tremayne

Dick Tremayne (Ian Buchanan) is an Englishman of the older mould, and has a keen interest in self-preservation and his appearance, particularly his clothing. He does not appear in the earlier episodes.

Dick is a selfish, pretentious man, whom Lucy Moran saw for a while on the side. He works at the Horne’s Department store, in men's fashion. When he finds out Lucy is pregnant (and isn’t sure who is the father of the baby), he starts “helping” an orphan boy who needs a father figure. Because of this, he has an ongoing rivalry with Deputy Andy Brennan.


Evelyn Marsh

Unlike most of the other characters, Evelyn Marsh (Annette McCarthy) did not actually live in Twin Peaks, but one of the towns nearby, which James Hurley "drifts" to, after he has a fall-out at home with Donna Hayward. She is very wealthy, and she and her absentee husband, Geoffrey/Jeffrey, own a small fleet of expensive cars, which she initially drafts James in to repair.

Evelyn has a very complicated character. She attracts James through a combination of her physical attributes and the pity he feels for her, when she reveals that she lives with an abusive husband who frequently beats her. In reality, she is involved with a third man, Malcolm Sloan, living with the family under the guise of being her brother and acting as chauffeur, and the two have hatched a plan for killing Geoffrey. She engages James in a kind of boy toy sexual relationship, all as part of the plan, principally with a view to setting him up as a fall guy and blaming him for her husband's death in a car accident.

Following her husband's murder, Evelyn appears to soften towards James and show repentance for her actions, giving James enough warning to get out of the house before the arrival of the police. She gives his full name to the police and even indicates where they might find him, but seems to waver. When he comes back to talk to her, she pleads for him to leave. Malcolm knocks James out and tries to persuade Evelyn to shoot him, concocting a story to cover the situation, but in the end Evelyn can't go through with it and she shoots Malcolm dead instead when he tries to attack her, allowing James to go free. After this, all we hear of Evelyn is that James is to give evidence at her trial.

Thomas Eckhardt

Thomas Eckhardt (David Warner), is the former business partner of Andrew Packard, and obsessively in love with Josie Packard. Eckhardt hails from South Africa, but moved to Hong Kong, where he formed a business partnership with American Andrew Packard. The relationship soured as the two competed for the love of Josie, a protegé of Eckhardt. Eventually Josie married Andrew, who took her with him to Twin Peaks. However, it is unclear whether this was part of a plan by Eckhardt, as Josie arranged the assassination of Andrew, covered up by a boating accident.

After Josie has also arranged for the burning of the Packard saw mill and sold the land, Eckhardt expects her to return to Hong Kong. As she refuses and kills Eckhardt's emissary, Eckhardt personally comes for her and insists on a meeting. Josie shoots Eckhardt, but dies only moments later out of fear, accompanied by the appearance of "Bob", who mocks the approaching Agent Cooper.

Eckhardt left a puzzle box to Andrew Packard, who was revealed to have eluded his assassination, and Catherine Martell. The box contains several boxes and eventually holds the key to a safe deposit box at the local bank. When Andrew opens the box, a bomb explodes inside, probably killing Andrew and his bystanders.

On Eckhardt's order, his assistant, Miss Jones (played by Brenda Strong), also attempted to kill Josie's lover, Sheriff Truman, but failed.

Teresa Banks

Teresa Banks is a 17 year old drifter and cocaine addict. Her murder in Deer Meadow, Washington, precedes that of Laura Palmer and is part of the plot of the 1992 Twin Peaks prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Pamela Gidley portrayed Banks in the film.

Banks lived at the Fat Trout trailer park for a month (where minor characters Mrs. Chalfont and her grandson also lived until they moved away following Teresa's murder). She worked the night shift as a waitress at Hap's Diner.

Her body was found, wrapped in plastic, in Wind River. She died from "repeated blows to the back of the head by a blunt obtuse-angled object," according to FBI Special Agent Sam Stanley. The murderer took her ring, which was adorned with a symbol used late in the series in conjunction with the Black Lodge. Stanley also discovered a small piece of white paper imprinted with the letter "T" beneath the nail of her left ring finger, what would become the calling card of the serial killer who later murdered Laura Palmer and attacked Ronette Pulaski. Stanley and Special Agent Chester Desmond investigated her murder on the orders of FBI Chief Gordon Cole. No one claimed her body after her murder, and she had no known next of kin.

Like Laura and Ronette, Teresa placed personal ads in Fleshworld, a fictional swingers magazine known to be read and utilized by Twin Peaks drug dealer Jacques Renault, who also ran a sort of low-key prostitution ring on the side. It was through such an advertisement that she became acquainted with Laura's father, Leland Palmer, who muses "you look just like my Laura" (a later murder, Laura's cousin Madeleine Ferguson, is also said to have been chosen because she resembled Laura).

One day, Palmer arrives at a motel room having pre-arranged a rendezvous with Banks and "some of [her] girlfriends" and, to his surprise, discovers one of these to be his daughter. Palmer ducks out before Laura sees him, but Banks becomes suspicious of his sudden change of heart. Eventually, she discovers Leland's identity and attempts to blackmail him but is subsequently murdered before she can collect.

Windom Earle

Windom Earle is a former FBI agent, and the former partner and best friend of Agent Dale Cooper. He is played by Kenneth Welsh and features in the second half of the second season. He is an evil genius and a master of disguise, well-versed in esoterica from all parts of the world. He has extensive knowledge of the “dugpas”, ancient sorcerers from Tibet dedicated to pure evil. Cooper says of Windom Earle “his mind is like a diamond: cold, hard and brilliant.”

Earle claims to have killed his wife Caroline, the love of Cooper’s life. He also has a fascination with the Black Lodge, whose secrets he is trying to unlock, as well as black magic. Major Garland Briggs states that Earle was involved in Project Blue Book, as was Briggs; however, their investigation in which Earle was involved was directly related to Twin Peaks and not the usual UFO investigations.

He is obsessed with chess and this also plays a role in some of the episodes, when he decides to use real people as the pieces. Earle appears to be killed by BOB in the Black Lodge, when he attempts to take Cooper’s soul. BOB says that Earle cannot ask for souls, but he will take Earle’s.

Dramatically, Earle represents an alternate Cooper: an FBI agent, once pure and following a code representing good, but ultimately being corrupted and pursuing evil; the implication being that even a pure soul like Cooper can wind up like Earle.


  1. ^ Lara Flynn Boyle portrayed Donna in the television series, while Moira Kelly took over the role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (IMDb).
  2. ^ Robert Davenport portrayed Johnny Horne in the pilot episode, while Robert Bauer took over the role in later episodes (IMDb).
  3. ^ Austin Jack Lynch, son of David Lynch, portrayed Pierre in the television series, while Jonathan J. Leppell took over the role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (source: Jack Lynch in the IMDb, IMDb Jonathan J. Leppell in the IMDb).
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