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'Mad Men' Character Profiles


Confused about who works at the Sterling Ad Agency and where they fit into the AMC series Mad Men? Look no further, we've got this handy character profile guide to help you get better acquainted with the major players from Mad Men.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Jon Hamm
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A husband, father and partner at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency, Don appears to have it all. Sadly, Don's life is anything but satisfying. He is unhappy with his home life and often cheats on his beautiful wife. Born Dick Whitman, he had a terrible family life and we soon learned that during the Korean War, Dick was responsible for causing a tragic explosion that took the life of the real Don Draper. He assumed Don's identity and has lived most of his life under the constant threat of discovery. His strive to find some sort of happiness in life has helped him to succeed in business, but it's doubtful that Don will ever truly be happy in this lifetime.

January Jones as Betty Draper

January Jones
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Betty is the quintessential homemaker of the '60s, but behind that seemingly perfect exterior lies a troubled woman. Before meeting Don, Betty worked as a model. Now, as a wife and mother, Betty stays at home with her two kids while her husband works in the city and stays out late while he has affairs with other women. Betty ultimately learns of her husband's cheating ways and the two separated for a while until she learned that she was pregnant. To get even with Don, Betty cheated on him with a man in a bar. Will this couple be able to life happily ever after, or are they headed for disaster?

John Slattery as Roger Sterling

John Slattery
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Roger inherited the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency from his father and serves as one of the senior partners. Roger is married to Mona, shares a close friendship with Don Draper and is known to have an affair or two around the office. After suffering two heart attacks, Roger took some time off work for a while to recover, but is back with a vengeance.

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Elisabeth Moss
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When the series began, Peggy was new to Sterling Cooper and worked as Don's new secretary. After showing the men that she had a real talent for advertising, Peggy was promoted to junior copywriter. After sleeping with Pete Campbell a couple of times, Peggy got pregnant (but didn't know about her condition) and gave birth to a boy, whom she gave up for adoption. She took a leave of absence from work and never told anyone at the agency about the baby, including Pete. After returning to work, she was promoted to copywriter and finally told Pete about the baby after he confessed his true feelings for Peggy.

Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell

Vincent Kartheiser
Photo Credit: © Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Having grown up in a wealthy family, Pete appears to have an air of conceit and entitlement. However, he is simply an account executive at Sterling Cooper looking to get ahead to prove to his parents that he's not a complete failure. Upon discovering Don's true identity, he tried to blackmail him, but his plan backfired. Pete is married to Trudy, but is deeply in love with Peggy.

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway

Christina Hendricks
Photo Credit: © Frank Ockenfels/AMC
Back in the '60s, it was a man's world and nobody knows that better than Joan Holloway. As head of the secretarial pool, Joan knows that women don't get ahead in business and uses that knowledge to be the best at her job, as well as mentoring the other secretaries at Sterling Cooper. She carried on an affair with Roger for a while, that is until his heart attacks out a damper on their relationship.
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