Rose Maylie

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Rose Fleming Maylie
First appearance Oliver Twist
Created by Charles Dickens
Portrayed by

Barbara Kent (1933),

Keira Knightley (1999), Morven Christie (2007)
Gender Female
Occupation Lady
Title Miss
Family Agnes Fleming (sister, deceased)
Mrs Maylie (adoptive mother)
Oliver Twist (nephew)
Captain Fleming (father, deceased)
Mr Maylie (adoptive father, deceased)
Spouse(s) Harry Maylie

Rose Fleming Maylie is a character in Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. She is Oliver's maternal aunt.


Rose is an orphan raised from childhood by Mrs. Maylie. Bill Sikes and Toby Crackit, two thieves, break into the Maylies' house, accompanied by Oliver. Oliver is shot by the Maylies'. She is also Oliver's long lost aunt.

Notable portrayals[edit]

Rose Maylie is completely omitted from the musical Oliver! and the film thereof. She is also missing from the 1948 and 2005 film versions of the novel. Often Rose's familial relationships differ from those of the original novel,with Mr. Brownlow (with whom she had no connections of before bonding over their acquaintances with Oliver in the novel) occasionally appearing as her uncle or adopted guardian.

In the 1933 film she is played by Barbara Kent.

In Oliver Twist (1985) she is played by Lysette Anthony

In the 1997 Disney television film, she is played by Olivia Caffery.

In the 1999 miniseries of Oliver Twist, Rose is played by English actress Keira Knightley.

In the 2007 miniseries, Rose is played by Scottish actress Morven Christie.