This article is about Offred (June), the main character. You may be looking for the pilot episode "Offred", or Offred's predecessor.

 See also: Mother of Agnes and Nicole (Novel)

Offred is the patronymic name of the main protagonist in the narratives of The Handmaid's Tale. She is a woman in her thirties who is forced to work as a Handmaid in the early years of the Republic of Gilead, due to the fact she is still capable of bearing children. In all narratives, she is the former wife of Luke and the mother of a young daughter; she later begins a relationship with a Guardian named Nick, whom she develops romantic feelings for.

Both in the novel and in voiceovers of the show, she recounts her life - before, during and after the creation of Gilead - to an unseen audience.

Naming Specifics[edit | edit source]

In the television series, Offred's real name is June; her real name in the movie is Kate. In the novel, her real name is never revealed. Due to an assumed (but actually coincidental) "clue" in the text, the author later welcomed readers to name Offred June "if they wish".

Narrative-specific Characters of Offred[edit | edit source]

Portrayers[edit | edit source]

In the film adaption, Offred is portrayed by Natasha Richardson and in the television series, she is portrayed by Elisabeth Moss.

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