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This article focuses on the main reality version of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
For his Wish Realm counterpart, see Wish Sheriff of Nottingham.

They call me Nottingham. The sheriff of Nottingham, actually.

—Sheriff of Nottingham to Cora src

The Sheriff of Nottingham, currently known as Keith, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the nineteenth episode of the second season and is portrayed by guest star Wil Traval. He is the main reality version of the Wish Sheriff of Nottingham.

The Sheriff of Nottingham is based on the character of the same name from the Robin Hood ballads.


Before First Curse

Although the Sheriff of Nottingham loves Marian, she runs away to marry a thief, Robin of Locksley. One day, sometime after the couple open a tavern business in Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff arrives to collect overdue tax payments from them. He gives them two days to fulfill it, or Robin will be imprisoned and their business shut down. To Marian, the Sheriff implies this may be enough for her to finally come to him, but she stubbornly disagrees. After two days have passed, he returns to the tavern to collect the taxes, but instead, Robin ambushes him with his Merry Men and takes all his gold to give it to the peasants. Later, Marian talks to her husband about what he'll do now since the Sheriff will almost certainly want him dead for his defiance. Robin is undeterred, taking his reputation in stride, and renames himself Robin Hood. ("Lacey", "Heart of Gold")

While spending time at a tavern, the Sheriff notices a woman of high stature, Cora, walk in. She asks him about a man with a lion tattoo who her daughter is destined to be with, but the Sheriff reveals he is a thief and already married. Cora then considers that the man's wife can be eliminated and asks him to help her. The Sheriff agrees, but he wants something in return. However, Cora quickly changes her mind and considers he can be her daughter's potential marriage match instead. Tempted by the idea of being king, he is given a fake lion tattoo by Cora and then presented to Regina. During a casual chat in the garden, the Sheriff attempts to charm Regina, who seemingly lets down her guard, before using magic to turn his fake tattoo into a miniature lion. As the beast burrows under his clothing and attacks him, he shrieks in pain while she demands the truth. He admits wanting to be king, but Cora set her up hoping she would bear a child. Afterward, Regina hangs the Sheriff upside down over a fire pit as punishment for his deception until Cora sends him back home. ("Mother")

From this, the townspeople of Nottingham look down on the Sheriff, who is made a laughingstock. Driven by his grudge against Robin Hood, he hunts after him, but the thief continues to elude capture. One day, while travelling through Sherwood Forest, he confronts the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, and his servant, Belle, lingering around. Rumplestiltskin, looking for an escaped thief, shows him a bow that belonged to the man. In exchange for the thief's name, the Sheriff asks to spend a night with Belle. Rumplestiltskin declines, and then, out of impatience, he takes away the Sheriff's tongue as a threat. When the Dark One demands the promised information in return for his tongue, the Sheriff tries to respond, which comes out as gibberish. Taking the reply as a yes, Rumplestiltskin magically reattaches the tongue, to which Sheriff bitterly recounts all the wrongs the thief, Robin Hood, has done against him. ("Lacey")

After First Curse
During one night at the Rabbit Hole, Keith meets Lacey, who is happily playing pool by herself. He assumes she and Mr. Gold are no longer together, so he attempts to flirt with her, but Lacey turns him down. Later that night, Lacey goes out on a date at the diner with Mr. Gold. She excuses herself to the bathroom to fix her dress but actually goes out to the alley to meet up with Keith since she finds Mr. Gold to be boring and not her type. They make out, and Mr. Gold eventually finds them. He angrily pushes Keith off of her, thinking she was being forced upon, but discovers it was planned. Keith later approaches Mr. Gold to apologize for putting the moves on Lacey since he assumed she and Mr. Gold broke up, which Mr. Gold bitterly affirms to be true. Frustrated that trying to be the good guy didn't win Lacey over, Mr. Gold lets his dark side loose by using magic to rip out Keith's tongue and hits him with his cane. Lacey, attracted to this part of Mr. Gold, watches with a mischievous look on her face as he continues to beat up Keith. ("Lacey")

After Third Curse
In Storybrooke, Keith hears about Robin's return to town, although this Robin is not the same one who died. As he walks down the street drinking his coffee, Robin looses an arrow on him. A startled Keith drops his cup just as the arrow pierces his jacket cuff and pins him to a pole. Robin then drops his bow and stalks over to get revenge on his sworn enemy, although Keith begs for mercy, insisting he's not the man he was in the past. Robin ignores his pleas and punches him in the face, knocking Keith to the ground, before pulling out a knife and holding it under his neck. Before Robin can kill him, Regina rushes over, but when Robin moves to slice the man's throat, she teleports Keith away to safety. ("Murder Most Foul")


Production Notes

  • The casting call describes him as, "35, bitter due to hard life, and likes to chase women."[2]

Costume Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


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  2. Once Upon a Time - Episode 2.19 - Roles being cast. SpoilerTV (February 6, 2013). “These 2 roles are being cast for episode 2.19: A Thief, who is male, 30 years old, brave, honorable and steals magic from Rumpelstiltskin; and Keith, who is 35, bitter due to a hard life, and likes to chase women.”
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