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Nell Van Dort is the a wealthy woman who is married to William Van Dort, a successful owner of a canney, and is Victor Van Dort's mother.


Nell is quite chubby to the point where she almost causes her carriage to tip over the moment she stepped on it yet she is beautiful and wears a lovely purple striped dress. She has a small hat and wears purple lipstick. She also has a dead animal scarf for her neck and small black heels.


Nell is a woman who is quite organised and a little bit stuck up. She believes that she is being supportive to her son, Victor, by trying to make him more comfortable to marry Victoria, although her comments (such as “reeling Victoria in”) only make the situation worse for Victor. She can be a bit demanding to her husband but she is quite nice and has high expectations. She ironically looks down on other people who are not of high status even though she is not of high status herself, and often acts like she is of high status despite being the wife of a fish merchant. Victor claimed that she never really approved of anything, hinting more towards her snootiness.


Nell first appears in the musical number "According To Plan" along with her husband, William, and their worker, Mayhew. Not much is know about her past only that her family is "new money" compared to the noble and seemingly wealthy Everglots. To gain more of a step in high society, she and William organize an arranged marriage along with the Everglots. She attempted to charm the Everglots yet failed due to their gloomy personalities. 

Nell was at her son, Victor, and Victoria Everglot's wedding rehearsal at the Everglot mansion. She became worried when Victor kept making mistakes, and was baffled when the town crier claimed that Victor ran off with a mystery woman (unaware that the ‘mystery woman‘ was actually a corpse whom he accidentally married while practicing his lines in the woods). Nell claimed that her son didn’t know any women and begged the Everglots to allow her and William to find him before sundown, which they agreed to.

While searching to their son, Nell and William were told that Victor has married a Corpse Bride, but didn’t believe it.

Nell and William were in the woods looking for Victor when Mayhew fell off the buggy and died, which caused them to speed up and lose control of the buggy. It is unknown what happened to her afterwards, but it can be assumed that she either found out about the driverless buggy too late and died as a result, or discovered it fast enough for her and her husband to escape.


William Van Dort

William is Nell's husband. He is always nice to her while she can get frustrated with him very easily and seems to resent being the wife of a fish merchant even though that made her rich. As of other news, shes a golddigging bitch.

Victor Van Dort

Victor is Nell's son and only child. Nell constantly criticizes him and doesn't seem to have a good opinion of her son. She also has no qualms on embarrassing him in front of his future in-laws. Victor claims that she never approved of anything and was glad Emily would never have to meet her, further implying that he and Nell don’t have a good relationship.


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  • She seems to be in denial about her weight since she insisted that it was the dress that got her tuck on the carriage's door and not her.
  • It is unknown what her fate is. She either discovered that her buggy was driverless too late and died in accident as a result (although she didnt appear in the land of the dead unlike Mayhew), or discovered it fast enough for her and her husband to stop it and escape.
    • In an early draft of the script she and her husband survived their carriage crashing though.
  • She is the most obsessed with becoming a noble of high class, and is hinted to be the one who came up with the idea of marrying off Victor to Victoria in the first place.