Maxwell Beverley Sheffield
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Title {{{title}}}
Gender Male
Romances Sarah Sheffield (first wife, deceased)

Fran Fine (current wife)

Family Fran Fine (wife)

Maggie Sheffield (eldest daughter)

Brighton Sheffield (eldest son)

Grace Sheffield (younger daughter)

Jonah Samuel Sheffield (youngest son)

Eve Katherine Sheffield (youngest daughter)

Sylvia Ray Fine (mother in-law)

Morty Fine (father in-law)

Nadine Fine (sister in-law)

Yetta Rosenberg Jones (grandmother in-law)

Shlomo Rosenberg (grandfather-in-law, deceased)

Health {{{health}}}
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Status Married
Location Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA (Current)

Upper East Side, New York County, New York, USA (Former)

England (Birth Place)

Maxwell "Max" Beverley Sheffield (born January 19, 1957) was the male lead fictional character in the long-running television sitcom, The Nanny. He was played by actor Charles Shaughnessy who was born 1955 in Great Britain.

Early and later LifeEdit

Maxwell went to Goodrington School Age: 3-11 and The Warren School age: 11-18 in Rainham, England. He has a older sister named Jocelyn and brother named Nigel (the younger). They have divorced parents. His mother hates Fran and finds her impractical. His father cheated on his mother with his secretary and caused the divorce. After the divorce he married the secretary, which caused Maxwell to hate his step-mother. They stayed together until his death, when Maxwell and his siblings found out in the will that all his money was left to his secret love child, giving Maxwell another sister.


Maxwell is a Broadway theatrical producer of some success, although his main rival was Andrew Lloyd Webber (An actual famous Broadway producer). It has always irritated him that he had turned down producing the shows "Cats", "Tommy" and "Hair" (especially because Webber had made a fortune from it). It was later revealed that his secretary at the time, C. C. Babcock, had convinced him to pass on producing the musical Cats.

Personal Life Edit

His wife Sara had died a few years before the start of the show (the cause of death is never stated). Maxwell worked closely with his now business partner, C. C. (who has her eyes set on becoming the next Mrs. Sheffield) for almost 20 years.

Maxwell has three children, Maggie, Brighton, and Gracie, however, his busy schedule does not allow him much time to spend with them, so he had to find a nanny. Before Fran came along, Brighton had caused 3 to quit by faking his own suicide with a toy knife and ketchup.

Fran is uncultured, but is practical and has common sense, having grown up in a close-knit Jewish family in Flushing, Queens. This sets the stage for a lot of culture clashes, especially in the early episodes.

Despite mutual attraction, Maxwell and Fran try to keep their relationship professional. Maxwell is nervous about commitment and is still mourning Sara, while Fran is still reeling from a broken engagement with her ex-boyfriend Danny.

During a flight to New York, the plane carrying Maxwell and Fran hits some turbulence, and in the commotion, Maxwell tells Fran he loves her. Upon returning home, he takes the statement back. It is eventually called "The Thing" and is often held over Maxwell's head by Fran and Niles, the butler.

After a lot of stumbling, Maxwell confesses his true feelings, and he and Fran get married. The engagement sends the jealous C.C. into a mental hospital. Despite being released, she continues her maniacal attempts to separate them, even placing a veil on her head at the wedding, and taking Max's arm to walk down the aisle, much to Max's bemusement. She is eventually removed from the aisle by Niles and made to sit down.

Maxwell becomes a father to 5 children instead of 3, when Fran gives birth to twins; Jonah Samuel Sheffield and Eve Katherine Sheffield. After the birth, the whole family moves to the city of Beverly Hills, California, where Maxwell is scheduled to produce a T.V. Show in Los Angeles.

Many episodes have quotes which imply that he is a catholic. His age ranges from 42 to 48 but sometimes like Fran he will be self conscious about his age; he stated in Season 3 (1995-1996) that he was 42 years old.

Romance Edit

The romantic tension between Maxwell and Fran lasts until the middle of the 5th season, when the couple gets engaged; following several snafus, they are finally married in the season 5 finale. Until that point, they always address each other with proper employer-employee politeness, i.e. "Miss Fine" and "Mr. Sheffield". Maxwell confesses to Miss Fine that he loves her when their plane to New York meets some turbulence, and he believes they may crash. Upon returning home, Maxwell immediately revokes the statement this is later referred to as "the Thing" and is held over Mr. Sheffield's head with glee by Fine and Niles.

By the fifth season, Mr. Sheffield and Miss Fine begin a tentative romantic relationship, which consisted of a very large milestone: calling each other by their first names. Mr. Sheffield proposes marriage (a move that sends C. C. Babcock, who had an obsessive crush on Maxwell and jealous hatred of Fran, to an insane asylum), and they are married in the season 5 finale. They finally give birth to fraternal twins, Jonah and Eve, in the series finale. Jonah, who was born first, was named for Fran's side of the family, but was more reserved like his father; and Eve, who was born a few minutes later, was named for her father's side of the family, but was more nasally and boisterous like her mother.

Despite the fact they stopped using each other's last names to address each other when they married, Fran and Max would still switch to their boss/employee roles out of habit. When Max is angry with her, he will instinctively shout "Miss Fine!", causing a worried Fran to reply, "Oh no, I'm Miss Fine again!". The same is true for Fran, who calls Maxwell "Mr. Sheffield" in bed. Before they got married, Fran had many fantasies of them making out.


  • Maxwell nearly becomes deaf because of Fran's high pitched voice.
  • Maxwell has an appendectomy due to eating some bad food made by C.C.
  • Maxwell is oblivious to C.C.'s romantic interest in him.
  • Maxwell passed on Cats!, Tommy and Hair.
  • He is a Republican.
  • He favors three piece suits on a daily basis, rarely wearing casual clothes.
  • He is well known for being predictable.
  • As a widower, he continued to wear his wedding ring.
  • He has a high tolerance for his staff's shenanigans, threatening to fire them but never carrying out that threat when they commit an indiscretion.
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