Thankfully for those who know him, Paul Anderson is very different from Arthur Shelby in real life.
Actor Peaky Blinders has starred in the hit BBC series since its very first episode and became known for his amazingly low Brummie voice.
Paul, 43, couldn’t understand why fans loved his violent character, who hammered a man and killed a boy during a boxing match.
“A lot of people like the show and I understand that, but a lot of people say, ‘We love Arthur’ and I don’t know why. That surprised me,” he said in 2017.
“What I love about him and why I love playing him is that he’s not just one-sided – he’s tough and he can be violent and brutal, but he’s not just that. He has this inner turmoil.”
Although Paul’s life may be different from Arthur’s now, he started his acting career by going against the law.
BBC / Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)
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He was selling tickets off the football field and finally got his big movie when he sold some to a film director.
“I made a lot of money from it but that’s all I made from it,” he told The Mirror in 2017.
“I’ve always wanted to be the leader in a band. Not a football player. Not an actor. Definitely not a policeman or a firefighter.
“I want to be the lead singer. Nothing else.”
When Paul sold tickets to film director Nick Love for the Chelsea vs Barcelona match, his life changed forever.
Nick thinks Paul is perfect for the role of thug Bex in The Firm, the 2009 film about football thugs.
Paul said: “I happened to be outside and I was processing one or two odd tickets and exchanging them for money. He was with a group of friends and I sold them tickets.”
The star said the film’s producer found his offer “strange” and then offered him a role in the film.
Paul, who appeared in the 2005 Doctor Who Christmas Special, has had roles in Ashes to Ashes, Silent Witness, Lewis and Top Boy.
His first major role was as Colonel Sebastian Moran in Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows and he also collaborated with co-star Peaky Blinder and on-screen brother Cillian Murphy in In the Heart of the Sea in 2015.
“We are very different from Tommy and Arthur Shelby in the movie,” said Paul, who revealed that they will be using Peaky Blinders’ voice on set.
“We used to laugh about it. We’d be on this boat in the middle of the Atlantic and we’d talk in our Birmingham accent for just a second between turns.
“He would scream, ‘Arthur!’ and I said, “Tommy! What the hell are we doing here?”
“I love Cillian. He’s a real friend. But that movie was really tough. I found that movie extremely difficult. We were going to spend 12 hours at sea.”
BBC / Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)
Paul has also starred alongside another Peaky Blinder co-star, Tom Hardy, in The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
The actor, from South London rather than Birmingham, hasn’t shared many details about his love life but he’s not married yet.
He was previously in a relationship with jewelry designer Stephy Clark but has not spoken publicly about any relationship.
In the past, he has featured her on his social media and shared snaps of the two with his followers on Instagram.
For most of his time on Peaky Blinders, Paul was always afraid that Arthur would be killed by writer Steven Knight, especially since he lived so dangerously.
“We didn’t know what Steven was going to do and Steven never did what we thought he would. Last season, we never saw the whole thing with Sam Neill and Polly coming,” he said. say after series 2.
“I really believe that Arthur will be killed in season two because he left a trail of destruction behind.”
BBC / Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd 2019 / Robert Viglasky)
Paul left a lot of fans confused at the end of 2020 when he promised that the new series would be out “very soon”.
The country has just fallen into a second lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, so viewers can only scratch their heads as to how long he really wants to talk about.
While posting some of his character’s artwork on Instagram, he wrote: “#comingfknsoon season six. Thank you all for the wait, it will be well worth it.”
But the series had to be pushed back as filming could only begin again as early as 2021 – meaning the release of new episodes was delayed until this month.
Director Anthony Byrne told Digital Spy: “We are so close to the start of filming for season six.
“The play set has been made, the costumes have been made. The camera and lenses have been checked. The location has been booked. All the preparations have been done. It’s a pity that it’s not possible. do for you at this time.”
There’s a lot to be excited about ahead of tonight’s opening episode, which will see the Shelby family band together to face a disturbing new threat.
BBC / Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd / Tiger Aspect / Robert Viglasky)
Hollywood A-lister Tom Hardy will play the seemingly unrepentant Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons, while Sam Claflin returns as fascist politician Sir Oswald Mosley.
As with all old favorites, joining the cast for the final series is Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham, whose character willpower is set to violently clash with Tommy.
One character that won’t be returning to our screens this time, however, is Polly Grey, the patriarch of the Shelby clan, as beloved actress Helen McCrory sadly passes away from cancer in April 2021. at the age of 52.
Last month, Paul posted a black and white photo of himself and co-star Cillian Murphy in period costumes as he teased what was about to happen.
“This is the first picture of Tommy and Arthur,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
“We picked up these guns for the first time 10 years ago, and next month we took them down for the last time!
“Coming soon… PEAKY Blinders SEASON 6 @ peakyblindersseason6 thank you to our amazing fans for the wait and for the incredible love over the past decade (sic)”
* Peaky Blinder’s final series begins tonight on BBC One at 9pm
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