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Peaky Blinders fans have been rewatching the gangster drama ahead of the release of season six. Who plays Esme Shelby in Peaky Blinders? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Peaky Blinders.
Who plays Esme Shelby in Peaky Blinders?
Esme Shelby is a member of the Lee Family and the widow of John Shelby (played by Joe Cole).
Her marriage to John brought peace between the two families and she went onto become the mother to John’s four children.
Welsh actress Aimee-Ffion Edwards starred as Esme Shelby in Peaky Blinders.
She starred in the first four series of Peaky Blinders and was last seen in series four of the gripping series, mourning her husband’s death.
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Peaky Blinders fans will most likely recognise Edwards from her role as Sketch in E4’s Skins and Sophie in Detectorists.
In Detectorists, Edwards starred alongside Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones and Rachael Stirling.
Edwards is also well known for playing Jenny Jones in series two of Luther, starring alongside Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson.
In 2012, she joined the cast of Sky Atlantic’s four-part series, Walking and Talking as Mary.
Her other credits include Casualty, Being Human, Death in Paradise and Inside No.9.
Most recently, she starred as Miss Aitken in Man Like Mobeen and Abi in the Channel 4 comedy series Loaded.
In 2019, Edwards also starred as Ruby Newman in Curfew, alongside Sean Bean, Adam Brody and Pheobe Fox.
She is also recognised for playing Cassandra in Troy: Fall of a City.
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Edwards is also well known for her stage career, appearing in several plays in London and New York.
Her stage credits include Jerusalem, The Recruiting Officer, Trelawny of the Wells and B.
Edwards was last seen in season four of Peaky Blinders in 2017.
Esme was last seen in episode two of the fourth series. She visited John in the morgue and told him she will be taking his children on the road to “live with decent people.”
Esme was absent from series five of Peaky Blinders and it is unknown if she will return for the sixth series.
The actress has opened up to Cosmopolitan UK last year about her time on the show and if there would be a chance of a comeback.
Edwards said: “It depends on the script. I feel like I got to do some really good stuff, and the storylines were really strong, and I could make the best of Esme. “I think if the storyline was good, I would consider [returning].
“I’m quite satisfied with what I got to do with [Esme].
“I’m open-minded but sometimes it’s nice to leave on a high.”
Peaky Blinders is streaming on the BBC iPlayer and Netflix now
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