Peaky Blinders season 6: Arthur Shelby Sr star speaks out on possible return from the dead

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It’s been over two years since Peaky Blinders fans last saw Tommy (played by Cillian Murphy) and Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) on screens but luckily, the wait is almost over. Season six of the hit BBC drama is set to air in the coming months to bring the Shelbys’ story to a close and there are plenty of questions that need answering. 

And one such question involves another member of the Shelby clan potentially returning to throw a spanner in the works – Arthur Shelby Sr (Tommy Flanagan).

Arthur Sr hasn’t been seen since the first season when he arrived back in Birmingham to reunite with his estranged sons.

Arthur Jr was elated to finally receive the attention and love he desired from his dad and while it was replicated at face value, Arthur Sr’s scheming ways eventually came to the forefront.

The elder Shelby proved Aunt Poll (Helen McCrory) and Tommy’s reservations about him were justified, however, when his plot to start a casino empire with his sons was rumbled.

After his scheme to rinse money from the Peaky Blinders was thwarted, Arthur Sr boarded a train out of Birmingham, leaving Arthur Jr devastated.

But the absent father showed zero remorse for his ways, even roughing up his own son on the platform as he begged for answers as to why his dad would leave once again.

The father-shaped hole in Arthur Jr’s heart left him absolutely shattered, so much so he even attempted to take his own life.

Arthur Sr hasn’t been seen since in the BBC drama and the last the Shelbys heard, he’d been murdered in Boston, USA.

However, with no evidence of a body and the news of his death only coming via a letter from overseas, the possibility of Arthur Sr being alive or even possibly faking his own death has lingered.

Sadly though, actor Flanagan has put a full stop to any theories he may return into his sons’ lives in the sixth and final outing.

When asked if he’s kept up with the show since his off-screen demise, Flanagan told Express.co.uk: “No, unfortunately. 

“I don’t know why I’ve not been watching much TV really, but I just haven’t been.”

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He added: “I don’t watch a lot of tvs, but I wish them all the best.”

So when quizzed on an Arthur Sr return, Flanagan comprehensively replied: “Afraid not, son, too busy. Afraid not.”

While Flanagan may not be returning to screens in Peaky Blinders, fans will be able to catch in the role of Walter Flynn in the new Starz series, Power Book IV: Force.

A spin-off to the hugely successful Power series, Force sees Chicago mob boss Walter cross paths with New York gangster Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) who’s left the Big Apple to start a new life in the city.

Discussing his new role, Flanagan said: “It’s fantastic. You know, getting to work with Joseph Sikora and Tommy Egan. Yeah, I was delighted to get this.

“I knew of it, and then when I tuned in I realised what a fantastic world I’d stepped into, and made me even happier.

“Joseph’s an incredible talent and I had a fantastic experience working with him. 

“My character Walter Flynn is this big Chicago mob boss and this young man comes in from New York and sort of treads on my toes a little bit so we have some fun,” he teased.

Peaky Blinders season 6 airs on BBC One in 2022.
Power Book IV: Force premieres on Starz on February 6 in the USA and Starzplay in the UK.

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