Only a real Peaky Blinders fan would know that the British drama, a creation of Steven Knight, consists of a handful of real-life characters for many years.
A television British crime drama series, Peaky Blinders, demonstrates the exploitation of the Sherby Crime family after the First World War. It is a fictional family that is based on an urban youth gang that existed in reality, and was also known by the same name ‘Peaky Blinders’. This gang was seen as agile from the 1890s to the early 20th century.
Peaky Blinders is a drama series with a long list of characters, led by Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, and Paul Anderson portraying Thomas “Tommy” Shelby, Elizabeth “Polly” Gray (nee Shelby), and Arthur Shelby Jr. respectively. This long list includes other names as well, Sam Neill, Sophie Rundle, Joe Cole, Ned Dennehy, Anabelle Wallis, Andy Nyman, Neil Maskell, Tommy Flanagan, Iddo Goldberg, Charlie Creed-Miles, Richard McCabe, Packy Lee, and Ian Peck are some characters who are seen the further episodes.
The drama has six series to it. The characters in all these series are more or less inspired by the real-life people around them.
The Real Peaky Blinders Characters
Billy Kimber ( Portrayed by Charlie-Creed Miles)
Billy Kimber was the leader of the Birmingham Boys in the 1st season. He was enacting the role of a racecourse kingpin and controlled both the legal and illegal betting that was the trend in most of the racetracks of England. He was an extremely rich person who was protected by Tommy and the Peaky Blinders. After Tommy betrayed him, there was a confrontation between the two, but Tommy finally ended killing Kimber.
In real life as well William Billy Kimber was not much different from the man being portrayed on
the screen. He and the leader of the real Birmingham Boys, a gang showing violence and having power over the various racetracks in England. The real-life Billy Kimber eventually lost most of his racetracks and then died at the age of 63.
Darby Sabini (Portrayed by Noah Taylor)
Darby Sabini was an antagonist in Peaky Blinders season two. In this season, the Tommy and the Shelby family wanted to increase their business outside Birmingham by horse racing and smuggling liquor. Sabini made the action plan, and Tommy got nearly killed by Deby Day.
In Real life Charles, ‘Darby’ Sabini was a part of various aliases and the only identity and leader of the 1900s Sabini gang. As shown in the show, in reality well as the gang-controlled racetrack betting, protection rackets against bookies were the income source. The gang got crushed in the war.
Alfie Solomons (Portrayed by Tom Hardy)
The bearded guy Alfie Solomons was seen in the second season of Peaky Blinders. He was the business partner of Tommy Shelby and a gang leader. H was not trustworthy because he changed agencies according to his convenience. The end of season 4 saw the death of Solomons by Tommy, but the following season witnessed his shocking return.
The actual man for the Alfie Solomons inspiration is a mystery and thereby more frictional. Moreover, his last name was Solomon and not Solomons.
Jessie Eden (Portrayed by Charlie Murphy)
She was seen in the fourth and the fifth season of Peaky Blinders. A Communist who stood for equal pay for women. The day she started a strike at one of his factories, she came to Tommy’s radar. Tommy convinced him of being a fellow communist and told him that they both were fighting for the same cause.
This character was based on a similar name British activist who led the Rent Strike in 1939 Birmingham. She fought for the social justice of women, and also she was portrayed as the love interest, Tommy.
Sir Oswald Mosley (Portrayed by Sam Claflin)
Sir Oswald Mosley was introduced in season 5 of Peaky Blinders. And to launch a new party in Britain he needed Tommy’s help. He had the motto, ‘Britain First’ and cited news to tell the recent political events.
As in real life also Moseley was a controversial British Politician. He in the 1920s became a member of Parliament. He used his oratory skills to their best use and in the 1930s became the leader of the British Union of Fascists. After World War II his party shattered but with weak support he tried to make a comeback after the war. Finally, he spent his remaining years in France.