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John is the third Shelby brother and Tommy's right hand man in Birmingham. John lost his wife during the war and struggles to bring up their four children on his own. When Tommy's planned business expansion happens, John remains at home and in charge of the activities in Birmingham. Although his loyalty is beyond reproach, some question whether he really is the right man for the job.
Freddie once saved his best friend Tommy’s life in the trenches, but his relationship with Tommy’s sister has caused a rift between them. His communist activities and inciting dissent at the BSA factory has also put him in the sights of Inspector Campbell.
Born into the Lee gypsy family, Esme's marriage to John Shelby represents the bond between the two clans. It soon becomes apparent however, that her own ambitions may be different to those of the organisation she now belongs.
Billy Kimber controls both the legal and illegal bookmaking sites at racecourses all across England, which has made him one of the country's richest and most powerful gangsters.
Calculating and unpredictable, gang leader Alfie Solomons uses violent outbursts to intimidate and dominate everyone around him. The leader of the Jewish gang in London, he has a long-running feud with rival crime boss Darby Sabini, making him a potential partner for Tommy Shelby...if he can be trusted.
Darby Sabini controls the gambling in the racing tracks of the South, as well as various bases around London. With the police on his books, Sabini has been free to do as he pleases, so far…
Wealthy but lonely, horsetrainer May Carleton is immediately intrigued by Tommy and impressed by his bold, fearless attitude. Despite their different backgrounds, Tommy and May find themselves giving in to their mutual attraction for each other.
Michael was taken from Polly when he was five. He lived with a foster family until he was 17, when Tommy found him and revealed his true identity. Now back with his birth family, Michael starts to learn what it means to be a Shelby.
Danny "Whizz-Bang" Owen
Tommy's fellow tunneller Dannysuffers from violent psychotic episodes in which he believes he is still at war, earning him the nickname "whizz-bang" - the noise made by German artillery shells. Although fiercely loyal to Tommy, his erratic behaviour makes him a liability.
When John Shelby declares his intention to marry local prostitute Lizzie Stark, Tommy uses his powers of manipulation to end the relationship and find a more useful alliance for his brother. But his fondness for Lizzie makes him find her other employment with the Peaky Blinders.