Paul Anderson (actor)

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Paul Anderson
Born (1978-11-19) 19 November 1978 (age 43)
London, England, UK
Years active2005–present

Paul Anderson (born 19 November 1978) is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Arthur Shelby Jr. in Peaky Blinders, Anderson in The Revenant, and Sebastian Moran in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.[1]


Anderson decided to pursue acting in the mid 2000s, after working for many years as a ticket scalper and aspiring musician and enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He began his acting career by appearing in plays written by friend Gregory Burke, and made his screen debut with the critically acclaimed 2014 film '71, written by Burke.[2] He had his first leading role in the British movie of 2009, The Firm.

Anderson's break came when, in 2013, he was cast as a main character in the BBC Two show Peaky Blinders as Arthur Shelby, a gangster in post First World War Birmingham. Since then, Anderson has appeared in many major films, including Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea and The Revenant, as well as Brimstone, which was released in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is from South London.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Engaged to Kill Hunter
2008 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me Roger
2009 The Firm Bex
2010 The Basement Jake
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Chris
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Colonel Sebastian Moran
2012 Piggy Piggy
2012 The Sweeney Allen
2012 Passion Dirk
2013 Still Life Homeless man
2014 '71 Sergeant Leslie Lewis
2014 Electricity Barry O'Connor
2015 Legend Albert Donoghue
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Caleb Chappel
2015 The Revenant Anderson
2016 Brimstone Frank
2017 24 Hours to Live Jim Morrow
2017 Hostiles Corporal Tommy Thomas
2018 Robin Hood Guy of Gisborne
2021 Nightmare Alley Geek #1


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Pink Serenade Jeremy Fischer
2005 Doctor Who Jason Episode: "The Christmas Invasion"
2007 Silent Witness DS Dave Leeson 2 episodes
2008 Ashes to Ashes PC Murder Suspect Episode: 1.8
2008 Lewis Frank Sporetti Episode: "The Great and the Good"
2009 Midsomer Murders Graham Spate Episode: "The Black Book"
2011 The Promise Seargeant Frank Nash Miniseries
2011 Lewis Alistair Darlow Episode: "Wild Justice"
2013 Top Boy Mike 3 episodes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Gordon Goody Miniseries
2013–present Peaky Blinders Arthur Shelby Main role


  1. ^ "Interview with Paul Anderson". BBC.
  2. ^ a b Emma Brown (October 13, 2015). "Paul Anderson and Team Arthur". Interview.

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