Paul Anderson (actor)

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Paul Anderson
Born (1978-02-12) 12 February 1978 (age 41)
Occupation Actor
Years active2005–present

Paul Anderson (born 12 February 1978) is a British 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]

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Actor Person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

<i>Peaky Blinders</i> (TV series) British historical drama TV series

Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama television series created by Steven Knight, that premiered on BBC Two on 12 September 2013. The series is primarily set in Birmingham, England, and follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of World War I. The fictional gang is loosely based on the Peaky Blinders, a real 19th century urban youth gang who were active in the city from the 1890s and early twentieth century. Cillian Murphy stars as Tommy Shelby, the gang's leader, with Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson playing Tommy's aunt and older brother respectively, who serve as the second-most senior members of the gang.



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, who made his screen debut with the critically acclaimed film '71 , released in 2014. [2] He had his first leading role in the British movie of 2009, The Firm.

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The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, formerly the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art, was a drama school, and originally a singing school, in London. It was one of the leading drama schools in Britain, and offered comprehensive training for those intending to pursue a professional performance career. During its 100-year history, the Academy produced many established actors of stage and screen, including Angela Lansbury, Julian Fellowes, Shaun Williamson, Antony Sher, Donald Sinden, Hugh Bonneville, Minnie Driver, Amanda Root, Julia Ormond, Terence Stamp, Gregory Finnegan, Rupert Evans, Matthew Goode and John Sackville.

Gregory Burke is a Scottish playwright from Rosyth, Fife, Scotland.

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.

Birmingham Major city in the English Midlands, 2nd highest population of UK cities

Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. Birmingham is the second-most populous city in the United Kingdom and the most populous city in the English Midlands. It is also the most populous metropolitan district in the United Kingdom, with an estimated 1,137,123 inhabitants, and is considered the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of the Midlands. It is situated within the larger West Midlands conurbation, which is the third most populated urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2,897,303 in 2017. The wider Birmingham metropolitan area is the second largest in the United Kingdom with a population of over 3.8 million. It is frequently referred to as both England and the United Kingdom's "second city".

<i>In the Heart of the Sea</i> (film) 2015 American biographical adventure-drama film directed by Ron Howard

In the Heart of the Sea is a 2015 adventure-drama film directed and produced by Ron Howard and written by Charles Leavitt. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's non-fiction book of the same name, about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired the novel Moby-Dick. An international co-production between the United States and Spain, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.

<i>The Revenant</i> (2015 film) 2015 film by Alejandro González Iñárritu

The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic Western film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The screenplay by Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu is based in part on Michael Punke's 2002 novel of the same name, describing frontiersman Hugh Glass's experiences in 1823. That novel is in turn based on the 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter.

Personal life

Anderson is from South London. [2]



2006Engaged to KillHunter
2008Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than MeRoger
2009 The Firm Bex
2010The BasementJake
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Chris
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Colonel Sebastian Moran
2012 The Sweeney Allen
2012 Passion Dirk
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


2003Pink SerenadeJeremy Fischer
2005 Doctor Who JasonEpisode: "The Christmas Invasion"
2007 Silent Witness DS Dave Leeson2 episodes
2008 Ashes to Ashes PC Murder SuspectEpisode: 1.8
2008 Lewis Frank SporettiEpisode: "The Great and the Good"
2009 Midsomer Murders Graham SpateEpisode: "The Black Book"
2011 The Promise Seargeant Frank Nashtelevision mini series
2011 Lewis Alistair DarlowEpisode: "Wild Justice"
2013 Top Boy Mike3 episodes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Gordon Goodytelevision mini series
2013–present Peaky Blinders Arthur ShelbyMain character

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