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}}'''Arthur Shelby Sr.''' was the father of the Shelby siblings.
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}}'''Arthur Shelby Sr.''' was the father of the Shelby siblings. He abandoned the children when they were young, leaving them in the care of their aunt, [[Polly Shelby]]. He shortly returned during 1919, promising his son, Arthur that they were to build a casino empire, however this is revealed to be a ploy to get money from the Peaky Blinders.
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He is shot sometime during 1924 in Boston after leaving a bar. The children, having not known their father, are not saddened about his death.
   
 
==Character History==
 
==Character History==
<span style="color:rgb(151,140,74);font-size:16px;text-transform:uppercase;">Background</span>
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===Background===
 
Arthur Sr. walked out on his five children, [[Tommy|Thomas]], [[John Shelby|John]], [[Finn Shelby|Finn]], [[Ada Thorne|Ada]] and [[Arthur Shelby]], some ten years before the start of the series. The family has rarely seen him since. He is remembered by most of the family as a hustler, a thief, and a whore-monger. However, his eldest son [[Arthur Shelby Jr.|Arthur Jr.]] still has feelings for him.
 
Arthur Sr. walked out on his five children, [[Tommy|Thomas]], [[John Shelby|John]], [[Finn Shelby|Finn]], [[Ada Thorne|Ada]] and [[Arthur Shelby]], some ten years before the start of the series. The family has rarely seen him since. He is remembered by most of the family as a hustler, a thief, and a whore-monger. However, his eldest son [[Arthur Shelby Jr.|Arthur Jr.]] still has feelings for him.
   
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Arthur Jr. is left shattered by his father's betrayal, to the point that he later tries to take his own life by hanging himself.
 
Arthur Jr. is left shattered by his father's betrayal, to the point that he later tries to take his own life by hanging himself.
 
=== Series 2 · 1922 ===
 
Nothing is heard from him during series two.
 
   
 
=== Series 3 · 1924 ===
 
=== Series 3 · 1924 ===
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Thomas, Arthur, and [[John Shelby|John]] learn that their father was killed in Boston. He was leaving a bar and two men were waiting in an alley and shot him twice. The writer of the letter to the brothers to tell them this, a female named Rosie Rice (who presumably had the closest relationship to Arthur Sr. at the time) told the Blinders that he begged their forgiveness whilst dying. However, they are not saddened about his death and the closest remembrance they have of him being fond is when he taught them how to kill and gut a Stag. Indeed, according to them that was the only time that he was close to being a father to them. They honor his death by hunting and eating a stag but decide that they will forget him after and not forgive him. It's even decided that his first name should die also as neither John or Arthur Jr. want to name their child after him, despite being passed down through many generations.
 
Thomas, Arthur, and [[John Shelby|John]] learn that their father was killed in Boston. He was leaving a bar and two men were waiting in an alley and shot him twice. The writer of the letter to the brothers to tell them this, a female named Rosie Rice (who presumably had the closest relationship to Arthur Sr. at the time) told the Blinders that he begged their forgiveness whilst dying. However, they are not saddened about his death and the closest remembrance they have of him being fond is when he taught them how to kill and gut a Stag. Indeed, according to them that was the only time that he was close to being a father to them. They honor his death by hunting and eating a stag but decide that they will forget him after and not forgive him. It's even decided that his first name should die also as neither John or Arthur Jr. want to name their child after him, despite being passed down through many generations.
   
 
However, after Thomas collapsed due to a fractured skull and temporarily looses his sight, he murmured as if to his deceased father, telling him that he could see him.
 
However, after Thomas collapsed due to a fractured skull and temporarily looses his sight, he murmured as if to his deceased father, telling him that he could see him.
   
===SERIES 4 · 1926===
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== Trivia ==
Sometime in 1926, Tommy tells [[May Carleton]] that the gin he is producing uses his father's recipe.
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* Sometime in 1926, Tommy tells [[May Carleton]] that the gin he is producing uses his father's recipe.
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* Arthur Jr have his father £500 from the Peaky Blinders to start a "casino", however his father ran off with the money.
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* He was a member of a boxing ring for some time.
   
 
== Relationships ==
 
== Relationships ==
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=== Arthur Shelby Jr. ===
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The relationship between Arthur and his son, [[Arthur Shelby Jr.]] is perhaps one of the closest of the Shelby siblings. Arthur returns to Birmingham, England on premise of opening a casino empire; much like those Arthur had heard about in America. The two become relatively close, with Arthur Jr believing in opening and building an empire with his father. The relationship between the two crashes, however when Arthur convinces his son to take £500 from the Peaky Blinders to start their empire — something he later realises to be lies. Arthur is confronted by his son, but dismisses him and leaves on a train for America.
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== Appearances ==
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{{Series One Appearances|no|no|no|no|yes|no}}
   
 
==Image Gallery==
 
==Image Gallery==

Revision as of 15:38, September 12, 2019

Arthur Shelby Sr. was the father of the Shelby siblings. He abandoned the children when they were young, leaving them in the care of their aunt, Polly Shelby. He shortly returned during 1919, promising his son, Arthur that they were to build a casino empire, however this is revealed to be a ploy to get money from the Peaky Blinders.

He is shot sometime during 1924 in Boston after leaving a bar. The children, having not known their father, are not saddened about his death.

Character History

Background

Arthur Sr. walked out on his five children, Thomas, John, Finn, Ada and Arthur Shelby, some ten years before the start of the series. The family has rarely seen him since. He is remembered by most of the family as a hustler, a thief, and a whore-monger. However, his eldest son Arthur Jr. still has feelings for him.

Series 1 · 1919

When Arthur Shelby Jr. runs into his father Arthur Shelby Sr. in a bare-knuckle boxing club, he invites him for lunch at the Shelby home. When Thomas walks in, his reaction is like his Aunt Polly's; he's exasperated to see the father that abandoned his family. While his father proclaims that he's a changed man, Thomas won't have any of it. Arthur Sr. leaves and the conversation flips onto Thomas. Arthur Jr. points out the similarities between Thomas and their father.

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Arthur Shelby Sr. and Arthur Shelby Jr.

Later, Arthur Sr. talks to his son Arthur Jr. about his idea to open a casino like the ones he's seen in America. Arthur Jr. having lost the leadership of the Blinders to Thomas, sees an opportunity to make something of his own with his father: Shelby Casino. He gives his father the money to start the venture, who tells his son to meet him at the boxing club on Friday.

When Arthur Sr. doesn't come to the meeting in the boxing club, Arthur Jr. tracks his father to the train station, where he is departing with the money he gave him. He tries to attack him but his father pins him against the wall and threatens to cut his throat. His father then leaves the city, feeling neither remorse nor regret about stealing money from his son.

Arthur Jr. is left shattered by his father's betrayal, to the point that he later tries to take his own life by hanging himself.

Series 3 · 1924

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Thomas, Arthur, and John learn that their father was killed in Boston. He was leaving a bar and two men were waiting in an alley and shot him twice. The writer of the letter to the brothers to tell them this, a female named Rosie Rice (who presumably had the closest relationship to Arthur Sr. at the time) told the Blinders that he begged their forgiveness whilst dying. However, they are not saddened about his death and the closest remembrance they have of him being fond is when he taught them how to kill and gut a Stag. Indeed, according to them that was the only time that he was close to being a father to them. They honor his death by hunting and eating a stag but decide that they will forget him after and not forgive him. It's even decided that his first name should die also as neither John or Arthur Jr. want to name their child after him, despite being passed down through many generations.

However, after Thomas collapsed due to a fractured skull and temporarily looses his sight, he murmured as if to his deceased father, telling him that he could see him.

Trivia

  • Sometime in 1926, Tommy tells May Carleton that the gin he is producing uses his father's recipe.
  • Arthur Jr have his father £500 from the Peaky Blinders to start a "casino", however his father ran off with the money.
  • He was a member of a boxing ring for some time.

Relationships

Arthur Shelby Jr.

The relationship between Arthur and his son, Arthur Shelby Jr. is perhaps one of the closest of the Shelby siblings. Arthur returns to Birmingham, England on premise of opening a casino empire; much like those Arthur had heard about in America. The two become relatively close, with Arthur Jr believing in opening and building an empire with his father. The relationship between the two crashes, however when Arthur convinces his son to take £500 from the Peaky Blinders to start their empire — something he later realises to be lies. Arthur is confronted by his son, but dismisses him and leaves on a train for America.

Appearances

Series 1 Appearances
Episode 1.1 Episode 1.2 Episode 1.3 Episode 1.4 Episode 1.5 Episode 1.6

Image Gallery

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