Lizzie Stark is a former prostitute living in the city of Small Heath, Birmingham. After Thomas Shelby returned from the war in France, she served him regularly as a prostitute for two years and was known to have served many men like him.

For a short time, she was engaged to Thomas's brother, John Shelby. She currently works as a secretary and assistant for Thomas Shelby and occasionally does other tasks for the Peaky Blinders.

She later has a child named Ruby Shelby with Tommy.

Character HistoryEdit

Series 1 · 1919Edit

When Thomas Shelby finds out that Lizzie is to be married to his brother John Shelby, he confronts her, offering her eight pounds to see if she is still a working prostitute. When Lizzie takes the money, thereby failing Thomas's test, he informs John, who asks Lizzie and then her family if it is true. Lizzie tells him Thomas is a 'dirty liar', but her family says otherwise, telling him she still continues her work, but only with regular clients. John comes to the conclusion that Thomas must have been a regular customer, which he later confirms, and then calls off the marriage. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Lizzie and John end up remaining friends.

Series 2 · 1922Edit

Lizzie is seen next in Episode 2.1, after having sex with Tommy in his office. She admires the typewriter, telling him she also has one and is doing a correspondence course, where she is learning to type with her eyes shut. He places the money on the table, which she takes, before she tells him "I wish just once you wouldn't pay me. As if we were ordinary people."

Later, once again in Thomas' office, he asks her to close her eyes and guides her over to the seat at the desk. He covers her eyes with his hand and asks her to type on a typewriter, "If winter comes, then can spring be far behind?" He offers her a job as a secretary for his expanding Shelby family business, offering to pay her eight pounds and four shillings a month, telling her she can stop her prostitution work permanently. With "no exceptions." Lizzie accepts the job.

Lizzie was present at the new grand opening of The Garrison Pub. She is offered a light for her cigarette by Arthur Shelby who was high on ‘tokyo’ in the moment.

Lizzie at The Garrison Pub opening

At the Epsom Races on Derby Day, Lizzie is escorted by Jeremiah Jesus to Thomas Shelby, who had told her he had a job for her to do. Lizzie finds out that the job involves playing the role of a prostitute and luring a soldier named Field Marshal Henry Russell to a quiet place when the races begin. Though she initially resists, she does the job for Thomas. Before Thomas leaves, he promises to save Lizzie before she is forced to sleep with Russell.

Lizzie at the Epsom races

Thomas is late to find Henry Russell but eventually, Thomas succeeds in killing the man although not before Russell rapes Lizzie. Lizzie points Thomas's own gun at him in anger and shoves him backwards before leaving. She is later seen sat at a table, bruised and cut, and is joined by Arthur and John. John believes she acquired the injuries from doing her old work, and although she doesn’t tell him the truth about what happened, she tells him she does not see the same look in his eyes as she does in Thomas’ and that he should ‘get out’.

Series 3 · 1924Edit

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Series 4 • 1925Edit

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Relationships Edit

Thomas Shelby Edit

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Thomas and Lizzie is Series 1

At first, Lizzie resents Thomas for ruining her potential marriage with John and for manipulating her into telling him about her prostitution work. In the second series, Thomas asks Lizzie to be a secretary of sorts for him, under the one condition that she no longer continues her prostitution work. At the Epsom Races, Thomas asks Lizzie to seduce a military officer as a distraction. Though Lizzie is clearly uncomfortable with the notion of reverting to her prostitution work, she does so anyway, but not before Thomas promises her he will return before it goes too far. The officer is seen forcing himself upon Lizzie to her dismay before Thomas can reach them, but upon doing so, he kills the officer.

Throughout the third series, Lizzie and Thomas continue to have a sexual relationship. In season 4, Lizzie becomes pregnant and gives birth to Thomas' daughter, Ruby Shelby.

John Shelby Edit

Lizzie tells his brother Thomas that John is "a good man" and that she loves him. However, this still isn't enough to stop Thomas from telling John about Lizzie's continued prostitution work. Despite the fact that she didn't end up

John comforting Lizzie at the Epsom Races

marrying John, Lizzie continues to be good friends with him. When she is emotional after her bad experience at the Epsom Derby, John comforts her. Lizzie doesn't correct his mistake, instead reminding him of how much better of a man he is than Thomas, and that she thinks he should leave the Peaky Blinders gang before it potentially ruins him too. These honest words from Lizzie leave John speechless for a moment. It is presumed she was upset after hearing the news of John's death.

Jeremiah Jesus Edit

Lizzie Stark is a good friend of Jeremiah Jesus, the street preacher, who is first seen sat next to her at The Garrison Pub during its reopening. Jeremiah also escorts Lizzie to the Epsom Derby to do a job for Thomas.

Arthur Shelby Edit

Lizzie is also a friend of fellow Peaky Blinder Arthur Shelby, who joins the company of John and Lizzie while they are speaking briefly at Epsom.

Appearances Edit

Series 1 Appearances
Episode 1.1 Episode 1.2 Episode 1.3 Episode 1.4 Episode 1.5 Episode 1.6
Series 2 Appearances
Episode 2.1 Episode 2.2 Episode 2.3 Episode 2.4 Episode 2.5 Episode 2.6
Series 3 Appearances
Episode 3.1 Episode 3.2 Episode 3.3 Episode 3.4 Episode 3.5 Episode 3.6
Series 4 Appearances
Episode 4.1 Episode 4.2 Episode 4.3 Episode 4.4 Episode 4.5 Episode 4.6

Quotes Edit

Lizzie: "Your brother is ten times the man you are." Thomas: "Of that, I have no doubt." — After finding out that Thomas wanted to see if she will be faithful to John.

Lizzie: "No exceptions, there's been no hardship. You know why?" Thomas: "Hmm?" Lizzie: (pauses) "Doesn't matter." — Before following Thomas's instructions to seduce Field Marshal Henry Russell.

"John, I don't see the same thing in your eyes that I see in Tommy's. You should get out." — Lizzie

Thomas: "Want a Drink Lizzie?"  Lizzie: "I don't drink whisky or gin anymore Tom." Thomas: "Why not?" Lizzie: "Because they say it harms the baby. (pauses) and yes it can only be yours, the day by the canal when you were fucking somebody else in your head. Except it wasn't her who got pregnant" -- Lizzie And Tommy Shelby conversation when she told him she was pregnant.

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