Which 'Peaky Blinders' Characters Aren't Returning For Season 6?

Tom Nicholson
·3-min read
Photo credit: Robert Viglasky - BBC
Photo credit: Robert Viglasky - BBC

The final season of Peaky Blinders will feature quite a few new characters and cast members – and we've rounded them up for you here – but there have been a lot of exits between the end of season five and now too.

Some have died, some have wandered off in slow motion to live the rest of their lives in peace, and some have just very suddenly stopped being in the show. Some, like Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons, are somewhere in between. But who's definitely not coming back for the Peaky finale?

Jessie Eden

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Probably the most surprising and abrupt departure is that of Charlie Murphy, who played Communist figurehead – and sometime love interest of Tommy Shelby – Jessie Eden. She was all set up to be a big part of Tommy's plan to nobble Oswald Moseley, when everything went a bit sideways. Now it seems that that was the last we'll see of Eden altogether.

"Yeah, I’m done now," Murphy told Digital Spy last week. "But it was a lot of fun when we shot it. And that feels like an age ago as well. Which it was – it was about three years ago."

What next for Eden though? Murphy pointed out that she went on to head East in real life, and expected that she did the same thing in the Peaky-verse. After Birmingham, Murphy said, Eden heads "to Russia and helps with the Communist Party there, and helps build the Metro system". She did help rally women to work on the Metro, though her lack of Russian did slow things down, and she worked in a car factory too.

There is a ready-made reason for Eden's sudden departure from Peaky Blinders though: later in life the real Eden told her daughter her trips to the Soviet Union were so secret most people she had known thought she'd just disappeared. She came back to Birmingham by the outbreak of World War Two though.

Barney Thompson

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Photo credit: BBC

Cosmo Jarvis's character got shot in the season five finale, but given Steven Knight's soft spot for an unlikely survival you could have been forgiven for thinking he might have made it through. Alas: no. "There's him playing Barney Thompson who’s just brilliant, and I really wish I’d kept him alive now because he’s such a good actor," Knight has said. You're the writer, Steve-o! You can do what you want!

Aberama Gold

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Slightly ruefully, Knight also noted that he didn't have to have Aiden Gillan's character quite so aggressively stabbed: "I should have kept [Aberama] alive, I could have just wounded him." He's definitely not coming back. But again – Ste, the power's in your hands.

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