Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Date Of BirthFebruary 12, 1978
Age46 years 2 months 1 days
Day of BirthSunday
Place Of BirthLondon, United Kingdom
Zodiac SignAquarius
Profession Actor
Nickname Boycey

Personal Information
Residence London, England
Religion Christianity
Language English
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height175 CM
5 Feet 9 Inches
Eye colorLight Blue
Hair colorLight Blonde
Weight75 KG
165 lbs
Body Type Athletic
Family Information
Brother Andy Anderson
Sister Vicki Anderson
Nephew Jacob Anderson (Son of sister)
Relatives Stephanie Clark (Girlfriend? Friend?)
Bethany Anderson Rich
Education Qualifications
Alma MaterWebber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Career Information
Debut (Movies) The Firm(2009)
Engaged to Kill(2006)
Years Active 2000-
Debut (TV) Pink Serenade
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Favorite Food BBQ
Favorite MovieThe Warriors
LikesIce Cream
Favorite Sports Team Tottenham Hotspur
Social Networks, Web links
Instagram ProfilePaul Anderson Instagram Profile
More Information
Friends Talisa Carling
Christian Cooke
Indie Nelson
Adrien Sauvage
Alexander Cooke
Gregory Burke
Noomi Rapace ([3])


Paul Anderson is a British TV & Movie, Stage actor. He is known for playing Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Anderson in The Revenant(2015), Sebastian Moran in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows(2011), Leslie Lewis in '71 (2014), Albert Donoghue in Legend (2015) among others

Childhood - Family

Paul Anderson was born on 12th February 1978 in London, England, United Kingdom. His mother worked in a pub as a barmaid. [3]

He has a sister named Vicki Anderson & a Nephew in Jacob Anderson (actor who played "Grey worm" in Game of Thrones).

He has an older brother whom he looks up to, he says "My older brother has a big say in what I do and what is good and what is not. Sometimes he has too much of a say in it". Paul sends his scripts to his brother for approval. [2]


  • School: Paul left school very young, he was about 14-15 when he left school. Going to drama school was like goign to school again. [3]
  • Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: Paul got enrolled in the institution thus officially switching careers. He was sitting around eating at the table where one of the friends was an actor, Paul was reciting lines from his favorite movie 'The Warriors', the meeting inspired Paul to apply for drama schools, he got selected both at Guildhall & Webber Douglas.

Interesting Facts & Trivia

  • Loves Pets: He loves pets and has a puppy named Ray/ Bear.
  • Early Life: He grew up in a council estate. His mother had worked as a barmaid in a pub.
  • Ticket Scalping: He spent most part of his early youth (before 2000s) as a ticket reseller.
  • Musician & Artist: He found his interest in acting in 2000s, he has tried his hand in music as well.
  • Friendship: Gregory Burke (Scottish playwright) was a friend of Paul's, the friendship lead to Paul getting chances early in the career
  • London Accent: He has a thick South London accent
  • Tottenham Hotspur: Paul is a football fan. He supports the English football club named- Tottenham Hotspur
  • Paul is a Legend: For his role in Legend, Paul based the voice of his role 'Albert Donoghue' on a friend of his who sells tickets. It sounded like an old man, but it was an interesting experiment. His friend had found that out through Paul's brother. He was very flattered. He is a big supporter of Paul. [3]


He has many tattoos on the front side of his body. A Cross on his chest. Letters below his left chest, A diagram on his right chest.

Paul Anderson Tattoos

[ Paul Anderson Tattoos ]



  • Stage & TV: After the drama school, Paul ventured into London stage, he quickly found himself promoted to TV screen.
  • Singing: Paul is passionate about singing, in fact it was singing that brought him to acting, he says "I always wanted to be a front man in a band, Not a footballer, not an actor, not a policeman nor a fireman" about singing. [3]

Peaky Blinders

Paul plays- 'Arthur Shelby'- the man in charge, the leader of the pack in Peaky blinders. He runs pubs and gambling rackets.

Paul was attracted towards the character because of the script. He is a fan of the writer Steven Knight. Otto Bathurst, the director first 3 episodes had created a good impression on him, which helped Paul take up the role of Arthur. 

Paul Anderson in Peaky Blinders

[ Paul Anderson in Peaky Blinders ]


Movies List

Year Movie Character Comments
2019 Tijuana Bible Nick  
2019 Feedback Andrew Wilde  
2018 Robin Hood Guy of Gisbourne  
2017 24 Hours to Live Jim Morrow  
2017 Hostiles Corp. Tommy Thomas  
2016 Brimstone Frank  
2015 The Revenant Anderson  
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Caleb Chappel  
2015 Legend Albert Donoghue  
2014 Electricity Barry O'Connor  
2014 '71 Sergeant Leslie Lewis  
2013 Still Life Homeless Man  
2012 Passion Dirk  
2012 The Sweeney Francis Allen  
2012 Piggy Piggy  
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Col Sebastian Moran  
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Chris  
2009 The Firm Bex  
2008 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me Roger  


TV Series List

Year Series Character Comments
2013-2019 Peaky Blinders Arthur Shelby Main Role; 31 Episodes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Gordon Goody "A Robber's Tale", "A Copper's Tale" (Season 1 Episode 1-2)
2013 Top Boy Mike 3 Episodes; Season 2 Episodes 1-3
2008-2011 Inspector Lewis Alastair Darlow/ Frank Sporetti "The Great and the Good" (Season 2 Episode 4); "Wild Justice" (Season 5 Episode 2)
2011 The Promise Sgt. Frank Nash 4 Episodes; Season 1 Episodes 1-4
2009 Midsomer Murders Graham Spate "The Black Book' (Season 12 Episode 2)
2008 Ashes to Ashes PC Murder Suspect Season 1 Episode 8
2007 Silent Witness D.S. Dave Leeson "Peripheral Vision: Part 1 & 2" (Season 11 Episode 9-10), 
2005 Doctor Who Jason "The Christmas Invasion" (Season 2 Episode 0); Special Episode


Short movies List

Year Short movie Character Comments
2014 Chandide Dervish  
2010 The Basement Jake  


  • Tartuffe: In 2018 he appeared in the play written by famous French playwright Molière & directed by Gérald Garutti , it was at the Theater Royal Haymarket
  • The Firm
  • Piggy
  • The Sweeney


  • I like playing the bad guys, you know it is fun.
  • Canada was freezing cold, up in the mountains, if you were cold you just had to sit there and bear it.
  • When I watch the film I want to ring my phone and share that experience, I want people to get the feel when they see my movies, the urge to see great movies.
  • I have few options, it is a nice place to be as an actor
  • When I first heard the title "Peaky Blinder" I thought it was a musical. It is great how people took it.
  • I don't gonna lie, when I read the script (of peaky blinder) I cried a little.
  • Haircut is a hard thing to wear
  • I left school when I was about 14, so there was a large gap in my education. Going to drama school was like university that I never had.  
  • [About Ticket Scalping] I loved it. A wealth of experience. Artistically, there was nothing in it for me, I always wanted to do something else.
  • I knew a lot of 60s gangster. It wasn't hard for me to replicate the vernacular and the vocabulary on screen.
  • You always have that insecurity as an actor
  • Brutal & Violent characters are the most interesting roles to play, there is so much scope in playing those roles.
  • It was a pleasure to play Arthur Shelby. Much better than playing the nice guy.
  • I do play a lot of darker characters, I am drawn to them
  • I'm an actor, I don't dig roads for a living—it's a luxury [3]


  1. Paul Anderson Wiki
  2. Paul Anderson BBC Interview- Arthur Shelby
  3. Interview Magazine- Peaky Blinders interview

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