Peaky Blinders actor Paul Anderson got his big break in movies touting football tickets
PEAKY Blinders actor Paul Anderson revealed he earned his big break in film from British film director Nick Love while touting tickets at a football match.
Love, 47, told the Evening Standard: "I met him years ago. He was a ticket tout and one of those blokes whose mates keep telling him he should be an actor.
"He came to me for a reference to go to drama school, then he did a couple of stage plays at the National and the Vic.
"He was up to read for a minor part, but when I saw him I said he should try for Bex (the lead). Most established actors play to the camera but Paul had this great quality of just being...”
Anderson played a number of minor TV roles in programmes like Dr. Who and Midsomer Murders, but it was Love's 2009 film, The Firm, that offered him his first lead role.
Since then, Anderson, 39, has enjoyed meatier and meatier roles before being offered the role of gangster Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders.
When asked about his role as Arthur on the crime drama – set in 1920s Birmingham – he told The Mirror: “People do like him, actually. I’m really surprised.
"Lots of people like the show, and I get that, but lots of people say, ‘We love Arthur,’ and I don’t know why. I guess I do understand.
“The thing I love about him and why I like playing him is he’s not just this one dimensional.
“He’s tough and he can be violent and brutal but he’s not just that."
Peaky Blinders series one to three are available on Netflix and the current series airs on BBC Two at 9pm on Wednesdays.Tags: