Peaky Blinders season 6: Who will be the new historical figure? The FOUR potential options

Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight enjoys bringing inspiration from real life history and figures into his popular BBC drama. The upcoming season six outing is set to include another major example according to the man himself. Here’s everything that fans of the series need to know.

Peaky Blinders has featured a number of historical figures across its five series on the BBC.

This included the introduction of real-life fascist MP Oswald Mosley (played by Sam Claflin) in the fifth series.

Throughout the series, he seemed to be a fitting adversary for Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) as the pair squared up against each other.

Recently, Knight told fans during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit how he will be continuing this pattern into the sixth outing.

He wrote: “In series six there will be a figure from history who may surprise people.”

But who could the new historical figure joining Peaky Blinders season six be?

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1. Al Capone

There have been rumours about how Al Capone could appear in Peaky Blinders ever since his name was mentioned in the season four finale.

Fuel was added to the fire after Knight hinted the favourite actor to play him was Stephen Graham will appear in the show.

However, the writer has put these to bed after he appeared on the Obsessed With Peaky Blinders podcast earlier this year.

He said: “Not Al Capone – I didn’t want to go west. Because it’s a minefield once you go into Chicago gangsters.”

2. Adolf Hitler

After Steven Knight revealed there would be a surprising figure joining the show, many viewers theorised this could be Adolf Hitler.

This was backed up by the news Mosley would be returning for the new outing, which will be set around 1934.

Around this time the fascist MP became closer to the Nazis, including Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels who both attended his wedding.

However, Knight revealed he does not plan to go down this road in the series.

Back at launch for season five, Knight told Express.co.uk and other media: “No, I wouldn’t want to portray Hitler. It’s too horrible.”

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3. Diana Mitford

While it seems unlikely Knight will go down the route of including Hitler, it is highly possible others close to Mosley could make an appearance.

This was hinted at when director Anthony Byrne confirmed Mosley would be coming back during the Obsessed With Peaky Blinders podcast.

Speaking about the key characters in the series, he said: “Obviously Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy) and whoever her family are will make themselves known, Oswald Mosley and some people around him and his world.”

Diana Mitford is a potential choice as she married Mosley in 1936 at Goebbels’ home and the pair stayed together until his death in 1980.

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4. Lucky Luciano

At the end of the fifth season, Michael Gray (Finn Cole) and Gina Gray discussed with Tommy the possibility of moving the business to New York.

The pair are planning to head there to reconcile with Gina’s family who are described as an influential family on the East Coast of the USA.

While it has not been confirmed if this is exactly where the series will be heading when it returns, it seems New York City could make an appearance.

If it does, there are plenty of potential figures who could be introduced from the gangster world at the time.

This includes Charles “Lucky” Luciano who was an Italian-American mobster.

He is considered one of the most influential Mafia bosses in history and was active during this period.

Peaky Blinders seasons 1 – 5 are available to stream on BBC iPlayer

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