Peaky Blinders: What was Tom Hardy’s real-life inspiration for Alfie Solomons?

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Peaky Blinders season five revealed Alfie Solomons (played by Tom Hardy) was alive and well after all. The Camden gangster is a much-loved character on the long-running historical drama but the actor reportedly used a very unique real-life inspiration for his character.

What was Tom Hardy’s real-life inspiration for Alfie Solomons?

Alfie first appeared in season two of Peaky Blinders when Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) headed down to London to expand his business.

The gangster known for his criminal dominance in the East End was a quick hit among fans.

The character has gone on to appear in every season since of Peaky Blinders thanks to his collaboration and frequent betrayals of Tommy.

Perhaps his most thrilling moment was his return in season five after many viewers had thought he was dead.


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Fans will remember Tommy shot him in Margate at the end of season four but by the end of the fifth outing, it was revealed he was alive and well.

One of the things viewers love so much about the role is Tom Hardy’s unique portrayal of the swaggering gangster.

However, it has now been revealed he took his inspiration for this from a very unusual place.

This was revealed by the director of season two of Peaky Blinders Colm McCarthy.

Speaking on the Obsessed With Peaky Blinders podcast back in October 2019, McCarthy spoke about when Hardy came to visit the set in season two.

He said: “The Tom Hardy thing was mad, that was a mad thing to happen.

“He wanted to chat to me about what he was thinking of doing and he had this whole conversation about where he was talking about being a bear.

“And he was like, ‘I’m like good bear, and then I’m bad bear, and if I get angry bear, it’s like scary bear’ – this whole thing.’


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McCarthy then revealed the conversation was even more bizarre as they were filming Freddie Thorne’s (Iddo Goldberg) funeral.

He added: “And it’s raining and the crew are standing there looking at me like, ‘What is he doing there in this graveyard, under a tree, having this conversation with Tom Hardy about being a bear?’

“And I was like, ‘So you want a beard?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah.’ And I was like, ‘Cool, that sounds awesome, that sounds wicked.’”

The unique interpretation of the character seems to have worked out well for him as fans are hopeful he will be back for season six.

Filming on the upcoming outing was due to begin on it imminently but this has been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19.


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However, some details have begun to emerge from the new season, including a new potential foe for Tommy.

This comes after Stephen Graham revealed he was set to star in season six of Peaky Blinders.

As well as this casting news, it has been confirmed Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) will be returning, Gina Gray’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) family will make an appearance and the new outing will be set in 1934.

All that remains to be revealed is whether Hardy will be reprising his much-loved role once again.

Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix.

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