Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders) Biography, Quotes, Haircut, Actor, Real Life and Net Worth

Thomas Shelby who is also known as Tommy Shelby is a fictional character in the British drama TV show, Peaky Blinders. Tommy plays a major role in the lives of the Shelby family and they are Polly Gray (his aunt), Michael Gray (his cousin), Arthur Shelby (his oldest brother), John Shelby (his brother who is now dead), Finn Shelby (his youngest brother who is also dead) and Ada Thorne (his sister).

Tommy Shelby

The character is played by Cillian Murphy, an Irish actor who has been nominated and also won awards for his role as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders. He has been nominated multiple times as the “Best Actor in a Lead Role” more than once at the Irish Film & Television Awards. This is an award he previously won in 2018.

Thomas Shelby Biography

His full name is Thomas Michael Shelby and he is from Small Heath, Birmingham, England. Tommy or Tom as he is fondly called was born there sometime around the late 1800s. The exact date is unknown but it is in the year 1890. He was drafted while in his 20s into the British Army to fight for his country during the First World War or WW1 and he comes back suffering PTSD from the War.

Thomas Shelby

The first season of Peaky Blinders starts in 1919 with Thomas Shelby leading his Birmingham gang which is the Peaky Blinders as usual following the end of the First World War and they stumble upon a consignment of guns. Winston Churchill dispatches an Inspector named Campbell to retrieve them but Thomas Shelby decides to keep them with him as leverage.

Up to the last season, we have seen Tommy Shelby rise from a street gang leader to becoming a Member of the Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. He might as well as being on his way to occupying the highest office or position in the whole of Great Britain.

Tommy Shelby has three children from two different women as at the time this post was published. They are Charles and Ruby Shelby from both Grace Shelby and Lizzie respectively.

Tommy Shelby Profile


Thomas Michael Shelby

Role Played By

Cillian Murphy

Businesses Owned

The Tommy Shelby Company

The year he was born




Net Worth

£300 million

Thomas Shelby Quotes

“You know, gentlemen, there is hell, and there is another place below hell.”

“Today, it will be me dead or you. But whoever it is, he’ll wake up in hell tomorrow.”

“You have to get what you want your own way.”

“She’s in the past. The past is not my concern. The future is no longer my concern, either.”

“If you apologize once, you do it again and again and again. Like taking bricks out of the wall of your fucking house.”

“Whisky’s good proofing water. Tells you who’s real and who isn’t.”

“It’s not a good idea to look at Tommy Shelby the wrong way.”

“Fortune drops something valuable into your lap, you don’t just dump it on the bank of the cut.”

“There is no rest for me in this world. Perhaps in the next”

“Now, why would I shake the hand of a man, who didn’t even fight for his country?”

Thomas Shelby Haircut

Tommy Shelby’s haircut is known as an “undercut”.

Thomas Shelby Haircut

Thomas Shelby Real Life

Many people often wonder if there ever lived a man named Tommy Shelby or even if the Shelby family existed. Indeed, there was a street gang named the Peaky Blinders around the 1890s and they were known for their notoriety around Birmingham. The Shelby family and so also the character of Thomas Shelby are all fictional. They never existed but were created to fit into the TV show.

Thomas Shelby Net Worth

Just as we stated here, it is estimated that Thomas Shelby’s net worth stands at £6.8 million pounds as at the time the movie was set but approximately £300 million today.