The aristocratic Lady Diana Mitford was the youngest daughter of the 2nd Lord Redesdale, and as such, she was part of one of the most privileged families in England at the turn of the 20th century. In 1914, she married her second cousin, Thomas Tom Mitford, and together they moved to Northumberland House in Mayfair, where they lived with their five children and their three servants until 1920 when Diana left Tom to run off with Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists. Amber Anderson as Lady Diana Mitford in Peaky Blinders

Who was Lady Diana?

Lady Diana Mosley was an English aristocrat. Her marriage to Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, made her notorious for being a supporter of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime during World War II. After 1945, she campaigned for her husband’s release from prison and protested against his subsequent deportation order. She also collaborated with Benito Mussolini on a book about fascism.

Who is Amber Anderson?

An American actress, singer and songwriter, Amber Anderson is best known for playing Alison DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars. In 2011, she played a supporting role in Amigo, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress. In 2016, she was cast as Lady Diana Mitford (nee Cavendish) on BBC2’s historical drama series Peaky Blinders. The show explores law enforcement and gang life during post-World War I Birmingham.

Amber Anderson as Lady Diana Mitford in Peaky Blinders
Amber Anderson as Lady Diana Mitford in Peaky Blinders

How Did They Get These Roles?

It’s not uncommon for movies and TV shows to cast famous people, but there are several examples of actors who have played real-life people on screen and then gone on to portray their own role. That’s exactly what happened when actress Amber Anderson landed a role as an aristocrat in her favorite TV show, Peaky Blinders. At first, she was offered a part as Downton Abbey. They sent me an email, I read it and thought it was kind of funny that they were like: ‘We want you to play Lady [Diana] Mitford in one episode.’ I said yes; then later I googled her! I had no idea who she was at all until then!

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How Do They Compare to Their Real Life Counterparts?

In both looks and personality, Amber nails her character! In real life, Lady Diana was known for having a fiery temper, just like Amber’s character does on set. Lady Diana also had an extreme love of animals and ran her own animal sanctuary for years. The show has accurately portrayed these characteristics of her personality. Amber really brought to life all of the other traits that we saw from Diana including beauty, elegance, sophistication, and poshness. She will without a doubt be one of our favorites on season 4. All it takes is one episode with her to fall head over heels! As she enters Tommy’s world things will definitely get interesting… You’ll have to watch to find out more!

Quick Facts about the Real Diana & The Peaky Blinders Cast

The real-life family was actually known for more than just their eccentricity—they were also influential Hitler supporters. They also attempted a failed assassination plot against him and wrote letters to each other about wanting to kill him. In series one, episode two, Thomas Shelby sees a portrait of Diana’s brother Oswald and says,

Amber Anderson as Lady Diana Mitford in Peaky Blinders
Amber Anderson as Lady Diana Mitford in Peaky Blinders

We could use someone like him on our side now. The character of Oswald Mosley was based on his real-life counterpart. The show’s creator Stephen Knight told The Guardian that while he did not want to make them into villains or fascists, he wanted to represent how they were perceived by others: I hope they are seen not just as mad eccentrics but people who were dangerous and sinister because of their politics.

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Is Peaky Blinders true story?

Peaky Blinders is based on real events, but it’s certainly not a documentary. Set against Birmingham’s gangland scene after World War I, it follows Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy), leader of gang The Peaky Blinders. The series has received critical acclaim and been nominated for three BAFTAs—winning one for Best Drama Series. It’s soon to get a second season so there’s no better time to catch up with what happened before and keep up with what’s happening next. To do that, we have to take a look at who all these characters are based on in real life…

Who told Mosley Peaky Blinders?

At first glance, it may seem that women are given a harder time than men in 1920s Birmingham. But things aren’t quite so straightforward. When Billy Kimber challenges Thomas Shelby to a game of billiards, he congratulates him on his victory over his uncle by saying: You are now a mark of great respect among my people and you have more enemies than ever before. Kimberly has been dreaming of destroying Tommy since day one and is ecstatic about finally getting his chance – yet it’s Shelby who actually ends up biting off more than he can chew when Billy suddenly ups his game by conscripting Tommy’s wife, Grace, into an ambush plot. This guy just can’t catch a break… and no wonder!

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