Titanic and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin has been cast as Sir Oswald Mosley in the upcoming third season of Peaky Blinders, according to Deadline. The British actor, who will appear in the upcoming Mary Queen of Scots with Margot Robbie, will play the lead role of Tommy Shelby’s uncle and his main rival in season 3 of Peaky Blinders. For American audiences who aren’t familiar with Sir Oswald Mosley, he was the founder of the British Union of Fascists and an anti-Semite. Claflin to Play Oswald Mosley in Peaky Blinders
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About the TV Series
Peaky Blinders is a British television crime drama based upon the exploits of Birmingham gangsters in post-First World War England. Set in 1919 Birmingham, England, it stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, leader of his own criminal gang and later elected as an MP. Sam Claflin will play Sir Oswald Mosley, Britain’s future fascist leader. The show is set to begin filming soon and air on BBC Two starting in 2013. Filming will take place both on location and at Longcross Studios near London.
About Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin, is an English actor who played Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games franchise. Claflin was born on May 1987. His parents are actors (Ranald) and television presenters (Trevor), and his uncle, a retired major from British Army, Michael Claflin. Sam is best known for playing Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games franchise: appearing as one of four tributes representing District 4 who competes with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). He also appeared as Phillip Swift in Me Before You and will appear as Will Traynor, opposite Emilia Clarke’s Louisa Clark, in The Light Between Oceans.
How will he play Sir Oswald?
The character is described as the charming leader of a vicious Birmingham gang. Unlike Thomas Shelby, he’s politically ambitious and smart enough to avoid getting caught. Claflin can add that description to his résumé after playing Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Lionsgate’s Killer Joe. The actor is also known for roles on Cinemax’s Strike Back and AMC’s The Pillars of the Earth miniseries. In addition, Claflin can be seen next opposite Chris Hemsworth and Michael B. Jordan in Paramount’s 2016 film adaptation of award-winning sci-fi novel The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.
Where can you see him next?
Claflin was recently seen in Trolls and Me Before You, but he’ll soon be seen on Netflix with a supporting role on The Crown. He has three movies set for release later in 2017—The Leisure Seeker, Colette, and Early Man—and he’ll appear opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 6. Claflin will also return as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
What’s on his personal life?
Speculation continues as Sam Claflin, who plays Sir Oswald Mosley on BBC’s ‘Peaky Blinders,’ won’t comment on his love life. Sir Oswald is a supporting character in Peaky Blinders. His first appearance on season three was met with much attention from fans of the show, especially due to his relationship with Lady May Carleton played by Helena Bonham Carter. The couple developed a shared mutual attraction over their pre-WWI beliefs and goals to change society for some of Britain’s most influential citizens, but never fully committed to a romantic relationship themselves.
Is he dating anyone?
Sam Claflin is reportedly single and ready to mingle. But we wouldn’t advise getting on his bad side! According to a source, Sam would be a lot of fun for a girl. He’s very chilled out, but if you upset him, he won’t forget it. And once Sam’s angry, watch out! He doesn’t hold back from letting you know exactly what he thinks of you! So ladies…stay clear of men with anger issues — they are not safe and do not make good partners!
Is Mosley in Peaky Blinders based on a real character?
The characters portrayed on Peaky Blinders are fictional. The show’s writers say that Thomas Shelby and his family are based on several real-life figures, but Sir Oswald Mosley is not one of them. Fictional characters often include components of historical figures, but they usually share only a few traits with their real-life counterparts. In cases where an entirely fictional character has been created, it’s possible for viewers to believe that he or she is based on a real person–this is why many actors who play fictional characters have research materials available during production so they can familiarize themselves with actual people from history if it benefits their performance.
Who is Oswald Mosley based on?
Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet (16 November 1896 – 3 December 1980) was a British politician best remembered as leader of the pro-Fascist and anti-semitic British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Later he became one of Britain’s leading proponents of European fascism. He then moved to France where he was arrested but released by German forces during World War II. He later returned to be an MP after war ended, and went on to be a founder member of both NATO and its European counterpart, the Western European Union. He is regarded as one of the principal architects of WWII due his policies on appeasement towards Hitler & Mussolini in his earlier career. ( Wikipedia )
What happens to Oswald Mosley in Peaky Blinders?
The show’s writer Steven Knight has said that his next character, leader of The British Union of Fascists (BUF), will be based on British politician and leader of the Labour Party from 1994 until 2008, Tony Blair. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, he was a member of a rock band called Ugly Rumours . His career in politics began when he entered politics as a candidate for Sedgefield. He was elected MP for Sedgefield in 1983; after serving as Minister for Pensions and Minister for Overseas Development within Thatcher’s government during 1986-87. He resigned from office within Thatcher’s Cabinet over her opposition to a reduction in unemployment benefit levels and became Shadow Home Secretary within opposition where he remained until Labour went into opposition following their defeat at the 1992 general election.