Paul Anderson (actor)

For other people with similar names, see Paul Thomas Anderson, Paul W. S. Anderson, or Paul Anderson.
Paul Anderson
Born (1970-06-26) 26 June 1970
England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Paul Anderson is an English actor of film and stage.[1] He came to prominence for portraying Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders and Sebastian Moran in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.[2]


Anderson decided to pursue acting in the mid-2000s after working for many years as a ticket scalper and aspiring musician and enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He began his acting career by appearing in plays written by friend Gregory Burke, in whose critically acclaimed debut film '71 was released in 2014.[3] He had his first leading role in the 2009 British movie The Firm. Anderson's break came when, in 2013, he was cast as a main character in the BBC Two show Peaky Blinders as Arthur Shelby, a mentally-ill gangster in post-World War I Birmingham. Since then, Anderson has appeared in many major films including Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea and The Revenant, as well as Brimstone, which was released in 2016.

Personal life

Anderson is from South London.[3] He is the maternal uncle of actor and singer Jacob Anderson.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Engaged to Kill Hunter
2008 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me Roger
2009 The Firm Bex
2010 The Basement Jake
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Chris
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Colonel Sebastian Moran
2012 Piggy (2012) Piggy
2012 The Sweeney Allen
2012 Passion Dirk
2014 '71 Sergeant Leslie Lewis
2014 Electricity Barry O'Connor
2015 Legend Albert Donoghue
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Caleb Chappel
2015 The Revenant Anderson
2016 Brimstone Frank post-production
2017 Hostiles filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Pink Serenade Jeremy Fischer
2005 Doctor Who Jason Episode: "The Christmas Invasion"
2007 Silent Witness DS Dave Leeson 2 episodes
2008 Ashes to Ashes PC Murder Suspect Episode: 1.8
2008 Lewis Frank Sporetti Episode: "Wild Justice"
2009 Midsomer Murders Graham Spate Episode: "The Black Book"
2011 The Promise Seargeant Frank Nash TV Mini-Series
2011 Lewis Alistair Darlow Episode: "Wild Justice"
2013 Top Boy Mike 3 episodes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Gordon Goody TV Mini-Series
2013- Peaky Blinders Arthur Shelby Main character


  1. Quinn, Andrew (28 November 2014). "'Electricity' will give you a shock". Derry Journal. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. "Interview with Paul Anderson". BBC.
  3. 1 2 Emma Brown (October 13, 2015). "Paul Anderson and Team Arthur". Interview.

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