‘Peaky Blinders’ Actor Paul Anderson Arrested For Drug Possession, Blames It On Playing Up His Character For Fans

Peaky Blinder Arthur Shelby

Helluva drug, man…

Peaky Blinders actor Paul Anderson, who plays the hell raising brother Arthur Shelby, has found himself in some trouble, as he was fined for possession of drugs, which included crack cocaine along with other drugs on Boxing Day, according to The Guardian.

Anderson ended up at the Highbury Corner magistrates court last Thursday after being accused of possessing class A crack cocaine, along with class B amphetamines and two class C prescription substances. He ultimately pled guilty to all four charges.

Prosecutor Kevin Kendridge said that Anderson had been caught with the drugs on Boxing Day, when police were called to a pub near his home by the manager. The manager made the call after he was alerted of crack cocaine fumes coming from the disabled toilet after Anderson had left it there.

The police report states that Anderson was discovered there with a young man and a 17-month-old baby (what?) and he was taken to the police station, where they found crack cocaine and a wrap of brown powder which was discovered to be amphetamines, along with diazepam and pregabalin.

In court, Anderson’s lawyer argued:

“You will recognize the defendant from a very intense part that he has played in a recent television program. He is often recognized and does his best to please fans of the show by slipping into his character.

He was recognized that Boxing Day and tried to play up for these people. And because of the lifestyle he leads people often give him inducements. He has found himself in an unfortunate position and should have had the strength to say no.”

LOL… the ol’ “I play a coked out loose cannon on TV so I decided to carry around some drugs in case I meet some fans and they want to do a few rails with me” excuse… an excuse that is as old as time.

Good luck with that one…

Although, I’m not too familiar with the possession laws across the pond, but just a fine kind of sounds like a slap on the wrist for a man who allegedly was rolling around like a human pharmacy.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock