Paul Anderson thought Arthur had been killed off in ‘Peaky Blinders’ season finale

The actor plays Tommy Shelby's brother in the acclaimed BBC series, which concluded its fourth season in December

Paul Anderson has revealed that he initially thought that his character, Arthur Shelby, had been killed off Peaky Blinders when he first read the script for the recent season finale.

Spoilers for ‘Peaky Blinders’ season four are posted below

The revered BBC drama series concluded its fourth season back in December, with a substantial portion of the season finale leading viewers to believe that Arthur had been killed in a scuffle with another gangster. However, it was later revealed that Arthur had faked his own death in order to exact revenge on Luca Changretta.

'Peaky Blinders' season four

Anderson (second from the left) with some of his fellow ‘Peaky Blinders’ castmembers

Anderson has now spoken about his own reaction to that twist, revealing that he initially thought he’d been killed off the show in the season finale.

“I love it, because Steven [Knight, Peaky Blinders creator] and I had lunch a few times before we started shooting and I had conversations with him,” Anderson told Digital Spy. “Steven’s available whenever you need him. But he never told me about that plot.

“So I read that for the first time and I thought, ‘Wait a minute!’ – because when you read it, it just reads like I’m dead. I was literally like, ‘No way! Wait a second… am I? And they haven’t told me?’

“Then I flicked on 20 pages or whatever and I reappeared. So I discovered it reading it!”

With the fifth season of Peaky Blinders due to arrive in 2019, Anderson also revealed that Tom Hardywhose character Alfie Solomons was executed by Tommy Shelby in the finale – didn’t want to leave the show.