Paul Anderson, renowned for his role as Arthur Shelby in the popular BBC drama Peaky Blinders, found himself in legal trouble after being discovered with crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia following a day at the pub.
The actor, aged 48, was accompanied by a friend and a baby on Boxing Day when police uncovered the Class A drug and a smoking pipe.
Anderson, admitting possession of crack cocaine, class B amphetamines, and two class C prescription substances, appeared in court this week.
Threat to Peaky Blinders Finale
The incident has raised concerns about the impact on the show’s feature-length finale currently in development.
While screenwriter Steven Knight continues to craft the script, sources reveal that Anderson’s conviction may pose significant challenges.
The actor plays a pivotal character in the Peaky Blinders series, making it difficult to proceed without him.
The dilemma prompts questions about the feasibility of having Anderson reprise his role amidst the legal fallout.
The possibility of canceling the entire project is also under consideration, leaving the fate of the Peaky Blinders film uncertain.
Arrest Details and Substance Discovery
Anderson’s arrest unfolded after a patron at his local pub in Hampstead reported the smell of crack cocaine emanating from the disabled toilet following the actor’s visit.
Subsequently, the pub’s manager alerted the police, who discovered Anderson, described as “intoxicated,” with a young man and a 17-month-old baby nearby.
At the police station, officers found crack cocaine, amphetamines, and prescription drugs in his possession. Anderson initially remained silent during questioning but later tested positive for opiates and cocaine.
Legal Proceedings and Defence Argument
During the court hearing, Anderson, clad in a cream fleece and black leather trousers, pleaded guilty to the four drug charges.
His defense argued that the actor, often recognized for his intense portrayal in Peaky Blinders, succumbed to the pressure of fans’ expectations on Boxing Day.
The defense asserted that Anderson should have resisted inducements and clarified that he had not smoked crack cocaine.
Impact on Peaky Blinders Movie and Ongoing Investigation
The actor’s involvement in the Peaky Blinders movie, set to commence production this summer, is now uncertain.
News of an investigation into Anderson’s conduct on set, following a colleague’s complaint, surfaced earlier this month.
While the nature of the complaint remains undisclosed, sources close to Anderson deny any wrongdoing, expressing confidence in his eventual exoneration.
The unfolding legal issues cast a shadow over Paul Anderson’s career and raise questions about the future of Peaky Blinders, both in its current finale and the upcoming film adaptation.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn