The award-winning actress from London Helen McCrory who played Polly in Peaky Blinders died on April 16, 2021. She was 52 and died from breast cancer. She studied at Drama Centre in London before starting her career in theatres. She played several roles in shows and movies and was also appointed as an Officer of the Order of The British Empire in 2017. She was married to actor Damian Lewis who announced her death officially. Her death meant that the whole story had to be shot again with a new storyline which also became the reason for the hiatus of the new season. In the new season of the series the first episode itself shows that Polly has been killed by the IRA to end her part however trust us, you can feel her presence till the very end of the series.
Who Is Polly?
Polly was born Elizabeth Gray(nee Shelby) and was the aunt of Tommy Shelby, the gang leader of Peaky Blinders, brothers Arthur, John, and Finn, and sister Ada Thorne. She was the mother of Michael and Anna Gray. She was the part of the criminal gang, the treasurer of Shelby Company Limited, and a certified accountant. However, she was the one who looked after the gang and managed it in the absence of the Shelby brothers during world war 1. She represented as the unofficial head of the family and also acted as an advisor. Polly is present throughout the 5 seasons of the drama. Her part was finally ended in the last season following Helen McCrory’s death.
About Peaky Blinders
Steven Knight created Peaky Blinders a historical, fictional British crime drama series that is set in Birmingham, England. Peaky Blinders in the series is referred to the criminal gang of the same name. The series follows their exploits post First World War to be precise 1919. This gang – cum- family makes money through illegal betting, protection, and the black market. The gang is based (not completely) on a real youth gang of the same name that was active in the city.
This series won several awards and nominations like the BAFTA TV Award (best drama series), RTS Programme Awards (best drama series, National Tv Awards (best drama series and best actor), and many more.
The cast of the epic drama series consists of some impactful actors who are one of the reasons for the show’s craze. It includes Cillian Murphy, Sam Neil, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg, and Annabelle Wall. Additionally, Tom Hardy, Joe Cole, Ned Dennehy, and Andy Nyman are also there
The BAFTA Winner for Best Drama Peaky Blinders’ last season contains 6 episodes whose timeline ranges between 55 minutes to 1 hour and 22 minutes. The last season and other seasons of Peaky Blinders are available on Netflix to be streamed. The last season was aired on 10th June on Netflix. It can also be watched on BBC iPlayer.
All the fans might be sad as this season marks the end of the drama series. It should buckle up and stop feeling remorse as the Peaky Blinders will be back soon. But not in the form of a series but a movie as creator Knight told the Deadline in an interview.