The man Jack Nelson (James Frecheville) is an Irish-American gangster and businessman from Ireland. Nelson has ties with all the big shots and he is also the uncle of Gina Grey.
Who Is Jack Nelson In Peaky Blinders?
Jack Nelson’s (James Frecheville) parents were Irish Immigrants. Nelson’s coming up in life and becoming a gangster is similar to the story of Tommy. So, we can assume that Nelson came from a lower-class family and faced struggles during his childhood as his parents were immigrants. The first crime Nelson committed was killing a priest, with that as a start Nelson grew up as a big shot in no time and he is comparatively at the same level as the Peaky Blinders. Nelson claims that he is religious and he hates how Catholics are being treated in America. Nelson has the respect of Tommy because he also climbed to the top without the help of anyone just like Tommy Shelby.
Is He Based On The Real Person?
Yes! The character Jack Nelson played by James Frecheville is based on Joseph Kennedy Jr. The writer of the series Stevan Knight indirectly confirmed that the character Jack Nelson was inspired by Joseph Kennedy Jr. but if you look closely you can spot the similarities between them.
Just like Joseph, Jack also has some serious connections in Boston. In this series, Peaky Blinder Nelson travels from Boston to England so that he can get importing license for Scottish and Irish whiskey distillers so that he can do his business in America and we get to read this same thing in Joseph Kennedy’s book. Even Nelson’s travel buddy has some similarities.
In the series Peaky Blinder, Jack Nelson is shown as the ambassador to the UK and Joseph Kennedy Jr. was also an ambassador of the UK. And he loses his role as Ambassador right before the end of World War II. But with that said Jack Nelson is a fictional character but our sources do say that we don’t know if Jospen Kennedy Jr. Has done any violent crimes as Jack Nelson has done in the Peaky Blinders.