If you are yet to get caught up in the frenzy of the Peaky blinders fandom, then you do not know what you are missing. Set to take place after the First World War in Birmingham, England, Peaky blinders follows the life of the Shelby Crime family and all their criminal activities. Sophie Rundle plays the character Ada Shelby, an only girl in the Shelby gangster family.
About her role in Peaky Blinders
Sophie Rundle plays the only daughter of Arthur Shelby Sr, Ada Shelby. After their mother dies and their father walks out on them, Ada Shelby and her four brothers are raised by their Aunt Polly. Ada secretly gets involved in a romantic relationship with Freddie Thorne, a known communist. By the time she realizes she is with child, Freddie had already been forced to flee Birmingham following a police raid.
Her aunt Polly advises her to abort the child as she was worried for her future. With all the uncertainty in her life and Freddie gone, she gives in, and they both set out for Cardiff to abort the baby. Freddie Thorne intercepts them on their way to Cardiff at the Train Platform and proposes to Ada, who says yes and eventually gets married.
Initially, Ada Shelby was the only member of the Shelby family who was not involved in the Peaky Blinders, but after Freddie Dies, she slowly gets roped in but only chooses to deal with the legal side of the business. She takes over their United States branch as the Head of Property and Acquisitions. She, however, continues to try and keep her involvement as minimal as possible and spends most time raising her son Karl Thorne.
Sophie Rundle On how she got the role
Sophie Rundle has spoken out to Express.co.uk and some media stations on how she got the role of Ada Shelby. She revealed that she had just come out of drama school when she decided to try out for the part. She made a tape to try out, but she didn’t expect to be called back. That said, she was pretty shocked and excited when she was called in to audition.
She wanted to pull all stops for the auditions, so she decided to dye her hair a much darker shade because she thought it would look cool. The shade turned out to be much darker than expected, that her hair now looked like a wig. Being poor and all, she said she could not afford to do something about it, so she went to the auditions with her hair like that. She had no hopes of getting the role, but of course, it seems she aced it because she did!
Her thoughts on playing the role of Ada Shelby
Sophie Rundle revealed he thoughts and feelings on playing the iconic role of Ada Shelby. She said it was pretty empowering to play her character on Peaky Blinders. Being one of only three female cast members, she loved that their characters were bold and fiery. They were not made out to be damsels in distress who needed saving from the men; the females were just as ballsy as the men. She revealed it was really fun to play Ada Shelby.
Sophie Rundle has revealed that as she grows, she likes to play more grown-up characters. The actress admits to liking roles where the characters are more opinionated and experienced as those are the characters she would like to see reflected on TV. She loves that the character of Ada Shelby has grown from who she used to be to who she is now. She is very proud to have been a part of that process.
On what it was like working with the cast and crew
Sophie Rundle absolutely loved working with the cast and crew of Peaky blinders. She has said they were like one big family, and it was nice working with so many talented young people. The actress applauds the directors of the series, Otto and Tom, for the fantastic work they did to bring out the world Steve Knight had envisioned for Peaky Blinders. She says the general vibe was just great and she had a lot of fun on set.
Sophie Rundle has become a seasoned British actress who has done many great projects since Peaky Blinders. She has raked in more than a thousand hours of movie-shoot experience over a decade. She has also featured in many Television series and has quite a fan base, especially after landing a role in The Bletchley Circle.
Sophie Rundle is engaged to her former colleague and actor, Matt Stokoe. They met in 2017 on the set of the movie Jamestown. She announced on social media that she would be a mother around Easter, and on the 11TH April 2021, they welcomed their first child.