In early January 2020, director Anthony Byrne confirmed Peaky Blinders season six had entered pre-production. Peaky fans have not stopped talking about the shocking cliffhanger of season five, which saw a failed assassination attempt and Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) holding a gun to his head. One woman named Jessie Eden (Charlie Murphy) witnessed all of the events at Bingley Hall unfold and Tommy crumble
Who is actress Charlie Murphy?
Charlie Murphy is an Irish actress hailing from Enniscorthy, Ireland.
She is best known for playing Siobhán Delaney in the RTÉ drama series Love/Hate, for which she won the 2013 Irish Film and Television Award for Best TV Actress.
In Love/Hate, she starred alongside Dublin Murders stars Killian Scott and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.
Viewers may also recognise Murphy for playing Ann Gallagher in the BBC One series Happy Valley.
From 2013 until 2014, she starred in the BBC historical drama series The Village as Martha Lane, alongside Maxine Peake and Rupert Evans.
Murphy’s other credits include Misfits, The Last Kingdom and Northmen: A Viking Saga.
In Peaky Blinders, she joins fellow Irish actors Brian Gleeson, Aidan Gillen and Cillian Murphy.
Charlie Murphy plays the role of social activist, Jessie Eden, who is based on the real person of the same name.
The real Jessie Eden was instrumental in fighting for women’s rights in the 1926 General Strike.
In 1931, she led 10,000 female employees at Birmingham’s Joseph Lucas motor factory on strike for one week to demand equal pay.
In Peaky Blinders season four, Jessie caused problems for Tommy Shelby by leading the female factory workers out on strike.
The women were protesting poor conditions, lack of holidays, unsanitary lavatory provisions and lower pay for female workers.
Things became a problem for Tommy when aunt Polly (Helen McCory) joined the protests and led the Shelby women to join Jessie at the Bullring.
On a personal level, Tommy and Jessie have a connection as she knew of his former lover, Greta Jurossi.
Later it transpired Tommy had done some research of his own into Jessie and knew that her boyfriend took his own life after returning from the Battle of Passchendaele in July to October 1917.
In season five, Jessie was suspected of being a communist and Tommy was asked to inform again her, which he agreed to do at first.
Jessie didn’t feature much throughout season five but was seen protesting outside Oswald Mosley’s (Sam Claflin) speeches and other public gatherings.
Speaking to Screendaily.com, Murphy said: “It’s a drama and we are entertainers when it boils down to it.
“She’s [Jessie] no damsel in distress. They are two people who have been through so much loss, and they found some comfort in each other.
“Tommy has definitely met his match in regards to education, that wit and quick thinking.
“She’s a great chess player, just like him. She enjoys his company, and being exercised in some way by another great mind.”
Will Jessie Eden return for Peaky Blinders season 6?
At the end of Peaky Blinders season five, Jessie was smuggled into the theatre by Tommy who found her protesting against Mosley outside.
He invited her to join the impending protests inside, which was part of his plan to assassinate Mosley.
However, he changed his mind and told her to leave, promising they would “discuss strategy” the following day.
Instead of going home, Jessie decided to stay and witnessed the aftermath of Tommy’s plans going wrong.
An unknown group of men sabotaged Tommy’s plans to assassinate Mosley by killing Barney Thompson (Cosmo Jarvis), who was about to pull the trigger.
They also murdered Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) and tried to kill Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson).
However, Tommy hadn’t told anyone his plans apart from his brothers, so how and who sabotaged his attack remains unknown for now.
The cast of Peaky Blinders season six has not yet been officially confirmed but it is highly likely she will return, considering Tommy wanted her to originally be a part of the attack and she witnessed the fall out when it failed.