The British gangster series Peaky Blinders is lead by an ensemble cast of unique characters. Each is distinct in their beliefs, actions, and methods of doing business – which is what the Shelbys call their dealings, after all. From their ruthless leader, Thomas Shelby, to supporting characters like Aberama Gold, these Birmingham locals are easily recognizable.
A great way to distinguish the characters’ personality types is to assign them to zodiac signs. Many of the characters display a strong set of values and other qualities that act as personality markers. With such a large and diverse group of characters, there’s a zodiac sign for all of them.
Updated on August 25th, 2021 by Svetlana Sterlin: Even though most of the main characters of Peaky Blinders are involved with the Shelby Company’s illegal dealings, not all of them stand for the same things. Some, like Ada, are a little more idealistic and firm about their beliefs. Others, like Arthur, blindly follow most of Thomas’s commands. Even those who receive their directions from Thomas have their own free will, and this is clear in every decision they make. Thus, their personalities stand out even when they have a common goal, which is why there’s a Peaky Blinder for every zodiac sign.
Aries – Arthur Shelby
This fire sign is known to be courageous, passionate, and determined. They can be short-tempered and impulsive, but they’re always looking for competition. Arthur is notorious for his hot temper. He almost always acts without thinking things through, which is what lands him in trouble so often.
He doesn’t always act on the more positive traits that an Aries might possess, but he still fits the description. Arthur is always bursting with fiery rage and passion, and nothing will stop him from protecting his family. Like an Aries, he always wants to come out on top and he can’t stand failure or loss.
Taurus – Ada Shelby
Tauruses are well-grounded, patient, and reliable. Like Ada, they’re practical and devoted – though, often, her stubbornness wins out over practicality. A Tauruses’ trademark tenacity is what drives them to push hard for the things they want. For Ada, this could be her marriage to Freddie Thorne, or her pleas of non-violence and legalizing the company to Thomas.
Ada is not a fan of materialistic gain and is very much against violence and hate, which is what the Peaky Blinders stand for. She helps to guide Thomas in a new direction. As a Taurus, she keeps all the Shelby family members grounded and is a unique asset to their company. This is also what makes her one of the most likable members of the Shelby family on Peaky Blinders.
Gemini – Finn Shelby
Gemini is a sign of duality; one side is known for being curious and sociable, while the other side is more serious and restless. Geminis are active people, and they’re always craving fun, new experiences. From a young age, this is exactly what Finn Shelby is all about. He goes meddling in things he shouldn’t, always eager to be involved with the Blinders.
As a young boy, Finn doesn’t understand what’s going on around him. As such, he often acts on a whim and sometimes ends up causing some chaos. His inconsistent behavior is very fitting with this zodiac sign, as is his spontaneous urge for fun and exploration.
Cancer – Linda
Cancers are very loyal and emotional people. Like Linda, they’re both sentimental and intuitive. She’s known to be tenacious, just as she’s known for being moody, pessimistic, and manipulative. As one of the minor but still rather vicious antagonists of Peaky Blinders, Linda certainly displays the more negative traits of the Cancer sign, but that doesn’t mean they’re all bad.
Linda will do just about anything for her husband and kids, which shows her strong sense of loyalty and protectiveness. She’s very loving, even if she has a questionable way of showing her feelings. Her emotions guide her, just like a Cancer.
Leo – John Shelby
This fire sign is brave, passionate, stubborn, and sometimes arrogant. Like John, they can be humorous and they’re natural leaders, but their confidence can definitely get the best of them. John is the most arrogant of the Shelby brothers, always looking to get ahead of everyone else, so the sign certainly fits.
His big ideas and courage may be admirable, but he’s very forceful about spreading his ideas. Nevertheless, he goes out with honor and his demise proves that John is admirable to a fault. Leos pride themselves on their courage, as John does until the very end.
Virgo – Lizzie Stark
Virgos are analytical and hardworking, and also very kind and loyal. They’re never the loudest people in the room, but they have generous hearts. Lizzie showcases all of these qualities in her work, her personal life, and her involvement with the Shelby Company.
However, even when she does try to get involved in the business side of things, Lizzie remains on the sidelines. The same can be said of her marriage to Thomas – but she always knows exactly what’s going on. For instance, while she’s loyal to Thomas, she knows that he still loves and misses Grace – but she doesn’t let this stop her from dedicating herself to hard work, like a true Virgo.
Libra – Esme
This sign is the fairest and most diplomatic of all the zodiac signs. Libras love peace and justice, and also crave being around other people. They seek partnership, but their weaknesses are usually that they hold grudges. Esme is very excited when she learns she’s to marry John, but she ends up resenting him for most of their marriage.
Esme might be a bit more outspoken than most Libras, but she definitely represents their desire to stand for justice. She’s not afraid in social situations and always fights for what is best for her and her family. All of these traits make Esme a clear Libra.
Scorpio – Polly Gray
Scorpios are often bursting with passion; they’re brave, stubborn, and very assertive, just like Polly. She demonstrates Scorpio’s intense determination and unwavering leadership skills. When Polly makes a decision, she’s unlikely to stray from it.
Scorpios are also known for being resourceful, and Polly certainly has some unconventional methods for managing things. She can come across as tough, like many Scorpios, but she’s also incredibly in tune with her emotions. She understands that her emotions guide her decisions, and she’s proud of this whether it means finding her son or killing Campbell.
Sagittarius – Aberama Gold
This fire sign is probably the most humorous of all twelve zodiacs. Sagittariuses are curious, full of energy, and tend to be open-minded and idealistic. Aberama Gold demonstrates these qualities when mentoring his son, dealing with his business, and going into new relationships, like with Thomas and the Peaky Blinders.
Sagittariuses are often known to be impatient extroverts, much like Aberama. He pays for this with his life when he’s unable to wait to avenge his son. This untameable energy is what makes Aberama a Sagittarius.
Capricorn – Thomas Shelby
This earth sign is the hardest working of all the signs. Their goal is usually to succeed, and their ambition is partnered with their discipline and reliability. Thomas is known for his inability to cope with failure, and he sometimes pushes himself so hard that he needs to take extended time off for himself.
Like many Capricorns, Thomas is very independent and disciplined, which makes him a natural leader. However, Thomas’s morals aren’t always in the right place. Something of an unpopular Peaky Blinders opinion is that Thomas Shelby shouldn’t redeem himself, but he does display some of a Capricorn’s more positive traits – he just chooses to act on them for the wrong reasons.
Aquarius – Michael Gray
This sign is known for being independent, original, and progressive. They’re never the loudest in the room, but they’re always thinking, which becomes apparent of Michael in later seasons. Once he’s gained confidence, he’s not afraid to speak up. However, because of their quieter nature, it can be hard to pin an Aquarius down.
Aquariuses adapt quickly and finds power in their own success. They can also be temperamental and uncompromising, and it’s safe to say that Michael is never easy to read. This is what allows him to become one of Thomas’s biggest and smartest enemies in Peaky Blinders by season 5.
Pisces – Grace Burgess
Pisces is the most compassionate and friendly of the signs. They’re intuitive, gentle, selfless, and kind, as well as intelligent. Grace displays an impressive level of both logical and emotional intelligence, which is why she’s so good at understanding Thomas.
Grace is a trusting person whose caring personality is matched perfectly with her wisdom and intuition. Pisces are also known to be laidback, and Grace is quite subtle in her actions, thanks to her ability to intuit. Grace will always be missed, and it’s because she represents so many of the positive traits of this zodiac sign.