By Cara Dudgeon

3rd July 2019

Ada Shelby (Peaky Blinders): Everything You Need To Know


Peaky Blinders’ Ada Shelby is the youngest Shelby sibling and the only sister. She’s known for her iconic outfits and MANY memorable moments.

Peaky Blinders is one of the BBC’s most popular shows and this is everything to know about Ada!

Ada Shelby sitting in a cinema

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Who is Ada Shelby?

We are first introduced to Ada Shelby in the first episode of Peaky Blinders. She is the only daughter of Arthur Shelby Sr. and his wife. She is very close with the Shelby family’s Aunt Polly, who brought the children up.

The show’s first season sees Ada hide her courtship with Freddie Thorne – AKA her brother Thomas Shelby’s (Cillian Murphy) ex-best friend! Freddie is forced to leave Birmingham, leaving Ada heartbroken. Shortly after his departure, Ada finds herself pregnant with Freddie’s child.

After talking to her Aunt Polly, Ada decides to abort the baby. She is about to get on the train to the abortion clinic when Freddie shows up at the train station and asks Ada to marry him! The pair eventually marry, therefore she becomes Ada Thorne.

The next few series are less dramatic for Ada, but we do discover that she and Freddie had a baby boy, Karl. However, at the beginning of Series Two we discover that Freddie has died from consumption (tuberculosis).

Wonder what Series Five will have in store for Ada?

Onto the important stuff: her outfits…

Is anyone else INSANELY jealous that Sophie Rundle (AKA Ada) gets to wear such fabulous outfits.

Looks like Sophie herself agrees with that fact!


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#Peakyblinders Tonight 9pm on @bbctwo – There’s more sexy coats and guns and attitude than you can shake a stick at. Enjoy 💣💣💣

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When thinking of Ada, fans of the show imagine big coats (fur-lined, naturally), hats and bold colours.

Ada Shelby dress sense

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Ada Shelby Peaky Blinders Outfits

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Ada isn’t just in coats though.Who could forget how stunning she looked in that flapper dress?!

Ada’s most memorable moments…

Series 2…

Following her husband Freddie’s untimely death, Ada and Karl move to London. As Freddie was a communist, Ada too has decided to change parties. As a result, her family distance themselves from her, however, Thomas still goes to see her.

Just as the rest of the Shelby’s disapprove of Ada’s lifestyle change, Ada is concerned about Tommy’s life.

Series 3…

The show’s third season sees Tommy offer Ada the chance to be the head of the Shelby’s family business in America! Ada flies over to the States and is offered a job in the Boston office of the Shelby company.

Series 4…

Series 4 shows Ada return to Birmingham from Boston in order to deal with the mafia threat from Luca Changretta. Finally Ada got to show her brothers just what she is capable of and helped the family overcome this new threat.

What do we know about Series 5?

In May BBC released an image of Ada confirming her appearance in the fifth series of the show.

Another actor who is set to star in the fifth instalment is Hollywood hunk Sam Claflin. Sam is set to play real-life politician Oswald Mosley in the drama series.

Unfortunately, no date has been released for when the show will be aired.

Peaky Blinders - Sam Claflin joins the cast
Sam Claflin filming for the fifth series of Peaky Blinders

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Let’s see if Oswald and Ada’s paths will cross…

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