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Who is Gina Gray’s mysterious Uncle Jack Nelson in Peaky Blinders and is he based on a real person?

James Frecheville plays Uncle Jack (Picture: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)

Peaky Blinders introduced Gina Gray’s Uncle Jack on Sunday as he looks to work with Tommy Shelby and it’s thought the character is based on a real politician.

The season opener revealed massive tensions unfolding within the Shelby family, as Michael Gray (Finn Cole) sets his sights on revenge against his uncle Tommy (Cillian Murphy).

But while the pair might be sworn enemies, they’re still on talking terms for business purposes, as Tommy looks to get friendly with Gina’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) powerful uncle Jack (James Frecheville), who is Michael’s boss.

The leader of the Peaky Blinders met up with some of the magnate’s associates about a potential business opportunity in the aftermath of prohibition ending in the United States.

Despite it initially seeming they wouldn’t be managed to be convinced, a tense scene between Tommy and Gina appeared to sway the latter into changing her mind, with Jack appearing for the first time in episode two.

It’s thought he is inspired by Joseph Kennedy – the father of former US President, John F. Kennedy.

Gina Gray’s uncle will be a major new character in season 6 (Picture: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions)

Here’s everything you need to know about the new character, and who he’s based on.

Who is Gina Gray’s Uncle Jack?

The new character is a wealthy Irish-American businessman based in Boston in the US.

He’s known to be a figure with political influence and has control of a large import and export business.

It’s thought the character of Uncle Jack is influenced by Joe Kennedy Senior – father of former President, John F Kennedy – which has been heavily hinted at by creator Steven Knight.

When Uncle Jack met Tommy Shelby (Picture: BBC)

‘I’m not giving that away so soon,’ Steven teased when asked about the connection to Joe Kennedy Sr by Den Of Geek.

‘As ever with Peaky [Blinders], you look at history and you take real facts and fictionalise them. There is a resonance with Boston, with senior politicians…’

He added to the publication: ‘The best you can do as a writer is to take what really happened, which is always beyond anything you would dare invent, and then use that. And what really happened in the 1930s with these powerful people, is something that, as a writer of fiction, you wouldn’t dare to create because it’s so insane.

‘So it’s trying to take some of that madness and chaos of reality and put it into the story.’

Tommy went to pay Gina a visit at the end of episode one (Picture: BBC)

This has also been reported by Screenrant, who explained a bit more of the background of the new character, and how he might weave into the story.

They shared: ’Peaky Blinders season 5 pitched Tommy Shelby against fascism in the form of Oswald Mosley, a threat that is still going to be relevant in the 1933 setting as Peaky Blinders nears World War II.

‘Joseph Kennedy was ultimately removed from his post as the ambassador to the United Kingdom because of his anti-British sentiments and his lack of support for democracy.

‘He repeatedly told reporters that the was about self-preservation and not about fighting off fascism, ultimately famously stating that ‘Democracy is finished in England

‘In both public and private communications, Kennedy spoke out against Jews and regularly used slurs to refer to them.

‘Kennedy went as far as to respond to reports of Nazi assaults on Jews by suggesting that “they brought it on themselves” and told the German ambassador to the United Kingdom that he sympathized with their plans to get rid of the Jews but disliked the publicity it created.’

Who plays Uncle Jack and what has he been in before?

James is thought to be starring as Uncle Jack (Picture: BBC)

Although it’s not been confirmed, it’s thought actor James Frecheville – who is one of four new stars in season six – will star as Gina’s high-profile uncle.

Australian actor James is best known for his role in Animal Kingdom as Joshua ‘J’ Cody, a confused teenager and youngest member of a criminal family in Melbourne’s underworld.

So we’re sure he’ll fit in well in the world of Birmingham’s most notorious gangsters.

Promo shots show the star looking very suave in a suit, as we predict he’ll cause more than his fair share of drama, with his character not yet known to fans.

Elsewhere, James has starred in BBC’s adaptation of Pursuit of Love alongside Lily James and the 2018 series Requiem.

Peaky Blinders season 6 continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. 


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