“He is often recognized and does his best to please the fans of the show by getting into character,” the actor’s lawyer reportedly said during the court hearing
Paul Anderson, star of the TV series Peaky Blinders where he plays the character of Arthur Shelby, was fined for possession of drugs, including crack and cocaine, after being found in possession of the substances in a Hampstead pub on Boxing Day last year.
The actor appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London last Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to four charges, namely possession of crack cocaine, amphetamines and two prescribed substances, diazepam and pregabalin.
According to the Daily Mail, Anderson was arrested at a pub near his home on Boxing Day after the manager called the police about “crack and cocaine fumes coming from the disabled toilet after the actor left.” . Officers allegedly found Anderson drunk nearby with a teenager and a 17-month-old baby. Taken to the police station where they discovered the substances.
Although Anderson pleaded guilty, his lawyer, Moira MacFarlane, told the court he had not smoked crack. “You will recognize the defendant from a very intense part she played in a recent television programme,” she told the court, referring to the character she played in Peaky Blinders. “He is often recognized and does his best to please fans of the series, often slipping into character.” On Boxing Day, “he tried to play his part for these people. And because of the lifestyle he leads, people often give him incentives.” “He found himself in an unfortunate position and should have had the strength to say no,” he concluded. Anderson was ordered to pay 1,345 pounds (about $1,500) in fines.