Raise a Glass to Alfie Solomons: Smuggler, Boxing Promoter, Fabergé Egg Valuer
This post contains mild spoilers for Peaky Blinders.
If you've decided to spend your weekend catching up on season 4 of Peaky Blinders, then you'll see a familiar face — that of character Alfie Solomons. The wisecracking London gangster, who has a hot-and-cold relationship with the show's namesake Birmingham gang, is played by the one and only Tom Hardy. Hardy brings a special touch to his portrayal of Alfie, a Jewish veteran of Russian descent, with his characteristic tone of voice, and a terrifyingly blank demeanour while executing brutal gang business.
Like Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby, Solomons is a WWI veteran who has taken to illegal alcohol and weapons dealing as a means to wealth in the wake of the war. But unlike Tommy, who is relatively cool, calm, and collected, Alfie has a completely unpredictable approach to his gang boss role — and it makes him even more entertaining to watch. Hardy absolutely revels in this role, eliciting laughs where there really shouldn't be with a string of brilliant quips and unexpected lines. We don't want to spoil too much, but we can't help but round up some of Hardy's best moments as Alfie (in GIF form, of course!). Enjoy, by order of the Peaky f*ckin' Blinders.