Peaky Blinders has seen numerous guest stars over the years including Emmett J Scanlan, Josh O’Connor, Dina Korzun and Aimee-Ffion Edwards. Charlotte Riley starred in seasons two and four as May Fitz Carleton, a wealthy widow who offered to train Tommy’s (played by Cillian Murphy) horse. Halfway through the series, they developed a romantic relationship which Tommy ended to be with Grace (Anabelle Wallis). Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Riley.
Who is Charlotte Riley?
Charlotte Riley is an English actress from Grindon, County Durham.
Whilst studying English and Linguistics at St Cuthbert’s, Durham University, she was part of the sketch comedy group Durham Revue and performed in numerous musicals and plays.
Riley then attended the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 2007.
She rose to fame in the late 2000s for her performances in the film Easy Virtue and ITV’s adaption of Wuthering Heights.
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Peaky Blinders fans may recognise her form her portrayal as Sarah Hurst in the 2008 film Easy Virtue.
In Easy Virtue, she starred opposite Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes.
Riley is also well known for her performance in ITV’s adaption of Wuthering Heights in 2009.
In Wuthering Heights, she played Catherine Earnshaw, opposite Tom Hardy and Sarah Lancashire.
Riley starred in London Has Fallen, the sequel to the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen.
In London Has Fallen, she played MI6 agent Jacqueline Marshall, starring opposite Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett.
Riley portrayed Arabella Strange in the mini-series adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which aired in 2015 on the BBC.
Peaky Blinders may recognise her from her role in the BBC drama Press.
In Press, Riley starred as Holly Evans, the news editor of The Herald.
Riley also starred in ITV’s Dark Heart as Juliette Wagstaffe and in Trust as Robina Laud.
Most recently, Riley starred in BBC’s A Christmas Carol as Lottie, based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name.
Riley’s other television credits include DCI Banks, Foyle’s War, Close to the Enemy and King Charles III.
Riley is married to her Peaky Blinders co-star, Tom Hardy who plays Jewish gangster, Alfie Solomans.
The couple tied the knot in 2014 and have two children together.
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Will Charlotte Riley return to Peaky Blinders season 6?
At the moment, whether Charlotte Riley will reprise her role as May Carelton remains unknown for her now.
May was last seen in season four of Peaky Blinders to collect a horse from Charlie’s Yard, where she had a brief encounter with Tommy Shelby but she has not been seen since.
Speaking to Digital Spy ahead of season five, Riley opened up about her character’s future.
She said: “ “I don’t think that my character will be coming back.
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“I mean, I would go back in a heartbeat [if asked], because I just love it so much.“
However, Riley has not ruled out reprising her role in the future and even spoke about potential Peaky Blinders film.
She said: “I wonder if they’ll ever do a film of it? That would be quite good. There were rumours, but I don’t know if any of them are true.
“I suppose, what would you gain from making it only 90 minutes long? That’s kind of the argument in a nutshell, isn’t it, of why people do long-form TV?“
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