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At the end of Peaky Blinders season five, Tommy Shelby’s (played by Cillian Murphy) plans to assassinate Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) were sabotaged but by who? Fans have been sharing their theories online, with some pointing the finger at Tommy’s close friend Johnny Dogs. Who plays Johnny Dogs in Peaky Blinders? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who plays Johnny Dogs in Peaky Blinders?
Johnny Dogs is Tommy Shelby’s right-hand man and close friend.
He is portrayed by Belfast-born actor Packy Lee.
Originally, the character of Johnny was intended to appear in just one episode of the series, but five seasons later and a sixth on the way, Johnny Dogs is still working for the Peaky Blinders.
Lee is an actor and producer, best known for his work in film and television.
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He is best known for portraying Johnny Dogs in Peaky Blinders, a role he has played since the show began in 2013.
Speaking to UTV Life in 2019, Lee said: “Everybody would like to have a friend like Johnny Dogs.
“And I’m bearing that in mind when I’m trying to play it and that’s how I’ve played it from day one.
“To be a friend, a loyal friend, and to be as close as that – that’s the only way to play it.”
Lee is also well known for his role as Sears in The Frankenstein Chronicle.
In The Frankenstein Chronicles, he starred alongside Sean Bean and Anna Maxwell Martin.
Most recently, Lee portrayed Nohorn in the Netflix series The Witcher.
In The Witcher, he starred alongside Henry Cavill and MyAnna Buring.
Viewers may also recognise him from his performance as Drew Junior in the 2003 film Murphy’s Law.
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He also appeared in the Oscar-winning short film The Shore as Jacky.
Lee’s other film credits include Free Fall, Pixie, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Float Like A Butterfly.
His other television roles include You looking At Me? Holy Cross, Macbeth and The Bill.
Lee will return for the sixth series of Peaky Blinders, which has sadly been halted as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Sky’s Soccer AM earlier this year, Lee explained: “We were one day out. We had all the set, costumes and cast in place.
“Six or seven months’ work had already been done and we were about to go the next day.
“But lockdown came in and we had no choice but to cancel and all for a good reason.
“It’s helping the NHS to save lives and at the end of the day, TV is TV and football is football. This is something bigger than all of them.”
In the new series of Peaky Blinders, Tommy Shelby will be looking for the ‘black cat’ operating within the Peaky Blinders ranks.
Peaky Blinders fans have begun to suspect Johnny Dogs may have been the one to put a stop to Mosley’s assassination.
One user, amanijdex, has grouped some of the theories together.
They wrote: “Reason one: The incident with Aberama (Aidan Gillen) and Bonnie Gold (Jack Rowan) in episode two. Now we know that Johnny Dogs and his kin were the only people who knew where they were camped so this one speaks for itself.
“There’s no way around this if Aberama says that they were the only people who knew then… they were. I doubt he’d go blabbing to anyone without knowing.
”Reason two: Johnny being in Tommy’s house in episode three. This scene seemed suspect to me because he was in Tommy’s house for one, with Tommy having no clue him being there.
“And two he was in his office.. why was he in his office? Surely he would go to one of the hundred other rooms or bedrooms to sleep with the maid? Why was he in his personal office? Seems suspect.
“Reason three: Aberama’s death in episode six. This solidified it for me for many reasons. Aberama and Arthur were the only two who seemed to get attacked whilst Johnny disappeared somewhere, he’s actually gone from the entire scene until AFTER Aberama dies and Arthur kills his attacker”
Fans will have to wait until Peaky Blinders returns in 2021 to find out if Johnny Dogs really is the black cat.
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