'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 preview: A look at how Ada Shelby proved she is every bit a modern woman
Ada Shelby left her home for love and did not stumble back when things went wrong, instead, she stood by herself
Sophie Rundle's character, Ada Shelby, in BBC One's 'Peaky Blinders', might not possess glamor and seductiveness like her Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory) or the delicate charm of her late sister-in-law, Grace (Annabelle Willis), however, the youngest woman in the Shelby family can, in every way, be termed a Modern Women, and no, her family or her husband have nothing to with that.
Starring alongside Cillian Murphy (Thomas Shelby), Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby) and Joe Cole (John Shelby), Rundle's character has always proven herself a true descendant of her dynasty. While the show is set at a time when women were coming out with the Suffrage Movement to claim their right to vote, Ada's character perfectly provides the feeling that there's a revolution boiling.
She is, in every way free, be it from her own family's dirty works or from the shackles of domestic life, and probably, in Season 5 she will play a major role since her elder brother Thomas is now the President of the Communist Party. As Ada is set to help her brother in Parliament, here are the top three times Ada Shelby proved she is the modern woman you need to look out for:
1. Married at her own will
Ada fell in love with a man who was despised by her family since the beginning of the series. Freddie Thorne was not an easy man to be with, a convicted political criminal, he joined the Communist party immediately after the First World War. However, his decision to get into politics was, at one time, loathed by Thomas Shelby, who had once considered Freddie a close friend, before the war.
Ada overlooked her family's concern and married the Communist but their relationship did not last long as towards the end of Season 1 Freddie was murdered by the police. Ada did not return to her family, instead, she joined the Communists and took up the charge to lead the women.
2. Needs no one to keep it rolling
Ada's beauty is quite renowned in Small Heath, Birmingham, and it was no surprise that a line of suitors fell for her when she returned in season 2 as a widow. However, Ada held her ground and gave birth to her and Freddie's only child, Karl. Even during her early periods of motherhood, when Aunt Polly asked her to return home to the Shelbys, she refused to do so.
Her gypsy background and her upbringing in a mafia house, did not seem to have any effect on her virtues. She lived in a small house with her child, continued to fight for women's equality in the labor force and protest against authority, demanding a raise in wages.
3. The dutiful sister
As the only daughter in the Shelby family, Ada is adored by her brothers. That does not mean she blinds herself to her brothers' crimes. Time and again, Ada has protested against Thomas claiming he was nothing compared to her late husband, Freddie. She also rebuked Arthur for submitting to Linda (Kate Phillips) who only wanted to pull him out of the family and break all ties.
However, she never hesitates from picking up a gun every time her brothers are in danger. We already got a glimpse of her bravery when Ada placed herself and Karl in the middle of a mafia battleground, where she declared that there would either be a war over her dead body or all the men could just choose to get back home to their wives and children.
'Peaky Blinders' is set to return with Season 5 on BBC One this spring.