Thomas Shelby, from BBC Two’s ‘Peaky Blinders’, has to be one of the most compelling and unfaltering characters that TV drama has ever witnessed. As the natural leader of the 1920s gang, Tommy is remarkable for his fierce loyalties and keen sense of retribution; his violent nature results in a determination to improve the lives of his family in any way he can. I found his character particularly memorable due to the way in which the cold and calculating aspects of his disposition appear to dominate his personality, leaving the audience intrigued as to what lies beneath his hardened surface. This is perfectly balanced with the hidden vulnerabilities that begin to emerge in the development of his character over the six-part drama; his harrowing experiences serving in the war have left him both desensitised to brutality and traumatised. However, he allows himself to fall for Grace, which appears to defy the self-inflicted barricades that guard his feelings from the outside world: for me, these brief moments of liberation from his callous exterior inspired a profound sense of compassion for his character. The devastating emotional climax that arises from the blend of ferociousness and secret susceptibility results in Tommy becoming an unforgettable character and I relished every moment of his performance.