Who Is Gina's Uncle Jack Nelson in 'Peaky Blinders' Season 6 and Is He A Real Person?

Tommy Shelby and his ruthless family are back for the final time on the small screen, and things are getting serious for the Birmingham gang leader.

One person who could prove a powerful enemy to Tommy (Cillian Murphy) is Gina Gray's (Anya Taylor-Joy) uncle Jack, whose arrival was forewarned about in Season 6's premiere episode, "Black Day."

By order of the Peaky Blinders, here is everything we know about uncle Jack and the historical facts that point towards him being a real person.

**Warning: This article contains some spoilers for the premiere episode of Peaky Blinders Season 6**

Who is Gina's Uncle Jack in Peaky Blinders Season 6?

When Gina made her first appearance in Peaky Blinders Season 5 as Michael's (Finn Cole) wife suspicions were immediately raised, even more so when her husband shared how her family had connections in the supply and trade of illegal goods.

Uncle Jack, like Tommy, deals in the wholesale of alcohol, and the Season 6 premiere revealed he is determined to swoop in and get control of the market now Prohibition is ending.

As shared by Gina, Jack plans to buy the import licenses to for "all the best Scotch and Irish whiskey distilleries," and he is planning to do so by traveling to the U.K. on the next boat out of Boston.

In the premiere episode Gina tells Tommy that "every drop in every state will be a dime for Uncle Jack," teasing the true power he will hold over the economy.

So, Gina's uncle is a businessman who could either be a dangerous enemy or a powerful ally to Tommy, if he is able to play his cards right.

Season 6 is set in 1933, four years after the previous season, and a lot of things have changed, including Tommy's new venture into the illegal distribution of opium in America and Europe.

Tommy wants to persuade Jack into doing business with him, even if he has to use dirty tactics to make it happen.

The episode sees Tommy decide to board the same ship as Jack to make the deal, which the businessman is traveling on with his wife, mistress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's son, and Gina.

It has not yet been revealed who will be portraying uncle Jack in the show.

Is Uncle Jack A Real Person?

The answer to this question is a tricky one, because Jack is and isn't a real person.

There is one person who famously traveled to England in 1933 to buy the rights to import liquor while in the company of his wife, mistress, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's son: Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

Joseph P. Kennedy Sr founded the Somerset Importers alongside President Roosevelt's eldest son Congressman James Roosevelt II in 1933, and they landed exclusive contracts that allowed them to import high-end Scotch whiskey and gin from the U.K.

The Kennedy patriarch was the father of nine children, including President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert " F. Kennedy.

Whether this means that Gina is really a Kennedy and her uncle is in fact Joseph P. Kennedy Sr appears to not be the case, at least from what showrunner Steven Knight told Den of Geek ahead of the show's return.

When asked if Gina had familial ties to the famous family, Knight said: "Yes. No! I mean, I'm not giving that away so soon.

"As ever with Peaky [Blinders], you look at history and you take real facts and fictionalise them. There is a resonance with Boston, with senior politicians..."

He added: "The best you can do as a writer is to take what really happened, which is always beyond anything you would dare invent, and then use that."

So, it seems that uncle Jack is not a real person and is only heavily inspired by President Kennedy's patriarch.

Peaky Blinders Season 6 is currently airing on BBC One in the U.K., and the show will be released on Netflix in the U.S. soon.

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Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray in "Peaky Blinders" Season 6. Gina's uncle Jack has been teased as a dangerous enemy to Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby. BBC