Esme Martha Shelby (née Lee) is a member of the Shelby family as wife to John Shelby. She was formerly a member of the Lee clan. Their marriage was arranged in order to make peace between the two families and provided a carer for John's four children, from his previous marriage, while also caring for her own 2 children with John.

Character HistoryEdit

Series 1 · 1919Edit

Series 2 · 1922 Edit

Series 3 · 1924Edit


John ShelbyEdit

Esme is the wife of John Shelby. Though at first their marriage acts as a truce between their two families it becomes clear that the two form a strong bond. In Season Two, John and Esme are both wary about Thomas' plans for London with Esme saying she wants John to be able to watch their son grow up and live in the country. In Season 3 Esme is pregnant with, presumedly, her third child. John clearly understands and cares for Esme as he promises to buy her a house with land so she won't feel cooped up and defends her against Thomas when he accuses her of betraying them.

Thomas ShelbyEdit

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Esme in the Shelby Home & Betting Shop during Series 2.

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