Esme Shelby
First, Second, Third
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Last seen
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Also known as
Esme Lee
Approx. 25
Birmingham, England
Husband John Shelby
Mother-in-Law (deceased)
Sister-in-Law Ada Thorne
Sister-in-Law Linda Shelby
Sister-in-Law Grace Shelby
Brother-in-Law Arthur Shelby Jr.
Brother-in-Law Thomas Shelby
Brother-in-Law Finn Shelby
Aunt-in-Law Polly Shelby
Uncle-in-Law Charlie Strong
Cousin-in-Law Michael Gray
Nephew-in-Law Karl Thorne
Nephew-in-Law Charles Shelby
Brother-in-Law Freddie Thorne (deceased)
Father-in-Law Arthur Shelby Sr. (deceased)
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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.

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Two years later (1922) Edit

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Two years later (1924) Edit

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John Shelby 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 persumedly 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 Shelby

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

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