Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Aimee-Ffion Edwards (born 21 November 1987) is a Welsh actress.[1] She is known for playing Sketch in Skins, Esme Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Sophie in Detectorists and Abi in Loaded.

Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Born (1987-11-21) 21 November 1987
Years active2002–present

Early life

Aimee-Ffion Edwards was born in Newport, Wales. She attended Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd (Newport Welsh medium primary school) and Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw. She played for a local youth rugby team, the only girl in a boys' team, until she was 14. She would often go from ballet lessons to playing for the rugby team.[2]

She took a drama A-level at school, and joined the National Youth Theatre of Wales.[3]

She is fluent in English and Welsh.


Film and television

Edwards appeared in the 2002 short film Dŵr Dwfn.[4]

She was training to be a classical singer when she appeared on the Pop Idol-type Welsh language TV show called Wawffactor in 2006, finishing as runner-up.[3]

Edwards made her television debut as the character Sketch in the E4 series Skins in 2008.[3]

In 2009, she appeared in the Valentine's Day episode of Casualty ("Stand By Me"), as a teenager who finds a replacement speed-date in the wards of Holby City Hospital, and ends up involved in a serious gun-related incident. In the first episode of Casualty 1909 she played a young prostitute called Deborah Lynch, who was being abused by her father.

In 2010, she appeared in an episode of the supernatural BBC drama series Being Human as a theatre usher, who is also a ghost.

In 2011, she appeared in series 2 of the BBC drama series Luther, playing the character Jenny Jones.[3]

In 2012, she appeared in Sky Atlantic's four-part series Walking And Talking, a spin-off from an episode of Sky One's Christmas series of shorts Little Crackers. Aimee played Mary, friend of Kath, played by Ami Metcalf, in these stories written by Kathy Burke and based on her own teenage years.

In 2013 and 2014, she appeared as Esme, the wife of John Shelby, in the BBC series Peaky Blinders.

In 2014, Edwards appeared in two BBC Cymru Wales television productions celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas: as part of an all-Welsh cast in a television adaptation of Thomas' radio drama Under Milk Wood, playing the part 'Laugharne Voice';[5] and as Marianne in A Poet in New York, Andrew Davies' dramatisation of Thomas' last days.[6]

In 2014, she appeared as Katy in "The Harrowing",[1] the sixth episode of the first series of Inside No. 9, written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

Edwards played Sophie in the BAFTA award-winning BBC Four comedy series Detectorists; series 1 in 2014 and series 2 in 2015.[7][8][9]

In 2016, she appeared as Sian in Death In Paradise as a young girl who is murdered.

In 2017, she was Josh's (ex)-girlfriend in the Channel 4 comedy Loaded.


Edwards made her stage debut in 2008 in SH*T-M*X at the Trafalgar Studios in London.[10]

In 2009, she performed in Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre, alongside Mackenzie Crook.[1][3]

In 2011, she made her Broadway debut, reprising her role in Jerusalem at the Music Box Theatre, New York.[1] She appeared in the London revival of Jerusalem later that year.

In 2012, she appeared in The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse,[1] and in Marius von Mayenburg's Fireface at the Young Vic.[11]

In 2013, she appeared as Avonia Bunn in Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar Warehouse.[12]

In 2017, she played Marcella in B, a new play by Guillermo Calderón which had a limited run at the Royal Court Theatre.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Queen and Country Sophie Adams


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Man Like Mobeen Miss Aitken Series 2 Episode 4
2019 Un Bore Mercher / Keeping Faith Madlen Vaughn Series 2 (S4C / BBC)
2018-present 101 Dalmatian Street Arabella Voice
2018 Thunderbirds Are Go Havoc Voice
2018 Troy: Fall of a City Cassandra TV miniseries
2017 Mister Winner (Comedy Pilot) Jemma BBC1 Comedy Pilot
2017 Loaded Abby Channel 4 series
2016 Death in Paradise Sian Evans Series 5 Episode 8 "Flames of Love"
2015 Wolf Hall Elizabeth Barton
2014–2017 Detectorists Sophie
2014 Inside No. 9 Katy Episode: "The Harrowing"[13]
2014 Under Milk Wood Laugharne Voice
2014 A Poet in New York Marianne [6]
2013 – Peaky Blinders Esme Shelby
2011 Luther Jenny Jones
2010 Being Human Robin [14]
2008 Skins Sketch

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Rachel Baker Voice role


  1. Kathryn Williams (9 June 2014). "Actress Aimee-Ffion Edwards bags new BBC Four role. But who is she? We play 'Detectorist' to find out". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. Personal conversations 2006
  3. Rachel Mainwaring (11 June 2011). "Newport actress Aimee takes on a tough role in Luther". Wales Online. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  4. "DWR DWfN (Food Tokens and Deep Water)". British Council. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  5. "Under Milk Wood". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. "Dylan Thomas: A Poet in New York". BBC Two. 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. "Bafta TV awards 2015: Winners in full". BBC. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  8. Rupert Hawksley (2 October 2014). "Detectorists, BBC Four, review: 'first-rate writing'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  9. "Detectorists Episode 3, Series 2, Episode 3 of 6". BBC. 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  10. Ian Shuttleworth (2 October 2008). "SH*T-M*X, Trafalgar Studio 2, London". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  11. Gerald Berkowitz (5 October 2012). "Fireface". The Stage. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  12. Charles Spencer (27 February 2013). "Trelawny of the Wells, Donmar Warehouse, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  13. "The Harrowing, Inside No. 9, Series 1 Episode 6 of 6". BBC Two. 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  14. "Being Human". BBC Three. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
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