51 years ago today, the legend that would be known to us as Sons of Anarchy’s Filip “Chibs” Telford was born. Tommy Flanagan entered the world on July 3, 1965 in Easterhouse, Glasgow (UK), to David and Elizabeth Flanagan, and was the third child out of five children in his family. He was raised in Glasgow before he began his lucrative acting career in his twenties.
Tommy had worked in several local and small film and television projects starting in 1992, until he landed a role in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart in 1995, opening up the world of possibility for him in Hollywood. IMDB says, about Tommy’s involvement with Sons of Anarchy:
“In 2008, Tommy joined Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal in FX Network’s drama, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (SOA), one of the highest rated shows for the network, running for seven seasons. A huge success with a devoted following, SOA was initially based upon Hamlet by creator / show-runner Kurt Sutter. Often criticized for graphic violence, SOA was snubbed by award panels despite praise by critics and viewers. Mr. Flanagan portrayed Filip ‘Chibs’ Telford, a stalwart member of the Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original Motorcycle Club (SAMCRO.) Scottish by birth and raised in Belfast, Ireland, Chibs joined the IRA and the Belfast Chapter of Sons of Anarchy before events necessitated his transition to SAMCRO. The name Chibs refers to Scottish slang for a knife/ “street knife” (per Mr. Flanagan), a choice by Kurt Sutter referencing the real facial scarring Mr. Flanagan received in a near-fatal attack in his native Glasgow. Known as a “Glasgow smile” or “Glasgow grin” it is a highly distinctive regional form of violence and Sutter utilized it within the show.”
Check out this epic birthday tribute video to Tommy Flanagan, and leave your birthday wishes for him in the comments section below. From the SOA Fanatic family to Tommy – we hope you have fantastic day!