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by Ziyad Saadi
February 14, 2014 1:42 PM
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Tom Hardy Joins BBC's Period Gangster Drama 'Peaky Blinders,' Starring Cillian Murphy

Tom Hardy in 'Locke,' which was written and directed by 'Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight

Some day the BBC series "Peaky Blinders," which was recently acquired by the Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution, will make its way here to some network or streaming platform.

For now, fans will be pleased to learn that the critically acclaimed gangster drama has added Tom Hardy ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises") to its already stellar cast. Hardy, who reunites with the show's creator Steven Knight after their collaboration on the upcoming feature film "Locke," will play a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to protagonist Tommy Shelby, played by Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy ("Batman Begins," "28 Days Later").

Season two of the show

will see the Shelby family expanding their empire as the 1920s begin to roar. In addition to Hardy and Murphy, the cast includes Paul Anderson ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"), Joe Cole ("Now Is Good"), Iddo Goldberg ("Defiance"), Sophie Rundle ("Great Expectations") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park," "The Piano").

"Peaky Blinders" will begin shooting later this month and will air on BBC Two in autumn 2014.


  • bobby | February 14, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    Not bad, NOT BAD AT ALL! Stephen Knight must be a happy man by now!

  • Helen | February 14, 2014 2:58 PMReply

    Fri quin awesome! He's the best actor of my generation. I love him as an actor and he's a lovely human being too...

  • Rorey | February 14, 2014 2:29 PMReply

    This is fantastic news! He will nail this role and i love the show! Yes, yes, yes!