Emmett J. Scanlan says Peaky Blinders has been a 'privilege'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 April 2021
Emmett J. Scanlan

Emmett J. Scanlan

'Peaky Blinders' actor Emmett J. Scanlan has wrapped his filming for the sixth and final series and admitted starring on the show has been a "privilege"

Emmett J. Scanlan admits starring in 'Peaky Blinders' has been a "privilege".

The 42-year-old actor – who joined as Billy Grade in the fifth series – will reprise his role in the upcoming run and he's reflected on the journey after wrapping filming on the sixth and final season.

In a video shared on Twitter, he wrote: "And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap for me on 'Peaky Blinders' season six, the final season. This is Billy Grade signing out.

"To be part of the fabric of the last two seasons of, in my opinion, one of the greatest British shows ever made has been my absolute f****** privilege.

"To our esteemed, brilliant cast and director, and my sensational agent – thank you for putting the job on the table in the first place.

"To Steven Knight for writing for me... to the 'Peaky family' for having accepted me into their home, to you guys having accepted me as part of the show.

"Thank you, most importantly, to Sir Anthony Byrne – our director, our master – for steering the ship and casting me again. What a f****** idiot! See you on the next one."

Meanwhile, it's also been confirmed that Natasha O'Keeffe will be back as Lizzie Shelby for the final season after appearing in all five series to date.

Sharing a picture of her in costume, the show's official Twitter account simply announced: "Natasha O'Keeffe returns as Lizzie in #PeakyBlinders series 6."

Back in January, the BBC confirmed the period drama will end after the forthcoming sixth series.

Creator and writer Steven Knight said: "After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.

"We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it."

But Steven admitted the story will "continue in another form".

He added: "While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form."

And since then, Steven has admitted he has been in talks about potential 'Peaky' spin-offs.

He said: "It's so bizarre with 'Peaky', because you never know. You never know what's going to develop from it.

"We're talking about... I don't like the word spin-offs, but TV series that are going to be inspired by and include characters from 'Peaky.' "

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