Cillian Murphy to star in BBC drama Peaky Blinders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 August 2012
Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy will play a gangster in a new BBC Two drama 'Peaky Blinders', which will be set in Birmingham in 1919

Cillian Murphy will play a gangster in a new BBC Two drama 'Peaky Blinders'.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' actor will play Tommy, the most ruthless brother in a family of gangsters, who rule post-World War I neighbourhoods in Birmingham in 1919.

However, Tommy's leadership comes under threat when a Belfast police chief enters the city in a bid to clean up crime in the area and a mystery beauty turns up armed with a dangerous secret, Deadline reports.

The fictional family are known as Peaky Blinders because they sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps.

Steven Knight - who penned David Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises' - has created the six-part series, which is set to start filming in September before being released in 2013.

Cillian's last TV role came in 2001 when he starred alongside David Suchet and Matthew Macfadyen in costume drama 'The Way We Live Now'.

Since then, the 36-year-old actor has starred on the big screen in movies such as '28 Days Later', 'Tron: Legacy', 'Cold Mountain' and 'The Dark Knight' trilogy, which saw him play evil Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow.

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