Tom Hardy joins Peaky Blinders

Tom Hardy has joined the cast of BBC Two's hit gangster drama 'Peaky Blinders' for its second series. He joins Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory

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Tom Hardy has joined the cast of 'Peaky Blinders'.

The British movie star will appear in the second series of the hit BBC Two gangster drama, joining his 'The Dark Knight Rises' co-star Cillian Murphy.

The official Twitter account for 'Peaky Blinders' announced the news this afternoon (14.02.14), writing: "FAN EXCLUSIVE: TOM HARDY WILL JOIN THE CAST OF #PEAKYBLINDERS! As a thanks for your support, YOU are the 1st to know (sic)"

'Peaky Blinders' follows the Shelby crime family - led by the cunning and masterful Tommy (Cillian) - and is set in Birmingham just after World War I.

The drama also stars top acting talent such as Helen McCrory and Sam Neill as Chief Inspector Chester Campebll, a detective who arrives in Birmingham from Belfast to rid the city of corruption and gangs.

The first series of 'Peaky Blinders' - which has been compared to hit US drama 'Boardwalk Empire' - was a huge hit for BBC Two last year, averaging two million viewers.

Film star Tom is best known for playing Bane in Batman flick 'The Dark Knight Rises' and has had roles in 'Inception' and 'Lawless'.

The 36-year-old star has several big movies on the horizon, including 'Mad Max: Fury Road', and 'Rocketman', in which he will play music legend Sir Elton John.

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