Line of Duty and The Irishman star Stephen Graham has been spotted on set of the upcoming sixth series of gangster drama Peaky Blinders, finally confirming that, despite the ongoing global situation, the actor will appear in the show's final series. While his role in proceedings remains a mystery, Graham was spotted dressed in period costume, confirming that he will feature in the show...unless he just dresses like that in his everyday life, of course.
Graham's involvement in Peaky Blinders was first announced back in 2019, but his role had been put on hold amid the ongoing circumstances. "I was supposed to be starting Peaky Blinders but that has been put on hold indefinitely," Graham said at the time, before adding that his "agent spent a lot of time putting that together." Thankfully, it looks like his agent's time was well spent.
While Graham's character remains under wraps at this time, rumors persist that he will reprise the role of infamous gangster Al Capone, whom he portrayed in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and who was been mentioned several times throughout Peaky Blinders' fifth season. Regardless, over the last few Graham has proven himself to be a ferocious talent and is a very welcome addition to the already impressive ensemble cast.
Debuting back in 2013, Peaky Blinders follows Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, the dangerous leader of the Peaky Blinders, a criminal gang based in Birmingham in 1919. The fifth season of the show aired last year on BBC One, and proved to be the most popular season of the show so far bringing in an average of 7 million viewers per episode. Throughout its run, Peaky Blinders has provided audiences with all manner of criminal action and family fallouts, receiving rave reviews for its dark and gritty atmosphere, stellar performances, and gripping story, which manages to blend fictional drama with historical goings-on.
The series ended with Tommy Shelby and the gang in a precarious position following the failed assassination of Oswald Mosley, with cracks in the family beginning to form due to the ambitions of Michael. The last moments of the series finale saw Tommy continuing to succumb to the mental trauma he has been suffering from since the beginning of the show, culminating with him facing down a hallucination of his dead wife while pointing a gun at his head, seemingly poised to pull the trigger.
While details of the sixth series are still being kept under wraps, creator Steven Knight has previously said that he was planting seeds in season 5, with the plan to continue them later on, particularly the idea "that fascism is afoot." Executive producer Caryn Mandabach has recently been hyping up the sixth and final series saying, "This final season of our beloved Peaky Blinders is going to be the best one yet. Steve's uncanny ability to be prescient about world events is only matched by his ability to make Tommy Shelby the most indelible character of our times." This comes to us from Metro.
Series 6 of Peaky Blinders was recently revealed to be the show's last, with Knight hoping that the story of the Shelby family will be allowed to continue in a movie. It is currently unknown whether beloved actress Helen McCrory, who tragically passed away earlier this month, had filmed any scenes for the series before her death.