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'If I got that role I don't think I'd be the person I am now' - Daryl McCormack talks Star Wars, Peaky Blinders and The Abbey

Tipperary actor Daryl McCormack tells Maggie Armstrong about joining the cast of hit BBC show Peaky Blinders and getting advice from his actor grandfather

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Daryl McCormack: It was like being in One Direction, every night. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Daryl McCormack: It was like being in One Direction, every night. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Daryl McCormack: It was like being in One Direction, every night. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Last summer, having just finished his West End debut as Irish terrorist Brendan in Martin McDonagh's gruesome comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Daryl McCormack got a call from his agent. The Tipperary actor had been cast, to his surprise, in the fifth season of Peaky Blinders (to be aired this autumn).

Almost five years out of drama school, Daryl finds these opportunities "weird and surreal". "I binge-watched the fourth season at home on my laptop. The next time I saw the show, I was in it and I was having a massive imposter syndrome. I kept telling myself, 'it's okay Daryl, just keep quiet, no one here has caught on that you're not meant to be here'."

On the third day on set, standing at the hair and make-up trailer he noticed Cillian Murphy. "He turned around, and he just looked up at me with his blue eyes. His eyes are so blue! I thought - my god. I like to think I'm not someone who gets star-struck. But I think sometimes I do," he grins.


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