Sunday 24 March 2019

Irish star Charlie Murphy wows colleagues on Peaky Blinders as show gears up for season finale

Wexford's Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden in Peaky Blinders.
Wexford's Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden in Peaky Blinders.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Actress Charlie Murphy is winning rave reviews from her colleagues for her role in the BBC hit series Peaky Blinders.

The Wexford star has taken on the role of feisty union boss Jessie Eden in the fourth series of the fast-paced show about a Birmingham crime gang led by Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

It seems the 29-year-old, who now lives in London, has sparked no shortage of interest abroad after becoming Shelby's latest love interest, as seen by viewers last week.

In the series finale, which airs tonight, fans of the show will see how the real-life character's budding romance with the menacing crime boss pans out.

She's one of a number of Irish actors and production crew who have been drafted in by Irish director David Caffrey, who worked with her on RTE's Love/Hate, in addition to Aidan Gillen, who plays a gypsy hitman.

Director of photography Cathal Watters, who's also Irish, paid tribute to Charlie's talents and said that in a stellar cast, which includes Adrien Brody and Tom Hardy, she's holding her own. "Charlie was just amazing," he said.

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby on 'Peaky Blinders'
Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby on 'Peaky Blinders'

"One of her first scenes was this incredible stand-off as Jessie Eden, who was instrumental in looking for women's rights in the 1926 general strike in the UK.

"But she comes in and plays against Cillian and that cannot be easy, as Cillian's such an amazing actor.

"But Charlie's just awesome. The first time they meet in his office, she's completely a match for him, so it will be interesting to see where it goes."

Speaking about the impact of Gillen's intriguing character Aberama Gold, he said the former Game of Thrones star under-played the part very well.

Adrien Brody in Peaky Blinders
Adrien Brody in Peaky Blinders

"Aidan is incredible, he does it all so subtly - it's more what he doesn't say," he said.

"There was a scene last week with Helen McCrory [Polly] and it was just incredible. It was this bizarre sort of scene, you don't know where it's going to go."

The show has gathered huge momentum around the globe.

Among its fans is rapper Snoop Dogg, while the late David Bowie had also said he enjoyed the drama.

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Watters told RTE's Ryan Tubridy there's speculation of a movie after the next season is wrapped, which he said would be "incredible".

He also confirmed that the chain-smoking characters aren't actually inhaling real cigarette smoke.

"There is a lot of cigarette smoking in it. It's herbal cigarettes, they're not real cigarettes," he said.

"I think Cillian would be on a stretcher now if he was smoking all those cigarettes."

The last in the series of season four of Peaky Blinders is on BBC Two tonight at 9pm

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