Thursday 18 October 2018

Love/Hate star Charlie Murphy promises 'fireworks' as she faces off with Cillian Murphy on Peaky Blinders

Wexford's Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden in Peaky Blinders.
Wexford's Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden in Peaky Blinders.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Love/Hate star Charlie Murphy will join fellow Irish star Cillian Murphy as a key character in Peaky Blinders.

The fourth season kicks off tonight on BBC One and will see the return of favourites Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson as well as new addition Adrien Brody as an Italian Mafia don.

The action is now set in the 1920s and Charlie will play a character based on a real person, trade union activist Jessie Eden who, during the General Strike of 1926, persuaded her fellow female workers to strike at the John Lucas factory in Birmingham.

“I find it inspirational that Jessie Eden was a woman who spent a lifetime fighting for justice, freedom and equality,” Murphy told The Telegraph.

Charlie Murphy. Photo: Patrick Redmond
Charlie Murphy. Photo: Patrick Redmond

“But I also find it upsetting that for some reason the history books decided to forget her. For me the biggest challenge of the role was to bring her back into the spotlight, to honour her and to get everything – including the Brummie accent – right.”

The character does not get on with Thomas Shelby.

“She starts to do a lot of research on Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) – what he owns, which is quite a lot of the factory itself, and what he does, which she doesn’t especially approve of. And, let’s just say that they don’t exactly see eye to eye,” she says.

“But isn’t there something enjoyable about watching two characters who are always trying to outsmart each other? There are always fireworks when they’re on the screen together and that, for me, is exciting.”

Charlie Murphy as Siobhan in Love/Hate
Charlie Murphy as Siobhan in Love/Hate

Charlie is best known in Ireland for her role in Love/Hate but she has also starred in Rebellion, and Happy Valley as well as Philomena and '71 on the big screen.

Peaky Blinders series 4 begins on BBC One on Wednesday 15 November at 9pm.

Read more: Peaky Blinders season 4 premiere (spoiler-free) review: A brooding yet brutal return 

Cillian Murphy: A Peaky Blinders musical is not for me (but I'll do a film) 

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