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'New Peaky Blinders is off the charts' reveals star Cillian Murphy


Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders

He's made a name for himself as a Hollywood star thanks to roles in films such as Inception and Batman Begins, but Cillian Murphy seems to be enjoying life on the small screen.

The Cork actor (39) is the star of hit BBC2 drama Peaky Blinders and - after two successful series of the show - Cillian has insisted he's "absolutely" staying with the production.

The cult series - which tells the story of a gangster family in Birmingham after World War One - is set to return for a third season next year, with filming kicking off early next month.

"With television, it's a sign of a good show when by the second or third or fourth series it's still improving and still getting better," he said.


"And the writing on season three is the strongest it's ever been. It's off the charts.

"So, as long as it's that brilliant, of course [I'll stay]."

With big names including Murphy, Tom Hardy and Sam Neill already featuring, Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight has hinted there will be other notable stars in the next season of the show.

Knight promised the show would be "stepping up a level".

"We all think it's going to be the best yet by a long way. We've got some great people.

"We've got a lot of love out there, from the US and here [in the UK]. Great people who want to be part of it," Knight told Radio Times.

"In every way we're stepping up to a new level. More of the same, but different," he added.

While Murphy is enjoying his stint in the TV production, the Wind That Shakes The Barley actor also has some film projects in the pipeline, including Boston-based thriller Free Fire.


The film - which also features fellow Irish actors Jack Reynor and Michael Smiley - tells the story of an arms deal in the 1970s that goes badly for two Irish men.