Tom Hardy Heads to the BBC For Season 2 of ‘Peaky Blinders’

By February 14, 2014

Our own Aaron Pruner just included the BBC series “Peaky Blinders” in his list of BBC shows you should be watching, but both he and I had somehow never heard of it until a few days ago. The series is a historical crime drama that stars Batman Begins actor Cillian Murphy as a gangster named Tommy Shelby, the leader of a Birmingham gang known as the Peaky Blinders (who got the nickname because they sewed razor blades into the peaks of their hats). Check out a trailer below:

Yep, that was Jurassic Park star Sam Neill in there, too. And today’s news involves yet another actor famous for his film roles joining the cast: Bronson, Lawless, and Warrior star Tom Hardy. The Playlist has sources that confirm an early fan report that Murphy’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises co-star will be coming on board as “a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to Tommy.”


“Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight wrote Eastern Promises and the Jason Statham film Redemption, so he knows a thing or two about gritty crime dramas. Knight also knows a thing or two about Tom Hardy, since Hardy recently starred in Knight’s directorial effort Locke, the entirety of which follows Hardy’s character as he drives across the country in a car. (Check out our review from last year’s London Film Festival here.)

In any case, the talent associated with this project is definitely enough to get me to check it out. Are you a fan of “Peaky Blinders”? Think Tom Hardy will fit in well with the cast they’ve already assembled? Let us know below.

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  • Michael D Johnston

    This looks pretty badass!. I love all the gritty shit that’s coming out these days – It loos as though the day of the cookie-cutter network drama is gone. Even NBC is finally coming around with a few semi-risque concepts. It’s kinda fun to watch the change happen.

    • Dude, NBC put a ring on it when they brought Hannibal to series!

  • YES! YES! YES!

  • douglass563

    I’ve heard good things about this series. I hope it gets picked up by a network like BBC America.