Sam Claflin and Anya Taylor-Joy join Peaky Blinders

Sam Claflin and Anya Taylor-Joy join Peaky Blinders

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Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brian Gleeson (Credit: BBC)
Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brian Gleeson (Credit: BBC)

BBC One has revealed the new cast for the fifth series of gangster drama Peaky Blinders, which includes Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin and The Miniaturist’s Anya Taylor-Joy.

Series five, which began filming in Manchester last month, sees the devastating effects of the 1929 financial crash. Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, is now a Labour MP and takes on the responsibility of not just his family, but the electorate as well.

Other new cast members to debut in the Bafta award-winning drama are Brian Gleeson, Elliot Cowan, Charlene McKenna, Andrew Koji, Daryl McCormack, Kate Dickie and Emmet J Scanlan.

 “From Steven Knight’s writing to the consistently brilliant production, I couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show,” said Sam Claflin of his new role.

Brian Gleeson added that he was“looking forward to kicking around in the mud of Northern England with an exceptional cast and crew. The scripts are wild and pertinent – a classic Peaky brew.”

They will join previously announced cast members including Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Jack Rowan and Benjamin Zephaniah.

The upcoming series is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Drama for BBC One.

The fourth series of Peaky Blinders was watched by a consolidated audience of 3.3m in the UK, and has sold across 183 countries through Endemol Shine International.

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BBC One has revealed the new cast for the fifth series of gangster drama Peaky Blinders, which includes Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin and The Miniaturist’s Anya Taylor-Joy.