What would the Shelby saga be without Cillian Murphy heading up the clan as Tommy? “Peaky Blinders” began its run in 2013 and prepares to take its final bow with season 6, which just hit Netflix after first airing on BBC One. This may be the show’s last season, but there is a film continuation in the works to wrap up the story.
Cillian Murphy has played the role of Tommy Shelby for close to a decade. Even more time has passed in the series, which began in the aftermath of World War I. Tommy has evolved quite a bit, moving from criminal gang leader to member of Parliament. In fact, “Peaky Blinders” is a very different series than it was when it began, continuing to surprise viewers with each passing season. What has been consistent, is the show’s superior style (and soundtrack), as well as its desire to explore these complex, morally ambiguous characters. Throughout that process, the series has delivered a truly unique Birmingham-set gangster story.
Thanks to the pandemic, the wait between seasons 5 and 6 was a long one. Sadly, due to Helen McCrory’s tragic passing, Shelby matriarch Aunt Polly will be notably absent, though her presence will certainly be felt. The actress was an integral part of “Peaky Blinders” and Murphy has stated that the most difficult aspect of filming the show’s last season was not having her on the set.
“Peaky Blinders” has done an amazing job of making us all root for the Shelbys over the years, even when perhaps we shouldn’t. Everyone is excellent in their respective roles, but it’s impossible to imagine anyone else playing Tommy Shelby. Murphy has quite a varied resume as a performer, but what specifically drew the Irish actor to the part?