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'Blinders has made me famous', says Cillian


Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy has revealed a downside of playing the lead role in Peaky Blinders - he gets recognised everywhere he goes.

The Cork actor is protective of his private life and had enjoyed relative anonymity before signing up to play gangster Thomas Shelby in the hit BBC period drama.

But the 39-year-old father-of-two, who returns to our TV screens tonight in the third season of the Birmingham-set series, has admitted he can no longer walk the streets without being recognised.


"As soon as I get my Tommy Shelby haircut, it's game over," he said. "I did a film recently in Prague. I thought I'd be able to walk along the street, but there were a lot of people who came up to me because they love the show."

Murphy told TV & Satellite Week that he has pledged his commitment to a future series.

"As long as the writing remains as strong as it is, then absolutely," he said.

Murphy also revealed he has had to step up his fitness regime for his fight scenes.

"The violence may look stylish or glamorous, but it always has consequences and I think the violence is much more realistic and brutal now than it was before," he said.

"As long as I'm fit enough, there's no reason why I can't do my own stunts."