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Seven BBC Peaky Blinders stars from Birmingham and the West Midlands

BBC Peaky Blinders is set to return for its sixth and final series soon as Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Paul Anderson reprise their roles in the show.

Stephen Graham has also been cast in an unknown role.

The series five finale saw Tommy Shelby – played by Cillian – on the brink of taking his own life after seeing hallucinations of his dead wife Grace throughout the series.

READ MORE:BBC Peaky Blinders star actually lives in Midlands village

The series concluded after a failed assassination attempt on dangerous fascist leader Oswald Mosley to which Tommy ran into a field screaming with a gun held to his head.

While the series is set in Birmingham and most of the cast putting on a Brummie accent, how many of them are actually from the West Midlands?

Harry Kirton

Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby
Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby

Harry was born in Birmingham and has played the role of Finn Shelby – the younger brother of Tommy and Arthur – since he was 13-years-old.

Although he is originally from Birmingham, the 23-year-old now lives in London.

He told the Metro: “I’m living in Shoreditch at the moment, and I’m recognized most in Shoreditch.”

Away from acting, Harry said in 2019 that he was working part-time in a vegan cafe which he described as “humbling.”

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin has played the role of preacher Jeremiah ‘Jimmy’ Jesus across all five series of Peaky Blinders and is a friend of the Shelby family.

Jimmy served with Tommy during the war and has been friends with him ever since and even occasionally

The 63-year-old actor was born and raised in Handsworth where he began writing poetry inspired by the music and poetry of Jamaica in his early teens.

Benjamin is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa FC and is even a patron of an Aston Villa supporter website.

Alongside his acting work, Benjamin has also published several poetry collections and novels as well as five children’s books and seven plays.

He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham in 2008.

Wanda Opalinska

Wanda Opalinska
Wanda Opalinska

Wanda plays the role of Rosemary Johnson who is the foster mother of Aunt Polly’s son Michael Gray in Peaky Blinders and she appears in series two and four.

Rosemary had originally called Polly’s son Henry until Tommy locates him and tells him the truth of his birth mother.

Originally from Poland, Wanda studied drama before attending the University of Birmingham where she studied English and qualified as an English teacher.

Her first acting role was in Coronation Street as a seamstress called Wiki in Underworld Factory but she went on to appear in BBC’s Waterloo Road and Eastenders.

Peter Bankole

Peter played the role of William Letso who was a friend of Tommy’s and a tunneller from the South African Labor Corps.

He appeared for two episodes of series three of Peaky Blinders where he helped Tommy dig a tunnel into a strongroom of Russian Duke Leon Petrovich Romanov.

Peter was born in King’s Norton in Birmingham and has previously starred on stage and screen including roles in Holby City and Death in Paradise.

He has also appeared in films including 2019 Marvel hit Spider-Man: Far From Home and 2013 historical drama The Physician which co-starred Ben Kingsley.

Graeme Hawley

Graeme Hawley as John Stape
Graeme Hawley as John Stape

Graeme played Niall Devlin in series four of Peaky Blinders who worked for Shelby Company Limited.

Viewers will recognize Graeme for his role as killer John Stape in ITV soap Coronation Street who is the father of Fiz Stape’s daughter Hope.

Graeme was born and raised in Coventry and is a lifelong supporter of Coventry City FC

He moved to Manchester to study drama at university and still lives in the city with his wife Elianne Byrne and their two children Audrey and Henry.

Dominic Coleman

Dominic appeared in series three of Peaky Blinders as the Priest in one episode.

He was born in Solihull and attended local secondary school Tudor Grange Academy but now lives in London with his wife and children.

Dominic has previously appeared in episodes of BBC’s Miranda, Unforgotten, Torchwood and Doc Martin.

He has also had small roles in huge films including Bridget Jones’ Baby, Paddignton and The Bad Education Movie.

Elliot Cowan

Elliot played Birmingham journalist Michael Levitt in one episode of Peaky Blinders in series five who quizzes Tommy about his time in Birmingham and his rise to success.

He was originally born in London and raised in Essex however he attended the University of Birmingham where he obtained a first class degree in drama.

He has previously enjoyed roles in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Cilla and Death in Paradise but has also appeared in theater roles as Macbeth in the Globe Theater.

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