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Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy, Brian Gleeson and Emmett J Scanlan join fifth season of Peaky Blinders

Sam Claflin

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy and Brian Gleeson are among a host of new names to have joined the cast of the fifth season of BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

Hunger Games star Claflin heads a host of fresh faces set to feature on the show and has taken to social media to say how he ‘couldn’t feel more privileged’ to be a part of it.

The actor, who was most recently seen in sea-faring tragedy Adrift, commented: “From Steven Knight’s writing to the consistently brilliant production… I couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show.”

Also joining the ever-expanding ensemble are Logan Lucky’s Brian Gleeson, The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy, Happy New Year’s Neil Maskell, Butterfly actor Emmett J Scanlan, The Cry’s Kate Dickie and Lady Macbeth star (and former singer) Cosmo Jarvis, who will all be making their debuts on the show.

Speaking about his upcoming role on the show, Gleeson said: “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.”

The upcoming series is set to centre around the misfortune surrounding the financial crash of 1929. It will see Cillian Murphy once more reprising his critically-acclaimed role as mob boss Tommy Shelby.

BBC One boss Charlotte Moore recently announced that the fifth season of Peaky Blinders would move from BBC Two to BBC One after its fourth series attracted an average consolidated audience of 3.3 million viewers.

Peaky Blinders will therefore return to BBC One next year (2019).