Paddy Considine joins the cast of Peaky Blinders series three

The Pride actor will give Cillian Murphy's Thomas Shelby a run for his money in the upcoming series of the Birmingham based drama

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Cillian Murphy’s Thomas Shelby had best watch his back because it sounds like Paddy Considine is coming for him in Peaky Blinders series three.

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The Pride actor has been confirmed as a new cast member for the BBC gangster drama’s third series, which is due to begin filming in Birmingham on October 5th.

Details of Considine’s role are scant but, according to Deadline, he will play “the representative of a force beyond anything Tommy has previously encountered” when the peaked-capped mobsters return to TV screens.

It’s not clear which side of the law he’ll be on just yet, but Considine is no stranger to playing detectives in period dramas thanks to his superb turn in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

“I am genuinely thrilled at the prospect of season three,” the show’s creator, Steven Knight, said. “I think it will be the best yet. Lots of things familiar but lots of things are new.”

Speaking of all things familiar, Tom Hardy is already confirmed to reprise his role as Alfie Solomons, while regulars Murphy, Helen McCrory (Aunt Polly) and Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby) will also be back as the Blinders get a bit global.

Series three sees Shelby getting caught up in a more international conflict in the 1920s that puts his organisation and his family at risk. “It’s the sign of a great show when by the second or third season it’s richer than ever” said Murphy. “The writing this year is the strongest it’s ever been. It’s off the charts.”

And if Steven Knight has his way it’ll keep going in the same direction. At least that’s what he told the audience at the Radio Times Festival last weekend.

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