How many cigarettes does Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby smoke in Peaky Blinders?

It's the question we've all been asking

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Cillian Murphy returns this week in Peaky Blinders as pent-up, hard-drinking chain smoking gangster Tommy Shelby and he says he finds the role “exhausting”.

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On top of all the intensity is the fact that his character sparks up so often.

In fact, Murphy asked the props man how many of the herbal fags he chugs over the four-month shooting period for each series – and he reckoned around 3,000.

Fortunately for Murphy’s health, creator Steven Knight assured him they were part of his five a day….

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Peaky Blinders is on Thursdays on BBC2 at 9pm