Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy has revealed the text he sent that landed him the role of crime family boss Tommy Shelby.

Murphy, who recently portrayed the titular Oppenheimer in the historical drama, appeared as the show’s lead character in all six of its seasons, from 2013 to 2022.

Speaking on BBC’s Desert Island Discs, the actor revealed what sealed the deal of him landing the role.

“I wasn’t the obvious choice physically,” he began.

Continuing, he revealed what he said to creator Stephen Knight to bag the role: “I don’t know if I convinced Stephen in the meeting, but apparently afterwards I sent him a text that said: ‘Remember, I am an actor.’

“And I do believe that. I do think it is our duty as actors to transform to whatever the part demands.”

Murphy also revealed that he was “totally” open to reprising the role of Tommy Shelby, depending on a script from Knight.

“I have always said that if Knight delivers a script that I know he can deliver, because he is such a phenomenal writer, I’ll be there,” he confirmed on the same episode of Desert Island Discs.

“If we want to watch 50-year-old Tommy Shelby, let’s do it.”

A film spinoff of Peaky Blinders was also confirmed in 2021.

Murphy offered a cautious update on the project last year; “If there’s more story there, I’d love to do it,” he told Rolling Stone.

“But it has to be right. Steve Knight wrote 36 hours of television, and we left on such a high. I’m really proud of that last series.

“So, it would have to feel legitimate and justified to do more.”


By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.