Peaky Blinders creator hopes fans will be ‘surprised’ by Stephen Graham

The sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders kicks off this weekend on BBC One, with the new episodes set to see the return of our favorite characters as well as a few new faces – including none other than Help and Line of Duty star Stephen Graham.

Although very little has been revealed about Graham’s new character, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight said he hopes fans will be “surprised” by the role.

Speaking to in an exclusive interview, Knight teased Graham’s upcoming debut.

“I hope they will be surprised. What I can say is that he is from Liverpool,” he said.

“And he speaks in his own accent, which I think Stephen appreciated.”

Ever since Graham was announced as a new cast member for Season 6, fans of the crime drama have been guessing who his character might be – with some even speculating he could play Chicago criminal Al Capone, a role he starred in Boardwalk Empire.

However, with the trailer showing Graham speaking in his native Liverpudlian accent (and Knight having recently confirmed this), we know that can’t be the case.

With Tom Hardy set to return as mobster Alfie Solomons, perhaps Graham is playing an associate of his? Or is he one of Oswald Mosley’s (Sam Claflin) unlikely supporters?

While we don’t know much about Graham’s character, we do know that Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby will be returning for the Peaky Blinders movie alongside Paul Anderson, who plays his brother Arthur.

Additional reporting by Abby Robinson.

Peaky Blinders returns to BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 27th February 2022. Check out more of our drama coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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