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Marking its final chapter, Peaky Blinders is set to return for its sixth and final installment. Fans could expect to see a bloody finale in the BBC drama which follows the troubling and dysfunctional Shelby family. Hoping to come out with a bang, showrunner Steven Knight teased viewers with some new faces, including Line of Duty star Stephen Graham. Speaking about the newcomer, Knight explained how the former This Is England star was just a man for the job.

Speaking ahead of the series debut, the showrunner beamed, “I always wanted him to [Graham] be in it.

“A character was beginning to develop in the Liverpool docks.

“And you just think, well, there can’t be anyone else for this character,” he told Digital Spy.

Detailing the role, Knight claimed that despite what some BBC audience members believe, Graham’s character may not be a villain.

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“So it’s someone who comes up against Tommy, who’s not really an enemy.”

In a teaser clip posted by the BBC in December 2021, on social media, the caption read: “It’s time to make a new acquaintance.⁣”

In the short clip, Graham said: “I heard people from Liverpool were looking for me.”

The Peaky Blinder screenwriter also previously spoke about wanting to add the Line of Duty actor to the cast after his hard-hitting performance in Boardwalk Empire.

When asked if Graham could play iconic mobster Al Capone, Knight said: “Not Al Capone – I didn’t want to go west.

“Because it’s a minefield once you get into Chicago gangsters.

“I refer to him the last series [series four]but I didn’t want to get into that,” he told Obsessed with Peaky Blinders.

Meanwhile, star Cillian Murphy, who plays the famous Tommy Shelby, promised a stunning finale.

Speaking to the BBC, Murphy teased: “The ambition has always been very, very big.

“Whatever you think will happen, something completely different happens and to me that’s great writing.”

He was beaming, “I’m really, really grateful.

The Irish actor recalled the first season which aired in 2012 and explained how the infamous Birmingham gang was unknown to many.

Murphy said: “If you put Peaky Blinders in a Google search there would be one result, so there wasn’t much [about them].

“It was largely Steven [Knight] telling these stories from what he had heard from his parents passed down in Birmingham.

Playing the lead role, the TV star admitted that Tommy Shelby wasn’t easy to portray.

While taking time off the show, upon his return as a brutal gang leader, he claimed, “It takes an awful lot of time to get back on it.”

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