Jim Broadbent for Peaky Blinders role?

Jennifer Read-Dominguez
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In case you've been living under a rock, you'll know that the Peaky Blinders are BACK filming for series four, with Tom Hardy among the stars making a dramatic comeback as gangster Alfie Solomons.

And while Cillian Murphy has remained tight lipped about Tommy Shelby's post-prison storyline in the fourth instalment of the BBC drama, there's one actor who'd love to get his hands on a flat cap and join the cast.

Speaking to Radio Times, Jim Broadbent revealed: "Sometimes I'll watch a TV programme, say Peaky Blinders, and I think, 'I'd love to be in it.'

"And then I think, 'Hang on, there's nobody of my age in it. Who would I play?'"

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[Above: Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn]

The 67-year-old Harry Potter star explained there are fewer roles for older actors – and he's pining for more.

"As a young actor I was advised to bide my time," he said.

"There weren't good roles for someone like me. There were handsome leading men and character actors for smaller, supporting roles. But I was told to hang in there."

It comes after Broadbent was confirmed to be joining the cast of Game of Thrones last year.

And in an interview with ScreenCrush, he teased that many of his character's scenes in the HBO show are with Samwell Tarly (played by John Bradley).

"I'm a maester," he said. "An archmaester. I'm an old professor character... I did five episodes. I did sort of one major scene in each episode."

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So who could he be? Maester Marwyn? Archmaester Ebrose?

If these names mean anything to you, you don't need us to remind you that Game of Thrones season 7 begins on Sunday, July 16 at 9pm ET on HBO in the US, and on Monday, July 17 at 2am on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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