Peaky Blinders adds Hollyoaks' Emmett J Scanlan to cast

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From Digital Spy

Peaky Blinders is beefing up its cast as Tommy Shelby takes on Whitehall in the fifth series.

On the heels of announcing that The Witch and Split star Anya Taylor-Joy had started filming her first scenes in Birmingham, producers have also confirmed that Emmett J. Scanlan is joining the show.

The veteran of Hollyoaks and The Fall adds Peaky Blinders to a busy schedule that also includes recently signing up to play the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo in Superman prequel series Krypton.

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Photo credit: Andreas Rentz - Getty Images

[Sam Claflin]

Several other notable TV and film stars are also signing to the period crime drama, including The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin (aka Finnick), Brian Gleeson (Snow White and the Huntsman), The Cry's Kate Dickie and singer-songwriter Cosmo Jarvis.

"From Steven Knight's writing to the consistently brilliant production, I couldn't feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show," Sam Claflin said today (October 19).

Also joining the show will be Daryl McCormack (A Very English Scandal), Andrew Koji (Warrior), Elliot Cowan (Krypton), Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street) and Neil Maskell (The Great Train Robbery).

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Photo credit: BBC

The new series will see Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) trying to go legit as he becomes an MP. When an ambitious politician approaches him with a plan to change Britain forever, Tommy has to weigh the impact on his family and the nation.

Earlier this week, Digital Spy brought fans the first look at newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy and Michael actor Finn Cole filming on a Liverpool set that had been transformed to look like America. Click here to take a look at the sneak peek.

Peaky Blinders will be moving from BBC Two to BBC One when it returns in 2019. In the US, the series is available on Netflix.

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