Sam Claflin has teased his upcoming role in Peaky Blinders, admitting he ended up fangirling hard as he walked on set.
The Hunger Games star will play fascist leader Oswald Mosley in the upcoming fifth season of the BBC drama but although little is known about his character – or his connection to Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby – we’ve had several glimpses of the 32-year-old on set.
Speaking about his first day to Metro.co.uk, Sam revealed that he was left overwhelmed at how ‘magical’ the moment was.
‘As a fanboy I will never forget my first day on the set I had to go for a make up and hair test and shave a moustache,’ he said.
‘I was out in Birmingham and it was Charlie’s Yard and all the Peaky boys were there and I was like, “oh this is Peaky Blinders”, in the black country.
‘It was magical and that’s the only way to describe it, it’s magic. Cillian is the most down to earth man with his Irish accent then the second he turns into Tommy Shelby you get like, “oh my God hello”, and then Paul Anderson comes in as Arthur… it really is magical.
‘They bring that time and era and style to life so feeling like a small part of that is very exciting.
‘I am very excited for the new series.’
Created and written by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders has ascended to popularity like few shows before it.
Originally launching on BBC Two in 2013 to a modest reception, Peaky has become a global hit over the span of four series, with the latest its biggest and, arguably, best yet.
In a somewhat belated move, the show is shifting slots to BBC One for its upcoming fifth series, with Steven Knight believing it’s the right time for Peaky to go peak.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Knight said: ‘Peaky has had a very odd life because a lot of series tend to start tailing off after a while. But Peaky is just getting stronger and stronger, and people are finding it all over the world.
‘Peaky is something people have found themselves. It’s never been given a huge push. People have discovered it and feel they are part of it; they’re opening up bars, having haircuts and dressing up which is great. And I think in the end, BBC Two is fantastic, but the time had come for it to possibly be offered to a bigger audience.’
Peaky Blinders season 5 will air on BBC One later this year.
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