Razor sharp! Cillian Murphy looks dapper as feared gang leader Tommy Shelby on the West Midlands set of Peaky Blinders
He plays feared gang leader Tommy Shelby in period crime drama Peaky Blinders, but the man responsible for bringing him to life appeared to be at peace with the world as he idled between takes on Wednesday.
Leaning against a wooden cargo trunk, Cillian Murphy enjoyed a quiet smoke as the busy production team prepared their rendering of 1920s Birmingham ahead of another scene for the second series of the BBC show.
The 37-year-old actor was dressed in dapper period attire comprised of loose fitting slacks, overcoat and waistcoat accessorized with a pocket-watch, while the trademark flat cap worn by Shelby was pulled low over his head.
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A welcome break: Cillian Murphy relaxes between takes on the set of Peaky Blinders
Surrounded by numerous props, Cillian was in high spirits as she chatted to a co-star as the exterior set close to the Black Country Museum in Dudley, West Midlands was prepared.
A black horse was also seen being gently guided on set, and it trotted between its array of carts, caskets and ironwork as soundman idled close by with a large boom.
The show is currently shooting a second series at various locations around the West Midlands as it prepares to return with a second series later this year.
Lifelike: The Irish actor idles with a co-star n the very realistic set outside Dudley's Black Country Museum on Wednesday
Don't mind me: The 37-year-old star leans against one of the many wooden trunks littering the set as the production team get into position
Passing the time: Cillian was joined by an array of young extras and production assistants
Having been commended for its stylish cinematography and realistic portrayals of post-World War One life in Birmingham, Peaky Blinders has been given an added boost thanks to the acquisition of Tom Hardy, whose confirmation as a new cast-member was announced in February.
Hardy will play a ‘charismatic gang leader’ in series two, and his arrival sees him reunite with Murphy – his co-star in Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
It also marks something of a reunion with show creator and chief screenwriter Stephen Knight – the man responsible for writing and directing Hardy’s 2013 film Locke.
Smoky: The set is clogged with fumes that help give life to the realistic industrial backdrop
High spirits: Cillian was in cheerful mood between takes on set of peaky Blinders, which returns with a second series later this year
Lot's to talk about The two co-stars shoot a scene on the early 20th Century set
Pointing it out: The two actors chat as a young extra idles close by with his hands buried deep in his pockets
The show is a loose biographical portrayal of the feared ‘Peaky Blinders’ criminal gang – considered to be one of the first urban street gangs of their era.
Shelby's gang gained notoriety - and earned their name - by hiding razor blades beneath the peaks of their flat caps.
It is thought that series two will focus on the Shelby gang’s criminal expansion as late 19th century life fades into early 20th century progression.
Elsewhere Peaky Blinders has been nominated for a Royal Television Society award for an RTS Programme Award in the drama category.
The show faces competition from My Mad Fat Teenage Diary and Utopia.
Eye to eye: The two actors chat during a break in filming on Wednesday
Getting into position: The actor finishes his smoke as the boom operator readies himself
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