Tom Hardy is returning to Peaky Blinders for its third season. Series creator Steven Knight has confirmed that the Mad Max: Fury Road star will be back as the imposing Alfie Simmons.
“Yes, Tom is coming back,” Knight told Deadline. He also hinted that more big-name guest stars could sign up to appear in the next series, adding:
“We have new big roles that are written and have enormous interest from really good people. We’re hoping to land some good names. The response from everyone and people in the business has been unbelievably good, so we’re in a good place for approaching people who wouldn’t normally do this sort of thing.”
The next series of Peaky Blinders will begin shooting on 10th September – with Knight again voicing his ambition to follow Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) until the eve of World War II.
“It’s a longshot, but the ambition is, I would love to end the final episode of the final series with the first air raid fire of the Second World War,” he explained. “We’ve been going in two-year jumps [between series], so that would be about 10 series. We may have to start making bigger jumps to get to that point. But I’ll let the story lead [and do] what feels natural.”
Peaky Blinders is expected to air for a third season on BBC Two, sometime next year.
Watch a clip of Hardy’s character below.