Peaky Blinders is back on our screens and we finally have a weekly fix of gritty West Midlands crime to scratch the itch left by the end of season four, back in June 2016. It seems so long ago...

We literally can't get enough.

As fans of the show, we thought that we knew all there was to know about Peaky Blinders, but oh, how wrong we were. It turns out that Finn Cole, who plays the role of Michael Gray, is not the only member of his family to appear in the show.


Credit: Peaky Blinders/BBC One

That's because he works alongside his real life brother Joe Cole, who plays John Shelby in the series. Who knew that?!

Talent must really run in the family. I bet their mum can't enough of the show.


This isn't the first time that the brothers have starred alongside each other though, as they both made their acting debut in the 2012 film Offender.

Joe played the lead role in the thriller, which was set in a juvenile prison, whereas Finn had a smaller role in the film, credited only as 'Riot Boy'. Watch a trailer for the film below...

Credit: Gunslinger Films

Finn Cole also stars in Animal Kingdom, however producers say that his role in Peaky Blinders had nothing to do with the casting.

Writer and producer Jonathan Lisco said: "While casting J, I wasn't looking at credits. We were looking for someone who could move us or break our hearts, or have some kind of riveting effect."

Lisco continued: "When I saw his tape, I didn't know that he was in Peaky Blinders. He has an inscrutable quality but doesn't come off merely as a cipher.

"J has a lot going on behind his eyes, but you didn't feel like he's thoroughly innocent. He's not some pure kid."

Impressive stuff.

Featured Image Credit: BBC Two/Peaky Blinders

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on [email protected]

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