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Stephen Graham has been confirmed for season six of Peaky Blinders.
The Scouse actor was recently spotted on the set of the hit BBC drama, alongside its star Cillian Murphy.
But the exciting news has finally been confirmed, with the show's official account announcing that the 47-year-old will be in the upcoming series.
Sharing a snap of Graham in costume, a spokesperson for the show said: "We're thrilled that @StephenGraham73 has joined the cast of #PeakyBlinders series 6."
And the news has really got fans excited, with some trying to work out who he is going to play.
"How cool it would be if he reprises his role as Al Capone from Boardwalk Empire. Especially since Peaky reference him already," said one.
While another added: "Just when you think this program couldn't get any better!"
The actor - famous for his roles in This Is England, Public Enemies and series five of Line of Duty - had been pictured in period costume.
In another of the snaps, it looked like Graham was taking a break and getting himself warm, as he was all wrapped up in a long grey bubble jacket.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has previously spoken about a role being lined up for the actor but, like many other things, it was put on hold when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
During an interview on BBC Sounds' Obsessed With... Peaky Blinders podcast, Knight was asked who he would like to star in the show.
He answered: "Stephen Graham. Don't worry... we're proceeding with that, but not for this series [series 5]."
Graham also spoke about being on the fan-favourite show during an appearance on the Pound for Pound podcast.
He said: "I was supposed to be starting Peaky Blinders but that has been put on hold indefinitely.
"My agent spent a lot of time putting that together."
We don't know what part Stephen is taking and despite ongoing speculation about him reprising his Boardwalk Empire role as gangster Al Capone, this idea has already been shut down by Knight.
"Not Al Capone - I didn't want to go west," he said.
"Because it's a minefield once you go into Chicago gangsters. I refer to him last series, but I didn't want to go into that.
"The amount of people who have come to us wanting to be in it is quite astonishing, and really good people. So, what I've tried to avoid before is turning it into a spot the celebrity - you know, because I think it's quite distracting sometimes."
Filming for the sixth and final season began in January after it was put on hold last March.
Executive producer, Caryn Mandabach, confirmed the announcement and told fans: "Along with our wonderful, supportive, partners at BBC and Netflix, we have been working diligently to ensure we can get Peaky safely back into production; the safety of our cast and crew is always our priority.
"Thank you to all the Peaky fans who have been so unwaveringly supportive and patient. Series six marks the end of an epic story that has entranced audiences since it first started in 2013, but the world of Peaky Blinders will most definitely live on."
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