Joe Cole says Peaky Blinders is ‘Cillian Murphy’s show’ as he reveals why he quit

Actor Joe Cole has revealed the reason behind his shock Peaky Blinders departure from Series 4. Cole’s cousin Finn Cole continues to appear in the hit BBC One gangster series

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Peaky Blinders fans won’t have a hard time remembering the gruesome death of John Shelby, gunned down by members of an Italian mafia gang just outside the front door to avenge his brother’s dirty behavior.

Actor Joe Cole, 33, who plays Shelby’s middle brother, has now revealed some of the reasons why he quit the hugely popular BBC show.

Joe admits he decided to walk away because the gangster drama was ‘Cillian Murphy’s show’ and he ‘never got out of the gate’ when he played John.

Irish actor Cillian plays the brooding gangster Thomas Shelby in the crime series, which is currently in its sixth and final series.

While the starring Joe is currently starring in the thriller The Ipcress File, which airs on rival ITV at the same time Peaky Blinders hits theaters on Sunday.

Speaking to Metro about his motivations to quit Peaky Blinders at the height of his success, Joe said: “With Peaky Blinders, I was never really out of the box with that role. It was really Cillian’s show. .”

Joe Cole described Peaky Blinders as a ‘Cillian Murphy gig’ as he explains his reasons for leaving



He also said that when offered his latest project, Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London, his first answer was ‘no’.

However, after reading a script analysis, he realized it ‘could be something special’ and decided to sign up for another gangster show despite his reservations.

“I’ve spent the last few years turning down gang-related shows because when a show works well, you get pretty much all of them.

“I really chose to leave Peaky Blinders because I wanted to explore new paths, new characters, and new stories.”

While Joe decided to leave the movie before the series finally ran, he was still close to a star who was still in the movie.

The Shelby Brothers – Arthur, played by Paul Anderson, 43, played by Joe Cole and Thomas Shelby, Cillian Murphy, 45.


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Viewers may not know that Joe’s real-life brother is actor Finn Cole, who plays Michael Gray in the BBC series.

Finn joins the show in Series 2 as Polly Shelby’s long-lost son.

Since then, Michael has gone from a trusted member of the Birmingham gang, as Chief Accountant of Shelby Limited, to a major thorn in the side of his cousin Thomas Shelby.

In real life, London-born Finn is the second youngest of five brothers – one of those older brothers is Joe Cole, with whom he starred in Peaky Blinders.

Joe’s younger brother Finn Cole continues to star on the show as Michael Grey


© Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. 2019)

In addition to starring in the gritty gangster drama, Finn has also appeared in TNT’s Animal Kingdom, the detective series Lewis, and the feature film F9.

Finn says it was his brother Joe who helped him land the role on Peaky Blinders.

“He went through with the script and we chatted about it and read them together and there was a character in it that was really interesting and I really liked. I never really meant to audition for it. , I’m still in college at the time of doing my A-levels and I have to focus on them.

“Then the next week when I read it, I was in college and I was really bored and I just thought ‘you know what? I’ll give Joe a call and see what he has to say.’ If there’s any way. i auditioned for it would be great and he said go to Birmingham, they are doing an open audition I was looking for a train ticket to Birmingham and I didn’t have the money so I couldn’t do it, and then he called me back and said why don’t we tape an audition and I’ll send it to my agent?”

Finn, pictured with the late Helen McCrory, who played his on-screen mother said his brother Joe helped cast him as Michael


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The duo recorded Finn’s audition and sent it to the casting director, who offered him the role of troubled newcomer Michael.

Joe continued to help Finn during filming, after which he said he could ask his big brother all the questions he felt ’embarrassed’ to ask anyone else.

The star said: “Joe was really helpful and the stress of the first day just went out the window because he was someone I could go and spend my time with so that was really good. .

Peaky Blinders continues on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday

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