Peaky Blinders has now run for five seasons on the BBC, with another in the works ahead of its 2021 return. Across this time, there have been plenty of dramatic plot twists and turns, as well as some heartbreaking deaths of major characters. In a recent Q&A, writer and creator Steven Knight revealed to fans which of these he found the hardest to stomach.
Hit historical drama Peaky Blinders first begun airing on the BBC back in 2013 with its unique story set in post-World War One Birmingham.
The series follows Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) as he attempts to build up his family business and vanquish a number of powerful enemies from his path.
Across the five seasons so far this has resulted in a number of brutal deaths as the gangster attempts to forge his legacy.
Among these, viewers will remember the shocking shooting of Tommy’s wife Grace Shelby (Annabelle Wallis) at the charity gala in season three.
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Fans were also left in tears when Shelby brother John (Joe Cole) was gunned down by the Mafia at the start of season four.
However, during an Ask Me Anything question and answer session on Reddit, Knight revealed these were not the ones he regretted most.
During the session, he was asked by a fan which character he wished he didn’t have to kill and which upset him the most.
He responded: “There was an IRA officer in series one. I regret his death because he was such a brilliant actor.”
Actor Cillian Murphy then added how the actor in question was called Tom Vaughn-Lawlor.
The Irish actor played a character called Byrne in the fifth episode of the first series of the show.
He was introduced in the episode when he questioned Tommy about a dead IRA man named Ryan (Karl Shiels).
In the episode, Byrne told the leader of the Birmingham gang how he was a man of influence from South Armagh.
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He and Tommy had a tense stand-off where he told him knew he has the guns as well as warning him about the threat of the IRA.
He gave him an ultimatum to deliver the guns to him as punishment for killing his cousin.
However, Tommy used this as leverage with Inspector Campbell (Sam Neill), telling him of the man and his location.
Tommy then set up a trap in the Garrison when the Bryne and his partner came in to trap them for the police to arrest.
Things quickly went pair-shaped when the men held a gun to Tommy’s head and warned him he was about to die.
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Grace then came out and shot one of the men while Bryne was killed by Tommy in what became a major turning point for pair’s romance in the show.
Since starring in Peaky Blinders, Vaughn-Lawlor went on to play Nidge in Love/Hate, PJ Mara in Charlie and Frank Mackey in Dublin Murders.
Viewers might also recognise him from playing Ebony Maw in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the sixth series of Peaky Blinders after Knight revealed he had finished writing it in December.
Director Anthony Byrne told the Obsessed With Peaky Blinders podcast how the series should be expected in early 2021.
Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 are currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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