Peaky Blinder’s Finn Cole on his acting influences, signature style and shouting in Tom Hardy’s face

The young actor returns to his role this winter in a series as renowned for its style as its violence

Be honest. Do you have the guts to put your face half an inch or so from Tom Hardy’s, then scream at him at the top of your lungs? Remember, the guy is Mad Max, Batman villain Bane and Charles Bronson, all rolled into one. He’s also built like a bull.

Finn Cole does. “It was quite challenging,” he admits now, remembering the explosive final episode of the third series of Peaky Blinders, the smash-hit BBC gangster thriller set in inter-war Birmingham, when he did just that. Aged 20 when it was shot a couple of years ago, he dished out similar treatment to Cillian Murphy in the same scene. Like Hardy, Murphy is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand talents. Like Hardy, he’s almost two decades older than Cole.

Peaky Blinder’s Finn Cole on his acting influences, signature style and shouting in Tom Hardy’s face

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