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Peaky Blinders: David Bowie was such a fan he sent Cillian Murphy cosplay pics

The Independent logo The Independent 26/04/2016 Jack Shepherd

image © Provided by Independent Print Limited image With an all-star cast including Cillian Murphy, Sam Neil, and Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders has won over a legion of fans across the world.

“We’ve had an amazing response from famous people for some reason,” creator Steven Knight told Radio Times before listing off the likes of Snoop Dogg, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Ling and Ed Sheeran.

Among those names was music icon David Bowie, who was such a massive fan he cosplayed as a Shelby and sent the picture to Murphy.

“He sent a photo of himself with razor blades in his cap to Cillian about a year ago,” Knight explained. “I got in touch with his people who came back straight away and said he was a big, big fan.”

Before his tragic death, Bowie never managed to visit the show’s set, but was apparently keen to have his music featured on the show.

According to Knight, a representative of Sony came to his house a week before his last album Blackstar was released to play him the record. “It seems that his people were keen to establish that we could use it before he died,” Knight added.

Season three of Peaky Blinders is fast approaching, with an air date of the 5 May on BBC Two. Recently, a trailer for the show dropped online, featuring glimpses of Polly (Helen McCrory), Arthur (Paul Anderson) and Paddy Considine’s Priest.

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