ACK Rowan was crucified for walking away from Peaky Blinders for a starring role in the new political drama Noughts + Crosses.
But despite leaving Blinders’ fans bereft by his early and harrowing exit – strapped to a wooden cross before being shot in the head – Rowan has no regrets about making the leap to Noughts + Crosses, a show which he believes will start important conversations on race and resonate with viewers for decades to come.
“I was actually on my way to shoot Noughts + Crosses when I got the final (Peaky Blinders) script and I saw what they had planned,” he tells The BINGE Guide about his death scene.
“I thought maybe that my character might get killed in the ring in another boxing sequence. That someone might put something in their glove and take me out that way. I would have hated to just be shot in the head,” he explains, adding, “at least I got crucified before that happened ... I couldn’t have planned anything better. It was an epic way to go out.”
Fans reacted angrily to the gruesome and shocking death scene, believing his character, boxer Bonnie Gold, “deserved better”.
When his final episode went to air for the first time, Rowan followed the storm on social media with interest. And, while standing by his choice, he understands the fans’ angst about Bonnie’s ending.
Although he relished his time on Blinders and felt his character was only just hitting his straps, he says that there’s no way he would return to the show.
“There’s no way I am coming back from that death,” he says.
Not even as a ghost or a long-lost twin? “It’s not that kind of show,” he laughs, of the show about gang