I’m the Peaky Blin­ders baby ...but I judge their ac­cents

Brum-born ac­tor on new se­ries

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY AMY SHARPE

PEAKY Blin­ders ac­tor Harry Kir­ton has told how he saves his fel­low cast mem­bers from speaky blun­ders – by cor­rect­ing their ac­cents.

Harry, the youngest on the show at 19, is the only one who was ac­tu­ally born in Birm­ing­ham, where the cult drama is set.

And he says al­though he fre­quently pesters his more ex­pe­ri­enced col­leagues for act­ing tips, when it comes to the Mid­lands twang he is the one dish­ing out ad­vice.

Harry – 18-year-old Finn Shelby in the BBC2 show – said: “Peo­ple come to me ask­ing if they’re say­ing it right. I say, ‘No, sorry’.”

“He­len McCrory, who plays Polly Gray, does it some­times, even though she doesn’t need any tips what­so­ever.

“She’ll say, ‘Harry, le­git, does that sound okay?’ Some­times she’ll just ask me to speak some lines then she’ll be, ‘Right, I’ve got it’.”

The gang­ster-based se­ries re­turns this week with Finn now old enough to join the ac­tion. Harry said: “Now Finn’s 18 he gets more vi­o­lent. He isn’t pro­tected any more.

“It was fun to film. Those scenes, I can’t help but en­joy. It’s hard to not be in­volved in vi­o­lence as a Shelby. It’s con­stant.”

Harry, who won the role at 15, re­turns along­side Cil­lian Mur­phy in se­ries four of the hit drama, set in 1920s Birm­ing­ham.

He says he has “grown up” on the show. He said: “It’s been a learn­ing curve. This year I’ve re­ally taken on this role.

“Be­fore, it was like two lives – school­work and other things pulling me in one di­rec­tion and act­ing the other.”

But he said co-stars such as Cil­lian, Joe Cole and Paul An­der­son have taken him un­der their wing. Harry said: “The oth­ers re­ally helped me.

“They have pages and pages of knowl­edge in their heads so they can just be like, boom… knowl­edge page. ‘Here you go Harry have that, you can think about that’.

I’m sure they get fed up with my ques­tions – but I have to learn HARRY KIR­TON ON HOW HE QUIZZES CAST FOR TIPS

LEARN

“I’m al­ways ask­ing them ques­tions, hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with them. I’m sure they get quite fed up but I’m like, ‘Sorry, I have to learn’.” Harry, who re­cently moved to Lon­don, ad­mit­ted: “I’m def­i­nitely a Brum­mie boy but Lon­don suits me. Me and Lon­don are friends. Lon­don gets me. “But I’m more at­tached to Peaky be­cause I’m a Brum­mie. “It’s nice there’s his­tory about my home city that I get to be part of.” ■■■Peaky Blin­ders, BBC2, Wed­nes­day, 9pm

BRUM AND GET IT Harry gets to join in the vi­o­lence in new se­ries BRU­TAL Harry, fourth left, with Cil­lian, front, and cast

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