Brum and get it

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Amy Sharpe

PEAKY Blin­ders ac­tor Harry Kir­ton has told how he en­joyed film­ing the show’s vi­o­lent scenes as his young char­ac­ter steps up to take part in the gang­land bat­tles.

The cult drama is famed for the bru­tal­ity of its Birm­ing­ham-based crime fam­ily the Shel­bys.

And in the fourth se­ries, Harry’s char­ac­ter – 18-year-old Finn, the youngest of the clan – is fi­nally old enough to take part.

Harry said: “Now Finn’s 18 he gets a bit more vi­o­lent. He isn’t pro­tected any more.”

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

Harry, 19, re­turns along­side Cil­lian Mur­phy on Wed­nes­day in the BBC2 hit and he re­vealed that as the only lo­cally born ac­tor on the show he finds him­self help­ing his s fel­low cast mem­bers with the ac­cent. ent. He said: “I have peo­ple com­ing om­ing up on set and asking if they’re y’re say­ing it right. I say, ‘No, sorry.’ rry.’ “He­len McCrory, who plays ys Polly Gray, does it some­times es – even though she doesn’t need eed any tips what­so­ever. “Some­times she’ll just ask sk me to speak some of her lines, then she’ll say, ‘Right, I’ve got it.’” ’” But the young­ster, who won the role at 15 after an open au­di­tion di­tion in his home town, says he has as “grown grown up” up on the show. how. He said: “I’ve taken aken steps not man many peo­ple my age have h had d the plea­sure to. “This year I I’ve e re­ally taken on this r role e–I – I don’t like to ca call it t a job. Be­fore, it was l like e two dif­feren dif­fer­ent lives. Sch School­work ol­work an and other t things ngs were ere pulling me in one di­rec­tion, act­ing the other. Luck­ily my mum and dad were around on set a lot. They helped walk me through it.”

He says co-stars such as Cil­lian, Joe Cole and Paul An­der­son have taken him un­der their wing. Harry said: “I’m al­ways asking ques­tions – I’m sure they get fed up but I’m like, sorry, I have to learn.”

He added: “I’m more at­tached to Peaky be­cause I’m a Brum­mie.

“I don’t want peo­ple to think the only thing that ever hap­pened in Birm­ing­ham was with gangs and vi­o­lence.

“But it’s nice there is history about my home city that I get to be part of.”

FUN SCENES: Ac­tor Harry GROW­ING UP: Harry, right, as Finn, joins clan’s vi­o­lent ram­page, left

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