Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory has revealed the cast of the hit
The cast, including Helen, who plays Polly Gray and Cillian Murphy, who plays crime boss Thomas Shelby, are said to make their way through around 5,000 ‘cigarettes’ during each series of the period drama.
Reveal: Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory has revealed the cast of the series are actually smoking herbal tobacco every time their characters light up on screen (Cillian Murphy pictured)
‘I used to go to plays for years and wonder why they had a [cannabis joint] on the go during a play and how they could remember their lines.
‘It smells, to a layman like me, like someone is smoking cannabis. It’s just a bit funny and not like tobacco.’
While the herbal cigarettes may be designed to be a healthier alternative, cast member Natasha O’Keefe, who plays Lizzie Starke, says they have given some of her co-stars soar throats in the past.
The actress described the cigarettes as ‘bloody horrible’ and said they leave ‘black’ in the nostrils.
She said: ‘They use herbal tobacco which has no nicotine and tastes horrible. They’re the same type they smoke in theatre productions’
The TV star added that she is frequently ill after having to smoke them for scenes.
Peaky Blinders is set to return to screens in the UK on August 25 at 9pm, it was recently confirmed.
The fifth season of Steven Knight’s hit crime drama series has found a new home on BBC One after moving over from BBC Two.
The show’s official synopsis explains that the Shelby family will have to deal with the consequences of the 1929 Wall Street Crash as the world is ‘thrown into turmoil’.
Helen added: ‘It smells, to a layman like me, like someone is smoking cannabis. It’s just a bit funny and not like tobacco’ (Cillian Murphy pictured in character as Thomas Shelby)
During this tumultuous time, Tommy is approached by a ‘charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain’, but Oswald’s radical rhetoric could have dire consequences on the nation.
Mosley was a real-life politician who went on to become the leader for the British Union of Fascists in the UK in the 1930s.
Steven has previously said he will take the story up to the beginning of World War Two in 1939, and he is also keen to transferring the story to the big screen.
Return: Peaky Blinders is set to return to screens in the UK on August 25 at 9pm, it was recently confirmed
The showrunner explained: ‘My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars, so I always wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham 1939.
‘Three more series. We’re getting approached to all kinds of things. The ballet, the musical, and a movie would be great. I wouldn’t want to do it at the very end, maybe in between two of the series.’
While the show’s return to the UK has been confirmed, it has yet to be revealed when the new season will be screened in the US.
Change: The fifth season of Steven Knight’s hit crime drama series has found a new home on BBC One after moving over from BBC Two