Noah Taylor and Charlotte Riley are to join BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders.
Taylor has starred in films as diverse as Submarine, Lawless, Almost Famous, The Proposition, Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and TV’s Game of Thrones. He joins as the head of an organisation that stands in the way of the Peaky Blinders’ plans for expansion.
Riley, who will soon be seen alongside Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the film Edge of Tomorrow and in BBC One’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, will play an aristocrat who crosses paths with Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) as he moves into a more exclusive world.
Producers also confirmed the return of series one stars Paul Anderson, Joe Cole and Sophie Rundle, who will reprise their roles as Arthur Shelby, John Shelby and Ada Shelby respectively. It was announced that Finn, the youngest Shelby sibling, will be played by newcomer Harry Kirton, who was discovered at an open casting call in Birmingham in January.
Producers also confirmed today that all six episodes in series two will be directed by Colm McCarthy, whose previous credits include Sherlock, Doctor Who and Endeavour.
Series two is currently in production and will air on BBC Two in autumn 2014. It will see the Shelby family expand their empire as the 1920s begin to roar.