Peaky Blinders: Cillian Murphy explains why Tommy Shelby rubs cigarettes on his lips

Peaky Blinders has returned to BBC One for its sixth and final series.

It has seen fans of the Birmingham-set period drama reacquainted with a new Tommy Shelby, who has quit drinking.

However, one thing that remains the same is the way that Tommy smokes his cigarettes, with many BBC viewers questioning why the character rubs them on his lips before smoking, reports The Express.

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Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy, was asked about this very topic during an interview with BBC Radio One.

The actor explained: “That comes from the fact that the cigarettes, we cut the filter off or do we leave the filter on I cannot recall, but anyway if you don’t rub them across your lips initially, they will stick.

“That just became this sort of idiosyncrasy but it was out of necessity because otherwise the cigarettes would stick to my lip and I just kept doing it and it became a Tommy thing.

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby
(Image: Robert Viglasky)

“These things develop over the course of the show.”

Peaky Blinders continues Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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