The acclaimed BBC series is back with some fresh faces.

What’s the greatest TV performance of all time?

We know, we know… it’s a total can of worms. There are far too many exceptional characters to count, but over the course of the new century, we’ve arguably seen some of the very best emerge. 

We’re sure that many enthusiasts would be quick to highlight the performances of Aaron Paul (who played Jesse Pinkman) and Bryan Cranston (Walter White) in Breaking Bad as two of the very best. Then there’s great work from Jon Hamm in Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale, James Gandolfini in The Sopranos, Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones, we could go on and on. 

However, when Peaky Blinders landed on BBC Two back in 2013, instant fans were quick to point out that Cillian Murphy would join the line of greats, and yes, plenty of performers which surround him have made quite the impression too. 

BBC series ushers in Billy Grade

The acclaimed series returned to screens on Sunday, August 25th. 

Series 5 has been hotly anticipated for ages now and kicking off over on BBC One, audiences were treated to something which can best be described as definitely worth the wait. Cillian returned as the fascinating Tommy Shelby, a character which audiences have been unable to peel their eyes away from for years. 

Although we’re so deep into the show now, it’s never too late for emerging characters to swoop in and steal some of the thunder. The latest to do so is new addition Billy Grade, played by Emmett J. Scanlan.  

The exciting new figure is introduced in episode two as a former professional footballer turned singer; they meet him while he’s delivering a tune in the Garrison Pub. Arthur notes that “Every football team in England know Billy Grade and he knows a few people too.” It’s quickly established that he’ll be joining in the family’s operations of fixing football matches. 

Considering his importance is set to grow, let’s take a look at the man behind Billy. 


Peaky Blinders: Meet Emmett Scanlan

The 40-year-old Irish actor was born in Dublin and has appeared in a number of notable projects over the years. 

He first appeared on screens – according to IMDb – playing Robert in the 2004 TV series The Big Bow Wow. Following on from this, he appeared in a number of films, from 2006’s Studs to 2008’s Freakdog. Just over a few years later in 2012, he landed his (arguably) most known role as Brendan Brady in Hollyoaks

In the wake of that, he gained some pretty terrific roles, landing parts in TV show The Fall (starring as Glen Martin), Snatch (King Royston), Safe (Josh Mason), Women on the Verge (Kieran) and rather recently, Krypton (Lobo). 

Although it wasn’t exactly a meaty role, he was actually in the 2014 MCU smash Guardians of the Galaxy, credited as Head Riot Guard.


Follow him on Instagram! 

It looks like Billy is destined to become a fan-favourite of the latest series, and in the grand scheme of things, perhaps later ones too.

Be sure to give Emmett a follow on Instagram over at @scandalous_13; he currently boasts 73.8k followers and there’s some content surrounding the show on there. In one post, the actor wrote about his arrival on the show: “Thank you to everyone who said yes getting this over the line & the dumbfounding support since it landed.”

We look forward to seeing how Billy’s arc will progress, and also, the performer has some other projects on the horizon. He’s set to star in a fantasy film called The Jester from Transylvania, historical project Lapwing and intriguing drama Here Are The Young Men, which will also star Peaky Blinders newcomer Anya-Taylor Joy (Split, Glass).

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