Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy “fully supports” women after working with accused director

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Cillian Murphy has a new film, Anna, which was directed by Luc Besson who recently faced sexual assault allegations. 

Actor Cillian Murphy has been on our radar ever since he totally freaked us out while walking around a post-apocalyptic London in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Since then, he went on to star in Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, Inception and Dunkirk

But, of course, he is best-known today for playing the role of Thomas Shelby in Birmingham-based gangster drama Peaky Blinders. Although the trailer for series five has been released, we only know that it’s coming to BBC One “soon”.

Watch the trailer for Peaky Blinders series five

In the meantime, Murphy is currently promoting his new film, Anna. As an actor who usually stays tight-lipped about his personal life and opinions, his interview comments on supporting women have piqued our interest. They are particularly poignant as sexual assault charges against Luc Besson, who directed Anna, were recently dropped.

In a post-Me Too era, Murphy has explained that the allegations came after they finished filming, and he has pledged his support for women.

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“The first I heard of it was a year after we had finished,” he told The Guardian this week. “I haven’t seen the film, I don’t know anything about it. It’s sad. You go into a project with all the best intentions and then that stuff comes out and you’re shocked and saddened, and you just have to let it play out and be fully supportive of women and anyone who is in that situation.”

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Peaky Blinders series six will be coming to our screens soon.

To quickly recap: Variety magazine confirmed that French prosecutors dropped charges against Besson because of lack of evidence after a nine-month investigation. He had been accused of raping actor Sand Van Roy in a hotel room.

Murphy also commented on the new James Bond film, which is being co-written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Asked if he would play the part, he replied: “I think it should be a woman, which rules me out.”

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Although Murphy  might not be playing Bond, Peaky Blinders fans will be happy to know that  he will star alongside Emily Blunt in next year’s Quiet Place 2

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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