Watch out for Peaky Blinders fan art featuring Cillian Murphy and co!

Peaky Blinders V - Fan Artwork
(Image credit: BBC/Harry Ward)

To celebrate the return of the hit BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders, viewers have been getting arty with their favourite characters.

Attention all fans of Peaky Blinders... Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy), his brother Arthur (Paul Anderson) and their aunt Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) are taking over the streets where you live...

Sort of.

The hit gangster drama returns for Series 5 at the end of this month, and is moving from BBC Two to BBC One. To mark the move, the Beeb invited viewers to submit their own fan art, based on the characters in the series.

The winning selections (from over 1,200 entries) are now on display as murals and posters at various locations around the UK.

Emma Brooke, creative at BBC Creative also commented: "A show only reaches cult status because of its fans, and the passion of the Peaky Blinders fans is absolutely unrivalled," Emma Brooke, from BBC Creative told The Drum (opens in new tab). "We knew this was true when we discovered the thousands of pieces of art that were being created by them around the globe. This is all about celebrating and giving recognition to the Peaky Blinder's fans, and putting their incredible art out into the world."

Here's a selection of the fan art:

Peaky Blinders V - Fan Artwork

#PeakysFanArt By Liam Proniewicz - (C) BBC/Liam Proniewicz - Photographer: Artwork by Liam Proniewicz

Peaky Blinders V - Fan Artwork

#PeakysFanArt by NerfAlice - (C) BBC - Photographer: Artwork by NerfAlice

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#PeakysFanArt by Alex Coyle - (C) BBC - Photographer: Artwork by Alex Coyle

Peaky Blinders, first shown on BBC Two in 2013, follows the life and times of the Shelby family, their friends and enemies in the aftermath of World War I in Birmingham.

New castmembers in Series 5 include The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin as real-life political figure, Oswald Mosley. Sam admits he was a bit starstruck when he first began filming scenes with co-star Cillian Murphy.

"I’m the biggest fan boy. Genuinely when I got to set and heard Cillian start talking as Tommy Shelby I started fangirling a little bit," Sam told The Evening Standard (opens in new tab). "The director had to go ‘Sam, bring it down, bring it down!'"

Peaky Blinders returns on Sunday 25th August at 9:00pm on BBC One

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