Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy appears completely frozen as he bundles up in a thick hooded

Cillian Murphy appeared completely frozen as he stood on set of the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders on Wednesday.

Despite bundling up in a thick black hooded coat, the leading actor, 44, looked to be shivering as he prepared to film new scenes for the BBC series on the moors in Lancashire.

Cillian, who plays gang leader Tommy Shelby, sported his character’s signature flat cap beneath his hood and black gloves as he joined his fellow cast and crew on location.

Feeling the chill? Cillian Murphy appeared completely frozen as he stood on set of the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders on Wednesday

At one point, the star thrust his hands into his pockets to keep the chill off ahead of  another day of filming for the series. 

Cillian, who also serves as executive director, was on hand to help the director set up for the scenes ahead.  

As well as Cillian, there were several people seen on horseback on the set. 

It comes after last week the show’s creator Steven Knight hinted that the programme could continue without Cillian’s pivotal character Tommy Shelby. 

Freezing: Despite bundling up in a thick black hooded coat, the leading actor, 44, looked to be shivering as he prepared to film new scenes for the BBC series on the moors in Lancashire

Freezing: Despite bundling up in a thick black hooded coat, the leading actor, 44, looked to be shivering as he prepared to film new scenes for the BBC series on the moors in Lancashire

Knight, 62, told Birmingham Live: ‘There may be worlds that are part of the Peaky world that are about someone else.’ 

The award-winning screenwriter added that a Peaky Blinders world without Tommy would require the franchise to take on a totally new form, as he is currently ‘the centre around [which] everything orbits.’

Steven continued: ‘In the form it is in, it is absolutely impossible for this to work without Cillian. As it grows and progresses, who knows?

He added: ‘It will go on in another form, which will be the film, and beyond that we want to keep the world going.’ 

Bundled up: Cillian, who plays gang leader Tommy Shelby, sported his character's signature flat cap beneath his hood and black gloves as he joined his fellow cast and crew on location

Bundled up: Cillian, who plays gang leader Tommy Shelby, sported his character’s signature flat cap beneath his hood and black gloves as he joined his fellow cast and crew on location

A bit nippy: At one point, the star thrust his hands into his pockets to keep the chill off ahead of another day of filming for the series

A bit nippy: At one point, the star thrust his hands into his pockets to keep the chill off ahead of another day of filming for the series

The sixth series will pick up where the fifth series left off on 7 December 1929, the morning after a rally led by Oswald Mosley.   

Peaky Blinders centres around its eponymous gang which is run by the ruthless Tommy and his family, and sees them build their power and influence over Birmingham and beyond. 

The fifth season ended on a cliffhanger, with Tommy seeing visions of his late wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis) and turning a gun on himself following his botched assassination attempt of the British Union of Fascists leader.

Hay there! As well as Cillian, there were several people seen on horseback on the set

Hay there! As well as Cillian, there were several people seen on horseback on the set

Giddy-up! A cast member rode a stunning black horse as filming continued for Peaky Blinders Horsing around: The horse trotted along during filming for the new series

Giddy-up! A cast member rode a stunning black horse as filming continued for Peaky Blinders

Production on the show was delayed last year by the Covid-19 crisis, but shooting was able to begin last month with cast and crew adhering to strict coronavirus restrictions.

The BBC drama has been running for eight years and has enjoyed huge popularity but the sixth season has been confirmed as the final one, with creator Steven Knight confirming the story will return ‘in another form’.  

The final tweaks were made to the Manchester-based sets in February after the cast had been filming in Scotland. 

The locations, however, are portraying Birmingham – the actual setting of the hit gangster drama. 

Changes: It comes after last week the show's creator Steven Knight hinted that the programme could continue without Cillian's pivotal character Tommy Shelby

Changes: It comes after last week the show’s creator Steven Knight hinted that the programme could continue without Cillian’s pivotal character Tommy Shelby

Meanwhile, TV star Sam Clafin, 34, was recently seen on set for the first time since producers confirmed he’ll be making his return as the politician.

Last month, Peaky Blinders revealed Oswald’s fate in a tweet: ‘Sam Claflin returns as Oswald Mosley in #PeakyBlinders series 6.’

The Hunger Games star played the fascist leader, who rose to fame in the 1920s as a Member of Parliament and later in the 1930s, having become disillusioned with mainstream politics.

Goodbye: The BBC drama has been running for eight years and has enjoyed huge popularity but the sixth season has been confirmed as the final one

Goodbye: The BBC drama has been running for eight years and has enjoyed huge popularity but the sixth season has been confirmed as the final one