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Sophie Rundle exudes sophistication in a black trouser suit at Peaky Blinders series five premiere


The cast of Peaky Blinders were out in force for the series five premiere, held at Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday night.  

Sophie Rundle and Helen McCory lead the glamour with both actresses opting for all-black ensembles for the highly-anticipated launch.  

Gentleman Jack star Sophie, 31, who plays Ada Shelby in the BBC One historical crime drama, nailed feminine chic in a sophisticated trouser suit, while Helen, 50, opted for a gothic gown. 

Sophisticated: Sophie Rundle lead the glamour for the series five premiere, held at Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday night

Sophisticated: Sophie Rundle lead the glamour for the series five premiere, held at Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday night

Sophie complemented the look with black strappy sandals and wore her hair in an elegant chignon. 

Helen, who portrays Polly Gray, also showed off her sartorial flair in a shiny black ruffled gown, which sheathed over her slender physique.   

While no official air date has been given just yet, it is predicted the period drama will return to the BBC in either August or early September. The first episode will be shown at the BFI Southbank on 23 July.

Stunning: Gentleman Jack star Sophie, 31, who plays Ada Shelby in the BBC One historical crime drama, nailed feminine chic in a sophisticated trouser suit

Stunning: Gentleman Jack star Sophie, 31, who plays Ada Shelby in the BBC One historical crime drama, nailed feminine chic in a sophisticated trouser suit

Gothic glamour: Helen McCory, who portrays Polly Gray, also showed off her sartorial flair in a shiny black ruffled gown, which sheathed over her slender physique

Gothic glamour: Helen McCory, who portrays Polly Gray, also showed off her sartorial flair in a shiny black ruffled gown, which sheathed over her slender physique

Say cheese! Sophie appeared in high spirits as she walked the red carpet arm-in-arm with Harry Kirton (Finn Shelby) who couldn't resist taking a selfie

Say cheese! Sophie appeared in high spirits as she walked the red carpet arm-in-arm with Harry Kirton (Finn Shelby) who couldn’t resist taking a selfie

Sophie Porley and her boyfriend Adam Woodward made a red carpet appearance for the series five premiere. 

The Hollyoaks actress looked effortlessly chic in a pastel pink suit, while Adam looked dapper in all-black.  

Adam and Sophie confirmed they were together back in October, after months of speculation.

The whole cast: Harry Kirton (left to right), Helen McCrory, Packy Lee, Daryl McCormack, Charlene McKenna, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Natasha O'Keeffe posed for a photo

The whole cast: Harry Kirton (left to right), Helen McCrory, Packy Lee, Daryl McCormack, Charlene McKenna, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Natasha O’Keeffe posed for a photo

Wow factor: Natasha O'Keeffe turned heads in a one shouldered yellow gold gown

Tremendous pins: Natasha teased a hint of her leggy frame in the dress, which came complete with a thigh-high split

Wow factor: Natasha O’Keeffe turned heads in a one shouldered yellow gold gown, which was embellished with a ruffle on the skirt 

Lovebirds: Sophie Porley and her boyfriend Adam Woodward made a red carpet appearance for the series five premiere

Lovebirds: Sophie Porley and her boyfriend Adam Woodward made a red carpet appearance for the series five premiere

Power couple: The Hollyoaks actress looked effortlessly chic in a pastel pink suit, while Adam looked dapper in all-black

Power couple: The Hollyoaks actress looked effortlessly chic in a pastel pink suit, while Adam looked dapper in all-black

The pair confirmed confirming that they were dating with a series of Instagram selfies, as they soaked up the sun while on holiday together.

Their characters Ellie Nightingale and Brody Hudson had previously got together on the soap, so some of the pair’s co-stars were quick to poke fun at their budding relationship.  

Series five is set in the aftermath of the 1929 Wall Street Crash, with creator Steven Knight revealing: ‘The story of the Peaky Blinders and of the Shelby family gets woven into the political fabric of Britain and Europe as the 1920s end and the thirties begin.

‘Tommy Shelby faces the darkest force he has ever faced and his struggle is as relevant today as it was then.’

Peaky Blinders fans were given their first look at season five in a BBC drama trailer which aired on New Year’s Day.

Fashion maven: Tiffany Hunt attended the premiere of the fifth series and looked trendy in a strapless black dress

Fashion maven: Tiffany Hunt attended the premiere of the fifth series and looked trendy in a strapless black dress 

Family outing: Ann Hall and Ricki Hall also made an appearance on the red carpet

Family outing: Ann Hall and Ricki Hall also made an appearance on the red carpet 

While the one minute clip featured snippets of Killing Eve, Line of Duty and Luther, it was the brief but explosive tease of Peaky Blinders which has really got fans talking.

Cillian Murphy, who plays Thomas Shelby in the BBC One series, is seen in a number of blink and you’ll miss it scenes in the trailer, including the aftermath of what looks like a deadly car explosion.

Seconds after a shot of a burning car is shown, Tommy is seen looking distraught as he appears to cradle a body in his arms.

Annie Harrison-Baxter will produce the new series, which sees the welcome return of a host of familiar characters following a vicious gang war.

Comeback: Peaky Blinders fans were given their first look at season five in a BBC drama trailer which aired on New Year's Day (above, Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby)

Comeback: Peaky Blinders fans were given their first look at season five in a BBC drama trailer which aired on New Year’s Day (above, Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby)

There will also be some new faces joining the cast, including Sam Claflin and Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy.

The drama will also make the big move from BBC Two to BBC One following the huge success of the first four series.

It had been rumoured Peaky Blinders’ fifth series could be its last, with Deadline reporting the new series will see the story of the Shelby clan ‘come to a conclusion’.

However, the show’s creator Knight confirmed in May last year, that the gangster drama will come to a close after the seventh season.

Show creator Steven explained that he’s keen to develop two more seasons

He told Digital Spy: ‘My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars, so always I’ve wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939. It’ll take three more series [to reach that point].’

There’s also been rumours of a big screen outing for the series, as one of the show’s director’s claimed it is being made into a movie.

Otto Bathurst, who directed three episodes in season one of the gritty gangster drama, said Knight is currently writing a script.

 

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