The 39-year-old is back in Liverpool to film series four of the hit BBC drama
Hollywood star Tom Hardy was spotted on set in Liverpool as filming for series four of Peaky Blinders begins.
The actor was seen in period dress on Dublin Street in Vauxhall as he returned to his role as Londoner Alfie Solomons.
Hardy, 39, a fan favourite in the 1920s set BBC2 gangster drama, was whisked away from the set at just after 8pm on Tuesday.
Despite the hit show being set in Birmingham, much of the filming takes place in Liverpool.
Actor Cillian Murphy, who plays Thomas Shelby, was also in action this week for scenes filmed in Toxteth.
Kinmel Street, South Street, and Powis Street have been transformed into 1920s Birmingham, with retro-looking adverts placed on the side of buildings, and classic cars, horses and carts on the road.
The new series of Peaky Blinders, which follows the Shelby family as they expand their empire across the country, was confirmed last autumn.
Star Murphy revealed earlier this year that filming would begin this month.
He said at the time: “The success of it is down to really great writing.
“People in America love it, people in Australia love it, people in Poland love it – it’s mad.”
Series one to three included locations such as Seacombe Ferry Terminal in Wirral, Croxteth Hall and Stanley Dock.
Mad Dog Casting, the firm who provide extras for Peaky Blinders and other North West productions, has put out a casting call for anyone wanting to be an extra in similar programmes.
Tom Hardy is reportedly reuniting with Ridley Scott, who handed him his big screen debut in Black Hawk Down, for a new action movie funded by Netflix.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Tom will star in War Party, which is set to be produced by Scott’s company Scott Free Productions and directed by Andrew Dominik, who previously helmed The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.
Plot details for the project are yet to be revealed but it’s thought that the film will be based on real-life events, with Hardy portraying a decorated US Navy Seal who is sent on a perilous mission.
Netflix are also confirmed to have won rights for the film, after reportedly beating off competition from studios including Universal, Lionsgate and streaming competitors Amazon.
But before he has the chance to play the finest of the US military, Tom will next be seen as a British World War Two hero in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which is set for release in July and also marks the acting debut of one Harry Styles.
Ridley, meanwhile, is gearing up to release Alien: Covenant; his production house previously produced Tom’s BBC period drama Taboo earlier this year.
He”ll be tackling The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin
For many, 2016 to be a terrible year: numerous celebrity deaths, the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory.
However, on New Year’s Eve, there was one last shining moment that brought joy to thousands around the world: Tom Hardy appearing on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
Despite playing villainous characters such as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, both Kray twins in Legend, and John Fitzgerald in The Revenant, Hardy proved a hit with children and mothers alike.
Unsurprisingly, the actor is coming back to the children’s BBC channel once more, this time reading The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin alongside his dog, Woody. Appropriately, the episode will air on Valentines Day.
His last appearance on the show caused Twitter to meltdown, with social media users writing: “Not gonna lie, I’m nearly 30 and yet have just sat (with my parents) through and thoroughly enjoyed the CBeebies bedtime story with Tom Hardy.”
Another noted: “On behalf of all mums out there… can I thank CBeebies for the Tom Hardy story reading tonight.”
Having only appeared in Peaky Blinders and The Revenant in 2016 (released 2015 in the US, 216 in the UK), Hardy has had a relatively quiet year. However, already this year, the actor has appeared in Taboo – which he co-created with his father and Steven Knight – and will star in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.