He’s worked with some of the biggest stars in the acting world.
But Stephen Graham admitted he was still left a little star-struck after coming face-to-face with Cillian Murphy – the actor who plays Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders.
Speaking to Chris Moyles on Radio X, Stephen, 47, was complimentary of Cillian and described him as a ‘lovely fella’.
‘I had to pinch myself’: Stephen Graham gushed over Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy in a recent interview as he discussed his role in the upcoming series
He said: ‘Cillian’s such a wonderful actor, he’s amazing and what a lovely, lovely, lovely fella.
‘To the extent, Chris, where there was a couple of moments – I had to pinch myself a couple of times because I was sat there in a scene with him, doing a rehearsal and stuff and I’ve kinda gone, ‘Ahh that’s Tommy Shelby!’
He added: ‘He’s just an absolutely lovely fella and a phenomenal actor.’
It didn’t stop there though, with Stephen’s wife Hannah revealing that he and Cillian ‘were fan-girling each other so badly’.
Gushing: Speaking to Chris Moyles on Radio X, Stephen, 47, was complimentary of Cillian and described him as a ‘lovely fella’
Mystery: A picture has previously been released of Stephen in costume during the filming of Peaky Blinders series six, but it is not yet known what his role is
Discussing when he first started working on Peaky Blinders, Stephen said he had a slight freak out before filming began.
‘Well what I managed to do was I managed to do that before they said action.
‘I had a proper look round and then it was like, ‘Alright lad, best put your footy boots on here and your shin pads, let’s get ready, here we go, on the pitch!’. But at first, ‘Ok, oh wow!’
It comes after filming for series six of Peaky Blinders came to a close at the end of last month.
Nearing the end: Filming for the sixth season of Peaky Blinders ended last month, following multiple delays due to the coronavirus pandemic
The show’s director, Anthony Byrne, 45, took to Instagram to tell his followers that work on the BBC programme was ‘done & done & done’ as posed on set at Arley Hall.
Standing in the sunshine alongside his assistant director, Jon Midlane, and director of photography, Mathieu Plainfossé, the TV mogul clutched the show’s clapperboard as he said goodbye to the iconic series.
In the photo, the show’s clapperboard had been decorated with a beautiful sketch of the late Helen McCrory, who tragically passed away aged 52 in April and played the series’ matriarch Polly Gray.
Arizona Mimi Eastwood, who is second assistant director, revealed that filming had taken place across 86 days with more than two years of preparation.
‘Done & Done & Done’: Peaky Blinders finished filming its sixth and final season in Cheshire last month, the show’s director, Anthony Byrne, 45, pictured centre, revealed
The sixth season of Peaky Blinders resumed filming in January after the show was forced to shut down set last March due to the coronavirus crisis.
Although this is the final season of the show, fans may not need to mourn just yet as the show’s screenwriter has hinted the story will continue in ‘another form’.
In a statement Steve Knight said: ‘Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.
‘We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.’
Touching: In the photo, the show’s clapperboard had been decorated with a beautiful sketch of the late Helen McCrory, who tragically passed away aged 52 in April and played the series’ matriarch Polly Gray (the clapperboard pictured in April)