Belgian director Tim Mielants is directing the third season of gangster drama Peaky Blinders for BBC 2. The hit series stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and newcomer Paddy Considine. Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet (Borgman) will also make an appearance.

Tim MielantsTim Mielants is directing all six episodes of the series’ third season. An epic gangster drama created by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises), Peaky Blinders is set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham where gang leader Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight), is determined to move up in the world. The second season introduced Tom Hardy (The Drop, Mad Max: Fury Road) as the unpredictable Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons with whom Shelby tries to make a pact. Other actors include Helen McCrory (A Little Chaos, Skyfall), Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors) and Paul Anderson (Legend, Sherlock Holmes).

Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Pride) joins the show for the upcoming third season, as do Dina Korzun (Last Resort) and Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet, who is known for his roles in Cordon, Borgman and El abrazo de la serpiente. Korzun and Bijvoet will play refugees from a foreign conflict who desperately need Shelby’s help.

Peaky Blinders is expected to air on BBC 2 in the UK and Netflix in the US in 2016. Caryn Mandabach and Tiger Aspect Productions are producing for the BBC; Endemol Shine Entertainment is handling international sales.

Mielants previously directed Flemish drama series Cordon, which The CW recently remade in the US as Containment. The director is internationally repped by Joe Philips of UK-based talent agency Curtis Brown, which also counts fellow Belgian directors Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, London Spy, House of Cards) and Hans Herbots (The Spiral, The Treatment) among its clients.

Published on Thursday 5 November 2015

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