So you want to be a Peaky Blinder?
On Saturday 11 January, Vivid Projects was the venue for an open call for locals to join the cast of BBC2’s hit drama Peaky Blinders.
The show’s Executive producer, Jamie Glazebrook, said he was overwhelmed by how Birmingham had responded to Peaky Blinders, and was excited to be hunting out new talent in the city. After many comments on the actors’ “questionable” Birmingham accents in the first series, it’s likely the producers were looking for some authenticity for the show’s second airing.
Queues of what was initially reported as hundreds of hopefuls, began forming on Fazeley Street from 7am. It was later confirmed by Vivid that over one thousand young Brummies had auditioned to become members of the notorious gang!
— Great Birmingham (@GreatBirmingham) January 11, 2014
The queue wound its way round Fazeley, Andover and New Canal Streets – a turnout that made Digbeth, and indeed Birmingham, proud. Vivid Projects were incredibly pleased with the response, calling the crowd “exemplary”. We’re exited to find out which young men will be joining the ranks and sewing razor blades in their caps in the autumn! If you were successful in the auditions, do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @MyDigbeth. Click here to see more photos and a video on the Birmingham Mail website.
— Digbeth Residents (@mydigbeth) January 11, 2014