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Peaky Blinders is looking for extras in Manchester for the new season

You might have to shave your head!

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Filming of season six of Peaky Blinders is due to begin next year, and they’ll be heading back to Manchester for some scenes and need extras.

Filming of the smash-hit BBC drama was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic but the cameras are set to start rolling again in the New Year after fans spotted heavy hints in a casting advert.

The post from talent agency LB Casting Ltd says it’s recruiting extras for ‘a very well-known BBC period drama shooting early 2021 in Manchester’.

The advert features a silhouette of a man with a newsboy cap famously worn by Tommy Shelby and his Peaky Blinder associates.

The biggest hint on the advert comes via the wording. It states that male actors ‘must be willing to shave hair if required’ and ‘by order of LB casting’.

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The agency based in Leeds has previously provided talent for Peaky Blinders.

This time around, they are casting men and women of all ethnicities with ‘natural looks that can portray a true reflection of the time period being told’.

This means you need to have no piercings, visible tattoos, false nails, tattooed or drawn eyebrows, or eyelash extensions.

Women must have mid to shoulder length hair that isn’t dyed with no obvious highlights and around a dress size of 12. 

For the blokes, there must be no ‘modern’ hair cuts including fades, dye or obvious highlights and you must be willing to have their head shaved if required.

The men must have chest measurements no bigger than 44 inches and have no modern beards or facial hair.

Extras are set to be paid at PACT Equity rates, however, travel and accommodation expenses will not be included.

The advert states: “Ideally we are looking for people who drive due to early call times and late finishes. Please ensure you can independently get to and from Manchester outside of peak times”.

If you fit the description and are over 16 you can send your details along with photos to apply@lbcastingltd.co.uk by January 3rd 2021.

You can see the Facebook post from LB Casting here.

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Viewers praise Paddy and Christine McGuinness after ‘eye-opening’ autism documentary

Paddy and Christine used their documentary to raise awareness of autism and to break down the stigma

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Viewers were left in tears last night following Paddy and Christine McGuinness’ debut BBC One documentary, Our Family and Autism.

Airing on Wednesday night at 9pm, the emotional documentary gave a rare insight into the home life of the McGuinness’, who are parents of three autistic children – twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity.

For the first time, the Bolton-bornTop Gear host opened up about spiralling into depression following his children’s autism diagnosis, wherein he admitted ‘throwing myself into my work’ as he struggled to cope and come to terms with the news.   

He said: “I got that down that I had to see a therapist and he diagnosed me with clinical depression. I used to think I was the last person in the world who would have depression because I earn a few quid.

“I didn’t instantly go, ‘oh I’m depressed’ because it was a very slow process. It chipped away at me, with all of the things you have to do, things you have to deal with as a parent of children with autism.

“But it dawned on me that, that’s it, that’s it forever. There’s no ‘they’ll get better as the years go on.'”

The couple also used the documentary to visit school children and young adults with autism to find out what the future may hold for their own children, dispel dangerous myths surrounding links with autism and vaccines, and even detail Christine’s own journey after recently being diagnosed with autism herself.

Former Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes also appeared in the documentary, where he sat down with the Top Gear host to discuss his own experiences as a father of a sixteen-year-old son who is both autistic and non-verbal.

Following the release of the documentary, viewers have been taking to social media to praise both Paddy and Christine for tackling such an important topic, with many admitting the documentary ‘changing their perspective on autism’ altogether.

One person wrote: “What a beautiful, open, informative and emotive documentary currently showing on BBC discussing #autism in our children. Thank you to Paddy, family and other contributors for sharing and opening up such an important topic for conversation.”

Another commented: “Paddy thank you for sharing your family and autism. We are beginning this journey with our grandson and the program helped so much.”

Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer. 

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Ex-Shameless star Rebecca Ryan is joining Corrie next week

The actress will be joining her little brother on the cobbles of Weatherfield

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Coronation Street is gaining a new cast member next week in the form of Shameless star Rebecca Ryan.

Rebecca, who played the role of Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 series, will be joining Corrie as Lydia, a character involved in a storyline with Sarah and her husband Adam Barlow – and it turns out she has connections with Adam’s past.

And the actress won’t struggle with making friends on the set as her younger brother Jack James Ryan returned to the cobbles just last week as bad boy Jacob Hay, who was last seen on the soap in March.

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Her proud brother wrote on Instagram: “Still can’t believe this is happening but I’m beyond proud to finally announce my ridiculously talented sister @rebeccaryan___ is joining the cast of @coronationstreet.

“When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I’d say ‘an actor on TV like my big sister’. You’ve been my biggest inspiration and I’ll never be able to articulate just how proud I am to be your little bro.

“They say never work with family but on this occasion I’d like to strongly disagree. Can’t wait for Lydia to hit our screens in December so make sure to keep an eye out to see what she gets up to! 

“Love you Bex.”

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Rebecca added that being part of the Coronation Street family is a ‘dream come true’, writing on social media: “THE NEWS IS OUT!! So excited to be joining the cast of Corrie.

“What a dream come true. Not only do I get to be a part of this amazing programme but I get to do it all with my best mate and little bro!! @jackjamesryan . Xx”

Rebecca’s acting credits also include Waterloo Road, where she played the role of Vicki MacDonald from 2009 – 2011. She then went on to portray hospital porter Gemma Dean in the medical drama Casualty from 2017 to 2019.

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Corrie fans left shocked after Roy Cropper reveals real reason for leaving the soap

Corrie will never be the same again…

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Opinions were divided among Coronation Street fans last night when the soap’s veteran Roy Cropper announced his sudden departure.

Roy, played by David Neilson, has been a staple part of the ITV soap since 1995 and has gained a loyal fanbase for his soft and gentle demeanour over the years.

However, fans were less than impressed by Roy’s sudden departure last night, where he abandoned his niece Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher. 

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In last night’s episode, Nina was shocked to discover from Adam Barlow that Roy had signed over his entire estate to her with immediate effect, which led her to worry that he was planning on taking his own life. 

In a shock twist, Roy then revealed that he was leaving the cobbles for a new job opportunity in South America, where he will be working as a chef (probably not rustling up bacon butties, I can imagine). 

This storyline twist left viewers scratching their heads, however, with many slamming the whole idea of Weatherfield’s finest chef sharing his expertise in an exotic foreign country. 

One puzzled Twitter user wrote: “I’m struggling to picture Roy Cropper in South America. Southport maybe.”

Another commented: “Just read that #Corrie‘s Roy Cropper might leave the street as he’s been offered a job as a chef in South America. He literally fries eggs and butters toast WHERE do they come up with these stories hahaha.”

A very good point indeed. 

Roy is starting a new life after the pressure mounted as police traced the gun used to kill Natasha Blakeman. Roy stopped Abi from shooting the teenage thug after the pair were washed away together in a Victorian sewer – as you do.

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