“Peaky Blinders” actor Karl Shiels has died at the age of 47.
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On Monday, Shiels' death was confirmed by his agent Lisa Richard. She told Metro, “Karl was a uniquely talented individual, simultaneously intense, lighthearted, funny, sharp-witted, outspoken and intensely powerful as an actor, director and artistic director of the Theatre Upstairs — where he was such a support and mentor for young writers, actors and directors — and of his own company Semper Fi before that.”
“Karl was a remarkable force in Irish theatre and hugely loved and respected by all who worked with him,” Richard continued. “Our hearts are broken but today our thoughts are with his partner Laura and his family, his children and their mother Dearbhla and his many close friends among whom we count ourselves lucky to have been for so many years.”
Shiels' cause of death is still unknown.
In 2013, Shiels played Ryan on the first season of “Peaky Blinders.”
Shiels also appeared in “Batman Begins” (2005) and on the 2017 series “Into the Badlands.”
Shiels had been portraying Robbie Quinn on the Dublin soap opera “Fair City” for the past five years.
After news broke about his death, his “Fair City” co-star Eric Lalor tweeted, “Absolutely stunned and heartbroken to hear of the death of Karl Shiels. A hugely gifted actor and a really great friend, I will miss him so much. Thinking of his gorgeous family, may he Rest In Peace.”
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For those of us waking up this morning saying we'd give anything to spend another hour in the company of the great @KarlShiels, I hope this goes some way to filling that void.