Peaky Blinders actor Karl Shiels dead at 47


Peaky Blinders and Batman Begins actor Karl Shiels has died at the age of 47.

The Irish actor, 42, is known for playing Ryan in an episode of Peaky Blinders in 2013, and Arkham Thug #3 in Batman Begins.

Shiels also starred as Robbie Quinn in the hit Irish soap, Fair City.

The TV star started out as an electrician but took up acting in the early ’90s and enrolled in the Gaiety School of Acting.

It’s unclear how the actor died.

Karl Shiels starred in Batman Begins.

Shiels’ agent Lisa Richard confirmed that the actor has passed away on Sunday.

She said in a statement: “Karl was a uniquely talented individual, simultaneously intense, light-hearted, 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.

“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.”

Karl Shiels has died at the age of 47.

Tributes have poured in for the actor who worked across a range of internationally-acclaimed televisions show including The Clinic, Fair City, Intermission, and Capital Letters — for which he received an IFTA nomination in 2004.

Comedian and fellow Fair City actor, Eric Lalor said: “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.”

Shiels’ last Instagram picture was posted on April 21 and showed him holding a baby.

“First Prize at the annual ‘You’ll Do Falking Nuttin’ Contest,'” he captioned the post.

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