Why does Tommy Shelby lick his cigarette before smoking?

PEAKY Blinders fans are eagerly awaiting the hit drama’s sixth season to hit their screens – but viewers have a few questions.

The Birmingham-based BBC One drama ended in suspense.

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Tommy Shelby likes to smoke but fans have some questions about his habit

Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, was at death’s door in the series five finale.

His life was on the line as his plan to take out Oswald Mosley, Sam Clafin, backfired.

The Peaky Blinders are often seen smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey in their local pub, The Garrison.

Tommy often has a cigarette sticking out of his mouth, and viewers have a few questions.

Why does Tommy Shelby put his cigarette to his lips before smoking?

An unfiltered cigarette sticks to your lips, so rolling it over your mouth will dampen it and prevent this from happening.

Cillian Murphy, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread, said: “The cigarettes have the filter cut off by the props department and the paper sticks to my lips unless I moisten them.

“Then it became a Tommy tic.”

Who is Cillian Murphy?

Irish actor Cillian Murphy is best known for his portrayal of Thomas Shelby in the hit series Peaky Blinders.

Murphy has appeared in films such as Batman, Inception and Dunkirk.

But he is best known for his portrayal of Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

The BBC drama is set in 1920s Birmingham and chronicles the escapades of the Shelby family gang.

What will be the fate of Tommy Shelby in the next season of Peaky Blinders?

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What will be the fate of Tommy Shelby in the next season of Peaky Blinders?Credit: BBC

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