“Peaky Blinders” and “Batman Begins” actor Karl Shiels has died at the age of 47-years-old.
The Irish actor was known for playing Ryan in the 2013 series of “Peaky Blinders” staring opposite Cillian Murphy. Karl also starred in the Irish soap “Fair City” where he played Robbie.
The Dublin-born actor worked on internationally-acclaimed television shows and films including “Batman Begins,” “Veronica Guerin,” “Intermission,” “The Clinic,” and “Capital Letters” for which he was nominated for an IFTA for Best Actor in 2004.
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He starred as Arkham Thug No. 3 in “Batman Begins” and as Packington’s killer in the 2009 series of “The Tudors.”
Tributes are already pouring in for the loved actor.
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Comedian and fellow “Fair City” actor who played Cathal Spillane, 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.”
His agent Lisa Richard confirmed that Shiels had passed away yesterday.
She said in a statement: “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.
Director of “Copper Face Jacks: The Musical” has said that Karl will be “sorely missed.”