Irish actor Karl Shiels, best known for Peaky Blinders and Batman Begins, has died aged 47.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our client and friend Karl Shiels yesterday (Sunday),” his agent Lisa Richards in a statement.
“Karl was a uniquely talented individual, simultaneously intense, light-hearted, funny, sharp witted, outspoken and intensely powerful… Karl was a remarkable force in Irish theatre.
“Our hearts are broken but today our thoughts are with his partner Laura and his family, his children, their mother Dearbhla and his many close friends, among whom we count ourselves lucky to have been for so many years.”
Shiels played Ryan in the first season of Peaky Blinders.
His other credits included Into the Badlands, Foyle’s War, The Tudors, and Irish soap Fair City.