The Peaky Blinders cast has been rocked by the tragic death of actress Helen McCrory after a battle with cancer.
The 52-year-old television star, who played Aunt Polly Gray in the BBC show for five seasons, has been at the forefront of the hit crime drama since it began back in 2013.
Peaky Blinders season six is currently in the midst of production, but it's unclear whether fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the late star in the upcoming series or not.
Helen's husband Damien Lewis confirmed on social media on Friday 16 April that the actress had sadly passed away after a brave battle with cancer.
He wrote on Twitter : "I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family."
The Homeland actor added: "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."
From secret feuds and sexy scandals to the biggest showbiz headlines - we're serving up a daily dose of gossip.
Get the inside scoop on all your favourite celebs with our daily newsletter delivered straight to your inbox for free.
You can sign up here.
A statement from BBC's Director of Drama, Piers Wenger read: "Helen was one of the finest actresses this country will ever see. From Potter to Peaky, from Blair to Bond, Helen’s fearlessness made every part she played unique and unmissable.
"Her body of work speaks of her extraordinary talent, what it doesn’t speak of is her kindness, intelligence and sense of fun.
"This is too soon, too cruel. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this incredibly sad time," he added.
A statement on behalf of the Peaky Blinders crew read: "Helen’s performance as Polly Gray was inspirational, joyous, transgressive, hilarious and incredibly moving. As a person she was off-the-scale charismatic, and deeply caring. We feel so privileged to have worked with her over the last decade. All our thoughts and love are with Damian and family."
Prior to her death, it had been confirmed that Helen was set to assume the role of Aunt Polly once again for the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders.
While some fans speculated that the character might be exiting the show, creator Steven Knight confirmed during a Q&A at the BFI that the star's character would return for the final season.
When asked whether Helen's character would survive until the end, he simply responded "Yes."
Helen had also confirmed last year that she had decided to stay on with the show, despite considering stepping away from Peaky Blinders in the past.
"I had a wonderful offer of another thing by one of the people I think is the most talented people," she told the Express at the time.
“And I said no and came back to this because I feel it’s given me so much.
She added: “You see it through to the end if somebody wants to, you don’t just go ‘thank you.' And also I want to see it through to the end.”
In the By Order of The Peaky Blinders book, she also said: "“Polly will continue to be battered by life because she loves it so fully. Anyone who lives it that full, and takes risks in that way, will be battered."
Following almost a year of delays as a result of the pandemic, the BBC cast was finally spotted on set in March as production got underway on the final season.
At the time, actors Paul Anderson and Natasha O’Keeffe were spotted in Manchester wearing their period dress as filming got underway. It is unclear whether Helen had filmed any scenes for the new series.
The final season is expected to air in late 2021 or early 2022.
The Mirror has contacted a representative for the BBC asking for comment.