Karl Shiels funeral – Stars turn out to bid farewell to Peaky Blinders actor aged 47

STARS turned out to say goodbye to tragic Peaky Blinders' star Karl Shiels in Dublin today.

The Dublin-born actor starred in Batman Begins and Peaky Blinders' among other internationally-acclaimed television shows and films.

It is believed the 47-year-old died in his sleep "repeatedly falling asleep during filming".

Sources speaking to the Mail Online said he died in his sleep after he was seen nodding off on the Irish soap Fair City during shoots.

The actor had also reportedly been seen on crutches and "in a lot of pain" shortly before his death.

Karl starred as Robbie Quinn, a shady wheeler-dealer, in the Irish soap Fair City.

His funeral mass was attended by a number of his friends including Pauline McGlynn who starred in Father Ted.

Co-stars from Fair City included Bryan Murray, Aisling O'Neill and Rebecca Grimes.

His family has requested that donations should be made to addiction treatment centre Hope House.

He is survived by his twin daughters and their mum Dearbhla, his partner Laura Honan, dad Henry, step-mum Irene, brother Jason, sisters Lisa and Lianne, stepbrother Just, aunt Nan, uncles John and Jimmy.


He starred as Ryan in the first series of Peaky Blinders in 2013.

During his illustrious career he worked on internationally-acclaimed television shows and films including Batman Begins, Veronica Guerin, Intermrission, The Clinic, and Capital Letters for which he was nominated for an IFTA for Best Actor in 2004.

Shiels also took on smaller roles in prominent films and TV shows.

He starred as Arkham Thug #3 in Batman Begins and as Packington’s killer in the 2009 series of The Tudors.

Ryan started out as an electrician but changed direction in the early 90s and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting.

He became a regular on hit RTE show Fair City in 2014 and went on to become one of the prominent characters.


Tributes poured  for the “remarkable” actor who was “loved by all”.

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 on Monday.

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.

“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.”

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