They've already shared business success by opening two town centre food outlets.

So it made sense that Huddersfield twins Jeff and Matt Postlethwaite made their screen debuts together by appearing in the new BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

The 21-year-old graduates burst on to the acting scene in last night’s gangster epic, taking on the shady roles of gang members Nipper and Henry.

The twins had to battle it out for parts in the series, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Sam Neill.

But they weren’t fazed despite only working on television commercials to pay their way through their Huddersfield University degrees.

Jeff, who runs Twists Pasta on New Street, said: “It was one of the first big auditions we’d been to so it was quite nerve-wracking.

“It was between us and some twin models from London. I think they chose us because we were less model looking.

“We met all the big actors and made good friends with them.

“I think our friends were more excited about us meeting them than we were.

“It was great and I’m now really looking forward to watching it on the television.”

 

The brothers, who come from Egremont, near Whitehaven, in the Lake District, spent four months filming the six-part drama, set in 1919 Birmingham.

The story explores the lives of the city’s most notorious gangs from a century ago – the Peaky Blinders.

Their chilling nickname derived from the razor blades carefully stitched into the front of their caps which were used to blind their victims.

Many of the scenes were filmed at Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge and in Birmingham, where the part fictional, part historical drama is set.

“Jeff added: “It is shot like a film so the budget was quite a lot. Some of the scenes are a bit gruesome.

“We had to scuffle a bit with different weapons, but nothing too nasty.

“I think I had to hold an old-fashioned drill and Matt had a chain, then we both had machetes at one point.

“We filmed a lot of it out of order, so I’m just really looking forward to seeing how it has all come together.”

 

Matt, who runs Queensgate Market’s Wrapik, and his brother are both managed by Manchester-based agents Scream.

They have also just returned from auditioning in New York for film roles.

They now hope to pursue their acting dreams alongside running their food businesses.

Peaky Blinders is on BBC2 on Thursdays at 9pm.