Actor Cillian Murphy said he "couldn't be more chuffed" to host a Sunday afternoon show on the BBC.

The Peaky Blinders star will be hosting a series of shows from next month. He is taking over from Guy Garvey, who is taking an extended break from his BBC 6 Music show to work on his next album.

The Irish actor said in a statement: "As a music lover, mixtape obsessive and long-time 6 Music fan I couldn’t be more chuffed to be asked to sit in for Guy on his hiatus."

He added: "His show has been a constant companion for me and my family on Sunday afternoons for many years now, and it will be an honour to pick the tunes in that slot for a while.

"6Music is the best radio station in the world and I look forward to becoming a temporary houseguest!"

The 42-year-old Dunkirk and Inception star, who pursued a career as a musician before moving into acting, will present the show from March 3 until the summer. It airs on Sundays from 2pm-4pm.

Paul Rodgers, head of BBC Radio 6 Music, said: "We're delighted Cillian will be joining 6 Music for the next few months.

"His music selections are always interesting and I think listeners will love hearing him on 6 Music on Sunday afternoons."

Murphy has previously presented one-off shows on 6 Music, including The Sound of Cinema and a programme last Christmas featuring his favourite artists and Irish musicians.