Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

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    • May 25th, 1976
Cillian Murphy is an Irish film and theatre actor. He is often noted by critics for his chameleonic performances in diverse roles and distinctive blue eyes. A native of Cork, Murphy began his performing career as a rock musician. After turning down a record deal, he made his professional acting debut in the play Disco Pigs in 1996. He went on to star in Irish and UK film and stage productions throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, first coming to international attention in 2003 as the hero in the post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later. Murphy is best known for his work with director Christopher Nolan, where he appeared as the villain Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in all three films in the Dark Knight trilogy. Murphy has also worked with Nolan on Inception and Dunkirk. In 2013, Murphy started working on a TV show for BBC titled “Peaky Blinders” as the show’s lead role, Thomas Shelby. The show is still airing as of 2020 with five highly critically acclaimed seasons under its belt A resident of London since 2001, Murphy often works in or near the city and has expressed no desire to move to Hollywood. Uncomfortable on the celebrity circuit, he customarily gives interviews about his work, but does not appear on television talk shows or discuss details of his private life with the press. Born in Douglas and raised in Ballintemple, two suburbs of Cork, Cillian Murphy is the eldest of four children. His father, Brendan, works for the Irish Department of Education and his mother is a French teacher. Not only are his parents educators, but his aunts and uncles are also teachers, as was his grandfather. Musicianship also runs in the family, and Murphy started playing music and writing songs at age ten. In mid-2004, Murphy married his long-time live-in girlfriend, Yvonne McGuinness, an artist whom he met in 1996 at one of his rock band's shows. The couple live in northwest London with their two sons Malachy (born in 2005) and Aaron (born in 2007). Murphy is known for being reluctant to speak about his personal life. He frequently gives interviews about his work but did not appear on a single live TV chat show, where actors customarily share information about their private lives, until 2010, when he was a guest on The Late Late Show on Ireland's RTÉ to promote Perrier's Bounty. He does not have a stylist or a personal publicist, travels without an entourage, and often attends premieres alone. Shy and private, Murphy professes a lack of interest in the celebrity scene, finding the red carpet experience "a challenge... and not one I want to overcome." He intentionally practices a lifestyle that will not interest the tabloids: "I haven't created any controversy, I don't sleep around, I don't go and fall down drunk." Murphy is friends with fellow Irish actors Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson, looking up to the latter like a "surrogate movie dad". But primarily, Murphy's close friendships are those he made before becoming a star.

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Acting (38 Credits)

2020A Quiet Place Part II as Emmett
2019Anna as Lenny Miller
2018The Delinquent Season as Jim
2017The Party as Tom
2017Dunkirk as Shivering Soldier
2016Anthropoid as Josef Gabčík
2016Free Fire as Chris
2015In the Heart of the Sea as Matthew Joy
2014Aloft as Ivan
2014Transcendence as Agent Donald Buchanan
2013Peaky Blinders as Tommy Shelby
2012Red Lights as Tom BuckleyWatch Free
2012Broken as Mike Kiernan
2012The Dark Knight Rises as Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
2011Retreat as Martin
2011In Time as Raymond Leon
2010Peacock as John SkillpaWatch Free
2010Inception as Robert Fischer
2010TRON: Legacy as Edward Dillinger
2009Perrier's Bounty as Michael McCrea
2008The Edge of Love as William Killick
2008The Dark Knight as Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
2007Watching the Detectives as Neil
2007Sunshine as Robert Capa
2006The Wind that Shakes the Barley as Damien O'Donovan
2006The Silent City as Unnamed Character
2005Breakfast on Pluto as Patrick 'Kitten' Braden
2005Red Eye as Jackson Rippner
2005Batman Begins as Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
2003Girl with a Pearl Earring as Pieter
2003Intermission as John
2003Cold Mountain as Bardolph
200228 Days Later... as Jim
2001On the Edge as Jonathan Breech
2001Disco Pigs as Pig / Darren
2001How Harry Became a Tree as Gus
2001The Way We Live Now as Paul Montague
1999The Trench as Rag RookwoodWatch Free


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