Cillian Murphy


Cillian Murphy

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's best-known roles are as villains in two 2005 blockbusters: the Scarecrow in the superhero film Batman Begins, and Jackson Rippner in the thriller Red Eye. Next came two contrasting, widely acclaimed starring roles: his Golden Globe Award-nominated performance as transgender outcast "Kitten" in 2005's Breakfast on Pluto and a turn as a 1920s Irish revolutionary in the 2006 Palme d'Or winner, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. In 2010, Murphy will co-star in Inception, a big budget movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio by Batman Begins/The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. 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.

Cillian Murphy's Highest grossing Movies

Cillian Murphy's Highest Rated Movies

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Cillian Murphy is known for:



The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight



The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders

The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

Cillian Murphy Movie Credits

28 Days Later

Character : Jim

Batman Begins

Character : Dr. Jonathan Crane

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Character : Damien O'Donovan



Character : Robert Capa

Breakfast on Pluto

Character : Patrick 'Kitten' Braden

Cold Mountain

Character : Bardolph

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Character : Pieter

Watching the Detectives

Character : Neil

Red Eye

Character : Jackson Rippner


Character : John Skillpa

Disco Pigs

Character : Pig / Darren

The Trench

Character : Rag Rookwood


Character : Robert Fischer

The Silent City

Character : Unnamed Character

Perrier's Bounty

Character : Michael McCrea

The Edge of Love

Character : William Killick


Character : Davin McDerby


Character : John

The Dark Knight Rises

Character : Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow

In Time

Character : Timekeeper Raymond Leon

On the Edge

Character : Jonathan Breech


Character : Martin

Red Lights

Character : Tom Buckley

How Harry Became a Tree

Character : Gus


Character : Mike Kiernan

In the Heart of the Sea

Character : Matthew Joy


Character : Ivan


Character : Agent Donald Buchanan

The Party

Character : Tom

TRON: Legacy

Character : Edward Dillinger

The Water

Character : Son


Character : Phil

A Man of Few Words

Character : Best Man

Filleann an Feall

Character : Ger

At Death's Door

Character : Young Reaper


Character : Brendan McBride


Character : Josef Gabčík

Sweety Barrett

Character : Pat the Barman

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth

Character : Himself - Narrator

Free Fire

Character : Chris

Lennon or McCartney

Character : Himself (archive footage)

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Character : No character defined

The Dark Knight

Character : Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow


Character : Shivering Soldier

The Delinquent Season

Character : Jim


Character : No character defined

How to Make a Ken Loach Film

Character : Interviewee

The Making of Dunkirk

Character : himself

Cillian Murphy Tv Credits

The Way We Live Now

Character : Paul Montague

Peaky Blinders

Character : Tommy Shelby