Cillian Murphy

 

 

Cillian Murphy

Douglas, Cork, Ireland

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.

 

Movies

28 Days Later
Jim
Batman Begins
Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Damien O'Donovan
Sunshine
Robert Capa
Breakfast on Pluto
Patrick 'Kitten' Braden
Cold Mountain
Bardolph
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Pieter
Watching the Detectives
Neil
Red Eye
Jackson Rippner
Peacock
John Skillpa
Disco Pigs
Pig / Darren
The Trench
Rag Rookwood
Inception
Robert Fischer
The Silent City
Unnamed Character
Perrier’s Bounty
Michael McCrea
The Edge of Love
William Killick
Sunburn
Davin McDerby
Intermission
John
The Dark Knight Rises
Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
In Time
Timekeeper Raymond Leon
On the Edge
Jonathan Breech
Retreat
Martin
Red Lights
Tom Buckley
How Harry Became a Tree
Gus
Broken
Mike Kiernan
In the Heart of the Sea
Matthew Joy
Aloft
Ivan
Transcendence
Agent Donald Buchanan
The Party
Tom
TRON: Legacy
Edward Dillinger
The Water
Son
Watchmen
Phil
A Man of Few Words
Best Man
Filleann an Feall
Ger
At Death's Door
Young Reaper
Eviction
Brendan McBride
Anthropoid
Josef Gabčík
Sweety Barrett
Pat the Barman
Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth
Himself - Narrator
The Way We Live Now
Paul Montague
Free Fire
Chris
Lennon or McCartney
Himself (archive footage)
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
No character defined
The Dark Knight
Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Dunkirk
Shivering Soldier
The Delinquent Season
No character defined
Anna
No character defined

Tv

The Way We Live Now
No character defined
Peaky Blinders
Tommy Shelby