Cillian Murphy
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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 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.

Cillian Murphy's Highest grossing Movies

Cillian Murphy's Highest Rated Movies

Cillian Murphy is known for:

Cillian Murphy Movie Credits

28 Days Later

Character : Jim

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Character : Damien O'Donovan


Character : Robert Capa


Breakfast on Pluto

Character : Patrick 'Kitten' Braden

Watching the Detectives

Character : Neil


Character : John Skillpa

Perrier's Bounty

Character : Michael McCrea

On the Edge

Character : Jonathan Breech


Character : Martin

The Delinquent Season

Character : Jim


Character : J. Robert Oppenheimer

Red Eye

Character : Jackson Rippner

Disco Pigs

Character : Pig / Darren


Character : Davin McDerby

The Water

Character : Son

A Man of Few Words

Character : Best Man

At Death's Door

Character : Young Reaper


Character : Phil


Character : Josef Gabčík

Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth

Character : Himself - Narrator

A Quiet Place Part II

Character : Emmett


Character : Narrator

Peaky Blinders: A peek behind the curtain

Character : Tommy Shelby / Himself

All of This Unreal Time

Character : Man

Untitled Peaky Blinders Film

Character : Tommy Shelby

The Irish Revolution

Character : Self - Narrator (voice)

The Silent City

Character : Unnamed Character

In Time

Character : Raymond Leon

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

Filleann an Feall

Character : Ger

Kensuke's Kingdom

Character : No character defined

I'm the Man

Character : Narrator

Ken Loach in Conversation with Cillian Murphy

Character : Himself

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Character : Pieter

The Edge of Love

Character : William Killick


Character : John

Free Fire

Character : Chris


Character : Lenny Miller

The Making of 'Red Eye'

Character : Self


Character : Agent Donald Buchanan


Character : Brendan McBride

Sweety Barrett

Character : Pat the Barman


Character : Shivering Soldier

How to Make a Ken Loach Film

Character : Interviewee

Batman Begins

Character : Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow

The Overcoat

Character : Akaky (voice)

The Trench

Character : Rag Rookwood


Character : Robert Fischer, Jr.

The Party

Character : Tom

The Dunkirk Spirit: Behind the Making of the Movie

Character : Himself

The Dark Knight Rises

Character : Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Character : Himself

Carry on Ken

Character : No character defined

TRON: Legacy

Character : Edward Dillinger

The Dark Knight

Character : Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow

Cold Mountain

Character : Bardolph

The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy

Character : Himself (archive footage)

Lennon or McCartney

Character : Self

Cillian Murphy Tv Credits

The Way We Live Now

Character : Paul Montague

Peaky Blinders

Character : Tommy Shelby

The Irish Revolution

Character : Self - Narrator (voice)

A World of Calm

Character : Narrator

Fight for First: Excel Esports

Character : Narrator

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Character : Self