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Birthday: May 25, 1976
Place of Birth: Douglas, Cork, Ireland

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.

Filmography
Movie Cast Year
28 Days Later Jim 2002
The Wind That Shakes the Barley Damien O'Donovan 2006
Sunshine Robert Capa 2007
Breakfast on Pluto Patrick 'Kitten' Braden 2005
Watching the Detectives Neil 2007
Peacock John Skillpa 2010
Perrier's Bounty Michael McCrea 2009
On the Edge Jonathan Breech 2001
Retreat Martin 2011
The Delinquent Season Jim 2018
Red Eye Jackson Rippner 2005
Disco Pigs Pig / Darren 2001
Sunburn Davin McDerby 1999
The Water Son 2009
Watchmen Phil 2001
A Man of Few Words Best Man 2000
At Death's Door Young Reaper 1999
Anthropoid Josef Gabčík 2016
Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth Himself - Narrator 2015
A Quiet Place: Part II 2020
Waveriders Narrator 2008
The Silent City Unnamed Character 2006
In Time Timekeeper Raymond Leon 2011
Red Lights Tom Buckley 2012
How Harry Became a Tree Gus 2002
Broken Mike Kiernan 2012
In the Heart of the Sea Matthew Joy 2015
Aloft Ivan 2014
Filleann an Feall Ger 2000
Kensuke's Kingdom 1970
Girl with a Pearl Earring Pieter 2003
The Edge of Love William Killick 2008
Intermission John 2003
Free Fire Chris 2017
Anna Lenny Miller 2019
The Making of Dunkirk himself 2017
Eviction Brendan McBride 1999
Sweety Barrett Pat the Barman 1999
How to Make a Ken Loach Film Interviewee 2016
Batman Begins Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow 2005
Inception Robert Fischer 2010
Transcendence Agent Donald Buchanan 2014
The Overcoat Akaky (voice) 2018
The Trench Rag Rookwood 1999
The Party Tom 2017
Dunkirk Shivering Soldier 2017
The Dark Knight Rises Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow 2012
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach Himself 2016
TRON: Legacy Edward Dillinger 2010
Cold Mountain Bardolph 2003
The Dark Knight Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow 2008
Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) 2014
Series Cast Year
The Way We Live Now Paul Montague 2001
Peaky Blinders Tommy Shelby 2013
The Irish Revolution Narrator (voice) 2019
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