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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'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.

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May 25, 1976 In Douglas, Cork, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sweety Barrett 1999-04-16
Latest Project:
Movie Oppenheimer 2023-07-19
Known For
Poster of The Dark Knight Rises
Poster of Inception
Poster of The Dark Knight
Poster of Batman Begins
Movie Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer 2023-07-19
Series Fight for First: Excel Esports Narrator 2021-01-13
Movie A Quiet Place Part II Emmett 2021-05-21
Series The Irish Revolution Self - Narrator (voice) 2019-02-04
Movie Anna Lenny Miller 2019-06-19
Movie The Dunkirk Spirit: Behind the Making of the Movie Himself 2018-02-12
Movie The Delinquent Season Jim 2018-04-27
Movie Free Fire Chris 2017-03-31
Movie Dunkirk Shivering Soldier 2017-07-19
Movie The Party Tom 2017-07-27
Movie Anthropoid Josef Gabčík 2016-08-12
Movie Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach Himself 2016-06-30
Movie How to Make a Ken Loach Film Interviewee 2016-12-01
Movie Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth Himself - Narrator 2015-08-31
Movie In the Heart of the Sea Matthew Joy 2015-11-20
Movie Aloft Ivan 2014-02-12
Movie Lennon or McCartney Self 2014-12-12
Movie Transcendence Agent Donald Buchanan 2014-04-16
Series Peaky Blinders Tommy Shelby 2013-09-12
Movie The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Himself (archive footage) 2013-09-24
Movie Broken Mike Kiernan 2012-08-22
Movie Red Lights Tom Buckley 2012-03-02
Movie The Dark Knight Rises Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow 2012-07-16
Movie Retreat Martin 2011-10-14
Movie In Time Raymond Leon 2011-10-27
Movie Inception Robert Fischer, Jr. 2010-07-15
Movie Peacock John Skillpa 2010-04-20
Movie TRON: Legacy Edward Dillinger 2010-12-14
Movie The Water Son 2009-06-04
Movie Perrier's Bounty Michael McCrea 2009-09-11
Movie Waveriders Narrator 2008-01-01
Movie The Dark Knight Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow 2008-07-14
Movie The Edge of Love William Killick 2008-06-20
Movie Sunshine Robert Capa 2007-04-05
Movie Watching the Detectives Neil 2007-05-01
Movie The Silent City Unnamed Character 2006-10-01
Movie The Wind That Shakes the Barley Damien O'Donovan 2006-03-23
Movie Batman Begins Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow 2005-06-10
Movie Breakfast on Pluto Patrick 'Kitten' Braden 2005-09-03
Movie Red Eye Jackson Rippner 2005-08-19
Movie Intermission John 2003-08-29
Movie Girl with a Pearl Earring Pieter 2003-12-12
Movie Cold Mountain Bardolph 2003-12-24
Movie How Harry Became a Tree Gus 2002-03-01
Movie 28 Days Later Jim 2002-10-31
Movie On the Edge Jonathan Breech 2001-08-10
Movie Watchmen Phil 2001-06-04
Movie Disco Pigs Pig / Darren 2001-10-05
Series The Way We Live Now Paul Montague 2001-11-11
Movie Filleann an Feall Ger 2000-06-04
Movie A Man of Few Words Best Man 2000-06-04
Movie Sweety Barrett Pat the Barman 1999-04-16
Movie At Death's Door Young Reaper 1999-06-04
Movie Sunburn Davin McDerby 1999-12-12
Movie Eviction Brendan McBride 1999-12-02
Movie The Trench Rag Rookwood 1999-09-17