Cillian Murphy

Actor / Screenwriter / Composer / Musician / Disc Jockey / Television Producer | * 05/25/1976 (44) | Douglas, Cork, Ireland
Cillian Murphy (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish actor and musician. He began his career performing as a rock musician. After turning down a record deal, he began his acting career in theatre, and in short and independent films in the late 1990s. His first notable film roles include 28 Days Later (2002), Intermission (2003), Red Eye (2005), and Breakfast on Pluto (2005). For the last one of these, he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, and won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor. Murphy played the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–12). In the 2000s, he starred in films such as The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), Sunshine (2007),... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Thriller | Action

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Awards & Nominations for Cillian Murphy

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy 2x BIFA Award for Best Performance by An Actor in a British Independent Film MTV Movie Award for Best Villain BAFTA Rising Star Award BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-person Show European Film Award for Best Actor

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Movies with Cillian Murphy as Actor(53)

as Emmett2021 A Quiet Place Part II
as Lenny Miller2019 Anna
as Akaky (voice)2018 The Overcoat
as Shivering Soldier2017 Dunkirk
as Tom2017 The Party
as Chris2017 Free Fire
as himself2017 The Making of Dunkirk
as Josef Gabčík2016 Anthropoid
as Himself - Narrator2015 Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth
as Matthew Joy2015 In the Heart of the Sea
as Himself (archive footage)2014 Lennon or McCartney
as Agent Donald Buchanan2014 Transcendence
as Ivan2014 Aloft
as Mike Kiernan2012 Broken
as Tom Buckley2012 Red Lights
as Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow2012 The Dark Knight Rises
as Martin2011 Retreat
as Timekeeper Raymond Leon2011 In Time
as Edward Dillinger2010 TRON: Legacy
as John Skillpa2010 Peacock
as Robert Fischer2010 Inception
as Michael McCrea2009 Perrier's Bounty
as Son2009 The Water
as William Killick2008 The Edge of Love
as Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow2008 The Dark Knight
as Narrator2008 Waveriders
as Robert Capa2007 Sunshine
as Damien O'Donovan2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
as Unnamed Character2006 The Silent City
as Jackson Rippner2005 Red Eye
as Patrick 'Kitten' Braden2005 Breakfast on Pluto
as Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow2005 Batman Begins
as John2003 Intermission
as Bardolph2003 Cold Mountain
as Jim2002 28 Days Later
as Phil2001 Watchmen
as Jonathan Breech2001 On the Edge
as Pig / Darren2001 Disco Pigs
as Best Man2000 A Man of Few Words
as Young Reaper1999 At Death's Door
as Brendan McBride1999 Eviction
as Davin McDerby1999 Sunburn
as Pat the Barman1999 Sweety Barrett
as Rag Rookwood1999 The Trench

TV Shows/Series with Cillian Murphy as Actor(3)

as Narrator (voice)2019 The Irish Revolution
as Tommy Shelby2013 Peaky Blinders
as Paul Montague2001 The Way We Live Now

Movies with Cillian Murphy as Crew(1)

Writing/Writer2001 Watchmen

TV Shows/Series with Cillian Murphy as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer2013 Peaky Blinders

Additional Information

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Full Name: Cillian Murphy
Citizenships: Ireland, Armenia
Born: Tuesday, 05/25 1976 (May) in Douglas (current age: 44 years + 188 days)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Presentation Brothers College, University College Cork
Spouses (current/former): Yvonne McGuinness
Other names for Cillian Murphy (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Киллиан Мерфи"
"คิลเลียน เมอร์ฟี"
"킬리언 머피"
"كيليان مورفي"
Cillian Murphy frequently works together with these people:
Christopher Nolan (19x, Crew)
John Papsidera (8x, Crew)
Emma Thomas (8x, Crew)
Nathan Crowley (7x, Crew)
Hans Bjerno (7x, Crew)
Craig Hosking (7x, Crew)
Wally Pfister (7x, Crew)
Morgan Freeman (6x, Actor)
Michael Caine (6x, Actor)
Hans Zimmer (6x, Crew)
Matt Schichter (6x, Crew)
Colm McCarthy (2x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:61, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 11/24/2020