Cillian Murphy

Actor / Screenwriter / Composer / Musician / Disc Jockey / Television Producer | * 05/25/1976 (48) | Douglas, Cork (Ireland)
Cillian Murphy ( KILL-ee-ən; born 25 May 1976) is an Irish actor. He made his professional debut in Enda Walsh's 1996 play Disco Pigs, a role he later reprised in the 2001 screen adaptation. His early film credits include the horror film 28 Days Later (2002), the dark comedy Intermission (2003), the thriller Red Eye (2005), the Irish war drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), and the science fiction thriller Sunshine (2007). He played a transgender Irish woman in the comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Murphy began his collaboration with filmmaker Christopher Nolan in 2005, playing the Scarecrow in ()
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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 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.

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

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Awards & Nominations for Cillian Murphy

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Academy Award for Best Actor BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Screen Actors Guild Awards Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a 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 Solo Performance European Film Award for Best Actor
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Movies with Cillian Murphy as Actor(62)

as Bill Furlong2024 Small Things Like These
as Jim2024 28 Years Later
as Tommy Shelby2023 Untitled Peaky Blinders Film
as J. Robert Oppenheimer2023 Oppenheimer
as Self - J. Robert Oppenheimer2023 Inside Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer
as Emmett2021 A Quiet Place Part II
as Self - Narrator (voice)2019 The Irish Revolution
as Lenny Miller2019 Anna
as Akaky (voice)2018 The Overcoat
as Shivering Soldier2017 Dunkirk
as Tom2017 The Party
as Chris2017 Free Fire
as Interviewee2016 How to Make a Ken Loach Film
as Josef Gabčík2016 Anthropoid
as Himself - Narrator2015 Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth
as Matthew Joy2015 In the Heart of the Sea
as himself2014 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 Raymond Leon2011 In Time
as Edward Dillinger (uncredited)2010 TRON: Legacy
as John Skillpa2010 Peacock
as Robert Fischer, Jr.2010 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 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 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(6)

as Narrator2020 A World of Calm
as Self - 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(3)

Production/Producer2024 Small Things Like These
Production/Executive Producer2024 28 Years Later
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
Citizenship: Ireland
Born: Tuesday, 05/25 1976 (May) in Douglas, Cork (Ireland) (current age: 48 years + 4 days)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
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"
"کیلین مورفی"
"Кілліан Мерфі"
Cillian Murphy frequently works together with these people:
Christopher Nolan (23x, Crew)
John Papsidera (8x, Crew)
Craig Hosking (8x, Crew)
Emma Thomas (8x, Crew)
Richard King (8x, Crew)
Hans Bjerno (7x, Crew)
Wally Pfister (7x, Crew)
Brendan Gleeson (6x, Actor)
Rodrigo Cortés (6x, Crew)
Jay Wejebe (6x, Crew)
Nilo Otero (6x, Crew)
Ruán Magan (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:61, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/25/2024