Cillian Murphy biography, Career, Family, Networth, Marriage

Who Is Cillian Murphy?

Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor best known for his lead role ” Tommy Shelby” in the series Peaky Blinders. Apart from acting, he began his career as the lead singer, pianist, and songwriter for a rock band called The Son of Mr. Green Genes.

Cillian Murphy

In addition, in the 1990s he declined a recording deal and he started acting on stage and short films.

Moreover, some of his famous film roles include; Disco Pigs in 2001, Jim in the zombie horror 28 Days Later in 2002, John in the dark comedy Intermission in 2003, Jackson Rippner in the action thriller Red Eye in 2005, and Patrick “Kitten” Braden in the comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto in 2005.


Early Career


In September 1996, he landed an audition at Corcadorca Theater Company. In order to get this audition, he had to pressure Pat Kiernan. After he got the audition, he made his professional acting debut on the stage, playing the part of a volatile Cork teenager in Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs.

While Walsh was describing how he met Murphy and discovered him, he said “There was something about him that made you say, “My God?” He was extremely enigmatic, and he would go into a room with great presence and make you go, “My God.” Moreover, he went ahead and added, “it had nothing to do with those bleeding eyes that everyone is always talking about.”

Initially, Disco Pigs was intended to run for three weeks in Cork, but it ended up touring throughout Europe, Canada, and Australia for two years. In order to tour all these places, Murphy had to leave both university and his band. Despite him having the intention to go back to playing music. Murphy secured representation following his first agent getting a performance of Disco Pigs, and his acting career began to take off.

How Old Is Cillian Murphy?

He was born on May 25, 1976, and he is 45 years old as of 2021.

Cillian Murphy Family

Who are His Parents?

He was born in Douglas, Cork as the son of Brendan Murphy. His mother worked as a teacher where he was teaching french while his father was working in the Department of Education and Skills. In addition, his grandfather, aunts, and uncles were also teachers.

Does He Have Siblings?

He has three siblings, a younger brother by the name of Paidi and two younger sisters Sile and Orla. He is the oldest in a family of four kids.

Cillian Murphy Education

Since he was raised in the catholic foundation, he attended a Catholic high school known as Presentation Brothers College. In high school, he was good academically but he often found himself in trouble and sometimes he would even be suspended. After he completed his secondary education he enrolled in a law school at the University College Cork in 1996, though he failed in his first-year exam since he was not interested in that career.

Cillian Murphy Wife

He is happily married to Yvonne McGuinness, who is his long-term girlfriend. The two met way back in 1996, while he was at one of his rock band’s shows. The couple lived in London from 2001 to 2015 then they relocated to Dublin.

Cillian Murphy Kids

The couple welcomed their firstborn son named Malachy in 2005 and their second-born son in July 2007.

2002 -2004

In 2005 Murphy landed a role where he starred as Dr. Jonathan Crane in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Initially, he was asked to audition for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. However, Murphy never saw himself as having the right qualities for the superhero but leaped at the chance to connect with director Nolan.

Moreover, despite the lead role being given to Christian Bale. Director Nolan was so impressed with Murphy that he gave him the supporting role of Dr. Crane. Whose alter ego is supervillain Scarecrow.

Furthermore, he starred as  Jackson Rippner, a role where he was terrorizing Rachael McAdams on an overnight flight in Wes Craven’s thriller, Red Eyes in 2005. Despite the film receiving several critics it was fairly reviewed and earned almost $100million worldwide.

In addition, in 2005, he received several awards nominations for his 2005 villainous roles. Some of them included a nomination as Best Villain at the 2006 MTV Movies Awards for Batman Begins. Moreover, he was also ranked among 2005 “Summer MVPs” by the Entertainment Weekly.

In 2005, he landed a role where he starred as Patrick/Kitten Braden, a transgender Irish woman in search of her mother, in Neil Jordan’s Comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto.

Cillian Murphy

Moreover, he starred in The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006. The film was about the Irish Civil Was and the Irish War of Independence. Moreover, the film won the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festivals and became the most successful Irish independent film at the Irish box office. Murphy was very intimate with Cork Ireland, where the film was shot and he was very keen on appearing in the film. Moreover, before getting the role, he auditioned six times and he eventually got the role.

2006 to 2010

In November 2006 he returned to the stage starring alongside Neve Campbell at the New Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End. He acted on the stage until February 2007, where he was playing the lead role of John Kolvenbach’s play Love Song.

Furthermore, in 2007, he starred in the science fiction film titled Sunshine. In the film, he was played a physicist- astronaut charged with re-igniting the sun. In addition, the film was also directed by Danny Boyle. Still, in 2007, he starred opposite Lucy Liu in Paul Soter’s romantic comedy Watching the Detectives.

In 2008, he made a brief appearance as a scarecrow in Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The film was a sequel to Batman Begins. After that, he starred, in The Edge of Love. The film is about a love quadrangle that involves Dylan Thomas together with Keira Knightly, Sienna Miller, and Mathew Rhys.

Moreover, in 2009, he starred alongside rock singer Feist and actor David Fox in The Water. In addition, the film was directed by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene. Still, in 2009, he was starred in Perrier’s Bounty, a crime drama from a gangster played by Brendan Gleeson.

In 2010, he came back to the theater in From Galway to Broadway and Back Again. Moreover, back again was a stage show that celebrated the Druid Theatre Company’s 35th birthday.

2011 to Present

In 2011, he performed in the stage monodrama Misterman written and directed by Enda Walsh. Murphy had previously worked with Enda Walsh on Disco Pigs. In addition, the production was initially staged in Galway and was later taken to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

As a result of his good performance, he earned critical praises and even received the Irish Times Theater Award and Drama Desk Award.

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In 2011, he landed a lead role in a horror film titled Retreat, which had a limited release. Moreover, he also appeared in the science fiction film In Time, still in the same year.

In 2012, he was featured in Red Lights alongside Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. In the film, he played Tom Buckley, the assistant to Weaver’s character who was a paranormal investigator.

Furthermore, still in 2012, he went on and reprised his role as the scarecrow for the third time in The Dark Knight Rises. In addition, he also had a supporting role as Mike in the British independent film Broken still in 2012.

In 2013, he landed a lead role as Tommy Shelby in the BBC television series Peaky Blinders. A film about the criminal gangs in Birmingham during the Post World War I period. Jason Statham was originally selected for the role by director Steven Knight. In addition, Knight had met both actors to discuss the role. Knight, made his decision of picking Murphy as the lead role after he received a text from Murphy ” Remember I’m an actor”.

Murphy performed excellently in the film and Peaky Blinder received high ratings and was highly praised.

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On May 28, 2021, A Quiet Place Part II was released where he was featured as Emmet, a Hardened survivor and old family friend of the Abbott. In addition, his role takes in the Abbotts after the events of the first film.

Cillian Murphy Height

Adding to his blue eyes he stands at an average height of 1.75m tall and weighs 70 kgs.

Cillian Murphy Net Worth

Murphy has a net worth of $ 20 million.


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