Born In: Douglas, Ireland
Cillian Murphy is a theatre and film actor from Ireland. He rose to prominence with his sublime performances in both independent and mainstream films. Despite beginning his career as a rock musician, he declined a record deal and focused on his acting instead. He made his debut on the stage in 1996 as Darren in Enda Walsh’s play ‘Disco Pigs’. His performance received critical recognition and he continued to hone his skills portraying one interesting character after another at Dublin and London’s theatre scene. Soon enough, film offers started to pour in. One of these led to his first collaboration with Danny Boyle in the post-apocalyptic film ‘28 Days Later’. Since then, he has garnered a reputation for playing volatile characters. While he does have a thriving career in movies, he has shown deep reluctance to forego the stage. In the last fifteen years, he has been part of some of the most audacious, iconic and influential projects in the history of cinema. He worked again with Boyle in ‘Sunshine’, played the vicious antagonist opposite Rachel McAdams in ‘Red Eye’, and teamed up with Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Trilogy, ‘Inception’, and ‘Dunkirk’. In 2011, he was chosen as the patron for the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway.
Spouse/Ex-: Yvonne McGuinness (m. 2004)
father: Brendan Murphy
siblings: Orla Murphy, Páidi Murphy, Sile Murphy
children: Aran Murphy, Malachy Murphy
Born Country: Ireland
Notable Alumni: University College Cork
education: University College Cork
Born on May 25, 1976, in Douglas, a suburb of Cork city, Ireland, Cillian is the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, an employee of the Irish Department of Education and his French-tutor wife. He has a brother, Páidi, and two sisters, Orla and Sile. Raised in Ballintemple, another suburb of Cork, Cillian began playing music and composing songs at ten years of age.
Cillian Murphy’s love for acting increased exponentially after watching Corcadorca Theatre Company’s production of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ in Dublin. In September 1996, he debuted as a professional actor in the play ‘Disco Pigs’. About a year later, he acted in Declan Recks’ short film ‘Quando’. In 1999, he starred in his debut feature film, ‘Sunburn’, alongside Paloma Baeza and Sinead Keenan.
After a succession of independent films, he was cast as the lead in ‘28 Days Later’ (2002). Made with an $8 million budget, Boyle’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror earned $84.7 million at the box office. They worked together again in the sci-fi thriller ‘Sunshine’ (2007). For his role as the nuclear physicist/astronaut Robert Capa, Murphy consulted with physicist Brian Cox.
In 2017, he appeared in Mark O’Rowe’s directorial venture ‘The Delinquent Season’.
Cillian Murphy first worked with Nolan in 2005 superhero film ‘Batman Begins’, playing Jonathan Crane or Scarecrow. In the film, Scarecrow is a corrupt psychopharmacologist serving as the Chief Administrator of Arkham Asylum. Murphy wanted to make the character less theatrical in Nolan’s film which was grounded in realism to begin with. He reprised role in both sequels of the movie, ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) and provided the voice for the character in ‘Batman Begins’ video game (2005).
His second film with the visionary director was ‘Inception’ (2010). He was cast as Robert Michael Fischer, who is the heir of a business empire and the target of the team of thieves led by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Dom Cobb. Murphy identified Fischer as a “petulant child who needs a lot of attention from his father” and read about Rupert Murdoch’s sons to add depth to his portrayal.
Cillian Murphy met visual artist Yvonne McGuinness in 1996, at one of his band’s performances in Dublin. After almost eight years of dating, they married on August 1, 2004. The couple have two sons together, Malachy (born 2005) and Aran (born 2007).
Murphy had been an agnostic for the majority of his adult life, but after doing ‘Sunshine’, he has become an atheist.
Cillian Murphy Movies
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