Cillian Murphy is one of the most famous Irish actors in Hollywood. He is known due to his incredibly large blue eyes and immense talent. He was particularly great when playing the role of a transgender person in 'Breakfast on Pluto' and a criminal in 'Peaky Blinders.' You will be amazed by the details of this awesome actor's background.
Apart from being a stunning actor, the man is also a gifted musician. In his previous years, he wrote and sang rock music. It is no wonder that Cillian Murphy net worth is estimated at $15 million! Certainly, most of this wealth has come from movies and TV shows. It is a fact that this man's talent stretches over the boundaries of acting.
Cillian Murphy profile summary
- Birthdate: 25 May 1976
- Birthplace: Douglas, County Cork, Ireland
- Parents: Brendan Murphy (father); mother's name is not disclosed
- Siblings: Paidi (younger brother); Sile and Orla (younger sisters)
- Occupation: Actor, former musician
- Trademark: Big blue eyes
- Cillian Murphy education: Presentation Brothers College, Cork; University College Cork
- Marital status: Married
- Children: Two sons
- Cillian Murphy height: 175 cm
The star was born in a family of people who were all in the education sector. His father was an employee of the Irish Department of Education, while his mother, aunts, uncles, and grandfather were teachers. The actor was raised as a faithful Catholic, and the school he attended was also a Catholic school.
As a child and teenager, the celebrity was quite accomplished academically. At the same time, he often got into trouble and was even suspended from school at one point. After a while, it occurred to him that all his mischief was not worth the trouble.
Around the tenth Cillian Murphy birthday, the actor started to compose songs and play music. He was a creative person, but his school could not nurture his creativity fully.
When he joined secondary school, he realized that he wanted to become a performer. He performed in a drama module and liked it a lot. William Wall, a novelist and poet who was his teacher at that time, encouraged him to keep taking drama studies. He, however, liked performing rock music more.
Cillian Murphy brother, Paidi, was his companion at that time. Together, they tried their hand at singing, playing the guitar and performing with some rock bands. After a while, their song 'The Sons of Mr. Greengenes' received a record deal offer from Acid Jazz Records.
The band did not sign the deal for a number of reasons. Looking back, Murphy says that he is glad they did not sign the contract. For him, such things mean signing a part of one's life and music to a particular record label.
In 1996, the actor joined the University College Cork (UCC) and started to study law, but he failed his first-year exams. The young man simply 'had no ambition' to study this subject. He realized that law was not what he wanted to do in life. Besides, he was entirely dedicated to the development of his band at the time.
His interest in acting resurfaced after he watched Pat Kiernan's version of 'A Clockwork Orange.' While at University College Cork, he participated in several amateur performances. These became his first real stage roles. 'Little Shop of Horrors' produced by the UCC amateur drama society was staged at the Cork Opera House, and he was a cast member.
Acting career: Cillian Murphy movies and plays
In 1996, the young actor managed to get the role in 'Disco Pigs' by Enda Walsh. Wash remembers the star as a person who was very enigmatic and who attracted everyone's attention. It was something much more than his fantastic eyes and unusual, sophisticated appearance.
The play turned out to be a huge success. Instead of running for three weeks in Cork, the play was taken on tour to Canada, Australia, and European countries. It lasted for two years, and Murphy, the gem of the play, had to quit his studies and his participation in the band. This was the real beginning of his acting career.
Up to the beginning of the 2000s, the actor starred in many plays, including 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Juno and the Paycock' and many others. Later, independent and short films followed. This was the time when he moved to Dublin and later to London, where he settled down in 2001.
In 2002, the young man was cast for '28 Days Later' by Danny Boyle. His slim build (Cillian Murphy weight is only 70 kilos) was the reason why the director decided to feature a fully naked scene at the film's beginning. The actor was perfect for the role of a young man who wakes up after being in a coma and discovers the desolate world ruined by a strange pandemic.
After its release in the United Kingdom in 2002, the movie soon became a hit in North America. In the wink of an eye, the film experienced major success worldwide. The first Cillian Murphy awards were earned owing to it, that is, an Empire Award, and an MTV Movie Award.
An avalanche of roles followed. In 2003, 'Intermission' that also features Colin Farrell became the biggest-grossing independent movie in the entire box office history of Irish films. In 2006, the record was broken by another Irish masterpiece featuring him called 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'.
In 2005, there followed 'Batman Begins' by Christopher Nolan. Initially, the blue-eyed Irishman was offered the role of Batman himself but he refused it.
The director was deeply impressed by the actor's extraordinary eyes and gave him the role of Dr. Crane/supervillain Scarecrow. This role received several nominations, including the MTV Movie Award as the Best Villain. In 2005, the actor was characterized as one of the most attractive monsters among those in the most recent movies.
The role in 'Breakfast on Pluto' took the actor to the next level. He needed extensive preparation to play the female side of his character. As a result, in spite of critical reviews about being 'overly cute' and 'unconvincing,' the young star received a Golden Globe nomination and the Irish Film and Television Academy award as the best actor.
The role in 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' (2006) was special to the actor. The movie was filmed in his native region, and he did everything he could to get this role. His performance gained plenty of praise.
After these brilliant performances, the actor appeared in many mainstream movies. 'Sunshine' (2007), 'Watching the Detectives' (2007), 'The Dark Knight' (2008), 'The Edge of Love' (2008), 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012), 'Red Lights' (2012), 'Dunkirk' (2017), and many others. Cillian Murphy Peaky Blinders performance has become one of his most famous works recently. The show started back in 2013 but remains popular to date. Critics praised his work in the film.
The romantic side of his life
Cillian Murphy wife, Yvonne McGuinness, has been his sweetheart since the day they first met in 1996. At that time, the actor was still a rock musician. Yvonne is older than her husband by four years.
The two got married around 2004. Yvonne and Cillian Murphy kids were born in 2005 (Malachy, the elder son) and 2007 (Aran, the younger son).
Up until 2015, the family had lived in London for 14 years. At the moment, the happy family resides in the Yvonne and Cillian Murphy house that is located in Dublin, Ireland.
If you are interested in Cillian Murphy Instagram to keep track of his life, you will find only fan pages. The actor has no official accounts on social media.
At the age of 43, Cillian Murphy is still incredibly handsome and hot. His acting career is still active and fans are hopefully going to see a lot of this talented man's performances in the future.