Cillian Murphy Biography
Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor. He was born on 25 May 1976 in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland and was raised in Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland, to a French teacher and Brendan, a former worker for the Irish Department of Education. He began studying law at University College Cork in 1996.
Cillian Murphy Age
He was born on 25 May 1976 in Douglas, County Cork, Republic of Ireland. He is 42 years old as in 2018.
Cillian Murphy Wife
He met Yvonne McGuinness in 1996 at one of his rock band’s shows, the two got married in 2004. The couple live in Ireland and have two sons.
Cillian Murphy Height
He is 1.75 metres tall.
Cillian Murphy Career
He started playing music and writing songs at the age of 10. He began performing career 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. He appeared in the films 28 Days Later, Cold Mountain, Intermission, Red Eye and Breakfast on Pluto. He played the character of Dr. Jonathan Crane, Scarecrow in the highly successful films of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
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He starred in The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Sunshine , The Edge of Love, Inception and Peacock. He became patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is closely associated with the work of Professor Pat Dolan, Director UCFRC and UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement.
He was also in the films In Time, Retreat and Red Lights. He has portrayed Thomas Shelby since 2013, the lead of the BBC gangster series Peaky Blinders. He was in the films Transcendence, In the Heart of the Sea, Anthropoid and Dunkirk.
Cillian Murphy Tv Shows
- 2015: Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth
- 2001: The Way We Live Now
- 2003: Peaky Blinders
- 2017: Hollywood In éirinn
Cillian Murphy Movies
- Batman Begins
- The Dark Knight
- 28 Days Later
- Red Eye
- The Dark Knight Rises
- In Time
- In the Heart of the Sea
- Breakfast on Pluto
- The Wind That Shakes the Barley
- Free Fire
- Red Lights
- Girl with a Pearl Earring
- The Edge of Love
- Disco Pigs
- Perrier’s Bounty
- The Party
- Cold Mountain
- On the Edge
- Watching The Detectives
- The Delinquent Season
- The Trench
- Hippie Hippie Shake
- How Harry Became a Tree
- At Death’s Door
- Dali & I: The Surreal Story
- Wayfaring Strangers
- The Water
- At Swim-Two-Birds
Cillian Murphy Peaky Blinders
Britain is a mixture of despair and hedonism in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family. But Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets. When a crate of guns goes missing, he recognizes an opportunity to advance in the world because crime may pay but legitimate business pays better. Trying to rid Britain of its crime is Inspector Chester Campbell, who arrives from Belfast to try to achieve that goal.
First episode date: 12 September 2013
Network: BBC Two
Awards: British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, MORE
Directors: Otto Bathurst, David Caffrey, Tim Mielants
Cillian Murphy Batman
A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he’s trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League’s true purpose — the complete destruction of Gotham City — Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born.
Initial release: 31 May 2005 (Tokyo)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Box office: 375.2 million USD
Budget: 150 million USD
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer
Cillian Murphy Dunkirk
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
Initial release: 13 July 2017 (London)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Box office: 527.3 million USD
Awards: Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture,
Cillian Murphy 28 Days Later
A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the “Rage” virus from a medical research lab. When London bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma a month after, he finds his city all but deserted. On the run from the zombie-like victims of the Rage, Jim stumbles upon a group of survivors, including Selena (Naomie Harris) and cab driver Frank (Brendan Gleeson), and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety.
Initial release: 1 November 2002 (Republic of Ireland)
Director: Danny Boyle
Film series: 28 Days Later
Featured song: In the House – In a Heartbeat
Budget: 5 million GBP
Cillian Murphy Inception
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.
Initial release: 8 July 2010 (United Kingdom)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Featured song: Non, je ne regrette rien
Box office: 828.3 million USD
Awards: Academy Award for Best Cinematography,
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Cillian Murphy Interview
Inside The Mind Of Cillian Murphy.
Updated: January 19, 2018
The Peaky Blinders star talks Tommy Shelby, Christopher Nolan, and more.
Even for those who don’t recognize the name, Cillian Murphy is one of those actors who most moviegoers would be familiar on sight, from his frequent collaborations with Christopher Nolan—the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk—to his starring role as the ruthless Birmingham gangster Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders, now four seasons in with a fifth scheduled for 2019, to his roles in a wide variety of celebrated films, from 28 Days Later to the Palme d’Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
When I catch up with him on the phone, it’s still the first half of January, so I ask him about his 2017 favorites. He names some films—The Florida Project, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Blade Runner 2049, Lady Bird, I, Tonya—and for books he singles out Mrs. Osmond, the latest novel by John Banville (“one of my favorite writers”).
Also, since it’s January, I bring up awards and award shows, because ’tis the season, and in addition to Peaky Blinders, Murphy’s fifth collaboration with Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk, is a major awards season contender. On the subject of awards and Dunkirk, Murphy is quick to bring up his frequent collaborator.
“I really hope [Chris Nolan] gets Best Director because he deserves it,” Murphy says. “He’s never made a bad movie, and he manages to make extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking films that somehow resonate in the mainstream, which is a very elegant achievement.” While Nolan does have his nay-sayers just like everyone else, his career statistics are remarkable—none of his films have received below a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, and all have been commercial successes. (However, it does suggest the possibility that Nolan might end up like other cinematic legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, somehow getting looked over by the Academy until eventually receiving an honorary Oscar late in life—but I decided not to mention this.)
I then switch gears to asking about Peaky Blinders, which just had its fourth season released here in the U.S. on Netflix last month. After all, this interview only came about thanks to the enormous response generated by the piece I wrote espousing the show’s many merits two weeks ago. With that in mind, I start off by asking him about the show’s dedicated fan base, which has primarily grown through word of mouth.
“I think that for everybody involved in the show—from Steve Knight, the writer, to Katie Swinden, the producer, to myself and all the cast—the thing that we’re most proud of is the fact that the show has reached this level of connection purely by, as you say, word of mouth, and people talking about it and people saying, ‘you should watch this show,’ because the BBC doesn’t advertise, you know? You don’t get big billboards on the street,” he says. “So it grew—I hate the use of this word ‘organic,’ but I think in this context it’s appropriate—it grew organically. It was not being shoved down people’s throats, it just connected. If people had a formula for that, there would be very many rich people in this world. But there’s no formula. It’s just sometimes something strikes a nerve—something connects—and this one did, and we were very, very lucky. We are always surprised and hugely impressed by the dedication and the love from the fans. It’s special.”
Arguably one of the most interesting influences Peaky Blinders has had is in the world of fashion. In addition to sparking an 83% rise in UK flat cap sales, the show has arguably had the most significant influence on hairstyling since Friends gave us The Rachel.
hile it hasn’t quite caught on here in the U.S. (yet, at least), walking down the street in Ireland or the U.K. one is almost sure to spot at least one young man sporting the distinctive side-shorn mop top worn by the men of the Shelby family. But correlation does not necessarily imply causation, so I ask Murphy just how responsible he thinks Peaky Blinders is for this rather notable trend.
“I think it’s a hundred percent responsible for the trend because I have a few friends that work in barber shops, and they’ve said people come in and ask for a ‘Peaky Blinder,’” he confirms. “That particularly brutal cut came about from hygiene rather than style—it was to prevent lice and the infestation of parasites—but now, all of a sudden, it’s fashionable, which just shows you how fashion can morph into something bizarre.”
(Two days after our phone conversation, I sit at a gate in Dublin Airport transcribing this interview, waiting for my flight back to the U.S. after visiting my family for the holidays. Inspired, I look around to see how many “Peaky Blinders” cuts I can spot. I count five.)
In addition to starring in the show and unexpectedly inspiring a hairstyle trend, Murphy has also been an Executive Producer of Peaky Blinders since season 3. I ask him if wearing this second hat has changed his relationship with the show in any way.
“It’s been a lovely education to kind of peer behind the curtain,” he says. “Normally as an actor you turn up and say your lines, and then you go home and you kind of fret about it until it comes out, whereas in this scenario I’m very graciously given a seat at the table and I get to look at the whole process as the show begins to form, and the different episodes begin to form, and that’s very helpful as an actor because you get a real objectivity which you don’t normally have, so I really enjoy that process, and the producers have been very encouraging and very welcoming into that fold. So it’s been good. You really appreciate what happens in post-production a lot more than you do when you’re just the actor that turns up.”
I mention that I’ve done a tiny bit of work in post-production myself (industrial and wedding videos, nothing exciting), but it was more than enough to instill a lifelong appreciation of color grading. It inspires perhaps the most enthusiastic reaction to the term I have encountered since finishing aforementioned post-production internship.
“Well the color grading in Peaky is a huge, huge element of the show’s distinctive style, you know?” Murphy comments.
On the subject of the show’s distinctive style, I bring up the music. Scoring a period piece with modern rock music is easier said than done, but Peaky Blinders has pulled it off for four seasons now. What’s the secret?
“I think the credit at the beginning must go to Otto Bathurst, who was the director of the first three episodes. He set the look of the show. It just clicked, and my thesis is that these characters are outlaws, and with most of the music that we use on the show, the artists are absolutely outlaws, from Nick Cave to Jack White to Tom Waits to PJ Harvey,” Murphy says. “They take no prisoners in an artistic sense, and that resonates very much, particularly with Tommy.”
Though Thomas Shelby is now perhaps, after four seasons, one of Murphy’s best-known roles, he has in previous interviews claimed that Tommy is the character least like him he has ever played. With that in mind, is there any character in the show that he relates to more?
“Oh without a doubt it would be Polly,” he answers at once. “Helen McCrory is one of my favorite people in the world as a human being and also as an actress, and I’m always in awe watching her create this character. She’s so incredible. I think I identify with her strength and her sensitivities and that sort of innate power that she has. I really love her work, and I love the character.”