Cillian Murphy (pronounced Kill-ian)
Douglas, County Cork, Ireland
Cillian studied at an all-boys private Catholic school called Presentation Brothers College in Cork, Ireland.
In 1996, Murphy enrolled in University College Cork (UCC) to study law but, he dropped out later.
Actor, Former Musician
- Father – Brendan Murphy (Civil Servant, Irish Department of Education)
- Mother – French Teacher
- Siblings – Sile (Younger Sister), Orla (Younger Sister), Paidi (Younger Brother)
Cillian is repped by these agencies –
- The Lisa Richards Agency, Dublin, Ireland
- Lou Coulson Associates, U.K.
- ICM Partners, USA (Was formerly signed with CAA and briefly with UTA)
Acid Jazz Records (Backed out from signing the 5 album record deal and got involved in theater instead)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
70 kg or 154 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Cillian Murphy has dated –
- Yvonne McGuinness (1996–Present) – Cillian’s wife, Yvonne who is four years older than him, is a visual artist by profession. He first met her in 1996 when she joined the entire team of Corcadorca Theatre Company during the world tour of their in-house production, Disco Pigs. He dated Yvonne for many years and married her in August 2004. They settled in North-West London but just a year or so, prior to Cillian’s 40th birthday, he permanently moved to Ireland so his kids could live closer to their grandparents and get better acquainted with Irish culture. The couple has two sons together: Malachy (b. December 2005) and Carrick aka Aran (b. July 2007).
Race / Ethnicity
He has Irish ancestry.
- Piercing Blue Eyes
- Chiseled Jawline
- Distinctively smooth facial features
His body specifications may be –
- Chest – 38 in or 96.5 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 14 in or 35.5 cm
- Waist – 31 in or 79 cm
He is speculated to be wearing a shoe of size 10 (US) or 9 (UK) or 43 (EU).
Cillian narrated an ad for the Dublin-based brewery, Guinness in 2014.
Gave voice to another ad for Guinness Blonde American Lager in 2015.
Murphy was raised Roman Catholic.
Initially agnostic, became a self-proclaimed atheist after researching his role for Sunshine (2007).
Best Known For
- Playing Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan directed Batman film trilogy (2005, 2008, 2012).
- Was also cast alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in the multi-starrer, Inception (2010).
- Earned the review of being “a picture-perfect villain” from a New York Times critic by playing Jackson Rippner in Red Eye (2005).
- Having played the lead role of Thomas Shelby on BBC Two’s crime drama series, Peaky Blinders.
As a Singer
- Cillian composed many songs which he performed as a member of various rock bands during his late teens and early 20s, but he never officially recorded an album.
- He still writes songs, plays music with his friends and maintains his association with musicians, but does not want to commercialize his passion for rock music for the fear of losing credibility as an actor.
- He gave voice to Paul Hartnoll’s The Clock in 2015 and was featured in the video.
- He also narrated a word verse in the middle of a song called Stages (2016) by The Frank and Walters.
He was an extra named Pat, the barman, with four lines to speak in the Irish film The Tale of Sweety Barrett (1998). This was his first feature film.
However, his first film was the short film Quando in 1997.
First TV Show
Played the character of Paul Montague in the four-part TV series broadcast on BBC network, The Way We Live Now (2001).
Cillian naturally has a very slim physical frame because he was never fond of sports while growing up. He is an avid outdoor runner and that is the most, he does happily for exercise. Moreover, he was vegetarian for 15 years of his adult life because he was paranoid about getting mad cow disease.
The lead role in Peaky Blinders, which is a strong and complex character, excited Cillian enough to make changes in his long-term lifestyle habits. He joined a gym and started strength training mostly on machines under the guidance of a trainer to gain some muscle. Since his trainer suggested that he would benefit from adding meat to his daily diet, Cillian finally reverted to consuming animal meat in 2013. He broke his abstinence of meat consumption by having Venison steak that he immediately felt his body was thankful for.
He has professed an interest in aging gracefully. Hence, ever since Cillian turned 40, he grew mindful of damaging habits. He ensures an early bedtime on most days. Only smokes herbal cigarettes if a role demands to smoke on-screen and although he has starved himself to make his thin frame even thinner for a role In the Heart of the Sea (2015), he promised himself not to repeat that again.
Cillian Murphy Favorite Things
- Irish City – Galway
- Foreign City – New York, Tokyo
- Place for Exclusive Family Time – Blasket Islands, West Kerry, Ireland
- Game – Ping Pong or Table Tennis
- Guilty Pleasure – Waterslides
- Indulgent Snack – Salted Almonds
- Animal – Dogs (Labrador Breed)
- Clothing Color – Blue
- Hobbies – Reading, Running, Attending music gigs
- Man Crush – Sam Neill
- Food – Mackerel Salad
- Restaurants – Vijay on Willesden Lane, London and Ard Bia in Ireland, Café Paradiso in Cork
- Favorite Band – Radiohead
- Childhood Song from a Band – The Final Countdown by Europe
- Soundtrack – Peaky Blinders theme tune, Red Right Hand by Nick Cave
- Musical Influences – The Beatles, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits
- Films –
- Scarecrow (1973)
- Mean Streets (1973)
- La Haine (1996)
- The Butcher Boy (1997)
- The Night of the Hunter (1955)
- Kes (1969), Arizona Dream (1992)
- Harold and Maude (1971)
- Kill List (2011)
- The Shining (1980)
- Being There (1979)
Cillian Murphy Facts
- He started composing songs at the age of 10 and becoming a rock-star was his first aspiration.
- While in college, he formed a band along with his younger brother, Paidi called The Sons of Mr. Greengenes. The name was inspired by Frank Zappa.
- Cillian backed out from a record deal offered by Acid Jazz records because his younger brother was merely 16 at that time and his parents did not grant permission to turn professional. This motivated Cillian to try his hand at professional theater.
- He has a varied and eclectic taste in music. He loves to explore the depth and craft of established as well as upcoming musicians alike by observing the emotional effect of their work.
- A Clockwork Orange, a play enacted in a famous nightclub called Sir Henry’s in his hometown was the first work of art to have a major impact on his sensibilities which made him pursue Pat Kiernan for his first role.
- Academically, he did well in school since most of his relatives were teachers or educators in some capacity.
- While in college, Cillian acquired a role in the play Disco Pigs in which he did so well (for 18 months internationally) that he got the representation of an agent and it kickstarted his acting career.
- While filming the first 3 seasons of Peaky Blinders alone, he smoked more than 3,000 herbal cigarettes according to the props department.
- The role of Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders is Cillian’s strongest role so far. He admits that neither is he physically strong or aggressive enough to get into a physical fight in real life.
- In Christopher Nolan directed action movies, he played only intellectual roles and had no action sequences because he predominantly gets excited by a good script with a great story and not by how he is projected on-screen.
- He dislikes Karaoke as a medium to enjoy music.
- He has also played a transgender in Breakfast on Pluto (2005), cast alongside Liam Neeson.
- He dislikes biopics based on musicians since he thinks listening to the records of celebrated musicians is the only way to gain an insight into their personality rather than watching a movie on their life.
- He is world famous for his striking blue eyes.
- Cillian disliked the close cropped hair cut which he had to get every year to play Thomas Shelby. He prefers to keep his locks long.
- One of his hidden talents is the ability to twist his fingers in alarming ways. He can swiftly role a coin through his fingers and often uses that trick to amuse his sons.
- He auditioned for Christian Bale’s role in Batman Begins (2005). Though not convincing as Bruce Wayne, nevertheless, Christopher Nolan was so impressed by his acting prowess that he repeatedly cast him in many of his directorial ventures.
- Uncomfortable with fame and red carpet appearances, Cillian’s priority is to excel at his craft. One of the reasons he maintains a low profile is to prevent his real life persona from outshining the characters he plays on-screen.
- All his close friends are non-actors but among the acting clan, he is close to Colin Farrell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and looks up to Liam Neeson.
- He hires no stylist or publicist and particularly avoids having a presence on the Internet through a website, fansite or a social media account. Hence, he is not on social media.