Who is Cillian Murphy?

Cillian Murphy is an Irish musician who rose to fame as he started his acting theatre, films, and series. He has been associated with this show business since 1996, and he has already completed 24 years of his life in this entertainment field. The actor first made his acting debut in a theatre play in 1996 called ‘Disco Pigs,’ and then he was cast in a short film called ‘Quando’ in 1997. He then slowly made in big-screen movies and also did small-screen appearances in TV series and music videos. Murphy is best known for his acting role as Jim in the film called ’28 Days Later’. Apart from acting, he has also lent his voice in the 2005 video game called ‘Batman Begins’. He has received many honorary nominations for his contribution to this industry and has also been awarded many awards.

Quick Info
Full NameCillian Murphy
ProfessionMusician, Actor
Birth Date25 May 1976
Birth PlaceDouglas, Ireland
Star SignGemini
SiblingsSile, Orla, and Paidi
WifeYvonne McGuinness
KidsMalachy and Aran
Net Worth$15 million
Height5 feet and 9 inches (175cm/1.75m)
Weight70 kg (154lbs)
Body Measurements38-14-31 inches
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorDark Brown

Cillian Murphy


Cillian Murphy was born on 25 May 1976 in Douglas, Ireland. He was born to parents Brendan who was a member of the Irish Department of Education, and to a mother, who was a French teacher. He was the eldest child of the family who grew along with his three younger siblings named Sile, Orla, and Paidi in Ballintemple. Presently, he is 44 years old with a Gemini star sign.

Nationality and Physical Stats

Cillian Murphy holds an Irish nationality, and per his ethnicity, he is White. He has Irish roots, and as per his religion, he is an atheist though he was raised Roman Catholic. Besides this, he stands 5 feet and 9 inches (175cm/1.75m) tall and weighs around 70 kg (154lbs). He has an average body type measuring 38-14-31 inches, respectively. He has a pair of blue-colored eyes with dark brown hair color.

Education/Early Life 

Cillian Murphy did his schooling at a private Catholic school, an all-boys school named Presentation Brothers College. He then did his further education from University College Cork to get a law degree, but he dropped out as he had no interest in that field. Initially, when he was just starting his 20’s, he was interested in music. He and his brother were also members of the band called ‘The Sons of Greengenes’ and performed for that band.

Cillian Murphy


Theatre and Television

Cillian Murphy first made his acting debut by doing a theatre play called ‘Disco Pigs’ from 1996 to 1998. He then involved in other acting platforms but continued performing in theatres. He did theatre plays like ‘The Country Box’ in 1999, ‘The Shape of Things’ in 2002, ‘The Seagull’ in 2003, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ in 2004, and he also performed at Galway Arts Festival Theatre in the play ‘Misterman’ in 2011 and ‘Ballyturk in 2014. His recent play was ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ in 2019.

Talking about his television career, he first made his appearance in 2001 series, ‘The Way We Live Now’ as Paul Montague. His next series was ‘Peaky Blinders,’ a British period crime drama TV series that started in 2013 and is still running. He is starring alongside the stars like Annabelle Wallis, Sam Neill, Joe Cole, Finn Cole, Tom Hardy, and Noah Taylor. He played as Thomas Shelby in 30 episodes and also worked as an executive producer for the series. Meanwhile, he also narrated the story ‘Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth’ in 2015 and ‘The Irish Revolution’ in 2019.

Cillian Murphy Films

Cillian Murphy made his big-screen appearance in a 1998 film called ‘The Tale of Sweety Barrett’. Before this, he made a short film called ‘Quando’ in 1997. He kept doing big feature films as well as short films. His early films were ‘Sunburn’ and ‘The Trench’ in 1999, ‘On the Edge,’ ‘How Harry Became a Tree’ and ‘Disco Pigs’ in 2001.

He came into the limelight when he did a horror film ’28 Days Later’ as Jim in 2002. The next year, he starred in four movies, ‘Intermission, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ ‘Cold Mountain’ and ‘Zonad’. He then appeared in the 2005 film ‘Batman Begins’ as Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow and in ‘Red Eye,’ ‘Breakfast on Pluto.’

Moreover, he also featured in Ken Loach’s directional film ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’ in 2006 and Paul Soter’s film ‘Watching the Detectives’ in 2007. The next year, he had a cameo role in ‘The Dark Knight’ and also narrated the movie called ‘Waveriders’. From 2010 to 2013, he appeared in ten different films, most notable being ‘Hippie Hippie Shake’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ as a cameo role. In 2014, he did the movie ‘Transcendence’ and ‘Aloft,’ and in 2015, he starred in ‘In the Heart of the Sea.’

Furthermore, from 2016 to 2018, he did five movies where he had supported and the leading role. His recent played film, which has been released, was ‘Anna’ as Kenny Miller in 2019. He is currently working on his upcoming movies ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ and ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom.’


Cillian Murphy won his first award in 2002 for his film ‘Disco Pigs’ entitled Ourense Independent Film Festival Award. He was then awarded Irish Film & Television Award in 2007 for his work in ‘Breakfast on Pluto.’ He again won Irish Film & Television Award and National Television Awards for his work in ‘Peaky Blinders’ in 2020.

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy was in a long-term relationship with Yvonne McGuinness, and he finally got hitched with her in 2004. This couple together has two children. Both are boys named Malachy and Aran, who was born in 2005 and 2007, respectively. His family lived in London for 14 years, but now they have come back to Dublin, and Cillian does not show any interest in moving to Hollywood.


Cillian Murphy does not like to be involved in internet sites, which means he is not on social media accounts.

Net Worth

Cillian Murphy is living a lavish life, and he is reported to have a $15 million net worth as of 2020.