Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Highest Rated: 100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)

Lowest Rated: 16% Aloft (2015)

Birthday: May 25, 1976

Birthplace: Douglas, Cork in Ireland

A soft-spoken, fair-skinned actor with startling blue eyes, a penchant for playing volatile characters, and a reluctance to forsake his critically lauded stage career for a life in film, American audiences may best know Irish actor Cillian Murphy as the bike courier making his way through infected London in director Danny Boyle's apocalyptic thriller 28 Days Later. Though the film may have been Murphy's first to find wide stateside exposure, he has been appearing onscreen in the U.K. and his native Ireland since 1997. Born in Douglas, Cork, Ireland, in 1974, Murphy's father was a school inspector and his mother a French teacher. Attending school at Presentation Brothers College Cork while intending to enter into a career in law, Murphy was an avid rugby player who was turned on to the Concordia Theater's unique stage productions in his fourth year. Murphy soon signed up for a workshop with Concordia's Pat Tiernan and it quickly became apparent that he had a natural flair for the stage. Soon cast as the wildly emotional Pig in Concordia's production of Disco Pigs, Murphy debuted to rave reviews and was soon skipping school to go on tour with the production. Though his acting had initially begun as a hobby and a way to kill time on the weekends, it was quickly taking over his life and a career in law seemed less and less appealing. Though he would attempt to continue his law studies, it was soon obvious to Murphy that his heart just wasn't in it.Subsequently cast in a series of interesting and complex roles, Murphy made his feature debut in the 1998 film Sweety Barrett and quickly followed with the coming-of-age comedy drama Sunburn. Though it was obvious that his stage talents translated well to the silver screen, Murphy still maintained that the rush of theater couldn't be touched by celluloid. The problem in Ireland of suicide and poor mental health among young men prompted Murphy to accept a role in the 2000 drama On the Edge, and his role of a suicidal psychiatric patient proved memorable and affecting. Following How Harry Became a Tree (2001), it was time to adapt Disco Pigs into a feature film, and with director Kirsten Sheridan at the helm, Murphy reprised his role of Pig to enthusiastic results. By the time 28 Days Later rolled around, it seemed that everyone except United States audiences were familiar with the rising star, and with the stateside release of the film in mid 2003, all that was soon to change. Noting that, in his opinion, the best actors alternate frequently between stage and screen, Murphy strived to keep a balance as his growing popularity found his film career taking precedence. Following 2003's Zonad, Murphy began preparation for such features as Intermission and Girl With a Pearl Earring (both 2003).Murphy's resumé amassed higher and higher profile roles. 2005 brought his most popular film to date as he played the villain opposite hero Christian Bale in Batman Begins. Murphy's "boy next door" face seemed to make his performance as the menacing Scarecrow all the more disturbing, and he would go on to play the bad guy again later that same year in Red Eye, though this time he wore makeup to cover his boyish features. Soon he was donning even more makeup, however, as a transsexual in the indie hit Breakfast on Pluto. Playing both a victim and a hero in the U.K. of the 1970s, Murphy's ethereal performance as a boy who leaves his Ireland home to live as a woman in London was praised by critics, and the film was a cult success. He followed it up with another passion project in 2006: Ken Loach's award-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a look at the Irish Republicans of the early 20th century and the anti-British rebellion that would continue to tear families apart for decades to come. He next signed on to star with Lucy Liu in the romantic comedy Watching the Detectives, another independent venture that would find Murphy playing a shy film geek who's pulled out of his movie collection and into the re

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet A Quiet Place Part II Actor 2020
36% Anna Lenny Miller 2019
70% The Delinquent Season Actor 2018
81% The Party Tom $0.4M 2018
No Score Yet Kjærlighetens Sesonger Jim 2018
93% Dunkirk Actor $188.1M 2017
68% Free Fire Chris $1.8M 2017
66% Anthropoid Josef Gabcík $3M 2016
100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach Actor 2016
43% In the Heart of the Sea Second Mate Matthew Joy $19.1M 2015
16% Aloft Ivan 2015
20% Transcendence Agent Buchanan $23.1M 2014
63% Broken Mike 2013
30% Red Lights Tom Buckley $49.8K 2012
No Score Yet Dali & I: The Surreal Story Stan Lauryssens 2012
37% In Time Raymond Leon $36M 2011
62% Retreat Martin 2011
No Score Yet Telepathy Actor 2011
87% Inception Robert Fischer Jr. $292.6M 2010
56% Perrier's Bounty Michael McCrea 2010
No Score Yet Peacock John/Emma Skillpa 2010
No Score Yet Hippie Hippie Shake Richard Neville 2010
No Score Yet White Male Heart Actor 2009
56% Waveriders Narrator 2009
No Score Yet The Water Actor 2009
94% The Dark Knight Scarecrow $533.4M 2008
37% The Edge of Love William Killick 2008
76% Sunshine Capa $3.8M 2007
No Score Yet Watching the Detectives Neil 2007
90% The Wind That Shakes the Barley Damien O'Donovan $1.8M 2007
57% Breakfast on Pluto Patrick `Kitten' Braden $0.8M 2005
79% Red Eye Jackson Rippner $57.9M 2005
84% Batman Begins Dr. Jonathan Crane $204.2M 2005
72% Girl With a Pearl Earring Pieter $11.6M 2004
73% Intermission John $0.8M 2003
86% 28 Days Later Jim $45M 2003
20% Disco Pigs Pig 2003
No Score Yet How Harry Became a Tree Gus 2001
67% On the Edge Jonathan 2001
No Score Yet The Trench Rag Rookwood 1999
No Score Yet Sunburn Davin McDerby 1999

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2017
92% Peaky Blinders
2013-2019
Thomas Shelby Tommy Shelby 2017
2016
2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Paul Montague 2002
No Score Yet The Way We Live Now
2002
Paul Montague

QUOTES FROM Cillian Murphy CHARACTERS

Agent Buchanan says: Your Determined To Stop Any Attempt At What You Call Transcedence.

Agent Buchanan says: You think it's really him?

Joseph Tagger says: At any rate, his mind is evolving erratically. I'm not sure it matters anymore.

Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden says: What is it with "nancy-boys" that you can't be bothered killing them?

Maggie says: Where's John?

John/Emma Skillpa says: Sleeping.

Raymond Leon says: You can run.

Will Salas says: So can you.

Icarus says: Ninety seven percent of shield in full sunlight.

Kaneda says: Final panel and closing of shield is secure.

Capa says: You have to move now! Captain!

Harvey says: Kaneda's not going to make it.

Capa says: Captain! You have-

Harvey says: It's too far.

Capa says: Have to move! Why isn't he moving?

Searle says: Kaneda. What do you see?

Capa says: A new star borne out of a dying one. I think it's going to be beautiful. No, I'm not scared.

Cassie says: I am.

Cassie says: It's different... thinking that you're going to die and then knowing that you will.

Capa says: That depends on what we can salvage from Icarus I.

Cassie says: No. We're going to die out here, like the other crew. I know it. So do you.

Capa says: Icarus?

Icarus says: Yes?

Capa says: Who is the fifth crew member?

Icarus says: Unknown.

Capa says: Where is the fifth crew member?

Icarus says: In the observation room.

Lisa Reisert says: Is it Jack for short?

Jackson says: No. I haven't gone by Jack since i was ten years old.

Jackson says: No. I haven't gone by Jack since I was ten years old.

Jackson says: Last names Rippner.

Lisa Reisert says: Jack Rippner.. Jack thee.. Ooohh.

Lisa Reisert says: Jack Rippner. Jack thee, ooohh.

Jackson says: There you go.

Lisa Reisert says: That wasn't very nice of your parents.

Jackson says: That's what i told them. Before i killed them.

Jackson says: That's what I told them, before I killed them.

Lisa Reisert says: That's actually my seat.

Jackson says: You're kidding.

Lisa Reisert says: Well, i don't know. that says 18G

Lisa Reisert says: Well, I don't know. That says 18G

Jackson says: You're not kidding.

Jackson says: Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: There's nothing to fear, but fear itself!

Jackson says: I'll fix it up!..

Jackson says: I'll fix it up!

Lisa Reisert says: Not in my house!....

Lisa Reisert says: Not in my house!

Rachel Dawes says: I do what I do to keep thugs like Falcone behind bars, not in therapy. I want my own psychiatric consultant to have full access to Falcone including blood work. Find out what exactly you put him on.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: First thing tomorrow, then.

Rachel Dawes says: Tonight. I've already paged Dr. Lehmann at County General.

Rachel Dawes says: What's "scarecrow"?

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.

Rachel Dawes says: He's drugged?

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Psychopharmacology is my primary field. I'm a strong advocate. Outside, he was a giant.In here, only the mind can grant you power.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Psychopharmacology is my primary field. I'm a strong advocate. Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.

Rachel Dawes says: You enjoy the reversal.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Would you like to see my mask? I use it in my experiments. Now, I'm probably not very frightening to a guy like you. But these crazies, they can't stand it.

Carmine Falcone says: So when did the nut take over the nut house? [Starts screaming]

Carmine Falcone says: So when did the nut take over the nut house?

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: They scream and they cry much as you're doing now. Well, he's not faking. Not that one. I'll talk to the judge and see if I can get him moved to the secure wing at Arkham. I can't treat him here.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Having trouble? Take a seat. Have a drink. You look like a man who takes himself too seriously. Do you want my opinion? You need to lighten up.

Darren ("Pig") says: Beautiful face, yours

Darren ("Pig") says: Beautiful face, yours.

Sinead ("Runt") says: What's the color of love, Pig?

Darren ("Pig") says: What sort of love, love?

Sinead ("Runt") says: Don't know. But you know the way things, they got a color. I wonder what the color of love is.

Darren ("Pig") says: Jesus, Runt. You could read a thousand thick books and never know the answer to that quiz.

Sinead ("Runt") says: It's be a good one to know, ah?

Darren ("Pig") says: It'd be brilliant, Runt. It's around here somewhere

Darren ("Pig") says: It'd be brilliant, Runt. It's around here somewhere.

Sinead ("Runt") says: Runt: Only a few moments old, and I start thinking things then. Staring at that white sky right above me. And I want for something altogether different. And that's when I hear him. Pig: [baby cries] Runt: And through the Noddy and Big Ears'd wall, I search after his cry. The cry so lonely it scares and makes me cry too. And all the sights that we could see, they go invisible when we hear each other's cries. And that's when the magic it all begin. It begin when the baby Pig, and baby Runt, state through their baby eyes, you see. And the crying and screaming all stop. Runt: From that moment on, we become one. And we need no one else. Nobody.

Sinead ("Runt") says: Only a few moments old, and I start thinking things then. Staring at that white sky right above me. And I want for something altogether different. And that's when I hear him.

Darren ("Pig") says: [baby cries]

Sinead ("Runt") says: And through the Noddy and Big Ears'd wall, I search after his cry. The cry so lonely it scares and makes me cry too. And all the sights that we could see, they go invisible when we hear each other's cries. And that's when the magic it all begin. It begin when the baby Pig, and baby Runt, state through their baby eyes, you see. And the crying and screaming all stop.

Sinead ("Runt") says: From that moment on, we become one. And we need no one else. Nobody.

Tom Buckley says: I stop deny myself....

Tom Buckley says: You can't deny yourself forever.

Tom Buckley says: And today it'll be over...for you and for me.

Tom Buckley says: Don't believe everything they tell you.

Tom Buckley says: You can't deny yourself.

Tom Buckley says: The only way to pull a rabbit out a hat is to put it there first.

Jim says: And then I wake up today in hospital. I wake up and I'm... I'm hallucinating or I'm...

Mark says: What's your name?

Jim says: Jim.

Mark says: I'm Mark. This is Selena. Ok, Jim. I've got some bad news.

Jim says: Please..

Corporal Mitchell says: Believe me, I'm not interested.

Mark says: A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the bartender says, "Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there." And the man says, "No, it's not a lion. It's a giraffe."

Mark says: A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the bartender says, 'Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there.' And the man says, 'No, it's not a lion. It's a giraffe.'

Jim says: [Doesn't respond]

Jim says: [doesn't respond]

Mark says: Completely humorless.

Hooker says: Oi. You doing business, do it somewhere else, love. This pavement's got my name on it.

Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden says: And what, pray, is your name? Concrete?

Hooker says: My name is scratch your eyes out, and bite your bleed'n nose off. Which is what I'll do if you don't get off my patch.

Mr. Silky String says: She giving you trouble, son?

Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden says: Oh, no trouble at all. We were just exchanging names.

Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden says: If I wasn't a transvestite terrorist, would you marry me?

Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden says: Not many people can take the tale of Patrick Braden, aka St. Kitten, who strutted the catwalks, face lit by a halo of flashbulbs as "oh!" she shrieks, "I told you, from my best side darlings."

Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden says: Not many people can take the tale of Patrick Braden, aka St. Kitten, who strutted the catwalks, face lit by a halo of flashbulbs as 'oh!' she shrieks, 'I told you, from my best side darlings.'

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: There's nothing to fear, but fear itself!

Chechen says: Look at what your drugs did to my customers.

Scarecrow says: Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.

Chechen says: My business... repeat customers...

Scarecrow says: If you don't like what I have to offer, you can buy from someone else. Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: Don't let me find you out here again.

Brian says: We're trying to help you!

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: I don't need help.

Scarecrow says: Not my diagnosis!

Brian says: What gives you the right? What's the difference between you and me?

Robert Fischer Jr says: I know, Dad. I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.

Maurice Fischer says: No, no, no... I was disappointed... that you tried.

Chechen says: Look what your drugs did to my customers!

Scarecrow says: [stepping out from the back of a van] Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they would be place you wanted to go.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: They scream, and they cry! Much as you're doing now!

Jackson says: He doesn't move. Unless I say so. He's a good dog, he responds only to his master's voice. It'll all be over soon. The Keefes will be history, your dad will be safe, we'll both go back...

Jackson says: Thanks for the quickie.

Jackson says: One simple phone call saves your dad's life.

Robert Fischer Jr says: I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.

Maurice Fischer says: No, no, no. I was disappointed that you tried.

Scarecrow says: Buyer Beware.I said my compound would take you places,I didn't say they'd take you places you wanted to go.

Scarecrow says: Buyer Beware. I said my compound would take you places, I didn't say they'd take you places you wanted to go.

Chechen says: My business,repeat customers.

Chechen says: My business, repeat customers.

Scarecrow says: You don't like what I have to offer,you can buy from someone else.Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.

Scarecrow says: You don't like what I have to offer,you can buy from someone else. Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.

John says: Yous can go fuck yourselves!

Selena says: Hannah, it's OK. He's not infected.

Hannah says: But I thought he was biting you.

Jim says: Kissing. I was kissing her. Are you stoned?

Selena says: It's a long story.

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: A taste of your own medicine, doctor? What have you been doing here? Who are you working for?

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Ra's... Ra's al Ghul.

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: Ra's al Ghul is dead. Who are you working for? Crane!

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: Dr. Crane isn't here right now. But if you like to make an appointment...

Raymond Leon says: No. It's just rare.

Lisa Reisert says: ...So you think think this is personal now?

Jackson says: just finishing the job..

Jackson says: Just finishing the job.

Lisa Reisert says: well you're too late, everyone's alive, in that hotel every single person is alive, what? you didn't know? you failed, ... Jack....

Lisa Reisert says: Well you're too late, everyone's alive, in that hotel every single person is alive, what? you didn't know? you failed, Jack...

Jackson says: (Getting angry to the highest level) I'll fix it up...

Jackson says: [getting angry to the highest level] I'll fix it up...

Lisa Reisert says: not in my house...(Jackson chase Lisa and Lisa take a run)

Lisa Reisert says: Not in my house... [Jackson chase Lisa and Lisa take a run]

Cobb says: Cobb: I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security. Robert Fischer: You're talking about dreams?

Cobb says: I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security.

Robert Fischer Jr says: You're talking about dreams?

Capa says: So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it.

Capa says: ...Eight astronauts, strapped to the back of the bomb... My bomb. Welcome to Icarus II.

Capa says: Eight astronauts, strapped to the back of the bomb... My bomb. Welcome to Icarus II.

Robert Fischer Jr says: I know dad, i know you were disappointed i couldn't be you.

Robert Fischer Jr says: I know dad, I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.

Maurice Fischer says: No no no...i was disappointed...that you tried.

Maurice Fischer says: No no no... I was disappointed... that you tried.

Cobb says: There's one thing you should know about me. I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security.

Robert Fischer Jr says: You talkin' about dreams?

Jackson says: but it was beyond your control...

Jackson says: That it was beyond your control?

Lisa Reisert says: no... now, it would never happened again(stabs Jackson's neck by a pen)...

Lisa Reisert says: No... that it would never happen again. [she stabs him in the neck with a pen]

Jim says: No see this is a really shit idea. You know why this is a shit idea? Because it's really obviously a shit idea.

Jim says: No, no. No, see, this is a really shit idea. You know why? Because it's really obviously a shit idea.

Scarecrow says: I told you my drug would take you places, I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.

Scarecrow says: I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: They scream, and they cry, much as your doing now.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: There's nothing to fear but fear himself!

Jackson says: Thanks for the quickie.

Jackson says: One phone call saves your dad's life.

Jackson says: One simple phone call saves your dad's life.

Robert Fischer Jr says: Couldn't someone have dreamed up a goddamn beach?!

Robert Fischer Jr says: Couldn't somebody have dreamt up a goddamned beach?

Cobb says: I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security.

Robert Fischer Jr says: Are you talking about dreams? Are you talking about extraction?

Robert Fischer Jr says: Couldn't somebody have dreamt up a goddamn beach?

Jim says: Oh, great. Valium. Not only will we be able to go to sleep, if we get attacked in the middle of the night, we won't even care.

Capa says: So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it. Okay, I'm signing out.

Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow says: I am more than aware that you are not intimidated by *me*, Mr. Falcone. But you know who I'm working for, and when he gets here...