Cillian Murphy

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 Anna Actor 2019
70% The Delinquent Season Actor 2018
81% The Party Tom $0.4M 2018
No Score Yet Kjærlighetens Sesonger Jim 2018
92% Dunkirk Actor $188.1M 2017
69% 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
64% 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
86% 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
89% The Wind That Shakes the Barley Damien O'Donovan $1.8M 2007
56% 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
95% Peaky Blinders
2013-2017
Thomas Shelby Tommy Shelby
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
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

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