Cillian Murphy- Bio, Wiki, Career, Age, Height, Family, Relationships, Social media accounts, Controversies, Net Worth, Awards, Facts, And More 

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Cillian Murphy

When we talk about the British crime drama series, Peaky Blinders always pops up in our minds at the top of the list. The drama was a trend-setter and a complete cultural experience giving Cillian Murphy global recognition who is an Irish actor and producer. Cillian was a protagonist in the series who played the role of Tommy Shelby. His other remarkable roles include “Scarecrow” in Christopher Nolan`s Batman trilogy. He made his acting debut in (The Tale of Sweety Barrett) (1998). Most recently he featured in Christopher Nolan`s Oppenheimer (2023). Cillian also has the credit for Barbenheimer, a phenomenon created due to the release of two movies simultaneously (Barbie and Oppenheimer). Murphy is also the winner of an Oscar and winner of BAFTA Award. 

Cillian Murphy introduction


Cillian Murphy was born on 25 May 1976, in Douglas, Cork, Ireland. He belongs to a family of educators. His parents, grandfather, aunts, and uncles were all teachers. He was raised in Ballintemple, Cork, and has a younger brother Páidi, and two younger sisters Sile and Orla. Cillian started writing and performing songs when he was just 10. He was brought up in a Roman Catholic environment. The Irish actor decided to focus on law studies but later he dropped out. He later decided to join acting and began appearing in plays. Murphy made his professional acting debut in 1996, and he subsequently performed in theatre in Dublin, and London through the end of the decade. 

Cillian Murphy biography


The British-Irish superstar is active on his social media accounts and is known for his intense and striking personality. Cillian isn’t very expressive and wants himself to be recognized through his work in TV and Films. He is also introverted in nature and believes in real-life interaction as compared to virtual interaction with his fans just like Joel Kinnaman.  

Instagram 1.9M Followers
Twitter 1.9k Followers
Facebook Updated Soon
TikTokUpdated Soon
Cillian Murphy social media accounts


The Peaky Blinder actor is of Irish roots. He is 5’7” feet in height. He has dark brown hair and fair skin. His eyes and intense looks are prominent features of his face. Cillian is frequently characterized as having a ruggedly attractive look and physique. He has bright blue eyes which can distract the actor working opposite him. His face has prominent cheekbones and a sharp jawline. 

Real NameCillian Murphy
Stage NameCillian Murphy 
NicknameCilly Lian
Birthday May 25, 1976
Age 47 years old
Birthplace Douglas, Cork, Ireland
Present ResidenceMonkstown, in South County Dublin, Ireland
Gender Male 
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality Irish, British
Mother TongueIrish, English
ReligionRoman Catholic Christian (By Birth)
Atheism (Now)
School Presentation Brothers College
College/University University College Cork
Qualification Law
Occupation Acting
Net WorthUSD 20 million
Relationship Status Married
Children 2 Sons
Height 5′ 7”
Weight 70kg
Eye ColorDeep Bright Blue
Hair ColorDark Brown
HobbiesHorse riding
Playing Guitar
Cillian Murphy wiki


His sun sign is Gemini and the moon sign is Aries. People under this zodiac sign are intelligent, authentic, athletic, and ambitious. They are often known for their intuition, energy, courage, self-confidence, and enthusiasm. Influential personalities like Donald Trump, Lexi Rivera, Ben Strokes, and Tom Holland have the same star sign as him. 

Cillian Murphy zodiac sign


Cillian father and mother are both Irish. His mother Jane was a French language teacher whilst his father, Brendan, worked for the Department of Education. Murphy’s family are all educators and his grandfather, aunts, and uncles were also teachers. He was born and raised in Cork, Ireland with his younger brother Páidi and two younger sisters Sile and Orla. His English teacher Novelist William Wall encouraged and advised him to pursue acting but he was set on becoming a music rock star. Cillian along with his brother Páidi was obsessed with The Beatles. On one occasion he said about not pursuing a career in music,

I’m very glad in retrospect that we didn’t sign because you kind of signed away your life to a label and the whole of your music.

He also talked about his early acting career,

At the beginning of my acting career, my primary motivation at the time was not to pursue an acting career, but to go to parties and meet women.

FatherBrendan Murphy 
MotherJane Murphy 
BrotherPáidi Murphy 
SistersSile Murphy
Orla Murphy
Best FriendTom Hardy
Cillian Murphy parents and siblings


He got his early education from Presentation Brothers College. Murphy did well academically but often got into trouble and sometimes was suspended. He was keen on sports, which was a major part of his studies. Cillian began studying law at University College Cork in 1996, but failed his first-year exams because he “had no ambitions to do it”. Later he focused on his passion for theatre and acting and joined the Corcadorca Theatre Company. He played the lead in the theatre drama Little Shop of Horrors, which was performed in the Cork Opera House.

Cillian Murphy education


In 2015, Cillian Murphy married his girlfriend Yvonne McGuinness, who was his long-time girlfriend and he met her at one of his rock band’s shows in 1996. Yvonne McGuinness is an Irish visual artist. They lived in Dublin after their marriage until 2001. Later, they moved to London so his wife could attend the Royal College of Art. After 14 years, they moved back to Dublin in 2015. They have two sons, Malachy and Aran born in December 2005 and July 2007. 

WifeYvonne McGuinness
SonsMalachy Murphy
Aran Murphy 
Cillian Murphy marriage and children


Murphy started his acting career through theatre. His debut film was Sweety Barrett (1998). Cillian worked in Disco Pigs (2001) and How Harry Became a Tree (2001), before a breakthrough role in 28 Days Later (2002). His villainous role in commercially successful movies like Batman Begins (2005). He received several awards for his role as a villain. Cillian has also starred in the BBC crime drama, Peaky Blinders (2013-2022 ). 

Peaky Blinder was a cultural experience for the viewers and he got global recognition for his role. He plays Tommy Shelby, the furious leader of the Peaky Blinders gang. In Nolan`s 2017 World War II thriller, Dunkirk, Murphy starred alongside Tom Hardy and Harry Styles. This is the fifth time Murphy has starred in a Nolan movie. His 2019 release includes Anna. He then featured in Christopher Nolan`s Oppenheimer (2023) which emerged the phenomenon of Barbenheimer. Recently he appeared in Small Things Like These (2024) a historical drama film adapted by Enda Walsh from the 2021 novel of the same name by Claire Keegan. 

Cillian Murphy career


From his iconic Villain role in the Batman trilogy to the comedy action film “Free Fire“, his roles are Silent, but Deadly and Intense! His seamless transitioning abilities between the genres and characters captivate audiences with his raw and extraordinary talent. Let’s take a look at the films and TV series he worked in. 

The Tale of Sweety Barrett1998
At Death’s Door
The Trench
On the Edge
How Harry Became a Tree
Disco Pigs
28 Days Later2002
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Cold Mountain
Batman Begins
Red Eye
Breakfast on Pluto
The Wind That Shakes the Barley2006
Watching the Detectives
The Dark Knight
The Edge of Love
Perrier’s Bounty
The Water
Tron: Legacy

Red Lights
The Dark Knight Rises
Free Fire
Kensuke’s Kingdom
Small Things like These2024
Cillian Murphy films and tv


Cillian worked as a Thomas Shelby in BBC’s longest-running crime drama series “Peaky Blinders. A list of Television series in which he played a significant role is as follows:

The Way We Live Now2001
Peaky Blinders2013-2022
Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth2015
The Irish Revolution2019
Fight for First: Excel Esports2020


According to Investor Times, the Irish actor has a net worth of  USD 20 million. Right now, he is a millionaire and the most successful Irish actor with worldwide recognition and dedicated fandom.

Source of Income

His main source of income is several successful roles in Films, TV, and online series. 

Cillian Murphy source of income


Cillian Murphy is known for his striking appearance on camera, he is also vocal about various social, political, and environmental issues. He participated in the 2007 Rock the Vote political campaign in Ireland, which made young voters for the general election, and campaigned for the rights of the homeless with the organization Focus Ireland. In 2011, he became a sponsor of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway. Murphy was a supporter of the 2018 Irish referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the constitution that restricted access to abortions. His activism showcases his commitment to making a positive impact beyond the world of glamour.

Cillian Murphy activism


Although he is a very conservative person and barely talks about his personal life. He takes inspiration from multiple resources and people. Let’s see what are his favorite things:

Favorite ColorBlue
Favorite ActorLiam Neeson
Tom Hardy 
Favorite ActressEmily Blunt
Favorite Music BandThe Beatles
Favorite TV showDoctor Who
Favorite MovieThe Butcher Boy
Star Wars
Arizona Dream
Mean Streets
The Shining
Favorite FoodVegetables
Favorite SongThe Final Countdown
Man of the World
Always Trying to Work It Out
No Surprises
Maybe I am Amazed
Favorite SportsFootball
Favorite Destination West Kerry on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Favorite BooksThe Ginger Man
Appointment in Samarra
The Sportswriter


The Irish diva won Awards for his remarkable acting skills in Television and Films.

British Academy Film Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Capri Hollywood International Film Festival
Saturn Awards
Satellite Awards
Irish Film & Television Awards2007-2020
National Television Awards2022
New York Film Critics Online Awards
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards
Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards
Cillian Murphy awards


  • Murphy’s first name is pronounced, “Kill-ian“.
  • He is a vegetarian.
  • Cillian was brought up in a Roman Catholic background however, he identifies himself as an Atheist.
  • Cilly has a clean record and has zero controversy.
  • He decided to build his career in Law until he found his interest in acting.
  • Murphy is the first leading actor in a Christopher Nolan film to receive the Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in Oppenheimer.
  • Cilly is crazy about music.
  • Cillian Murphy is fluent in Irish, Gaelic, and English.
Cillian Murphy interesting facts

What is the religion of Cillian Murphy?

Although he was raised in a Roman Catholic family, he identifies himself as an Atheist after working in Sunshine.

Does Cillian Murphy have wife?

He married his long-time girlfriend Yvonne McGuinness, an Irish visual artist in 2004.

Is Cillian Murphy Russian?

He is an Irish man born in Cork, Ireland.

How many Oscars does Cillian Murphy have?

He was nominated for an Oscar and won 39 multiple awards.

Who is Thomas Shelby?

Cillian Murphy played the role of Thomas Shelby, the leader of a gang.

Why is Thomas Shelby so famous?

He is famous for his blunt and deadly role in the longest-running BBC period crime drama series.

Who played the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer?

Cillian Murphy an Irish actor played that role.

As a voracious reader of celeb magazines and working experience in theatre, I developed a versatile writing approach about a glamour world which is sprinkled with red carpets and artificer coffee. I'm Samia, your gaze behind the curtain of superstars, where authenticity shines brighter than glitters.

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