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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor and musician. He began his career performing as a rock musician. After turning down a record deal, he began his acting career in theatre, and in short and independent films in the late 1990s. His first notable film roles include 28 Days Later (2002), Intermission (2003), Red Eye (2005), and Breakfast on Pluto (2005). For the last one of these, he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, and won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor. Murphy played the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–12). In the 2000s, he starred in films such as The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), Sunshine (2007), and The Edge of Love (2008). In the early 2010s, he appeared in Inception, Peacock (both 2010), In Time, Retreat (both 2011), and Red Lights (2012). In 2011, Murphy won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for Misterman. Since 2013, Murphy has portrayed Thomas Shelby, the lead of the BBC gangster series Peaky Blinders, which has won him two Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Actor, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He also appeared in Transcendence (2014), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), Anthropoid (2016), Dunkirk (2017), Delinquent Season (2018), and Anna (2019). Murphy is a patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway. Murphy is married to Irish visual artist Yvonne McGuinness; they first met in 1996, and were married in 2004. In 2020, he was ranked number 12 on The Irish Times' list of Ireland's greatest film actors.
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