Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor. 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 Darren in Disco Pigs (2001), Jim in 28 Days Later (2002), John in Intermission (2003), Jackson Rippner in Red Eye (2005), and Patrick "Kitten" Braden in Breakfast on Pluto (2005). For Breakfast on Pluto, 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 is known for his collaborations with director Christopher Nolan, playing the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012); as well as appearing in Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017). Other lead and major film roles include Damien O'Donovan in The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), Robert Capa in Sunshine (2007), Raymond Leon in In Time (2011), Jozef Gabčík in Anthropoid (2016), and Emmett in A Quiet Place Part II (2020). Since 2013, Murphy has portrayed Thomas Shelby, the lead role 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. In 2011, Murphy won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for the one-man play Misterman. In 2020, he was ranked number 12 on The Irish Times' list of Ireland's greatest film actors.