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Cillian Murphy Biography

Birth Name:
Cillian Murphy
Birth Place:
Douglas, Ireland

Fast Facts

  • Used to play guitar in a band called Sons of Mr
  • Greengenes
  • Briefly studied law in college
  • Made his stage debut in the play Disco Pigs (1996), and later starred in the 2001 movie version
  • Breakout movie role was as a survivor of a zombie plague in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002); reunited with Boyle in 2007 for the sci-fi thriller Sunshine
  • His film The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2005) was shot in his home town of Cork, Ireland
  • Frequently works with Christopher Nolan, appearing in the director's Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010)


  • 2020National Television Awards-Drama Performance: winner
  • 2019National Television Awards-Drama Performance: nominated
  • 2018IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best Actor in a Lead Role Drama: winner
  • 2017National Television Awards-Drama Performance: nominated
  • 2017IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best Actor in a Lead Role Drama: winner
  • 2015IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best Actor in a Lead Role Drama: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2006British Independent Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best British Supporting Actor: nominated


  • Paidi Murphy -- Brother
  • Orla -- Sister
  • Sile -- Sister
  • Aaron Murphy -- Son
  • Malachy Murphy -- Son
  • Yvonne McGuinness -- Wife