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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy
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Cillian Murphy Biography

Born in Douglas, Cork, Ireland, in 1976, Cillian Murphy's father was a school inspector and his mother, a French teacher. Cillian Murphy attended school at Presentation Brothers College Cork intending to enter into a career in law, but was turned on to the Corcadorca Theater's unique stage productions in his fourth year. Cillian Murphy soon signed up for a workshop with Corcadorca'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 Corcadorca's production of Disco Pigs, Cillian 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 Cillian Murphy would attempt to continue his law studies, it was soon obvious to Cillian that his heart just wasn't in it. Read Full Bio >>

Cillian Murphy Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2012 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Broken (2012/IV). Nominated
2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Inception (2010). Nominated
2011 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Film Perrier's Bounty (2009). Nominated
2010 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Inception (2010). Nominated
2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Inception (2010). Nominated

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Cillian Murphy Trivia

  • His mother is a French teacher.
  • He schooled at Presentation Brothers College Cork.
  • Has a younger brother, P壾di, a design engineer.
  • Married wife Yvonne in 2004.
  • Father is a school inspector.
  • Lives in London, England
  • He plays in a Frank Zappa-influenced band called 'Sons of Mr. Greengenes'.
  • Has two sisters, Sile & Orla
  • First name pronounced "Kill-ian"
  • He was planning a career in law until he discovered the world of acting.
  • Although he is a vegetarian, he learned to chop up meat in an abattoir for his role as butcher in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003).
  • Auditioned for the role of Batman in Batman Begins (2005). The role was eventually given to Christian Bale. But, director Christopher Nolan liked Cillian's audition so much that he gave him a role as Batman's arch-nemesis Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow, who is a developing character in this movie.
  • He was one of 4 children and is the oldest.


Cillian Murphy Photos

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    "The Dark Knight Rises" European Premiere - Arrivals

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    "The Dark Knight Rises" World Premiere - Arrivals

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    "In Time" UK Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Inception" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    19th Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards - Arrivals

  • Cillian Murphy

    "Inception" World Premiere - Arrivals

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