Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, Cork City, Ireland on May 25, 1976
An exceptional and multi-talented actor, Cillian Murphy is no stranger to most film lovers. The Peaky Blinder star is an actor, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for a rock band named "The Sons of Mr. Green Genes." He started his performing career as the lead singer for the band, and in the late 1990s, he declined a record deal to pursue his acting career on stage and in short and independent films. He made his professional acting debut on stage, playing the part of a volatile Cork teenager in Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs. The play, which was intended to run for three weeks in Cork, became an instant hit, and they ended up touring Europe, Canada, and Australia, displaying the performance. His first agent caught his performance of Disco Pigs, and he secured representation.
Cillian's big break was when he was cast in the lead role for the horror film 28 Days Later (2002). He starred as Jim, a pandemic survivor who finds himself alone in a desolate, post-apocalyptic world after waking up from a coma. The movie was a huge success, and his performance earned him a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 8th Empire Awards and Breakthrough Male Performance at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards.
He went on to feature in several high-profile films such as Cold Mountain (2003) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). His piercing blue eyes would help him land villain roles as critics took notice of his physique despite him thinking he never had the right body for the job. The New York Times cited Cillian as a "picture-perfect villain" as he went on to be cast in two villain roles in Batman Begins (2005) as Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka The Scarecrow and Jackson Rippner in Red Eye (2005). He received several award nominations for his 2005 villainous roles, such as Best Villain at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards for Batman Begins.
Since 2013, Cillian has starred in the BBC television series Peaky Blinders ad Thomas Shelby, which is perhaps one of his most outstanding and critically acclaimed performances. The series is about a criminal gang that operates in Birmingham during the post-World War I period. He has also starred in many films such as The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises (2008 & 2012), reprising the role of Scarecrow, Inception (2010), In Time (2011), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), Free Fire (2016), Dunkirk (2017) and most recently, A Quiet Place Part II (2021) as Emmett.
Away from the acting, Cillian is very much reserved, with not much about his personal life getting to the limelight. He is involved with various charities and NGOs that are passionate about helping children change their lives and give them a future.
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