Cillian Murphy was born in Cork in 1976. He acted with the Cork theatre group Corcadorca and from there acted in both the play and film of “Disco Pigs” with Elaine Cassidy. He has had a swift path to movie stardom in many different genre of film. Cillian Murphy has also mantained his stage acting and has performed in Druid’s “The Playboy of the Western World”. He showed a profound dept and range in Ken Loach’s “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”, He makes both big Hollywood blockbusters and small independent movies in a very deft fashion. In July 2011 he won rave reviews for his performance in Edna Walsh’s “Misterman” at the Galway Arts Festival.
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illian is currently filming season two of BBC’s gangster saga “Peaky Blinders” where he reprises the role of Thomas Shelby. Upcoming films include the sci-fi drama, “Transcendence” opposite Johnny Depp, Martin Freeman and Kate Mara and “Heart of the Sea” directed by Ron Howard.
Cillian will shortly begin rehearsals for “Ballyturk”, a new play by Enda Walsh which will run as part of the Galway Arts Festival in July 2014 before a National Theatre run.
He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the BIFA for his performance in “Broken” opposite Tim Roth directed by Rufus Norris. He reprises his role as Dr. Jonathan Crane in “The Dark Knight Rises” for Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale. Cillian recently appeared as the lead role of Tom Buckley opposite Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver in “Red Lights” directed by Rodrigo Cortes. Cillian appeared in “In Time”, directed by Andrew Niccol, opposite Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wildewild and Amanda Seyfried.
Cillian most recently appeared on stage in the one man show Misterman, written and directed by Enda Walsh for Landmark Productions, the show first appeared at the Galway Arts festival (for which Cillian won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor for 2011) and went on to appear in sold out runs at London’s National Theatre (Lyttelton Theatre) and at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NYC where Cillian won the prestigious Drama Desk Award for his performance in 2012.
Cillian appeared in “Inception” (Warner Bros.), a contemporary sci-fi thriller set within the architecture of the mind. The film, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page, marks Cillian’s third collaboration with director Christopher Nolan. In 2005, Cillian made an indelible impression as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow in “Batman Begins” and reprised the role in last year’s “The Dark Knight”.
Cillian starred opposite Brendan Gleeson and Jim Broadbent in Ian Fitzgibbon’s “Perrier’s Bounty”, a dark comedy that follows three unlikely fugitives on the run from a gangster kingpin in Dublin. He also stars in Mandate Pictures’ “Peacock”, a psychological thriller about a man with split personalities.
Cillian first garnered international attention for his performance as the reluctant survivor Jim in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”. Following “Batman Begins” he starred opposite Rachel McAdams in Wes Craven’s hit thriller “Red Eye” and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Patrick “Kitten” Brady in Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto”. In Ken Loach’s 2006 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”, Cillian portrayed a guerilla fighter who battles the British Black and Tan squads that attempt to thwart Ireland’s bid for independence. Cillian re-teamed with Boyle and writer Alex Garland (“28 Days Later”) on “Sunshine” (2007), a thriller in which a group of scientists attempt to re-ignite a dying sun.
Cillian’s screen credits also include Beeban Kidron’s “Hippie Hippie Shake”, John Maybury’s “Edge of Love”, John Crowley’s “Intermission”, Peter Webber’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain”, “How Harry Became a Tree”, “On the Edge”, “Sunburn” and “Tron: Legacy”.
Cillian made his mark on stage with a stunning performance in Enda Walsh’s “Disco Pigs.” After receiving commendations for Best Fringe Show at the 1996 Dublin Theatre Festival and the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 1997, “Disco Pigs” went on to tour extensively in Ireland, the U.K., Canada and Australia. Murphy later starred in the film version directed by Kirsten Sheridan.
In 2006, Cillian made his West End debut at the New Ambassador Theatre in John Kolvenbach’s “Love Song,” directed by John Crowley. His stage collaborations with Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes include “The Country Boy,” “Juno and the Paycock,” and “Playboy of the Western World” at the Gaity Theatre in Dublin. Murphy also starred as Konstantin in the Edinburgh Fest production of “The Seagull” directed by Peter Stein, as Adam in Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and as Claudio in “Much Ado About Nothing.”
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