Quick Facts of Cillian Murphy

  • Full NameCillian Murphy
  • Net Worth$15 Million
  • Date of Birth25 May, 1976
  • NicknameCillian
  • Marital Status Married
  • BirthplaceDouglas, Ireland
  • Ethnicity Irish
  • Religion Atheist
  • ProfessionActor
  • Nationality Irish
  • Active Year1996-present
  • Eye colour Blue-grey
  • Hair colour Brown
  • BuildAverage
  • SpouseYvonne McGuinness
  • Height1.75m
  • Weight70 Kg
  • Children2
  • Horoscope Gemini

Cillian Murphy is a multi-talented Irish actor and a former rock musician. He has made his contribution to both theater and films after quitting his music career. Cillian’s notable works include 28 Days Later, Batman Films as ‘Scarecrow, The Edge of Love, Inception, and many more. As of now, Cilian is famous for portraying the role of Thomas Shelby, the lead part of the BBC’s crime drama series, Peaky Blinders.

The accomplished actor has collected an enormous sum of money from his acting career. Moreover, Cillian is married to a famous visual artist who is also the mother of his two children. Read the article till the end to find out more.

Early Life of Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy was born on May 25, 1976, in Douglas, Ireland.  Cillian’s father’s name is Brendan Murphy. His dad once worked for the Irish Department of Education, whereas, his mother used to be a French teacher. He had three younger siblings, a brother, Páidi and two sisters, Orla and Sile. Murphy was interested in music from a young age, and started playing/composing his music just at the age of 10. 

Young Cillian Murphy with his father Brandon Murphy in Ireland.
Cillian Murphy and his father, Brandon Murphy,                                                                           Image Source: Pinterest

Murphy grew up as a Roman Catholic and had attended an all-boys Catholic secondary school, Presentation Brothers College. Cillian was an academically exceptional student, but he often got into trouble and got suspended for misbehaving. In 1996, he went to University College Cork (UCC) to study law, although he was not interested in the particular subject. Before starting his career as an actor, Murphy was very much into partying and meeting women.

His Career as a Musician

Cillian Murphy pursued his career as a musician through singing and playing guitar in several bands alongside his brother, Páidi. The two brothers started their successful group named ‘The Sons of Mr. Greengenes’ after a famous musician and an idol, Frank Zappa

If you want to hear, Cillian Murphy singing!

Unfortunately, Cillian had to leave his band and drop out of college to pursue a career in acting.

His Career as an Actor

Murphy professionally debuted his acting career in the stage as a volatile Cork teenager in the play Disco Pigs in 1996. He toured for two years to perform the game throughout Europe, Canada, and Australia.  In 2002, he was cast as a lead in the horror film, 28 Days Later. He played various supporting roles like in Cold Mountain. In 2007, Murphy starred as Dr. Johnathan Crane, aka. “Scarecrow” in the 2008 Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Trilogy. 

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in BBC's crime drama Peaky Blinders
Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders,                                                 Photo Source: denofgreek.com

Again, he starred in a science fiction film called Sunshine. Murphy also starred in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film,  Inception in the role of Fischer. In 2013, Cillian performed the lead role in BBC’s crime drama series, Peaky Blinders. Moreover, the show also stars Natasha O’Keeffe, Finn Cole, Sophie Rundle, Paul Anderson, and many other prominent actors. Besides, he recently worked for his 2020 film, A Quiet Place 2.

Personal Life & Relationship

Cillian Murphy married his long-term girlfriend, Yvonne McGuinness in mid-2004. The couple met in 1996 during one of Cillian’s band shows and dated for eight years before tying the wedding knots in 2004 at a vineyard in Provence, France.

His wife, Yvonne is an Irish visual artist whose work is famous in Ireland and UK. Moreover, the couple shares two sons, Malachy Murphy (born in 2005) and Aran Murphy (born in 2007).

Cillian Murphy with wife Yvonne and sons Malachy Murphy and Aran Murphy
Cillian Murphy with wife, Yvonne and sons, Malachy Murphy and Aran Murphy,P Photo Source: Pinterest

The couple moved back to Dublin, Ireland after living in London, UK for 14 years. Cillian stated the reason for their move-back in an interview with The Guardian, saying he and his wife wanted their kids to spend more time with their grandparents. 

We wanted them to be Irish, I suppose.” Murphy explained to The Guardian. “It’s amazing how quickly their accents have adapted. Even within a year of moving back, they are fading into this rakish west Brit kind of thing. Which I think, hopefully, will get them lots of girls when they’re 15.

Moreover, Yvonne tries to avoid the spotlight as much as possible. Also, the couple hardly makes appearances in Red Carpets and other events related to the film industry. Likewise, Cillian likes to live a lifestyle that doesn’t attract the tabloids and hardly talks about his personal life. Moreover, he is not active in any social media. It seems he likes to keep his personal life private as he also appears to have a reserved personality. 

 Philanthropy and Religious Belief

Cillian Murphy is involved in donations and actively speaks up for the rights of homeless people in Ireland. He donated his Peaky Blinders on-set-wardrobe to a charity auction where people will bid for the cap, and the raised money will be used for cancer treatment. The 43-year-old actor was also announced as the ambassador for the campaign ‘Help Our Homeless Radiothon’ conducted by Radio Nova in aid of Focus Ireland in 2016.


Despite the fact, Cillian Murphy grew up in a Roman Catholic family and went to Catholic school, he insisted on being an agnostic. An agnostic is someone who believes there might be or might not be the existence of God or the supernatural. After researching his role as a ‘physicist-astronaut’ in 2007 science-fiction film, Sunshine, Murphy confirmed his atheism. Therefore, he does not believe in the existence of God or the supernatural.

Net Worth – $15 Million

Cillian Murphy has a massive net worth of 15 Million. He accumulated his fortune, primarily through his career as an actor. Murphy reportedly earned $400,000 a season for his appearance in Peaky Blinders. Again, Murphy’s 2002 movie, 28 Days Later accumulated a total of earning of $82,719,885. He must have collected a good fortune from the total earning. Moreover, his other movie,  Inception (2010 made a box office collection of $828 Million.

A view from Cillian Murphy’s Home

Furthermore, his wife also holds an estimated net worth of $1 million as a visual artist. Some time ago, the couple spent an enormous amount of $1.9 Million to purchase their Monkstown, Dublin home. Besides, their home consists of six double bedrooms, a drawing-room, and a fireplace. Hence, they are spending a lavish life without any doubt.


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