Cillian Murphy was born on May 25, 1976, and is an Irish actor. He has performed on stage as well. He made his acting debut in the 1990s in his native country. He is noted by the critics for his amazing performances in cinematic roles. He has also earned his place in American and British cinema. It is interesting to note that Murphy actually began his career by playing rock music. He first appeared on stage in 1996 in the play, Disco Pigs.
His claim to fame was Danny Boyle’s film 28 Days Later when he started taking up independent films. He then started coming in some of the successful films made around that year. In 2005, he acted as the scarecrow in Chistopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. He was then subsequently taken in The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. He was also seen in the thriller movie Red Eye. He was first nominated for his role as Kitten in the movie Breakfast on Pluto (2005) at the Golden Globe under the category of Best Actor in a musical or comedy.
Even after achieving success in films, he hasn’t stopped working on the stage. He has been instrumental in giving stellar performances there as well. He was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding solo performance in 2011 for his role in Misterman.
Though he did not have a very successful start in the initial years, he gradually gained momentum. His claim to fame was starring in the role of Dr Jonathan Crane in Batman Begins, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. It might be interesting for fans of the movie to know that he was initially asked to audition for the character of Bruce Wayne. Murphy recognised the fact that he does not have the correct physique to play Batman. He expressed the same feeling to the director. But, the team was so impressed with him that they still casted him in the movie.
From then on, he has been spotted for his penchant for doing offbeat roles in movies. He is often adjudged in villainous roles thanks to his seductive eyes. He was also nominated for his role in Batman Begins in the MTV movies awards in 2006. Another movie which garnered him with success was Breakfast In Pluto. He plays a transgender who struggles to find love and his long-lost mother. The movie partly shows his journey reflecting the various hardships transgenders have to face in the society. During the shooting of the movie, he met transvestites who took him to parties and made him meet other transvestites. He received a lot of appreciation for the movie and his performance.
He is married to Yvonne McGuinness, who he had been dating since 2004. She is an artist and they met during one of his rock gigs. They live in London and have two kids. Often modest and secretive about his personal life, you will never come across an interview or interaction where he openly talks about his family.