CILLIAN MURPHY Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Cillian Murphy                                                             
Born: 25 May 1976 Douglas, Cork, Ireland                                         
Cillian Murphy (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish film and theatre actor. He is       
often noted by critics for his chameleonic performances in diverse roles         
and distinctive blue eyes.                                                       
A native of Cork, Murphy began his performing career as a rock musician. After   
turning down a record deal, he made his professional acting debut in the play     
Disco Pigs in 1996. He went on to star in Irish and UK film and stage             
productions throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, first coming to           
international attention in 2003 as the hero in the post-apocalyptic film 28 Days 
Later. Murphy's best-known roles are as villains in two 2005 blockbusters: the   
Scarecrow in the superhero film Batman Begins, and Jackson Rippner in the         
thriller Red Eye. Next came two contrasting, widely acclaimed starring roles:     
his Golden Globe Award-nominated performance as transgendered outcast "Kitten"   
in 2005's Breakfast on Pluto and a turn as a 1920s Irish revolutionary in 2006   
Palme d'Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley. 2007 saw Murphy on the London 
stage in Love Song and onscreen in science fiction film Sunshine.                 
A resident of London since 2001, Murphy often works in or near London and has     
no desire to move to Hollywood. Uncomfortable on the celebrity circuit, he       
customarily gives interviews about his work, but does not appear on television   
talk shows or discuss details of his private life with the press.