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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy was seen in Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning global blockbuster Inception. Murphy previously worked with Nolan when he played Dr. Jonathan Crane, a.k.a Scarecrow, in 2005's Batman Begins, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination. He reprised the role in a cameo appearance in Nolan's 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight.

Murphy first garnered international attention for his performance as Jim, the reluctant survivor, in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic thriller 28 Days Later. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the transgender outcast, Patrick Kitten Braden, in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto. Murphy then garnered two consecutive British Independent Film Award nominations for his roles in the award-winning 2006 drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley, directed by Ken Loach, and Danny Boyle's 2007 science-fiction thriller Sunshine.

More recently, Murphy starred in Michael Lander's thriller Peacock, and in the independent film Perrier's Bounty, with Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson directs and stars with Murphy in the upcoming indie feature At Swim-Two-Birds, also starring Colin Farrell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Gabriel Byrne. Also upcoming for Murphy are the thriller Retreat, with Jamie Bell and Thandie Newton; the motion picture adaptation of Daniel Clay's acclaimed novel Broken; Rodrigo Cortes' Red Lights, alongside Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver; and Stephen Bradley's wartime drama Wayfaring Strangers.

Murphy's diverse filmography also includes Wes Craven's thriller Red Eye, opposite Rachel McAdams; The Edge of Love, with Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys; the Civil War drama Cold Mountain, for director Anthony Minghella; Peter Webber's period drama Girl with a Pearl Earring, with Scarlett Johansson; John Crowley's dark comedy Intermission, with Colin Farrell; and John Carney's On the Edge. On television, Murphy had a leading role in the BBC miniseries The Way We Live Now, directed by David Yates.

Born and raised in Ireland, Murphy began his professional acting career in Enda Walsh's award-winning play Disco Pigs. After receiving commendations at the 1996 Dublin Theatre Festival and the 1997 Edinburgh Festival, Disco Pigs went on to tour extensively in Ireland, the UK, Toronto and Australia. Murphy later starred in the film version directed by Kirsten Sheridan.

On the stage, Murphy repeatedly worked with Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes in productions of such plays as The Country Boy, Juno and the Paycock and The Playboy of the Western World. He also starred in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, at Dublin's Gate Theatre, and the Edinburgh Festival production of Chekhov's The Seagull. He more recently made his West End debut in John Kolvenbach's play Love Song, at the Ambassadors Theatre.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Cillian Murphy Facts

BirthdayMay 25, 1976 (47)
BirthplaceDouglas, County Cork, Ireland
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Cillian Murphy compared to you?

Selected Filmography

In the Heart of the Sea
28 Days Later
Batman Begins
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
In Time
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