Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy (born 25 May 1976) is an Irish actor. He made his professional debut in Enda Walsh's 1996 play Disco Pigs, a role he later reprised in the 2001 screen adaptation. His early notable film credits include the horror film 28 Days Later (2002), the dark comedy Intermission (2003), the thriller Red Eye (2005), the Irish war drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), and the science fiction thriller Sunshine (2007). He played a transgender Irish woman in the comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Murphy began collaborating with filmmaker Christopher Nolan in 2005, playing Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012) as well as appearing in Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017) and portraying the lead role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in the biographical epic Oppenheimer (2023). By the year 2023, Murphy has already worked with Nolan for around 20 years and six films. He also gained prominence for his role as Tommy Shelby in the BBC period drama series Peaky Blinders (2013–2022) and for starring in the horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II (2020). In 2011, Murphy won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for the one-man play Misterman. In 2020, The Irish Times named him one of the greatest Irish film actors.

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Inception (2010)

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Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Elliot Page  •  Tom Hardy

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Elliot Page  •  Tom Hardy

28 Days Later (2002)

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Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Naomie Harris  •  Brendan Gleeson  •  Christopher Eccleston

Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Naomie Harris  •  Brendan Gleeson  •  Christopher Eccleston

The Dark Knight (2008)

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Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Michael Caine

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Michael Caine

In Time (2011)

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In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Justin Timberlake  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Olivia Wilde

In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Justin Timberlake  •  Amanda Seyfried  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Olivia Wilde

Sunshine (2007)

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Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last hope.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Rose Byrne  •  Chris Evans  •  Michelle Yeoh

Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last hope.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Rose Byrne  •  Chris Evans  •  Michelle Yeoh

Batman Begins (2005)

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Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Cold Mountain (2003)

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In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Eileen Atkins

In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Eileen Atkins

Intermission (2003)

A raucous story of the interweaving lives and loves of small-town delinquents, shady cops, pretty good girls and very bad boys. With Irish guts and grit, lives collide, preconceptions shatter and romance is tested to the extreme. An ill-timed and poorly executed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Colm Meaney  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Cillian Murphy

A raucous story of the interweaving lives and loves of small-town delinquents, shady cops, pretty good girls and very bad boys. With Irish guts and grit, lives collide, preconceptions shatter and romance is tested to the extreme. An ill-timed and poorly executed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Colm Meaney  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Cillian Murphy

Red Eye (2005)

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Brian Cox  •  Jayma Mays

A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Brian Cox  •  Jayma Mays

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in the Irish Republican Army, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Pádraic Delaney  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Gerard Kearney

In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in the Irish Republican Army, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Pádraic Delaney  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Gerard Kearney

Disco Pigs (2001)

Pig and Runt born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by bloodline. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are one, needing no one else, inhabiting a delicate, insular and dangerous world where they make their own ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirsten Sheridan
CAST:  Elaine Cassidy  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Brían F. O'Byrne  •  Eleanor Methven

Pig and Runt born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by bloodline. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are one, needing no one else, inhabiting a delicate, insular and dangerous world where they make their own ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirsten Sheridan
CAST:  Elaine Cassidy  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Brían F. O'Byrne  •  Eleanor Methven

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Gary Oldman  •  Tom Hardy  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Gary Oldman  •  Tom Hardy  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Sweety Barrett (1999)

Sweety Barrett is a giant of a man with the mind of a child. An easy target in a corrupt world, Sweety becomes embroiled in a smuggling operation unleashing a spiral of dangerous and unexpected events.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Bradley
CAST:  Brendan Gleeson  •  Tony Rohr  •  Andrew Scott  •  Liam Cunningham

Sweety Barrett is a giant of a man with the mind of a child. An easy target in a corrupt world, Sweety becomes embroiled in a smuggling operation unleashing a spiral of dangerous and unexpected events.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Bradley
CAST:  Brendan Gleeson  •  Tony Rohr  •  Andrew Scott  •  Liam Cunningham

How Harry Became a Tree (2002)

Set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney (Colm Meany) sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty – the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Goran Paskaljević
CAST:  Colm Meaney  •  Adrian Dunbar  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Kerry Condon

Set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney (Colm Meany) sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty – the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Goran Paskaljević
CAST:  Colm Meaney  •  Adrian Dunbar  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Kerry Condon

Retreat (2011)

Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Tibbetts
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Jamie Bell  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Jimmy Yuill

Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Tibbetts
CAST:  Cillian Murphy  •  Jamie Bell  •  Thandiwe Newton  •  Jimmy Yuill

Waveriders (2008)

Previously untold story of the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenom  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Conroy
CAST:  Kelly Slater  •  Cillian Murphy

Previously untold story of the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenom  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Conroy
CAST:  Kelly Slater  •  Cillian Murphy

Transcendence (2014)

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Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wally Pfister
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Paul Bettany  •  Rebecca Hall  •  Kate Mara

Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wally Pfister
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Paul Bettany  •  Rebecca Hall  •  Kate Mara

Broken (2012)

Three suburban English families' lives intertwine with tragic consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rufus Norris
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Eloise Laurence  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Zana Marjanović

Three suburban English families' lives intertwine with tragic consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rufus Norris
CAST:  Tim Roth  •  Eloise Laurence  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Zana Marjanović

Red Lights (2012)

Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo Cortés
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Robert De Niro  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Elizabeth Olsen

Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo Cortés
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Robert De Niro  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Elizabeth Olsen

Sunburn (1999)

Davin McDerby is a handsome, irresponsible slacker who arrives in Montauk Long Island for a summer of fun. He has no intention of working too hard and every intention of enjoying himself as much as possible while simultaneously escaping the pressing problems that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nelson Hume
CAST:  Paloma Baeza  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė  •  Barry Ward

Davin McDerby is a handsome, irresponsible slacker who arrives in Montauk Long Island for a summer of fun. He has no intention of working too hard and every intention of enjoying himself as much as possible while simultaneously escaping the pressing problems that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nelson Hume
CAST:  Paloma Baeza  •  Cillian Murphy  •  Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė  •  Barry Ward
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