Cillian Murphy Biography

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Score: 6 / 10
Released: December 26, 2003
Director: Peter Webber
Producer: Anand Tucker, Andrew Paterson
Studio: Lions Gate Films
Cast: Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt, Cillian Murphy, Essie Davis, Anna Popplewell
Genre: Drama
Length: 99 minutes
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Cillian Murphy Biography


Date of Birth: May 25, 1976

Born in Ireland, Cillian Murphy began his career in the theater. He first made his mark in the award-winning stage version of Disco Pigs, a role that he would later recreate for the film version. His debut on film was in a short called Quando in 1997, and the following year he played Pat the Barman in Sweety Barrett (1998). Roles in more films followed, including On The Edge (2001), in which he starred as a suicidal teenager opposite Jonathan Jackson and Stephen Rea. He then made his television debut in the BBC mini-series The Way We Live Now (2001). For his role in Disco Pigs (2001), he was nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film by the Irish Film & Television Academy.

In 28 Days Later (2003), Cillian played the lead role of Jim, a man who wakes up from a coma in a London hospital to learn that a dangerous virus is sweeping across the world. The film was released worldwide and brought Murphy international attention. He then landed a leading role in The Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) opposite Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth as well as a part in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), joining an all-star cast. The collaboration went so well that Nolan chose to work with him again in both of his Batman sequels, The Dark Knight (2008) and the The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Nolan also brought him on for his 2010 blockbuster Inception, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He starred in the 2014 thriller Transcendence alongside Johnny Depp. He was later seen in Anthropoid (2016), Free Fire (2017), Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017) and The Party (2018). He can most recently be seen in Anna (2019).

Cillian works onstage when he has the time, appearing in The Shape of Things at Dublin's Gate Theatre in 2002 and Chekov's The Seagull at the International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh in August 2003.

Cillian is married to artist Yvonne McGuinness. They have two sons, Malachy and Aran.


Anna (2019)
The Party (2018)
Dunkirk (2017)
Free Fire (2017)
Anthropoid (2016)
Aloft (2015)
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Transcendence (2014)
Broken (2013)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Red Lights (2012)
In Time (2011)
Retreat (2011)
TRON: Legacy (2010)
Hippie Hippie Shake (2010)
Inception (2010)
Peacock (2010)
Perrier's Bounty (2009)
The Water (2009)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Edge of Love (2008)
Watching the Detectives (2007)
Sunshine (2007)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Red-Eye (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Intermission (2004)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
Cold Mountain (2003)
Zonad (2003)
28 Days Later (2002)
Disco Pigs (2001)
How Harry Became a Tree (2001)
On the Edge (2001)
The Trench (1999)
Sunburn (1999)
Sweety Barrett (1998)


Actor Anna (2019)
Actor The Party (2018)
Actor Dunkirk (2017)
Actor Dunkirk in 70mm (2017)
Actor Free Fire (2017)
Actor Anthropoid (2016)
Actor Aloft (2015)
Actor Transcendence (2014)
Actor Broken (2013) (2013)
Actor In Time (2011)
Actor Now (2011)
Actor Peacock (2010)
Actor Sunshine (2007)
Actor Batman Begins (2005)
Actor Red Eye (2005)
Actor Intermission (2004)
Actor 28 Days Later (2003)
Actor On The Edge (2001)