Cillian Murphy

Murphy in 2012, photo by PR Photos

Place of Birth: Douglas, County Cork, Ireland

Date of Birth: 25 May, 1976

Ethnicity: Irish

Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Oppenheimer (2023). His roles also include the films Disco Pigs, 28 Days Later, Intermission, Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, and its sequels; Red Eye, Breakfast on Pluto, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Sunshine (2007), Inception, In Time, Red Lights, Aloft, In the Heart of the Sea, Anthropoid, Free Fire, The Party, Dunkirk (2017), Anna (2019), and A Quiet Place Part II, and the show Peaky Blinders.

His father, Brendan Murphy, was a school inspector, and his mother, a teacher of French. He was raised in Ballintemple, Cork. Cillian is married to visual artist Yvonne McGuinness, with whom he has two children. Yvonne is the niece of politician John McGuinness.

Cillian’s paternal grandfather was Patrick Murphy (the son of John Murphy and Margaret Crowley). Patrick was born in Currow, Kerry. John was the son of Patrick Murphy and Ellen Fitzgerald. Margaret was born in Knockeenacurrig West, Kishkeam, County Cork, the daughter of Cornelius Crowley and Helen Daly.

Cillian’s paternal grandmother was Margaret (Madge) Flynn (the daughter of Patrick Flynn and Catherine “Kate” Sweeney).

Cillian’s maternal grandfather’s surname was O Mahony.

Source: Genealogy of Cillian Murphy (focusing on his father’s side) –

28 Responses

  1. Hadnodiner says:


  2. mm00477 says:

    He looks like he is German or English. Definitely not just Irish. I don’t think Irish people have high cheekbones, deep set eyes and a square jaw.

  3. gel says:

    Heres Cillian Murphy with Jamie Dornan:

    I think they have similar face shape but the Northern Ireland man looks darker.

  4. andrew says:

    Cillian’s father is Brendan Murphy

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