Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)
  • Lowest Rated: 16% Aloft (2015)
  • Birthday: May 25, 1976
  • Birthplace: Douglas, Cork in Ireland
  • A soft-spoken, fair-skinned actor with startling blue eyes, a penchant for playing volatile characters, and a reluctance to forsake his critically lauded stage career for a life in film, American audiences may best know Irish actor Cillian Murphy as the bike courier making his way through infected London in director Danny Boyle's apocalyptic thriller 28 Days Later. Though the film may have been Murphy's first to find wide stateside exposure, he has been appearing onscreen in the U.K. and his native Ireland since 1997. Born in Douglas, Cork, Ireland, in 1974, Murphy's father was a school inspector and his mother a French teacher. Attending school at Presentation Brothers College Cork while intending to enter into a career in law, Murphy was an avid rugby player who was turned on to the Concordia Theater's unique stage productions in his fourth year. Murphy soon signed up for a workshop with Concordia's Pat Tiernan and it quickly became apparent that he had a natural flair for the stage. Soon cast as the wildly emotional Pig in Concordia's production of Disco Pigs, Murphy debuted to rave reviews and was soon skipping school to go on tour with the production. Though his acting had initially begun as a hobby and a way to kill time on the weekends, it was quickly taking over his life and a career in law seemed less and less appealing. Though he would attempt to continue his law studies, it was soon obvious to Murphy that his heart just wasn't in it.Subsequently cast in a series of interesting and complex roles, Murphy made his feature debut in the 1998 film Sweety Barrett and quickly followed with the coming-of-age comedy drama Sunburn. Though it was obvious that his stage talents translated well to the silver screen, Murphy still maintained that the rush of theater couldn't be touched by celluloid. The problem in Ireland of suicide and poor mental health among young men prompted Murphy to accept a role in the 2000 drama On the Edge, and his role of a suicidal psychiatric patient proved memorable and affecting. Following How Harry Became a Tree (2001), it was time to adapt Disco Pigs into a feature film, and with director Kirsten Sheridan at the helm, Murphy reprised his role of Pig to enthusiastic results. By the time 28 Days Later rolled around, it seemed that everyone except United States audiences were familiar with the rising star, and with the stateside release of the film in mid 2003, all that was soon to change. Noting that, in his opinion, the best actors alternate frequently between stage and screen, Murphy strived to keep a balance as his growing popularity found his film career taking precedence. Following 2003's Zonad, Murphy began preparation for such features as Intermission and Girl With a Pearl Earring (both 2003).Murphy's resumé amassed higher and higher profile roles. 2005 brought his most popular film to date as he played the villain opposite hero Christian Bale in Batman Begins. Murphy's "boy next door" face seemed to make his performance as the menacing Scarecrow all the more disturbing, and he would go on to play the bad guy again later that same year in Red Eye, though this time he wore makeup to cover his boyish features. Soon he was donning even more makeup, however, as a transsexual in the indie hit Breakfast on Pluto. Playing both a victim and a hero in the U.K. of the 1970s, Murphy's ethereal performance as a boy who leaves his Ireland home to live as a woman in London was praised by critics, and the film was a cult success. He followed it up with another passion project in 2006: Ken Loach's award-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a look at the Irish Republicans of the early 20th century and the anti-British rebellion that would continue to tear families apart for decades to come. He next signed on to star with Lucy Liu in the romantic comedy Watching the Detectives, another independent venture that would find Murphy playing a shy film geek who's pulled out of his movie collection and into the re

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet A Quiet Place 2 Actor 2020
36% Anna Lenny Miller 2019
70% The Delinquent Season Actor 2018
81% The Party Tom $0.4M 2018
No Score Yet Kjærlighetens Sesonger Jim 2018
93% Dunkirk Actor $188.1M 2017
69% Free Fire Chris $1.8M 2017
66% Anthropoid Josef Gabcík $3M 2016
100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach Actor 2016
43% In the Heart of the Sea Second Mate Matthew Joy $19.1M 2015
16% Aloft Ivan 2015
20% Transcendence Agent Buchanan $23.1M 2014
63% Broken Mike 2013
30% Red Lights Tom Buckley $49.8K 2012
No Score Yet Dali & I: The Surreal Story Stan Lauryssens 2012
37% In Time Raymond Leon $36M 2011
62% Retreat Martin 2011
No Score Yet Telepathy Actor 2011
87% Inception Robert Fischer Jr. $292.6M 2010
56% Perrier's Bounty Michael McCrea 2010
No Score Yet Peacock John/Emma Skillpa 2010
No Score Yet Hippie Hippie Shake Richard Neville 2010
No Score Yet White Male Heart Actor 2009
56% Waveriders Narrator 2009
No Score Yet The Water Actor 2009
94% The Dark Knight Scarecrow $533.4M 2008
37% The Edge of Love William Killick 2008
76% Sunshine Capa $3.8M 2007
No Score Yet Watching the Detectives Neil 2007
89% The Wind That Shakes the Barley Damien O'Donovan $1.8M 2007
57% Breakfast on Pluto Patrick `Kitten' Braden $0.8M 2005
79% Red Eye Jackson Rippner $57.9M 2005
84% Batman Begins Dr. Jonathan Crane $204.2M 2005
72% Girl With a Pearl Earring Pieter $11.6M 2004
73% Intermission John $0.8M 2003
86% 28 Days Later Jim $45M 2003
20% Disco Pigs Pig 2003
No Score Yet How Harry Became a Tree Gus 2001
67% On the Edge Jonathan 2001
No Score Yet The Trench Rag Rookwood 1999
No Score Yet Sunburn Davin McDerby 1999

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No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
92% Peaky Blinders
2013-2017
Thomas Shelby Tommy Shelby
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Paul Montague
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Way We Live Now
2002
Paul Montague

QUOTES FROM Cillian Murphy CHARACTERS

Agent Buchanan
Your Determined To Stop Any Attempt At What You Call Transcedence.
Agent Buchanan
You think it's really him?
Joseph Tagger
At any rate, his mind is evolving erratically. I'm not sure it matters anymore.
Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden
What is it with "nancy-boys" that you can't be bothered killing them?
Maggie
Where's John?
John/Emma Skillpa
Sleeping.
Raymond Leon
You can run.
Will Salas
So can you.
Icarus
Ninety seven percent of shield in full sunlight.
Kaneda
Final panel and closing of shield is secure.
Capa
You have to move now! Captain!
Harvey
Kaneda's not going to make it.
Capa
Captain! You have-
Harvey
It's too far.
Capa
Have to move! Why isn't he moving?
Searle
Kaneda. What do you see?
Capa
A new star borne out of a dying one. I think it's going to be beautiful. No, I'm not scared.
Cassie
I am.
Cassie
It's different... thinking that you're going to die and then knowing that you will.
Capa
That depends on what we can salvage from Icarus I.
Cassie
No. We're going to die out here, like the other crew. I know it. So do you.
Capa
Icarus?
Icarus
Yes?
Capa
Who is the fifth crew member?
Icarus
Unknown.
Capa
Where is the fifth crew member?
Icarus
In the observation room.
Lisa Reisert
Is it Jack for short?
Jackson
No. I haven't gone by Jack since i was ten years old.
Jackson
No. I haven't gone by Jack since I was ten years old.
Jackson
Last names Rippner.
Lisa Reisert
Jack Rippner.. Jack thee.. Ooohh.
Lisa Reisert
Jack Rippner. Jack thee, ooohh.
Jackson
There you go.
Lisa Reisert
That wasn't very nice of your parents.
Jackson
That's what i told them. Before i killed them.
Jackson
That's what I told them, before I killed them.
Lisa Reisert
That's actually my seat.
Jackson
You're kidding.
Lisa Reisert
Well, i don't know. that says 18G
Lisa Reisert
Well, I don't know. That says 18G
Jackson
You're not kidding.
Jackson
Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
There's nothing to fear, but fear itself!
Jackson
I'll fix it up!..
Jackson
I'll fix it up!
Lisa Reisert
Not in my house!....
Lisa Reisert
Not in my house!
Rachel Dawes
I do what I do to keep thugs like Falcone behind bars, not in therapy. I want my own psychiatric consultant to have full access to Falcone including blood work. Find out what exactly you put him on.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
First thing tomorrow, then.
Rachel Dawes
Tonight. I've already paged Dr. Lehmann at County General.
Rachel Dawes
What's "scarecrow"?
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Patients suffering delusional episodes often focus their paranoia on an external tormentor usually one conforming to Jungian archetypes. In this case, a scarecrow.
Rachel Dawes
He's drugged?
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Psychopharmacology is my primary field. I'm a strong advocate. Outside, he was a giant.In here, only the mind can grant you power.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Psychopharmacology is my primary field. I'm a strong advocate. Outside, he was a giant. In here, only the mind can grant you power.
Rachel Dawes
You enjoy the reversal.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
I respect the mind's power over the body. It's why I do what I do.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Would you like to see my mask? I use it in my experiments. Now, I'm probably not very frightening to a guy like you. But these crazies, they can't stand it.
Carmine Falcone
So when did the nut take over the nut house? [Starts screaming]
Carmine Falcone
So when did the nut take over the nut house?
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
They scream and they cry much as you're doing now. Well, he's not faking. Not that one. I'll talk to the judge and see if I can get him moved to the secure wing at Arkham. I can't treat him here.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Having trouble? Take a seat. Have a drink. You look like a man who takes himself too seriously. Do you want my opinion? You need to lighten up.
Darren ("Pig")
Beautiful face, yours
Darren ("Pig")
Beautiful face, yours.
Sinead ("Runt")
What's the color of love, Pig?
Darren ("Pig")
What sort of love, love?
Sinead ("Runt")
Don't know. But you know the way things, they got a color. I wonder what the color of love is.
Darren ("Pig")
Jesus, Runt. You could read a thousand thick books and never know the answer to that quiz.
Sinead ("Runt")
It's be a good one to know, ah?
Darren ("Pig")
It'd be brilliant, Runt. It's around here somewhere
Darren ("Pig")
It'd be brilliant, Runt. It's around here somewhere.
Sinead ("Runt")
Runt: Only a few moments old, and I start thinking things then. Staring at that white sky right above me. And I want for something altogether different. And that's when I hear him. Pig: [baby cries] Runt: And through the Noddy and Big Ears'd wall, I search after his cry. The cry so lonely it scares and makes me cry too. And all the sights that we could see, they go invisible when we hear each other's cries. And that's when the magic it all begin. It begin when the baby Pig, and baby Runt, state through their baby eyes, you see. And the crying and screaming all stop. Runt: From that moment on, we become one. And we need no one else. Nobody.
Sinead ("Runt")
Only a few moments old, and I start thinking things then. Staring at that white sky right above me. And I want for something altogether different. And that's when I hear him.
Darren ("Pig")
[baby cries]
Sinead ("Runt")
And through the Noddy and Big Ears'd wall, I search after his cry. The cry so lonely it scares and makes me cry too. And all the sights that we could see, they go invisible when we hear each other's cries. And that's when the magic it all begin. It begin when the baby Pig, and baby Runt, state through their baby eyes, you see. And the crying and screaming all stop.
Sinead ("Runt")
From that moment on, we become one. And we need no one else. Nobody.
Tom Buckley
I stop deny myself....
Tom Buckley
You can't deny yourself forever.
Tom Buckley
And today it'll be over...for you and for me.
Tom Buckley
Don't believe everything they tell you.
Tom Buckley
You can't deny yourself.
Tom Buckley
The only way to pull a rabbit out a hat is to put it there first.
Jim
And then I wake up today in hospital. I wake up and I'm... I'm hallucinating or I'm...
Mark
What's your name?
Jim
Jim.
Mark
I'm Mark. This is Selena. Ok, Jim. I've got some bad news.
Jim
Please..
Corporal Mitchell
Believe me, I'm not interested.
Mark
A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the bartender says, "Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there." And the man says, "No, it's not a lion. It's a giraffe."
Mark
A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the bartender says, 'Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there.' And the man says, 'No, it's not a lion. It's a giraffe.'
Jim
[Doesn't respond]
Jim
[doesn't respond]
Mark
Completely humorless.
Hooker
Oi. You doing business, do it somewhere else, love. This pavement's got my name on it.
Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden
And what, pray, is your name? Concrete?
Hooker
My name is scratch your eyes out, and bite your bleed'n nose off. Which is what I'll do if you don't get off my patch.
Mr. Silky String
She giving you trouble, son?
Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden
Oh, no trouble at all. We were just exchanging names.
Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden
If I wasn't a transvestite terrorist, would you marry me?
Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden
Not many people can take the tale of Patrick Braden, aka St. Kitten, who strutted the catwalks, face lit by a halo of flashbulbs as "oh!" she shrieks, "I told you, from my best side darlings."
Patrick (Patricia) 'Kitten' Braden
Not many people can take the tale of Patrick Braden, aka St. Kitten, who strutted the catwalks, face lit by a halo of flashbulbs as 'oh!' she shrieks, 'I told you, from my best side darlings.'
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
There's nothing to fear, but fear itself!
Chechen
Look at what your drugs did to my customers.
Scarecrow
Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.
Chechen
My business... repeat customers...
Scarecrow
If you don't like what I have to offer, you can buy from someone else. Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
Don't let me find you out here again.
Brian
We're trying to help you!
Batman/Bruce Wayne
I don't need help.
Scarecrow
Not my diagnosis!
Brian
What gives you the right? What's the difference between you and me?
Robert Fischer Jr
I know, Dad. I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.
Maurice Fischer
No, no, no... I was disappointed... that you tried.
Chechen
Look what your drugs did to my customers!
Scarecrow
[stepping out from the back of a van] Buyer beware. I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they would be place you wanted to go.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
They scream, and they cry! Much as you're doing now!
Jackson
He doesn't move. Unless I say so. He's a good dog, he responds only to his master's voice. It'll all be over soon. The Keefes will be history, your dad will be safe, we'll both go back...
Jackson
Thanks for the quickie.
Jackson
One simple phone call saves your dad's life.
Robert Fischer Jr
I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.
Maurice Fischer
No, no, no. I was disappointed that you tried.
Scarecrow
Buyer Beware.I said my compound would take you places,I didn't say they'd take you places you wanted to go.
Scarecrow
Buyer Beware. I said my compound would take you places, I didn't say they'd take you places you wanted to go.
Chechen
My business,repeat customers.
Chechen
My business, repeat customers.
Scarecrow
You don't like what I have to offer,you can buy from someone else.Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.
Scarecrow
You don't like what I have to offer,you can buy from someone else. Assuming Batman left anyone to buy from.
John
Yous can go fuck yourselves!
Selena
Hannah, it's OK. He's not infected.
Hannah
But I thought he was biting you.
Jim
Kissing. I was kissing her. Are you stoned?
Selena
It's a long story.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
A taste of your own medicine, doctor? What have you been doing here? Who are you working for?
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Ra's... Ra's al Ghul.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
Ra's al Ghul is dead. Who are you working for? Crane!
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Dr. Crane isn't here right now. But if you like to make an appointment...
Raymond Leon
No. It's just rare.
Lisa Reisert
...So you think think this is personal now?
Jackson
just finishing the job..
Jackson
Just finishing the job.
Lisa Reisert
well you're too late, everyone's alive, in that hotel every single person is alive, what? you didn't know? you failed, ... Jack....
Lisa Reisert
Well you're too late, everyone's alive, in that hotel every single person is alive, what? you didn't know? you failed, Jack...
Jackson
(Getting angry to the highest level) I'll fix it up...
Jackson
[getting angry to the highest level] I'll fix it up...
Lisa Reisert
not in my house...(Jackson chase Lisa and Lisa take a run)
Lisa Reisert
Not in my house... [Jackson chase Lisa and Lisa take a run]
Cobb
Cobb: I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security. Robert Fischer: You're talking about dreams?
Cobb
I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security.
Robert Fischer Jr
You're talking about dreams?
Capa
So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it.
Capa
...Eight astronauts, strapped to the back of the bomb... My bomb. Welcome to Icarus II.
Capa
Eight astronauts, strapped to the back of the bomb... My bomb. Welcome to Icarus II.
Robert Fischer Jr
I know dad, i know you were disappointed i couldn't be you.
Robert Fischer Jr
I know dad, I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.
Maurice Fischer
No no no...i was disappointed...that you tried.
Maurice Fischer
No no no... I was disappointed... that you tried.
Cobb
There's one thing you should know about me. I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security.
Robert Fischer Jr
You talkin' about dreams?
Jackson
but it was beyond your control...
Jackson
That it was beyond your control?
Lisa Reisert
no... now, it would never happened again(stabs Jackson's neck by a pen)...
Lisa Reisert
No... that it would never happen again. [she stabs him in the neck with a pen]
Jim
No see this is a really shit idea. You know why this is a shit idea? Because it's really obviously a shit idea.
Jim
No, no. No, see, this is a really shit idea. You know why? Because it's really obviously a shit idea.
Scarecrow
I told you my drug would take you places, I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.
Scarecrow
I told you my compound would take you places. I never said they'd be places you wanted to go.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
They scream, and they cry, much as your doing now.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
There's nothing to fear but fear himself!
Jackson
Thanks for the quickie.
Jackson
One phone call saves your dad's life.
Jackson
One simple phone call saves your dad's life.
Robert Fischer Jr
Couldn't someone have dreamed up a goddamn beach?!
Robert Fischer Jr
Couldn't somebody have dreamt up a goddamned beach?
Cobb
I specialize in a very specific type of security. Subconscious security.
Robert Fischer Jr
Are you talking about dreams? Are you talking about extraction?
Robert Fischer Jr
Couldn't somebody have dreamt up a goddamn beach?
Jim
Oh, great. Valium. Not only will we be able to go to sleep, if we get attacked in the middle of the night, we won't even care.
Capa
So if you wake up one morning and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it. Okay, I'm signing out.
Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
I am more than aware that you are not intimidated by *me*, Mr. Falcone. But you know who I'm working for, and when he gets here...