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Cillian Murphy
BirthnameCillian Murphy
Date of birthMay 25, 1976
Place of birthIreland
Character(s)Edward Dillinger Jr.
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Cillian Murphy (born 25 May 1976) is a theatre actor. He is often noted by critics for his chameleonic performances in diverse roles and distinctive blue eyes.

A native of Cork, Murphy began his performing career as a rock musician. After turning down a record deal, he made his professional acting debut in the play Disco Pigs in 1996. He went on to star in Irish and UK film and stage productions throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, first coming to international attention in 2003 as the hero in the post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later. Murphy's best-known roles are as villains in the year of 2005 blockbusters: The Scarecrow in the superhero film Batman Begins and it's mega hit sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and also Jackson Rippner in the thriller Red Eye. Next came two contrasting, widely acclaimed starring roles: his Golden Globe Award-nominated performance as a glam transgender orphan teen in 2005's Breakfast on Pluto and a turn as a 1920s Irish revolutionary in the 2006 Palme d'Or winner, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. In 2010, Murphy played a role in Christopher Nolan's highly acclaimed blockbuster Inception.

A resident of London since 2001, Murphy often works in or near the city and has expressed no desire to move to Hollywood. Uncomfortable on the celebrity circuit, he customarily gives interviews about his work, but does not publicly discuss details of his private life and had never appeared on a television talk show until 2010.

Cillian Murphy appeared in an uncredited role as Edward Dillinger, Jr. in TRON: Legacy.