CILLIAN MURPHY most recently starred in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or
winner, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (IFC), directed by Ken Loach from a
screenplay by Paul Laverty. Murphy and Liam Cunningham play brothers who join guerilla
armies forced to do battle with British Black and Tan squads that attempt to thwart Ireland's
bid for independence in 1919.
Murphy is currently in production on THE BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES (Capitol
Films), which traces the relationships between Welsh poets Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys),
his wife Caitlin (Lindsay Lohan), his childhood friend Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley) and
her eventual husband (Murphy). John Maybury directs from a script by Rebekah Gilbertson.
In September, he begins production on HIPPIE HIPPIE SHAKE (Universal
Pictures/Working Title Films), which depicts counterculturalist Richard Neville's
misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s. Murphy stars opposite Sienna Miller in a
screenplay adapted by Richard Neville's memoir by Lee Hall and directed by Beeban Kidron.
For his role as Patrick "Kitten" Brady, an endearing, but deceptively tough young
man in 60s/70s London in Neil Jordan's BREAKFAST ON PLUTO (2005), Murphy received
a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He also made an indelible impression that year as
Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS, the fifth
instalment in the Warner Bros. franchise. His follow up -- Wes Craven's hit thriller RED EYE
- co-starred Rachel McAdams.
Murphy first garnered international attention for his performance as the reluctant
survivor Jim in Boyle's 28 DAYS LATER. His screen credits also include John Crowley's
INTERMISSION (2003), a dark comedy in which an ill-timed and poorly executed break-up
(initiated by Murphy's character John) sets off a chain of interwoven tales of love and crime.
In Peter Webber's GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, Murphy played Pieter, the local
butcher boy who vies for the attention of the title character (Scarlett Johansson). Paul Soter's
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES, Anthony Minghella's COLD MOUNTAIN, Goran
Paskaljevic's HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE, John Carney's ON THE EDGE, William
Boyd's THE TRENCH and Nelson Hume's SUNBURN also number among his credits.
Murphy first made his mark with a stunning performance in the award-winning stage
version of "Disco Pigs," by Ed Guiney. After receiving commendations for Best Fringe
Show at the 1996 Dublin Theatre Festival and the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh
Festival 1997, "Disco Pigs" went on to tour extensively in Ireland, the UK, Toronto and
Australia. Murphy later starred in the film version directed by Kirsten Sheridan.
Late last year, Murphy made his West End debut in John Kolvenbach's "Love Song,ā€¯
directed by John Crowley, at the New Ambassador Theatre in London. Murphy co-stared
opposite Neve Campbell, Kristen Johnston and Michael McKean as Beane, an oddball whose
well-meaning sister Joan (Johnston) and brother-in-law Harry (McKean) are unable to make
time for him in their busy lives. Following a burglary in Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to
find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind Beane's mysterious new
love Molly (Campbell).
His collaborations with Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes include "The
Country Boy," "Juno and the Paycock," and "Playboy of the Western World" at the Gaity
Theatre in Dublin. Murphy also starred as Konstantin in the Edinburgh Fest production of
"The Seagull" directed by Peter Stein, as Adam in Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things" at
the Gate Theatre in Dublin and as Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing."
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