Cillian Murphy Net Worth: Career & Hobbies

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy, the Irish Actor, popularly known for his acting in the show Peaky Blinders, has a total net worth of $20 million.

Murphy began his career performing as a rock musician before appearing in movies.

Cillian Murphy

He started his performing career working in a rock band named The Sons of Mr. Green Genes as the pianist, songwriter, and lead singer, however later in 1996, he made his acting debut in the play Disco Pigs.

Cillian Murphy is very well known for his collaborations with the talented director Christopher Nolan, for playing Dr. Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow) in the Dark Knight Trilogy, appearing in the sci-fi thriller Inception, and the beautifully cinematographed war drama Dunkirk.

Quick Facts

Following are some quick facts about the actor.

Full Name Cillian Murphy
Nickname Cilly
Date of birth May 25, 1976
Age 47 years old
Gender Male
Place Of Birth Cork, Douglas. Ireland
Nationality Irish
Profession Actor, Composer, Voice Actor, Disc Jockey, Television Producer
Zodiac sign Gemini
Religion Christian ‘Catholic
Ethnicity Caucasian
Residence Dublin
Height 5’7″ (1.75m)
Weight 154 lbs
Color Of Hair Dark brown
Color Of Eye Blue
Social Media  Not present
Sexual Orientation Straight
Father’s Name Brendan Murphy
Mother’s Name (Not disclosed)
Siblings Páidi Murphy (Brother)

Orla and Sile (Sisters)

Marital status Married
Education Presentation Brothers College

University College Cork (UCC)

Spouse Yvonne McGuinness ​(m. 2004)
Children Aran Murphy

Malachy Murphy

Active Years 1996-present
Body Measurements 38-14-31
Net Worth 20 million USD
Last Updated February, 2024

Cillian Murphy Net Worth and Income

The actor of Irish origin has a total net worth of $20 million, as of 2021.

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Mostly known for his lead star role as Thomas Shelby on the Peaky Blinders, a successful series since 2013, Murphy is a versatile actor.

Nevertheless, his salary given by the series has never been disclosed.

In an interview, Late Helen McCrory, who played the role of Aunt Polly in the series, had revealed that work on a tight budget.

As Cillian is an executive producer on the show, he obviously has more benefits than other actors regarding the paycheck.

Murphy had also played excellent roles in Christopher Nolan films like Dunkirk, the Batman trilogy, and Inception, which all were huge box office hits.

The Dark Knight made £740 million worldwide. Similarly, 28 Days Later, his first major screen film made over £60 million worldwide.

Across his career so far, Murphy has acted in several films, shows, and stage productions.

Not only that, but he also has a slot as a presenter on BBC radio, where he presented a show called Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition.

Cillian Murphy House and Lifestyle

After living in London for more than 14 years, the Corkman moved to Dublin with his family in 2016.

He said in an interview, “To move away in your twenties to England or America to establish yourself and find your calling, and then come home… I always thought that it was retrogressive, but now I realize that it is just natural.”

Cillian was born in Ireland and lived his early life there before moving to New York and settling in northwest London.

 Cillian Murphy’s Home at Monkstown, Dublin

The actor purchased a beautiful, elegant home in Monkstown for which he spent €1.7m.

His Monkstown vintage home was built around 1863, and it still preserves its antiquity. It’s a protected structure in Victorian terraced style, and all of its original features remain intact.


The house consists of six double bedrooms and a drawing-room. One of the best features of the home is a fireplace. These originally built fireplaces are present in many rooms.

Hobbies and Lifestyle

Cillian is very private and shy in nature and loves to keep his personal affairs to himself.

His possessions, such as real estate investments, cars, and vacations, have not been disclosed.

The Actor made his breakthrough in 28 Days Later and has worked with some of the finest actors in Hollywood, such as Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception) and Christian Bale (Batman Begins).

He told in an interview that New York is his favorite city that always energizes him.

The actor and his wife both do not prefer being followed by media or paparazzi. However, the couple often enjoys their family getaway and private vacations.

Cillian with his family, vacation
Cillian Murphy with his family

Talking about his favorite place, the actor said that his happiest memory lies in West Kerry, Ireland, where his parents took him during his childhood.

The actor now takes his kids there, the Basket Islands, where he can enjoy the seals on the beach with his boys.

The actor loves waterslides and going down with his kids, reportedly, head first!


Cillian is a patron at UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and always has lent support to tackle bullying and racism among young children.

The actor has also helped in the international launch of two videos that show the findings of youth researchers on mental health awareness and the challenges faced by LGBT youth.

Murphy is committed to empowering the youth to be actively engaged in their communities and face the issues that matter to them. He believes in strengthening the young population and building their own capacity, which helps change society.

Movies and Endorsements

Movies and Awards

The actor made his place in Hollywood after acting 28 Days Later. The movie was made on just a $10 million budget and collected over $82 million worldwide.

Murphy was nominated for Golden Globe Award for his performance in Breakfast on Pluto (2005), in which he played the role of a transgender person.

Other great movies he acted in, such as Inception, Dunkirk, and The Dark Knight trilogy, proved that this Irish actor got a lot in himself.

By 2021, Cillian has already acted in more than forty movies. His last movie, A Quiet Place Part II was released last year, and he had done, as usual, wonderful acting.

Furthermore, his role as Tommy Shelby on the series Peaky Blinders grabbed the most admiration for him, where he plays the role of a leader of the Birmingham criminal gang.

Thomas (Tommy) Shelby in Peaky Blinders

The role of Tommy Shelby has earned him two Irish Film Awards and Television Awards for Best Actor.

He has won several great awards and been nominated for numerous for his work.

Cillian Murphy, a fantastic chameleon-like actor, surely deserves the world for the outstanding works he delivered through his acting.


The shy-Irish-actor has recently signed on to an endorsement deal with Montblanc, the iconic brand famous for its pricey pens.

Montblanc reportedly offered a €290,000 paycheque to the actor for endorsing their product.


Cillian was born in May 1976 in Ireland, and by the age of ten, he had already started playing music and writing songs.

While studying in secondary school, he first got his taste for performing when participating in a play. After watching his acting in the play, his English teacher also encouraged him to pursue acting.

However, he started his career as a musician. Teaming with his brother, he used to sing and play guitar in several bands. They were very influenced by the Beatles and Frank Zappa and later formed their own band, The Sons of Mr. Greengenes.

A record label in London even offered the duo an album deal, but they turned it down as their parents were very cautious of the music industry.

After leaving the band, Cillian started his acting career at the theatre. He performed films such as The mask and On the Edge in Corcadora Theatre Company.

He gave many fascinating stage performances such as Disco pigsBallyturk, and The Seagull.

Cillian, however, rose to the limelight after performing in the movie 28 days later (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Red Eye (2005), and many others.

Personal Life

Cillian likes keeping it very private when it comes to his personal life.

He was born as the eldest son to his parents in Douglas, Cork. His father worked for the Irish Department of Education, and his mother was a French teacher.

Murphy has joined University College Cork (UCC) to study law but failed his first-year exams. The actor had no ambition in the law field.

He has been married to a visual artist, Yvonne McGuinness, for over 16 years.

The couple met in 1996, during one of his band’s shows, and after dating for eight years, they married in 2004.

The couples are blessed with two adorable sons named Malachy and Aran.

Cillian with his sons and his wife in the background.
Cillian with his sons and his wife, smiling in the background.

Both Cillian and Yvonne don’t prefer followed by media tantrums. Yvonne has seen rarely making public appearances with her star husband. The family of four now lives in their native land Dublin, Ireland.

FAQs about Cillian Murphy

Does he speak Irish?

Yes, he speaks Irish. Not only that, but the actor also carries conversation in French and Gaelic.

Is the actor a vegetarian?

Cillian was a vegetarian for several years and started eating meat for his role in Peaky Blinders.

Does Cillian smoke real cigarettes in Peaky Blinders?

No, he does not smoke real cigarettes in both real and reel life. In the show, it’s Herbal Rose cigarettes, the fake ones.

Three facts about the actor

  • Initially, Murphy always dreamt of becoming a rock star, which led him to the formation of his rock band, The Sons of Mr. Greengenes.
  • He was titled as one of the GQ’s best-dressed men in 2015.
  • He is a huge fan of Doctor Who and loves playing video games.

Over the years, Cillian has worked in many great movies and proved his excellence. The hauntingly talented, handsome Irish guy sure has a lot more to offer in the coming days.





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