Born: 25 May 1976
Birthplace: Douglas, Cork, Ireland
Best known as: The star of 28 Days Later
Cillian Murphy is a lanky, blue-eyed actor whose starring role in the 2003 zombie movie 28 Days Later led to bigger Hollywood roles in Batman Begins (2005) and Red Eye (2005). Murphy studied law before dropping out in favor of a career in the theater. He began getting movie roles in the late 1990s, but it was the surprise success of 28 Days Later that made him a famous face to moviegoers. He had small roles in Intermission (2003, with Colin Farrell), Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003, with Scarlett Johansson) and Cold Mountain (2003, with Nicole Kidman) before landing the plum role of Batman's nemesis, The Scarecrow, in Batman Begins (starring Christian Bale). A star player, Murphy is versatile in offbeat leading man roles -- an icky villain (Red Eye and Batman), a crooning transvestite (Breakfast on Pluto) or a sensitive soul (2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley and 2007's Sunshine).
Extra credit: His first name is pronounced "Kill-ian."
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