was born on May 25, 1976 in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland and was raised in Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland. His father, Brendan, worked for the Irish Department of Education, and his mother was a French teacher. His grandfather, aunts and uncles were teachers, too. Musicianship also runs in the family, and Murphy started playing music and writing songs at the age of 10. He has a younger brother, Páidi Murphy, and two younger sisters, Sile Murphy and Orla Murphy. Murphy rose to fame after appearing in the films, 28 Days Later (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Intermission (2003), Red Eye (2005), and Breakfast on Pluto (2005), for which he received a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. He played the character of Dr. Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow) in the highly successful films of The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012). He starred in The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), Sunshine (2007), The Edge of Love (2008), and Inception (2010). In 2011, Murphy won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actor and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for Misterman. He also became patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is closely associated with the work of Professor Pat Dolan Director UCFRC and UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement. He was also in the films, In Time (2011), Retreat (2011), and Red Lights (2012). Since 2013, Murphy has portrayed Thomas Shelby, the lead of the BBC gangster series, Peaky Blinders. He was in the films Transcendence (2014), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), Anthropoid (2016), and Dunkirk (2017).
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