- 01:06 PM, Oct 14
Best known as the star of Danny Boyle's apocalyptic thriller "28 Days Later" (2002), Cillian Murphy has stolen many appraisal from moviegoers. Born on May 25, 1976 in Douglas, Cork, Ireland, his father was a school inspector and his mother was a French teacher. The eldest of four children has two sisters, Sile and Orla, and a younger brother, Paidi, who as he grew up becoming a design engineer.
When he reached school age, Cillian studied law at the University College Cork to at the end realized that he has no heart for the particular field as he stated later on "I'd probably have been wealthier if I had stayed with law, but pretty miserable doing it". Originally possesses an interest in performing which was led by music, he then started to develop the talent, playing guitar with Sons of Mr. Greengenes, a band which was highly influenced by Frank Zappa. However, as time went by he later grew an acting interest and acquired his first major role in the UCC Drama Society production of "Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme" before soon thereafter appeared on stage in "Disco Pigs" as its main role.
Went touring with "Disco Pigs" in London, Edinburgh and Cork, Cillian enjoyed his early success with the troupe, earning more praise and critical acclaim which eventually led to such realization that acting was no longer merely a hobby to him as to why he deliberately quit his study at UCC without ever graduating. Began his acting career ever since, Cillian cast in numbers of movies before subsequently made his feature debut in the 1998 film of "The Tale of Sweety Barrett", followed then by a performance in the coming-of-age comedy-drama "Sunburn" in the next year.
Becoming more popular than before, the young actor was inundated with several movie projects, naming that of "On the Edge" and "How Harry Became a Tree" which both of drama genre and came up in 2001. Elsewhere in the same year, he reprised his role of Pig for the film version of "Disco Pigs" by Kirsten Sheridan, besides wrote and sang the song "So New" for its soundtrack as well.
He did succeed and gain praise, but it wasn't until Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" hit the U.S. movie industry in 2003 that he acquired more valuable review from the undoubtedly bigger studios and directors. Albeit such accomplishment,