‘Perfect cheekbones, even better acting’ is how The UK’s Telegraph describes Cillian Murphy’s role in his latest drama series Peaky Blinders. It captures his majesty appropriately, referencing one of his trademarks and rising career.
Originally from Cork, Ireland, this Wild Geese has traversed both independent film and Hollywood blockbusters, and whatever his role – whether it’s surviving a zombie apocalypse or going head-to-head with Robert De Niro – the Irish actor always leaves a lasting impression.
Although he’s worked with some of the big screens most prominent talents, he plays it cool when meeting them for the first time:
‘Until I was 20, I was in a band and wanted to be a musician,’ Murphy admits. ‘So I can be an excited fan around rock stars. But with other actors, you have to be professional and work with them. I’ve been in movies with Robert De Niro and felt a bit star-struck, but he was charming and encouraging so we go through the day’
Cillian Murphy has been a fan of gangster films such as Goodfellas, so it’s not surprising that he stars in the BBC drama Peaky Blighters, which has a huge Scorsese influence. Hailed as an effective combination of ‘style and substance’, Murphy’s lead role proves that he is determined to walk his own path while building his career. Before his jump to the screen, Murphy’s band ‘The Sons of Mr Greengenes’ was offered a five-album deal. But believing that the deal wasn’t favourable for them, the band declined. Like Patrick Sarsfield, other horizons were beckoning Murphy.
Today producers are lucky to be able to add ‘starring Cillian Murphy’ to their posters. Peaky Blinders marks a new chapter in his career, shifting back into the lead role. The Telegraph writes:
‘Most importantly, Cillian Murphy as Tommy never faltered, his strange, speaking eyes have been the fulcrum round which all else has spun. Peaky Blinders has surely been Murphy’s finest hour’