Cillian Murphy’s Wife Is Yvonne McGuinness – Inside His Marriage

Yvonne McGuinness is the wife of Cillian Murphy, an Irish actor known for his performances in projects like 28 Days Later, Breakfast on Pluto, In the Heart of the Sea, and Dunkirk. The couple, who first met in 1996 at one of Murphy’s shows with his rock band, married in 2004. They have since welcomed two sons – Malachy Murphy and Aran Murphy.

Age/Date of Birth:
48 years old (25 May 1976)
‎5 feet, 7¾ inches (1.72 m)
Wife or Girlfriend:Yvonne McGuinness (m. 2004)
Parents:Father: Brendan Murphy
Mother: N/A
Net Worth:$15 million

The striking blue-eyed Cillian Murphy is an Irish national, who has made waves in Hollywood and continues to fly the flag of his beloved country. Though he started as a Rock singer, Murphy has successfully transitioned into acting, cementing his place in the industry with a series of strong performances in 28 Days Later, Breakfast on Pluto, In the Heart of the Sea, and Dunkirk, among others.

Who Is Cillian Murphy?

Cillian Murphy was born on 25th May 1976 in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland, and spent most of his childhood life and adult years in  Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland. He attended Presentation Brothers College and even though he was a smart student, he was also very troublesome in school as he got into trouble for bad conduct most of the time.

His interest in Performing Arts began during his days in college, where he got his first acting role in a drama presentation. His brilliant performance made his English teacher (a novelist named William Wall) encourage him to pursue a career in acting. Nevertheless, Murphy was more inclined to rock music at that time.

He started singing and learned how to play the guitar, which he played for many bands, and eventually created a band with his younger brother which they named The Sons of Mr. Greengenes. The actor was once a student of University College Cork, where he was studying law but as he recalled, it was not his dream to be a law practitioner, so he did not give it his best and ended up failing his final exams.

He also revealed that his venture into acting was not out of keen interest but because he wanted to socialize and make more female acquaintances. Cillian Murphy’s stage acting started with the Corcadorca Theatre Company and he landed his first role in Enda Walsh’s play Disco Pigs (September 1996).

The success of the play spread like wildfire and henceforth, he started appearing in diverse plays at Dublin and London theatres, which later attracted film offers for him. The actor is known for his volatile role and portrayal of villains in movies, which include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Red Eye, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Dunkirk.

His other major film is the BBC sitcom, Peaky Blinders which has been running since 2013 in which he played the lead role. He also voiced a character in the video game Batman Begins. Asides from his career as an actor, Cillian is committed to various UNESCO projects. He is a patron of the National University of Ireland Galway’s UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

From his career as a rock musician to being a film star, Cillian Murphy has not done badly after all when it comes to his earnings over the years. From his endeavors, the actor has been able to amass a whopping net worth of $15 million.

Cillian Murphy met his Wife Yvonne McGuinness at a concert in Dublin

Cillian Murphy

The rock star turned actor is married to Yvonne McGuinness, whom he met in 1996 at a concert in Dublin, where his band performed. Yvonne is an Irish Visual Artist and a graduate of the Royal College of Arts, London. After their meeting, the pair dated for almost 8 years before tying the knot on August 1st, 2004. They are also parents to two sons named Malachy and Aran, born in December 2005 and July 2007, respectively.

Other Facts To Know About Cillian Murphy’s Wife, Yvonne McGuinness

Yvonne McGuinness was born on the 12th of October 1972 in Kilkenny, Ireland to Gay McGuinness and his wife. Her father is the owner of a French Vineyard called Domaine de Notre Dame des Anges Vineyard, which he founded in the year 1990. She also has an uncle named John J. McGuinness, a well-known Irish Politician and parliamentarian.

The talented visual artist has acquired qualitative education over the years. After she completed her basic education in her hometown, Yvonne McGuinness enrolled at Crawford College, Cork, where she got a Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon graduation, she proceeded to the Royal College of Arts, London, where she acquired a Master’s degree in visual arts, graduating in 2002.

After she left school, it didn’t take long for Yvonne McGuinness to establish herself as a visual artist. She has successfully organized art exhibitions in the UK, Ireland, and beyond. Notably, she successfully launched her first art exhibition tagged ‘Vehicle’ in 2005 and it was held in a mobile library in Cork.

A noteworthy fact about Yvonne’s works is that she usually combines videos with her own writing which gives an outstanding output. She has also taken her career to visual editing and has been credited for producing several short films such as Procession, This is Between Us, and Charlie’s Place, to name a few.

From all indications, Cillian Murphy is very family-oriented and is known to put his family first in most of his career-based decision-making. He lives in Monkstown, County Cork, Ireland. Despite the demands of his career, he made it known that he has no intention to relocate to Hollywood.

Murphy prefers the solitary life the family enjoys there. He hardly attends film premieres, except for the films he is featured in just to stay off the prying eyes of the public and press. However, he appeared in a television show in 2010, which was his first since he commenced his career.

Other Interesting Facts About Cillian Murphy

  • Is Cillian Murphy Married?

Cillian Murphy is married. He married his long-time girlfriend Yvonne McGuinness in 2004, and they have two sons, namely Malachy Murphy and Aran Murphy.

  • Who Is Cillian Murphy’s Wife?

Cillian Murphy’s wife is Yvonne McGuinness, an Irish visual artist from Kilkenny, Ireland. Yvonne holds a Master of Arts degree from the Royal College of Art in London, and her work has been displayed in Ireland and the UK.

  • How Many Children Are In Cillian Murphy’s Family?

Cillian Murphy and his wife, Yvonne McGuinness, have two sons; Malachy Murphy, born on December 4, 2005, (18 years old), and Aran Murphy (16 years old), born in July 2007.

Profile Summary
First Name:Cillian
Last Name:Murphy
Also Known As:
Actor and musicia
Famous For:The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Presentation Brothers College, Cork, University College Cork
Educational Qualifications:
Dropped out
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
48 years old (25 May 1976)
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
Birth Place:
Douglas, Ireland
Country of Residence:
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 7¾ inches (1.72 m)
70 kg (155 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Yvonne McGuinness (m. 2004)
Family and Relatives
Brendan Murphy
2- Children - Malachy Murphy, Aran Murphy
Siblings:Páidi Murphy - Brother
Sile Murphy and Orla Murphy - Sisters
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$15 million
Source of Wealth:
Music /Acting Career
Ernestina Ginikanwa
Ernestina Ginikanwa
Ernestina is a writer who loves telling stories and being up to date with recent news headlines. The limited free time she can carve out is for catching up on her favorite TV shows and spending more time with her family.


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