Inside the life of Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy with his famous wife and his real voice
Cillian Murphy will return to our screens as Tommy Shelby once again as the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders begins tonight on the BBC.
His role as a Birmingham gangland figure has brought him worldwide fame since the show first aired in 2013.
And the Irish actor has come a long way since beginning his stage career in a number of independent plays and films.
This led to a number of starring roles in huge blockbuster films, such as Danny Boyle’s 2002 horror 28 Days Later, Cold Mountain and Batman Begins.
As we prepare to say goodbye to his role as Tommy Shelby, the 45-year-old actor hasn’t quite gotten it.
He recently told the Guardian: “It’s weird to talk about it. I don’t have much yet. Maybe I’ll have a little perspective when it’s over.
“It’s the end of 10 years of my life; with many colleagues and people. A great adventure that I have become very close to.
Very little is known about Cillian’s life outside of acting, as he tends to keep his private life a secret.
He recently admitted he ‘hated’ the fame and fortune that comes with being a Hollywood star, and dreams of a day when the two sides of the job could be completely separated.
The Mirror looked into the star’s private life – including his family life, his famous wife and children and his internal struggles to be one of the biggest stars of the moment.
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Struggles with fame
In a recent interview with The Observer, Cillian revealed he “doesn’t go out much” and was relieved when people were “disappointed” when meeting him.
The actor also has huge issues with fans taking pictures of him without asking while he goes about his daily business, whether in Dublin, London or Los Angeles.
“I’m always happy to chat,” Cillian admitted.
“What I don’t like is people surreptitiously taking pictures, what someone said is like amateur Stasi.
“It’s so f*****g weird. I was sitting on the tube and people started filming me.
“I don’t want to be like, ‘poor fucking celebrities,’ that’s not what I’m trying to say. I’m very happy and privileged and all that. But I think this thing of having cameras everywhere is something we have to deal with.”
Cillian has long struggled with his fame, admitting he can’t help but feel embarrassed by it at times.
In a 2019 interview with The Guardian, the Cork native explained: “I’m really lucky. I’m embarrassed by it sometimes. I’m just a fucking actor.
“There are doctors and nurses and fucking people working. I struggle with that. I mean, actors are overpaid, you know?
“It’s nice when you get paid, when you’re young, and you’ve run out of money, but Catholic guilt kicks in immediately, and I’m like, ‘This is going to get bad’. You don’t deserve that’. And I don’t.
Much like her personal life, Cillian has made it her mission to keep her family out of the public eye.
Cillian has been married to his wife Yvonne McGuinness since 2004, after the pair met at one of his rock band’s shows in 1996 before entering the acting world.
The lovebirds, rarely pictured together, live in Dublin with their two sons, Malachy, 16, and Aran, 14.
Cillian has previously said he owes much of his success to his artist wife, who keeps their family life in check in Ireland while he is away for six months of the year filming Peaky Blinders.
He told GQ magazine last year: “This work-life balance thing is tough. I have an amazing wife and I couldn’t do this without her and her understanding. But it’s a struggle.
“I think it’s for any dad whose job takes him away, which he usually does, and consumes him, which is what my job does.”
Little known about their relationship, Cillian recently gave fans a rare glimpse into the couple’s family life.
Sharing a glimpse into his “normal” life away from the big screen, the actor explained, “We cook, we watch movies, we listen to music.
“I was a vegetarian for a long time, then I relapsed and now I’m back to vegetarianism.
“My wife too. It’s so commonplace. It’s not good copy.”
Since landing the role of Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders, Cillian’s “real accent” has baffled fans.
The talented actor never lost his authentic Cork accent, but his portrayal of the Shelby character meant he adapted a strong Birmingham accent for the role.
Despite gaining critical acclaim for his soft tones, some Brummie have already criticized his accent, saying it is not authentic to the way people speak in Birmingham these days.
However, Cillian insisted that the way her character speaks is true to the time the drama took place.
Ahead of the final season, the actor revealed how Birmingham City fans played a role in helping him develop his Birmingham accent on the mobster show.
Speaking to the Radio Times, the TV star revealed a trip to the Garrison pub in Small Heath with show creator Steven Knight helped him perfect the accent.
The Irishman said: “I hung out with Steve and we went to the Garrison pub in Birmingham with his Brummie friends.
“And we just drink Guinness there, and they sing Birmingham City songs and tell all kinds of stories, and I was recording on my iPhone and then I brought it home and I used to try to follow accents, you know.
“And then I would call Steve and just leave voicemails on his phone with the accent and see how close I was.”