Inside Cillian Murphy’s family life: Golden Globe winner credits wife of 20 years with his acting success and ditched London for Dublin with their children because they ‘had very posh English accents’

Cillian Murphy was supported by his wife Yvonne McGuinness and their younger son Aran, 16, at Sunday’s Golden Globes, with the pair cheering him on as he scooped Best Actor. 

The Irish star, 47, picked up Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Oppenheimer and made his way to the stage with lipstick on his nose after Yvonne accidentally smeared it on his face. 

Cillian – who also has son Malachy, 17, with Yvonne – went on to pay tribute to his family in his acceptance speech.

It was a rare public family outing for the actor who is keen on protecting the privacy of his loved ones. 

Cillian married Irish artist Yvonne McGuinness in 2004, after the pair first met at one of his rock band’s shows in 1996. They went on to have two sons. 

Cillian Murphy was supported by his wife Yvonne McGuinness and their younger son Aran, 16, at Sunday’s Golden Globes, with the pair cheering him on as he scooped Best Actor

The Irish star, 47, picked up Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Oppenheimer and made his way to the stage with lipstick on his nose after Yvonne accidentally smeared it on

The Irish star, 47, picked up Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Oppenheimer and made his way to the stage with lipstick on his nose after Yvonne accidentally smeared it on

Their meeting coincided with Cillian touring his play Disco Pigs, with the actor previously telling The Guardian: ‘That time, making Disco Pigs, was kind of the most important period of my life.

‘The people I met there remain my closest friends… They shaped me in terms of my tastes, in terms of what I wanted to do with my life.

‘And it was around the same time I met my wife. She came on tour with us. It was so exciting, 20 years ago or whatever it was — we were all just kids, trying to find our way — but such a special, special time.’

Yvonne is the niece of politician, John McGuinness, and prefers to keep out of the spotlight, shunning red carpet appearances with her husband. 

Yet Cillian revealed that she’s instrumental to his acting success, telling GQ of his work schedule: ‘I couldn’t do this without [my wife] and her understanding. But it is a struggle. 

‘I think it is for any dad whose work takes him away, which it generally does, and which consumes him, which my work does.

‘I make sure that I try not to go from job to job to job, because that means you live in a bubble of set, hotel, set, hotel, plane, film festivals – which, to me, is not reality. So I just check out from that for six months a year.’

One of his major projects, Peaky Blinders, saw the pair forced to live apart while he filmed in Northern England. 

He explained to The Guardian, that there was ‘zero’ chance of maintaining his personal life during filming, saying: ‘You go home to your tiny apartment at the end of the day and you feed yourself for sustenance and you learn the lines for the next day and you try to get as much sleep as you possibly can. Which isn’t much. 

‘And then you get up and do it again.’

Cillian married Irish artist Yvonne McGuinness in 2004, after the pair first met at one of his rock band's shows in 1996. They went on to have two sons (pictured in 2016)

Cillian married Irish artist Yvonne McGuinness in 2004, after the pair first met at one of his rock band’s shows in 1996. They went on to have two sons (pictured in 2016)  

Cillian and his family now live in Dublin after he reportedly splashed out close to £1.7million on a Victorian townhouse. 

The four-storey home, originally built in 1863, is located in Monkstown, south Co. Dublin, and has six double bedrooms as well as four receptions rooms.

While they are now based in Ireland, his sons were born in London and stayed there until 2015, with the actor joking they moved because his sons were developing ‘very posh English accents’.

‘We were in London for 14 years, both our kids were born there. We only came back to Dublin in 2015,’ he told the Armchair Expert podcast.

‘It’s kind of an Irish story, you know, to move away, do your thing and then come home. That seems to be a common narrative for Irish people. 

‘We wanted the kids to be Irish, and they were sort of at that age where they were preteens and they had very posh English accents and I wasn’t appreciating that too much. Our parents are a certain age and it was just a nice time to come home.’

The 5ft7 star also noted that his sons were almost taller than him. 

It also seems he won’t be following in the footsteps of the acting elite, claiming he ‘couldn’t envisage’ upping sticks to Los Angeles.

Cillian said: ‘I love visiting and I love the food and I do love the weather. I don’t know, I just feel European, I just feel Irish. I’d feel like a bit of an interloper if I lived in California, I couldn’t envisage living there permanently.’

Yvonne works as an artist, with her website describing her work as encompassing ‘film, performance, sculptural and textile elements, sound and writing. 

‘She has an interest in embodied experience of place and belonging by staging live, public, interventions and performances which create surreal and dynamic moments of interaction and connection to place, time and communities.’

Cillian’s son Aran has followed his father’s footsteps by pursuing an acting career, with roles in the film LOLA and in a stage production of Hamnet. 

While eldest son, Malachy, has shown an interest in music, a passion that Cillian has encouraged. 

During his Best Actor acceptance speech at the Globes, Cillian dubbed himself ‘the luckiest man’ as he spoke directly to his wife and children.

‘To my family, I’m the luckiest man and I love you,’ he said.

Cillian and his family now live in Dublin after he reportedly splashed out close to £1.7million on a Victorian townhouse (pictured before its sale)

Cillian and his family now live in Dublin after he reportedly splashed out close to £1.7million on a Victorian townhouse (pictured before its sale)

Cillian beat out a very impressive field to claim the award including: Andrew Scott – All of Us Strangers, Barry Keoghan – Saltburn, Bradley Cooper – Maestro, Colman Domingo – Rustin and Leonardo DiCaprio – Killers of the Flower Moon.

Last week, the actor paid tribute to Yvonne and their sons while honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards.

He said: ‘Two-thirds of them are sitting down there. We had to leave one of them at home doing exams.

‘But just thanks for putting up with me — putting up with the half me and the shadow me and the absent me, the remains of me when I’m doing a film like this or work in general. You’re always there. I love it. So thanks, guys.’

Winners for the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Anatomy of a Fall

Killers of the Flower Moon

Maestro

Oppenheimer – WINNER

Past Lives

The Zone of Interest 

Oppenheimer earned top prize Best Motion Picture - Drama (Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are pictured)

Oppenheimer earned top prize Best Motion Picture – Drama (Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are pictured)

Best Motion Picture – Animated

The Boy and the Heron – WINNER

Elemental

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 

Suzume

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Wish  

Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language

Anatomy of a Fall – WINNER

Fallen Leaves

Io Capitano

Past Lives

Society of the Snow

The Zone of Interest

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Andrew Scott – All of Us Strangers 

Barry Keoghan – Saltburn

Bradley Cooper – Maestro

Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer – WINNER

Colman Domingo – Rustin

Leonardo DiCaprio – Killers of the Flower Moon

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction

Joaquin Phoenix – Beau is Afraid

Matt Damon – Air

Nicolas Cage – Dream Scenario

Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers – WINNER

Timothée Chalamet – Wonka

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Charles Melton – May December

Mark Ruffalo – Poor Things

Robert De Niro – Killers of the Flower Moon

Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer – WINNER

Ryan Gosling – Barbie

Willem Dafoe – Poor Things

Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. both earned Best Performance by a Male Actor and Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Oppenheimer, respectively

Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. both earned Best Performance by a Male Actor and Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Oppenheimer, respectively

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach – Barbie

Tony McNamara – Poor Things

Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer

Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese – Killers of the Flower Moon

Celine Song – Past Lives

Justine Triet and Arthur Harari – Anatomy of a Fall – WINNER

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Addicted to Romance – She Came to Me – Bruce Springsteen

Dance the Night – Barbie – Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, Dua Lipa, Caroline Ailin

I’m Just Ken – Barbie – Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt

Peaches – The Super Mario Bros. Movie – Jack Black, Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic, Eric Osmond, John Spiker

Road to Freedom – Rustin – Lenny Kravitz

What Was I Made For? – Barbie – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell – WINNER

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Abbott Elementary

Barry

The Bear – WINNER

Jury Duty

Only Murders in the Building

Ted Lasso 

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Bella Ramsey – The Last of Us

Emma Stone – The Curse

Helen Mirren – 1923

Imelda Staunton – The Crown

Keri Russell – The Diplomat

Sarah Snook – Succession – WINNER

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Ayo Edebiri – The Bear -WINNER

Elle Fanning – The Great

Natasha Lyonne – Poker Face

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Selena Gomez – Only Murders in the Building 

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Ali Wong – Beef – WINNER

Brie Larson – Lessons in Chemistry

Elizabeth Olsen – Love & Death

Juno Temple – Fargo

Rachel Weisz – Dead Ringers

Riley Keough – Daisy Jones and the Six 

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role on Television

Abby Elliott – The Bear

Christina Ricci – Yellowjackets

Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown – WINNER

Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

J. Smith-Cameron – Succession

Meryl Streep – Only Murders in the Building 

Elizabeth Debicki won Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role on Television for The Crown

 Elizabeth Debicki won Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role on Television for The Crown

Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television

Amy Schumer: Emergency Contact

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage

Ricky Gervais: Armageddon – WINNER

Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love

Trevor Noah: Where Was I 

Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

Air 

American Fiction

Barbie

The Holdovers

May December

Poor Things – WINNER

Cinematic and Box Office Achievement

Barbie – WINNER

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

John Wick: Chapter 4

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1

Oppenheimer

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

The Super Mario Bros. Movie 

Barbie beat out Taylor Swift in a new category Cinematic and Box Office Achievement as Margot Robbie accepted

Barbie beat out Taylor Swift in a new category Cinematic and Box Office Achievement as Margot Robbie accepted

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Annette Bening – Nyad

Cailee Spaeny –  Priscilla

Carey Mulligan – Maestro

Greta Lee – Past Lives

Lily Gladstone – Killers of the Flower Moon – WINNER

Sandra Hüller – Anatomy of a Fall

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Alma Pöysti – Fallen Leaves

Emma Stone – Poor Things – WINNER

Fantasia Barrino – The Color Purple (2023)

Jennifer Lawrence – No Hard Feelings

Margot Robbie – Barbie

Natalie Portman – May December 

Emma Stone triumphed as she earned Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Poor Things and also led the film to top honor Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Emma Stone triumphed as she earned Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Poor Things and also led the film to top honor Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple (2023)

Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers – WINNER

Emily Blunt – Oppenheimer

Jodie Foster – Nyad

Julianne Moore – May December

Rosamund Pike – Saltburn

Best Director – Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper – Maestro 

Celine Song – Past Lives

Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer – WINNER

Greta Gerwig – Barbie

Martin Scorsese – Killers of the Flower Moon

Yorgos Lanthimos – Poor Things 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

The Boy and the Heron

Killers of the Flower Moon

Oppenheimer – WINNER

Poor Things

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The Zone of Interest 

Best Television Series – Drama

1923

The Crown

The Diplomat

The Last of Us

The Morning Show

Succession – WINNER

Succession nearly swept the television drama categories including top prize Best Television Series - Drama

Succession nearly swept the television drama categories including top prize Best Television Series – Drama

Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

All the Light We Cannot See

Beef – WINNER

Daisy Jones and the Six

Fargo

Fellow Travelers

Lessons in Chemistry 

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Brian Cox – Succession

Dominic West – The Crown

Gary Oldman – Slow Horses

Jeremy Strong – Succession

Kieran Culkin – Succession – WINNER

Pedro Pascal – The Last of Us

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Bill Hader – Barry

Jason Segel – Shrinking

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear – WINNER

Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building

Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building 

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television

David Oyelowo – Lawman: Bass Reeves

Jon Hamm – Fargo

Matt Bomer – Fellow Travelers

Sam Claflin – Daisy Jones and the Six

Steven Yeun – Beef – WINNER

Woody Harrelson – White House Plumbers 

Steven Yeun took home Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Beef

Steven Yeun took home Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Beef

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role on Television

Alan Ruck – Succession 

Alexander Skarsgård – Succession

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Ebon Moss-Bachrach – The Bear

James Marsden – Jury Duty

Matthew Macfadyen – Succession – WINNER 

 

 

 

 

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