Who Is Malachy Murphy? Full Bio of Cillian Murphy’s Son

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Who Is Malachy Murphy? Full Bio of Cillian Murphy’s Son
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Malachy Murphy is an Irish teenager who is better known as the son of the Peaky Blinders actor, Cillian Murphy. Malachy’s father, Cillian is also a notable name in Hollywood having appeared in blockbusters like Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Inception, The Quiet Place franchise, and others.

Sources have always been predicting how Malachy and his brother are looking more and more like their father day by day. Though the Oppenheimer actor, Cillian from the beginning has kept his family including his sons far from the attention of the pressmen. While Murphy’s head has no problem giving stellar performances on cameras, and appearing on stage, he preferably is quite shy when it comes to sharing about his family details including his sons or his wife.

He has also seldom shown up for talk shows and for even fewer times said anything about his sons. So decode as much as possible about Cillian’s eldest child, Malachy Murphy; his upbringing, how he is doing now, his mother, and others.

Malachy Murphy Was Born In England

The now 16-year-old son of the Batman Begins actor, Malachy Murphy is England born despite both of his parents being Irish. He was born on December 4, 2005. His sibling, Aaran Murphy too is an England born.

The grandson of Brendan Murphy, Malachy and his brother, Aaran both predominantly grew up in Britain owing to their father, Cillian’s career on The Peaky Blinders.

16 years old Malachy Murphy As a 16 month old child with his father and the Peaky Blinders actor, Cillian Murphy in July 2004.
The Dark Knight actor, Cillian Murphy with his eldest son, Malachy Murphy. Wenn

The Golden Globe nominee resided in London for 14 years. Malachy who is also the nephew of Orla and Sile Murphy later spent his teenage years at his parents’ Victorian townhouse on the coast south of the Irish capital.

He apparently however never got to reside in the States as his actor father once said how he never fancied a permanent move to Los Angeles even during his Hollywood stint. The 28 Days Later actor says he, though, loves to visit the city.

Malachy’s paternal grandmother also Cillian’s mom was an English and French teacher in Ireland. The grandfather on the other hand worked for the department of education.

Malachy’s Birth Was One Of The Best Moments For His Father, Cillian Murphy  

During the time when Yvonne was pregnant with Malachy, his father, Cillian was shooting the 2006 war drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley. The expecting couple at the time was staying in Cork. The Breakfast On Pluto actor says the time he was about to be a father for the first time with his spouse Yvonne whilst making the film The Wind…. was one of his favorite acting experiences.

Murphy’s arrival was just around the corner when the 2005 film, Batman Begins, where his father plays Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow hit theaters.

Malachy’s Parents; Who Is His Mother, Yvonne McGuiness? 

Malachy’s parents, Cillian and Yvonne McGuinness met each other during the former’s tour of his first play, Disco Pigs. Sometime after forming a relationship in between, the Irish couple settled in London in 2001. The Inception actor married Yvonne in 2004.

Malachy Murphy With His Parents Cillian Murphy & Yvonne McGuinness and Brother Aaran Murphy
Malachy Murphy and Aaran Murphy with their parents, actor Cillian Murphy and his wife, Yvonne McGuinness in 2014. Alamy

A year after their wedding, the Peaky Blinders actor and his longtime girlfriend turned wife welcomed their first child, a son, Malachy Murphy. Cillian and his longtime partner would once again become parents in 2007 after giving birth to Malachy’s brother, Aaran.

Both of Malachy’s folks, Cillian and Yvonne are from Ireland; the former is a native of Cork while Malachy’s mother hails from Kilkenny.

Malachy’s mother is a former student of classical visual art who earned her master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. She now stages live, public interventions, and performances.

Malachy Murphy Once Lost His Irish Accent Which Worried His Actor Father

Back in 2015, Malachy and his brother, Aaran gave their actor father, Cillian, and their artist mother, Yvonne a major concern when they were on the verge of losing their Irish accents.

At the time the boys had been living in London for several years. In consequence, the Cork-born actor’s sons had already begun speaking in English accents. Cillian and Yvonne along with their sons then were living in the English capital for 15 years because of the Murphy patriarch’s job as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

Malachy Murphy With His Dad Cillian, Sibling , Aaran in Feb 2014 at Aloft Premiere
Malachy, left, with his actor father Cillian and his brother Aaran at Aloft premiere in Feb 2014.

While talking about his anxiety over his sons losing their native accents, Cillian told the Armchair Expert podcast,

We wanted the kids to be Irish. They were sort of at that age where they were pre-teens and had very posh English accents.

The 46 years old added he wasn’t appreciating that too much. So the family of four Cillian said decided to head back to their home Ireland.

The father of two likewise revealed the other reason he wanted Yvonne & their sons, Malachy and Aaran to move to Ireland was that he and his wife wanted to be closer to their parents. Cillian further said his time on The Peaky Blinders which was coming to an end also facilitated him in moving his family to his birth nation.

Of him relocating his family back to Ireland, Malachy’s father said the practice was an Irish story to move away. He stated it was in his blood to come home once the job was done.

Cillian Murphy Says His Sons Malachy And Aaran Figured Themselves Out At Quite A Young Age  

In a rare session where he talked about his sons, Cillian said in terms of growing up and figuring themselves out, Malachy and his brother Aaran were doing better than their old man himself.

In 2016, when talking to Guardian, the father of two, Cillian revealed while it took a long time for him to figure out who he was, his sons, Malachy and Aaran had already developed a sense of confidence in themselves at their then-age.

The In Time actor on the other hand revealed it was something that he lacked when he was their age. He reported Malachy and his sibling became more sure of themselves quite young and about that he was happy. Though the boys, themselves have also always remained detached from showing what they are up to.

Is Malachy Murphy On The Peaky Blinders

On the BBC drama show, Peaky Blinders, Cillian’s character, Thomas Shelby has three children. He welcomed his first child, Erasmus Duke Shelby before World War 1 with a woman named Zelda. Shelby then goes and becomes father to another child, Charles with Grace, and another one, Ruby with Lizzie.

Though none of Shelby’s children is played by any of Cillian’s real-life kids.

Throughout the series, three actors, Billy Marwood, Jenson Clarke, and Jensen Clarke play the character of Charles. Ruby on the other hand is played by actress, Heaven Leigh Clee. And lastly, it is Conrad Khan who portrays Erasmus Shelby.

Malachy Murphy Other Facts

  • Malachy’s father, Cillian when young had formed a band, the Sons of Mr. Green Genes with his younger brother, Paidi. The band apparently almost signed a record deal but later decided to ditch the idea.
  • Cillian once revealed Malachy and his brother, Aaran didn’t like the fact that their father was famous.
  • While both of Malachy’s parents are vegetarians, it is unclear whether their first son is also a non-meat eater.
  • Malachy and his brother named their family dog Scout after seeing the 1962 film, To Kill A Mockingbird.
  • Malachy also loves Marvel movies.
  • Cillian’s son, Malachy is also often confused with an American YouTuber and vlogger of the same name.


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