MCM: Cillian Murphy


Those piercing blue eyes! That Irish brogue! OK, so most of the historical costume movies he’s starred in are full of death and destruction, but Cillian Murphy still qualifies as a frock flicks hottie. To wit…


Rag Rookwood in The Trench (1999)

Cillian Murphy, The Trench (1999)

A World War I flick, also with Daniel Craig.


Paul Montague in The Way We Live Now (2001)

Cillian Murphy, The Way We Live Now (2001)

Lookit the cute floppy hair! He should do more Victorian stuff like this Anthony Trollope TV miniseries.


Pieter in Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)

Cillian Murphy, Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)

I did not love this movie as much as some people, but that is not Cillian Murphy’s fault (it’s ScarJo’s!).


Bardolph in Cold Mountain (2003)

Cillian Murphy, Cold Mountain (2003)

He’s a scruffy soldier.


Damien in The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Cillian Murphy, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

An excellent, incredibly tragic movie about the Irish struggle for independence.

Cillian Murphy, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)


William Killick in The Edge of Love (2008)

Cillian Murphy, The Edge of Love (2008)

A World War II-era flick about poet Dylan Thomas’ friends and lovers.

Cillian Murphy, The Edge of Love (2008)

I don’t usually find smoking sexy, but RRRRAARRR!



Matthew Joy in In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Cillian Murphy, In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Ahoy, there matey! Cillian Murphy’s onboard in this Moby Dick retelling.


Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders (2013-)

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders (2013-)

The historical role he’s best-known for, the 1920s crime boss.

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders (2013-)

He may be a killer, but he’s a poet too.

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders (2013-)

It all takes a toll.

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders (2013-)

He does clean up real nice.

Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders (2013-)

And he’s popular with the lay-deez.


Shivering Soldier in Dunkirk (2017)

Cillian Murphy, Dunkirk (2017)

Does he die? Is that why his character doesn’t even get named in the credits? Bummer.


Are you a fan of Cillian Murphy’s historical movie and TV roles? Looking forward to the next season of Peaky Blinders?


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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

9 Responses

  1. Janeheiress

    A lot of the characters in Dunkirk don’t have names. Cillian has a pivotal role!

  2. LadySlippers

    You all need to review The Wind That Shakes the Barley — its such a good movie and more people need to watch it!

    But on to Cillian himself — fabulous actor that really is flies under the radar (how he likes it). His good looks, and to die for blue eyes, pales in comparison to his acting chops. Plus, he sounds smart and well composed in interviews — an all around yummy man. 💖

    • Trystan L. Bass

      It’s a brilliant movie! I keep starting a review for it, except there’s not much costume content to talk about. That’s why I decided to just do an MCM & mention it here :)

    • Tanya

      He doesn’t die, the movie just has a very low word count in general so most characters either don’t have names or only have a surname.

  3. Marcela Gorga

    I love “The Wind That Shakes The Barley”! It’s one of my favorite movies, and Cillian is one of my favorite actors, so thanks a lot for this MCM!

    Dunkirk has a very quantitative, “social history” like narrative, hance the general lack of names. It’s by far the best WWII movie I’ve ever watched!

    Cillian was also in another excellent WWII movie called “Anthropoid”. He does seem to like war movies! I hope there will be many more period movies in his future!