With the release of Oppenheimer, the already very successful Cillian Murphy has been put in a brighter spotlight.
The Christopher Nolan film about the lead scientist of the Manhattan Project was probably going to receive a lot of press to begin with,
but the surprise connection the movie has made to Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film has made it part of a hotly-anticipated double feature
—they’re both coming out on the same day, and fans are going wild for the box office competition.
Murphy appears to be taking it all in stride. The Irish actor seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy, and that may be partly because of his devotion to his family.
Murphy is married Yvonne McGuinness, an Irish artist known for her performance installations.
The couple share two sons, Malachy and Aran, with whom they live in Dublin. Murphy made the decision to be at home as much as possible despite having a Hollywood job.
“I don't need to live in Los Angeles,” he told People in 2005. “I'd be tremendously far away from my family—I'd never see them.”
Here’s everything to know about Cillian Murphy’s wife Yvonne McGuinness.
What does Yvonne McGuinness do? McGuinness has a career in the visual arts and holds a master's degree from the Royal College of Art in London.
She says on her website that her installations incorporate “film, performance, sculptural and textile elements, sound, and writing.”
Many of them include performing, so she and Murphy have that practice in common.
She has also been in charge of the household while Murphy is traveling for work, which he has praised her for repeatedly.
For his hit show Peaky Blinders, Murphy has to move to Liverpool, where he lived “zero” life, per his interview with The Guardian.
“It's cancelled life,” he explained. “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.”
Meanwhile, McGuinness was home waiting to welcome him back after filming and support him as he decompressed from the demanding schedule.