Today, May 25, marks the day Irish actor of the stage and screen Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, Co. Cork in 1976. 

Happy birthday to you, good sir!

Murphy, who turns 42 today, is famous for his leading role in the series Peaky Blinders and for the films The Wind That Shakes the Barley, 28 Days Later, Breakfast on Pluto, the Dark Knight trilogy, and Dunkirk. 

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His breakout role came in Enda Walsh's famous play Disco Pigs in 1996, in which Murphy was cast as the male lead. The play was only supposed to run for a limited time but was so popular that it went on a two-year tour of Europe. 

Until this time, Murphy had been a law student at University College Cork and focused on playing music with his band. After the tour, he turned to acting full time. In fact, he has credited failing legal studies with helping to spur on his acting career.

After a slew of other stage work and indie films, Murphy collaborated with director Danny Boyle on 28 Days Later, which cemented him as an actor to watch. 

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VICE Autobiographies: Cillian Murphy

In this episode of VICE Autobiographies, actor Cillian Murphy tells us what happened after his glorious failure in law school:

Posted by VICE on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Accordingly, he traded Dublin for London, but in recent years, Cillian Murphy and his wife, the artist Yvonne McGuinness, with whom he has two sons, have moved back to Ireland to embrace the calmer pace of life. 

Coincidentally, today, May 25, is also the day Ireland votes on whether to change the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, which makes Ireland's abortion laws some of the most restrictive in the developed world. 

Murphy has made an impassioned call for men, in particular, to step up and support Irish women by voting in the referendum, so if you were thinking about getting him a birthday present, there you have it! 

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