'We wanted the kids to be Irish': Cillian Murphy on moving from London

‘We wanted them to be Irish’: Cillian Murphy reveals he moved back to his homeland after his children began to develop ‘posh English accents’

  • The Peaky Blinders star, 45, shares children Malachy, 16, and 14-year-old Aran with his wife Yvonne McGuinness
  • He spent over a decade living in London with his family but has now returned to his homeland
  • He explained: ‘They were sort of at that age where they were pre-teens and had very posh English accents and I wasn’t appreciating that too much!
  • ‘So we decided to come back. We were in London for 14 years, both our kids were born there and we only came back to Dublin in 2015’
  • And it seems he won’t be following in the footsteps of the acting elite, claiming he ‘couldn’t envisage’ upping sticks to Los Angeles 

Cillian Murphy has revealed he decided to move his family back to his home country of Ireland in 2015, because they had ‘posh English accents.’

The Peaky Blinders star, 45, who shares children Malachy, 16, and 14-year-old Aran with his wife Yvonne McGuinness, spent over a decade living in London with his family but has now returned to his homeland.

But during a chat with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast, Cillian revealed that their 2015 move came as he wanted his children to be Irish. 

Relocation: Cillian Murphy has revealed he moved back to Ireland after his kids developed posh English accents

He explained: ‘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 and I wasn’t appreciating that too much! So we decided to come back.

‘We were in London for 14 years, both our kids were born there and we only came back to Dublin in 2015.

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

While his children’s accents played a large part of the move decision, there was other factors too – with Cillian sharing that he wanted to go home to be closer to his and Yvonne’s parents. 

Family: The Cork-native shared children Malachy, 16, and 14-year-old Aran with his wife Yvonne McGuinness, who is from Kilkenny, Ireland (Cillian and his wife pictured in 2016)

‘And you know, our parents are at a certain age. It was just a nice time to come home,’ he added.

And it 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.’ 

Home: During a chat with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast, Cillian revealed that their 2015 move came as he wanted his children to be Irish, explaining: ‘We wanted the kids to be Irish’ (pictured in 2020)

The actor is renowned for keeping his family life fairly private, rarely sharing snaos with his wife and children.

Cillian became a household name as he began his role as Tommy Shelby, a gang leader in Birmingham, in BBC’S Peaky Blinders in 2013.

To the dismay of fans, the drama came to a close in February after its nine year run , but creator Steven Knight assured that it’s not really the end.

Homebody: And it seems he won’t be following in the footsteps of the acting elite, claiming he ‘couldn’t envisage’ upping sticks to Los Angeles (pictured in 2017) 

He told Deadline: ‘Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end with a movie. That is what is going to happen.’

Peaky Blinders’ final episode pulled in an average of 3.3 million viewers and reached a peak of 3.7 million, according to overnight figures.

The numbers were a huge boost on the previous week’s episode, which boasted overnight ratings of 2.8 million viewers. 

Cillian recently revealed the impact of co-star and friend Helen McCrory’s death on the show’s final series.

The actor spoke to Variety about the upcoming series of the show and how it will be ‘in tribute’ to the late actress, who passed away from breast cancer last year.

He said: ‘I think the whole series is really in tribute to her and to honor her. Her presence and her character’s presence are very much still felt in the series, and it is very much part of Tommy’s journey in the season.

‘It’ll be different without her, you know. It simply won’t be the same. I’ve spoken about how phenomenal she was as an actress and as a person and it is an enormous loss to the whole acting community and not just for our show.

‘My thoughts are always with Damian [Lewis] and her kids. I just hope that the show will live up to her memory and our memory of her.’

Leading role: Cillian became a household name as he began his role as Tommy Shelby, a gang leader in Birmingham, in BBC’S Peaky Blinders in 2013 (pictured in the show)

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