Cillian Murphy’s fame has probably reached its pinnacle of fame with the raging success of “Peaky Blinders.” However, on contrary to his imposing demeanour as Tommy Shelby, the humble Irishman keeps it very private when it comes to his personal life.
He has been married for over 16 years to Yvonne McGuinness, a Kilkenny born visual artist. And, just like the season five’s cliff hanger, there is very little to offer about the mother of Murphy’s two kids, Yvonne McGuinness. So who exactly is Cillian Murphy’s wife? And, how did he meet her? Let’s dive into it.
- 1 Faq on Yvonne McGuinness
- 2 Early Life of Yvonne McGuinness
- 3 Yvonne’s Education Laid Foundation for her Career
- 4 How Cillian Murphy and Yvonne McGuinness Met and Instantly Fell for each other?
- 5 McGuinness’s Sons: Raised as Fellow Irishman
- 6 Yvonne McGuinness’s Career as an Artist
- 7 Yvonne McGuinness Net Worth
- 8 Social Media Outreach
Faq on Yvonne McGuinness
- How old is Yvonne McGuinness?
- What does Yvonne do for a living?
According to her own website, she is an artist specialized in film, performance, sound and writing, sculptural and textile elements.
- How did Yvonne and Cillian Murphy meet?
There are sources that claim that Yvonne and Cillian met at Murphy's rock concert in 1996. However, according to an interview in Guardian, Cillian revealed that he met his wife during the shooting of 2001 Irish film “Disco Pig.” He admitted that was the time he met her and she was on the roads with him during the whole tour.
- How many kids do Murphy and McGuinness have?
Two. Malachy Murphy (14) and Aran Murphy (12).
- What's Yvonne net worth?
Around $1 Million (estimated)
Early Life of Yvonne McGuinness
The Irish artist Yvonne McGuinness was born in Kilkenny, a small medieval town in the southeast Ireland. She first witnessed the world on October 12, 1972. McGuinness was born to father Gay McGuinness and his wife whose identity is not known. Her father is a prominent businessman in Ireland. He is the owner of the popular French Vineyard named “Domaine de Notre Dame des Anges Vineyard.” The Vineyard was founded in 1990 just 18 years after Yvonne was born.
As per the information written on its website, the company produces award-winning wines marinated with Gallic passion and Gaelic Joie de vie. He has really worked hard to make his business a success. There weren’t many Irish winemakers in the town at that time. But, still he made courage and now his name comes under the list of powerful businessmen. He shared his start-up thoughts as:
“I had a general interest in wine though I hadn’t and still don’t have a great knowledge of wine. I like drinking wine, I know a little about it, but that’s it I was interested in the fact that it was totally different from anything.”
It seems like Yvonne McGuiness has inherited some traits from her father. Just like him, Yvonne is also very passionate and is very keen on following her interest no matter what. Grown-up under the shadow of a businessman, her childhood must have been a fairy tale story.
Likewise, apart from the business background, Yvonne is also related to politics. Her uncle John James McGuinness is a renowned Fianna Fail Politician and Parliamentarian in Ireland. Well, she really must have enjoyed the limelight from a small age being the daughter and niece of famous personnel.
Yvonne’s Education Laid Foundation for her Career
Yvonne did her schooling from a local school located in her hometown. She was interested in arts since her childhood days. So to change her interest into a career, she decided to get a degree in arts to strengthen her passion. After completing her basic education, she went to attend Crawford College situated at Cork. She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts from the college. Likewise, upon graduation, she further went to the Royal College of Arts in London. She got a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the university in the year 2002.
Soon after completing her education, it didn’t take her long to establish herself as a Visual artist.
Furthermore, she owns a website “Yvonne McGuinness” where she promotes her visual arts and photography works. Although she hasn’t updated her works in a while, you can still enjoy the artistry of McGuinness. Her website bio describes her as an Irish artist living and working in Dublin.
Yvonne McGuinness has worked hard to achieve this success for her. But, that’s not enough for her. She doesn’t want to settle for small things and still wants to achieve more success just like her husband Cillian Murphy.
How Cillian Murphy and Yvonne McGuinness Met and Instantly Fell for each other?
McGuinness and her husband first crossed each other’s path when they both were in their 20’s in the summer of 1996. At that time, both Murphy and his current wife were struggling to establish themselves in their respective field of interest.
Before making his career as an actor, Cillian tried his hands-on music and law. He failed his law exams at the University College Cork. That’s when he dropped the idea of pursuing his career in the law world. Besides, Cillian also used to play guitar for a rock band ‘Sons of Mr. Green Genes’.
The band was locally popular and was offered many shows. Different sources claim that Murphy met his wife in the lounge of a London hotel on one of his shows. However, in an interview, he revealed that he met his wife during his time of shooting for “Disco Pigs.”
That time, making Disco Pigs, was kind of the most important period of my life. The people I met there remain my closest friends. They shaped me in terms of my tastes, in terms of what I wanted to do with my life. And it was around the same time I met my wife. She came on tour with us.
In just a couple of months, his life changed dramatically. Law and music were gone and he was left with acting and a long-lasting relationship with McGuinness. As they say, whatever happens, it happens for the best, maybe it was all planned by destiny. His acting career along with his love life is going strong. In an interview with a newspaper, Murphy commented about the first time he saw McGuiness as:
“I remember the confidence of youth that you have. You’re just going for it, and when you are 19 or 20 nothing seems permanent. It was an adventure, but, looking back, it does seem hugely formative.”
Cillian and Yvonne Wedding Bells
Cillian and Yvonne have been married for 15 years by now. The Irish couple got hitched in 2004 after dating for eight years. They said ‘I Do’ at their father’s vineyard in Provence, France.
As both of them extremely love their privacy, their wedding details aren’t known. But, their wedding must have been a lavishing one as both of them belong to the family of richness.
McGuinness’s Sons: Raised as Fellow Irishman
From their 15 years of marital life, they are blessed with two adorable sons named Malachy and Aran. Their firstborn, Malachy was born in December 2005 just one year after they get hitched. They again embraced the parenthood in 2007 when they gave birth to their younger son Aran Murphy. Both of them have grown up and now are in their early teens.
Yvonne McGuinness and Cillian Murphy were living in London due to Murphy’s work schedule. But, later on, the family of four moved to their native land Dublin, Ireland. They shifted to Ireland after living in London for 14 years. Tabloids claim that they made the move because the couple wanted their children to be closer to their grandparents. Likewise, both Murphy and McGuinness belong to Irish culture and it’s natural they want their sons to be Irish. The Batman Begins actor told:
“We wanted them to be Irish, I suppose. It’s amazing how quickly accents have adapted. Even within a year of moving back, they are fading into this rakish west Brit kind of thing. Which I think, hopefully, will get them lots of girls when they’re 15.”
Well, you should be careful what you wish for as the eldest Murphy son is soon to be 15. And, he’s already feeling pressure of parenthood.
At the launch of a new Activity Social Empathy Program for Junior Cert student, he opened about the cert pressure and how raising children during teens could be a complex task.
“Regarding empathy, I’m a father of two teenagers, and I once was young as well so I recognise how tricky it is as a young person today in society.”
Cillian and McGuiness are an extremely private person and doesn’t like to be followed by media tantrums. Yvonne rarely makes public appearances with her star husband. She doesn’t even attend the premiers and red carpet of her husband. They are only seen together when they are enjoying quality time with their two sons either on a vacation or on dinner. Murphy has even told that he likes avoiding the spotlight and prefers being at home with family. He told:
“For me, it’s about being home and living a life. Taking the dog for a walk, doing the shopping, emptying the dishwasher, going for a run.”
Yvonne McGuinness’s Career as an Artist
After getting all the qualification she needed to become an artist, Yvonne McGuinness followed her passion and eventually made the career in her field of interest. The wife of Murphy is a well-established Visual artist and producer by profession. The talented lady showcases her works through diverse mediums such as video installations, print-arts, context-specific installations, exhibitions, live performances, and the like.
Her artistic works can be spotted in many art galleries around the globe in countries like USA, UK, Ireland, and more. Yvonne launched her first art exhibition in 2005. The exhibition was held in a small mobile library in Cork. This was the project which changed her life. Her creations were liked by many and even many art lovers praised her for her work. The most noteworthy fact about Mrs. Murphy work is that she usually fuses her videos with her own writing that’s cherry on the cake. Besides, she has also worked as a sculptor.
Apart from this, she has also tried her hands on visual editing and is credited for producing few short movies. She has shown her skills in the short movie “The Well” released in 2017. The play is about a man named the Guardian of the well sweeping leaves outside of a well as a dancer.
Likewise, her other projects include The Wood Lands, The Central Field, You Can’t Feel What You Feel, Moving mountains, Mobile Monuments, Bridget Clearly we won’t tell, and many others. She has also produced small movies like ‘This is Between US’, ‘Charlie’s Place’, and ‘Procession’.
Moreover, the same year she nabbed a contract from Drajocht in alliance with Fingal County Council Arts Office. The project was for a site-specific performance and movie installation for the eleventh edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. The Amharc Fhine Gall is a project that organizes exhibitions to provide platforms for Fingal based visual artists to showcase their creativity.
Yvonne McGuinness Net Worth
Cillian Murphy’s wife McGuinness have incredibly done well in her career. She has been part of many big projects that led her towards the stardom. From her professional career as an artist and producer, she must be playing in millions. Some sources claim that she has been able to collect around $1 million as net fortune. However, her net worth will be only estimated until she reveals on her own. On the other hand, Cillian Murphy is a millionaire with an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Despite the fact that Yvonne is the wife of a renowned actor and she herself is in the public industry, she likes being away from the media glitz. She is a private person and does not even make her active presence in social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and so on.
She has a twitter account with handle @mcguinnessyv. But the account is protected with only 435 followers. Further, her Tumblr account has not been updated for five years. Moreover, her Instagram account is also private with only 107 followers.