Inside the Life of Yvonne McGuinness: The Wife of Peaky Blinders’ Star Cillian Murphy

Yvonne McGuinness Biography

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. While one has the aura to blend into any character the other brings life to the character through innovative art installations. But none the less, it’s the art that connects the native Irelanders.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.

Faq on Yvonne McGuinness

  1. How old is Yvonne McGuinness?

    Born on October 12, 1972, she is 49 years old.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 given to Guardian, Cillian revealed that he met his wife during the shooting of 2001 Irish film “Disco Pigs.” He admitted that was the time he met her and she was on the roads with him during the whole tour.

  4. How many kids do Murphy and McGuinness have?

    Two. Malachy Murphy born on December 4, 2005 is 16 whereas Aran Murphy is 15 (2007).

  5. What’s Yvonne net worth?

    Around $1 Million (estimated)

Early Life of Yvonne McGuinness

Cillian Murphy's wife Early Life

The Irish artist Yvonne McGuinness was born in Kilkenny, a small medieval town in southeast Ireland. She first witnessed the world on October 12, 1972. McGuinness was born to a father Gay McGuinness and his wife whose identity is not known. Her father is a prominent businessman in Ireland. He is the owner of a 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.

She is a Niece to an Irish Politician

Apart from the business background, Yvonne is also well connected in politics. Her uncle John James McGuinness is a renowned Fianna Fail Politician and Parliamentarian in Ireland. In his political career, he has served as Chair of Public Accounts Committee from 2011 to 2016. John has also served as Chair of the Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach Committee. 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.

Yvonne McGuinness Website

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.

Cillian Murphy and Yvonne McGuinness Instantly Fell for each other

Yvonne McGuinness with Husband Cillian Murphy

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 Murphy and Yvonne: Wedding Bells for the Couple

Cillian and Yvonne have been married for 16 years 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.

Yvonne McGuinness with husband Cillian Murphy

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: Malachy & Aran Raised as Fellow Irishman

Their 15 years of marital life have blessed them 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 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.

cillian murphy with wife-yvonne-mcguinness and two-sons

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 Armchair Expert podcast:

“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 the pressure of parenthood.

At the launch of a new Activity Social Empathy Program for Junior Cert students, 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 recognize 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 events with Murphy. 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 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 qualifications 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 the 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’s 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 Amharic Fhine Gall is a project that organizes exhibitions to provide platforms for Fingal-based visual artists to showcase their creativity.

yvonne before the sunset

In 2018, Yvonne collaborated with another fellow artist Rhona Byrne to create ‘The Central Field’ project that was commissioned by South Dublin County. She stayed at the art site for six months and over  the months produced a series of live and immediate responses and actions, public events, gatherings, workshops, performances and other activities. 

2019 also became quite a busy year for Yvonne with her releasing her two works. In September, as part of her Ground Songs exhibition, she held performative interventions across Maynooth University. Likewise in October, she held a participatory event called ‘Before the Last Sun Sets’ that was played out in 5 acts of rescue, recovery, uprising, plans and evacuate.

McGuinness is the Recipient of Amharc Fine Gall award

In 2017, she became the latest artist to be awarded by Fingal Arts Office for ‘Holding Ground Where the Wood Lands.’ The story tries to explore a teenager’s journey to manhood. The award is programmed annually by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office to promote artist in Fingal.

Net Worth: How Rich is Yvonne McGuinness?

Cillian Murphy’s wife McGuinness has incredibly done well in her career. She has been part of many big projects that led her towards 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 it on her own. On the other hand, Cillian Murphy is a millionaire with an estimated net worth of $15 million.

She Hardly has any Social Media Presence

While talking to ‘On Demand Entertainment‘, Cillian told that he was too old for social media stuff. Apparently, his wife too shares his ideology.

Despite the fact that she 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.

However, she has a Twitter account with the handle @mcguinnessyv. But the account is protected with only 395 followers. Further, her Tumblr account has not been updated for five years.  Moreover, her Instagram account is also private with only 142 followers.

5 thoughts on “Inside the Life of Yvonne McGuinness: The Wife of Peaky Blinders’ Star Cillian Murphy

  1. Yvonne and Cillian are an extremely talented and beautiful couple with two beautiful sons. I adore all of Cillian’s work, I watch them all and obsessed with Peaky Blinders. I’ve seen some of Yvonne’s work which is beautiful. Love to follow all of their work. Love from Diane U S.A.

    1. Thank you so much for writing this! Cillian Murphy is a great actor! Just wanted to let you know that you may want to change the photo with his kids. I believe those are actors from a movie he starred in, not his actual children.

  2. I think that Cillian Murphy is beautiful to look upon, I am an American who just saw peaky Binders j a few months ago, And that’s when I saw Cillian for the first time. I wondered why the rest of the world hadn’t heard of him so I looked him up and was very pleased to see the body of work he has achieved.. I wonder if there will be more opportunities to see him in the theatre or movies..
    Not to be redundant, but I I truly wonder, how does a man become so beautiful. Women have makeup and all sorts of tricks to make themselves appear better looking,

    But you, my friend, are the real thing.

  3. Love all this about the couple love you cillian Murphy I follow everything you do and am a big fan of peaky blinders have watched it over and over again

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