• Yvonne McGuiness is a visual artist with a variety of interests including print and video installation
• She was born and raised in Kilkenny, Ireland, and holds a BA from Crawford College and a MA from the Royal College of Arts in London
• She is married to actor Cillian Murphy and they have two sons
• Cillian Murphy is a singer-songwriter who turned down a record deal to pursue an acting career, becoming known for his roles in "28 Days Later…", "The Dark Knight", and "Peaky Blinders"
• His net worth is estimated at over $20 million

Who is Yvonne McGuiness?

As a celebrity wife, Yvonne McGuiness is perhaps only known as the woman married to famous “Peaky Blinders” actor, Cillian Murphy, however, before her husband’s rise to stardom, she established a name for herself in the world of arts. She is a visual artist with a wide range of interests, including print and video installation.

According to her official website, Yvonne’s work encompasses writing, sound, performance, film, and textile and sculptural elements.

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Early life, family, and education

Born and raised in Kilkenny, Ireland, Yvonne McGuiness holds Irish nationality. She was born on 12 October 1972, which makes her age 50; there is no information about her parents and siblings, but what we do know is that her uncle is John McGuiness, an Irish politician who served as a Minister of State (2007-2009).

When it comes to Yvonne’s educational background, she attended a local high school, and after she matriculated in 1990, she enrolled at Crawford College from where she obtained her BA degree. Yvonne then moved to London, England, where she enrolled at the Royal College of Art, from which she holds a Master of Arts degree.


As mentioned, Yvonne has her official website on which she promotes her work. Most recently she worked with the VISUAL Centre of Contemporary Arts, investigating themes of sensation, empathy, and connection to place. The work, entitled ‘Can’t Feel Feel’ explored how the languages of theatre, spectacle, and visual arts can combine and affect both the audience and artists.

One of Yvonne’s most impressive works was a three-screen video installation, entitled “The Well” which was inspired by the true story of Bridget Cleary who was burned alive by her husband back in 1897.

Eamonn Maxwell, a Curator and Cultural Consultant, wrote in his blog about Yvonne’s work saying:

‘I think this film and its presentation are evidence that she succeeded in her efforts and she should be applauded for such a brilliant work.’

Yvonne has no social media accounts, so it is hard to keep track of her private life and work.

Relationship and marriage with Cillian Murphy

Since both Yvonne and her husband are quite secretive when it comes to their private lives, they haven’t shared how and when they met. However, it is known that they have been in a relationship since 1996. At that time, Cillian auditioned for the lead role in the play “Disco Pigs” (which later was adapted for the movie), and which was a big hit, so the crew toured around the world for more than a year and a half. Yvonne, as his girlfriend, followed Cillian for most of the tour.

The two married on 1 August 2004, in her father’s vineyard in Provence, France. The wedding ceremony was private and held in presence of their closest family members and friends.

On 4 December 2005, Yvonne gave birth to their first child, a son they named Malachy, while their second son named Aran was born in July 2007.

The family of four lives in Ireland, since they both want their children to grow up near their grandparents. In 2015, they moved from London to Dublin.

Who is Cillian Murphy?

Cillian Murphy was a singer-songwriter and guitarist of the rock band The Sons of Mr. Green Genes, but he turned down a record deal, deciding to pursue an acting career. He made his debut in the short 1997 movie “Quando”, while his first big-screen role came in the following year, portraying Pat in “Sweety Barrett”, a crime drama written and directed by Stephen Bradley.

Born on 25 May 1976, Cillian’s zodiac sign is Gemini and he recently turned 46. He was raised in his hometown of Cork, Ireland, by his mother, a teacher of French, and his father,who worked for the education department of the Government of Ireland. Cillian has three siblings, Paidi, Orla, and Sile.

He had an interest in arts from an early age, however, he most enjoyed writing and performing songs. As a teenager, he began playing guitar and singing in bands with his brother before they began performing under the name The Sons of Mr. Green Genes, inspired by the eponymous song by Frank Zappa.

When Cillian matriculated from high school in 1994, he enrolled at the University College Cork to study law, but when he failed his exams, and after seeing the play “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess, he decided that he wanted to be an actor.

Most notable roles

Cillian’s breakthrough role was his portrayal of Pig in the 2002 movie adaptation of the play “Disco Pigs”, which brought him the Irish Film and Television Award nomination for Best Actor in a Feature Film.

He has nearly 60 acting credits to his name, nine wins and 45 award nominations, including the 2007 nomination for the British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)- Rising Star Award, while some of his most notable roles have been in “28 Days Later…” (2002), “Sunshine” (2007), “The Dark Knight” (2008), and “Inception” (2010), among others.

His most notable television role is certainly his portrayal of Thomas Shelby in the series “Peaky Blinders”, which was aired from 2013 until 2022, the latest season beginning on 27 February 2022. This crime drama followed the story of a gangster gang from the 1900s, whose boss was Thomas Shelby. The series has 50 award nominations and has won 21, including the BAFTA award for Best Drama Series in 2018.

Cillian’s fans will be happy to hear that he will be seen as J. Robert Oppenheimer in the announced biographic drama about the American scientist who participated in the development of the atomic bomb. The movie should be released in 2023, and the audience will enjoy watching Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Junior among others.

Speaking of his personal life, there is no record of him dating any other woman besides his now-wife, Yvonne McGuinness. Also, there are no rumors or gossip concerning his love life.

If you wondered about his net worth, according to sources, it has been estimated at over $20 million, as of late 2022.

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