Sunday 16 December 2018

Murphy has blinding year as firm's profits soar to €1.75m

Cillian Murphy. Photographer: Robert Viglasky
Cillian Murphy. Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Gordon Deegan

Movie star Cillian Murphy's Irish profits soared to €1.75m in 2017 in a bumper year for the 41-year-old Cork native.

The actor had a starring role in the global movie blockbuster 'Dunkirk' and returned to his now iconic turn as family crime boss Tommy Shelby in the hit TV series 'Peaky Blinders'.

New figures show after-tax profits for 2017 at Murphy's Fionntrá Siamsa Teoranta more than doubled to €773,146 for the year, compared with €383,324 in 2016. Accumulated profits last year increased from €1.43m to €1.746m.

The scale of profits enjoyed by Murphy's firm over the last two years would make his ambitious Shelby character (right) proud. Murphy is set to return for another series of 'Peaky Blinders' later this year.

Murphy's latest movie, 'The Delinquent Season', is the directorial debut of Mark O'Rowe and is due for release later this year.

The accounts for Murphy's firm show that the cash pile at the company last year almost doubled, going from €922,982 to €1.76m.

The strong year for the firm allowed the company directors, Murphy and his wife, artist Yvonne McGuinness, to grant themselves a massive pay increase. In 2016, the two shared pay of €187,664, made up of €67,600 in remuneration and €120,064 in pension payments.

Remuneration for the two last year soared to €495,084, consisting of €464,615 in pay and €30,469 for pension contributions. In addition, the company paid dividends of €441,915 to Murphy last year.

A native of Douglas outside Cork city, Murphy has mixed work on Hollywood blockbusters - such as 'Batman' movies, including 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight' - along with Christopher Nolan's 'Inception', together with locally produced movies, such as 'Breakfast on Pluto' and 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley'.

Irish Independent

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