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Cillian Murphy Moved His Kids Back To Ireland Due To Their 'Posh' English Accents

Cillian Murphy Moved His Kids Back To Ireland Due To Their 'Posh' English Accents

While he has always had a hugely successful career, Cillian Murphy's starring role as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders really catapulted the Cork native into superstardom.

That character is certainly one of the most renowned in recent television history and is sure to open plenty of roles for the actor in the future.

Despite his star rising over the last decade or so, he has not made a move to Hollywood in order to be closer to the action. In fact, he actually moved back from England with his family in 2015, setting up in Dublin. Murphy wanted to raise his children in Ireland, with their accents helping him and his wife make the decision to move back home.

Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast recently, he said he wasn't a fan of the fact that his children had posh English accents.

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

I don’t know, 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.

And then we wanted the kids to be Irish. They were sort of at that age where they were pre-teens, they had very posh English accents and I wasn’t appreciating that too much so we decided to come back.

And you know, parents are at a certain age … it was just a nice time to come home.

There is always a lure to come home after spending a number of years abroad, with this being as good a reason as any to move back to Ireland.

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Murphy also said that he could never have envisaged himself moving to Hollywood, even if he does enjoy visiting on occasion.

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.

Some man.

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