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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Cillian Murphy to join BBC Radio 6 Music for a run of shows

Actor Cillian Murphy is set to join BBC Radio 6 Music for a run of shows as Guy Garvey takes an extended break to work on his next album.

Cillian Murphy on 6 Music is on Sundays, 2-4pm, from 3 March until Summer 2019, also available on BBC Sounds.

Well known for his role as Tommy Shelby in the Bafta award-winning drama, Peaky Blinders - which will transfer to BBC One for its fifth season - the Irish actor is also celebrated for his roles in the films Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Breakfast on Pluto and 28 Days Later. And from 25 March - 13 April, Cillian stars in Grief is the Thing with Feathers on stage at The Barbican.

Cillian Murphy says: "As a music lover, mixtape obsessive and long-time 6 Music fan I couldn’t be more chuffed to be asked to sit in for Guy on his hiatus. His show has been a constant companion for me and my family on Sunday afternoons for many years now, and it will be an honour to pick the tunes in that slot for a while. 6 Music is the best radio station in the world and I look forward to becoming a temporary houseguest!"

Paul Rodgers, Head of 6 Music, says: “We’re delighted Cillian will be joining 6 Music for the next few months. His music selections are always interesting and I think listeners will love hearing him on 6 Music on Sunday afternoons.”

Guy Garvey says: "I am taking a couple of months off to concentrate on the final stages of Elbow’s next record. Murphy is a bit too good actually, I’ve heard him before and he knows his onions. I obviously have to watch my back, but he’s nowhere near as good looking as me so I’ll win on that front."

Cillian has previously presented several one-off shows on 6 Music since 2013 - The Sound of Cinema, Cillian Murphy’s 6 Music Playlist (2016), two weeks standing in for Iggy Pop (2018) and a special show last Christmas when he played his favourite artists which featured the best of 2018 plus Irish musicians new and old.

He has a love of music, beginning his performing career as a rock musician. After turning down a record deal with renowned label Acid Jazz, he began his acting career in theatre with his professional debut in the play Disco Pigs in 1996. He also directed the music video for the track Hold Me Forever by Money in 2013

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