Cillian Murphy has opened up about his private life away from the spotlight, saying he "needs and values" the stability of his family life in Ireland.

The Hollywood actor, who shares sons Malachy, 12 and Aran, 10 with his wife Yvonne McGuinness, said that when he's not working he prefers a low-key routine.

Speaking to Red magazine, the Peaky Blinders star said: ''For me, it's about being at home and living a life. Taking the dog for a walk, doing the shopping, emptying the dishwasher, going for a run.''

Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy says he needs "stability" of home life

Murphy, who has been with McGuinness for 21 years, marrying 13 years ago, added: ''I guess I'm lucky. It's something that I need and value. The stability.

''After kids, the desire to improve as an actor remains but time becomes hugely important.

''I want to do good work and do it well, but then be at home. I love hanging out with my children, seeing how they behave and stealing ideas off them.

''You can't do that if you're in a hotel, on a plane, or a film set. It's not real life.''

Cillian Murphy says he likes to keep marriage "private"

However, the 41-year-old Cork-born actor added that he doesn't want to talk about his marriage too much, saying: 'I try to keep that stuff private. It's just for us.''

Murphy, who starred in Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk this summer, said in the interview with the November issue of the magazine that he hates when fellow actors complain about the profession.

He said: ''I f***ing hate actors who complain. We're so lucky and pampered. And overpaid.

''It's embarrassing sometimes, the way actors or musicians sometimes get made untouchable. When they talk about their exhausting schedules, it just makes me...''