Robert Carlyle at a location shoot for Once Upon a Time, 2011.
14 April 1961 |
Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
|Spouse(s)||Anastasia Shirley (1997–present)|
Robert Carlyle, OBE (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. He is known for a variety of roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. In addition to his film work, he is also known for his roles in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe, and Once Upon a Time.
Early life 
Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, the son of Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was brought up by his father after his mother left when Carlyle was four years old. He left school at the age of 16 without any qualifications and worked for his father as a painter and decorator; however, he continued his education by attending night classes at Cardonald College in Glasgow.
Carlyle became involved in drama at the Glasgow Arts Centre at the age of 21 (having been inspired by reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible), and subsequently graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 1991, he and four friends founded a theatre company, Raindog (which is now primarily involved in television and film work), and guest starred in The Bill. The same year he starred in his first movie, Riff-Raff, directed by Ken Loach.
In 1994, he played the gay lover of Father Greg in the film Priest. Carlyle's first high-profile role came as murderer Albert "Albie" Kinsella in an October 1994 episode of Cracker opposite Robbie Coltrane (in which Kinsella killed five people, including Christopher Eccleston's DCI David Bilborough). This highly acclaimed role showcased Carlyle's "pure intensity". Shortly after his appearance in Cracker, he landed the role of Highland policeman Hamish Macbeth in the BBC comedy-drama Hamish Macbeth. The series ran for three seasons from 1995 to 1997.
In 1996 and 1997, he appeared in the two highest-profile roles of his career to date: as the psychopathic Francis Begbie in Trainspotting and Gaz, the leader of a group of amateur male strippers, in The Full Monty, the latter earning Carlyle a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He also starred with Ray Winstone in the 1997 film Face. Carlyle played the senior Malachy McCourt (father of author Frank McCourt) in the 1999 film adaptation of McCourt's first memoir, Angela's Ashes, the arch villain Renard in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, and a cannibalistic soldier in the 1999 Ravenous.
Carlyle appeared in the 2002 Oasis music video for "Little By Little". He played Adolf Hitler in the 2003 miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In 2006 he played the villain Durza in Eragon. In 2007 Carlyle played one of the main characters in the film 28 Weeks Later. He also played the lead role as a marine engineer, attempting to save London from total devastation in the disaster film Flood. That year he also portrayed Father Joseph Macavoy in the film The Tournament.
In 2008 Carlyle narrated a BBC audiobook version of The Cutting Room. In 2008, Carlyle was cast as Dr. Nicholas Rush in the television series Stargate Universe. His involvement has been described thus, "As [the team fights] to survive, Dr. Rush (Carlyle) works to unlock the mysteries of the ship and return the group home, but evidence of his ulterior motives soon arises." Carlyle was touted by the studio as the "leading role" in Universe.
In 2009, Carlyle appeared in a long-form commercial for Johnnie Walker whisky, titled "The Man Who Walked Around The World", that showed Carlyle walking down a path and talking for six minutes in a single long take. The ad took two days to film. The director, Jamie Rafn, afterwards referred to Carlyle as an "utter genius". He voices the character of Gabriel Belmont, and his counterpart, the immortal Count Dracula in the video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, released in 2010 and it's two sequels Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Acting style 
Known for his commitment to authenticity in roles, Carlyle has often altered his lifestyle and physical appearance to better understand a character—much akin to method acting; before playing a homeless character in Antonia Bird's Safe, he went to live in the Waterloo area of London where the film was set. For his role as a bus driver in Ken Loach's Carla's Song, he passed the test for a PSV licence (a licence to drive a bus with passengers) in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus. Writing of Carlyle's performance in The Full Monty, Andrew Johnston stated: "Carlyle was brilliant as the savage psycho Begbie in Trainspotting; here, he proves he can be almost as good when kept on a short leash. We don't know much about Gaz, but he's the most interesting character in the movie, largely because of Carlyle's down-to-earth warmth."
Personal life 
Carlyle is married to make-up artist Anastasia Shirley, with whom he has three children: Ava (born 2002), Harvey (born 2004), and Pearce Joseph (born 2006). The family lives in Glasgow. Carlyle is a patron of School For Life in Romania.
|1990||Taggart||Gordon Inglis||1 episode|
|1991||The Bill||Tom Ward|
|1994||99-1||Detective Constable Trevor Prescott|
|Cracker||Albie Kinsella||3 episodes
BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – TV
|1995–1998||Hamish Macbeth||Hamish Macbeth||20 episodes
RTS Television Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated – BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – TV
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
|1998||Looking After Jo Jo||John Joe "Jo Jo" McCann||Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Adolf Hitler||Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film|
|2004||Gunpowder, Treason & Plot||King James I|
|2005||Human Trafficking||Sergei Karpovich||Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie|
|Class of '76||DI Tom Monroe|
|2008||The Last Enemy||David Russell||5 episodes|
|24: Redemption||Carl Benton|
|2009||The Unloved||Father||Scottish BAFTA for Best TV Actor|
|The Man Who Walked Around the World||Himself||Advert for Johnnie Walker|
|2009–2011||Stargate Universe||Dr. Nicholas Rush||40 episodes
Gemini Award Winner for Continuing Leading Dramatic Role 2010
|2011–present||Once Upon a Time||Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold|
Video games 
|2006||Eragon||Shade Durza||Voice only|
|2010||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow||Gabriel Belmont||Voice only|
|2013||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate||Gabriel Belmont/Dracula||Voice only|
|2013||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2||Gabriel Belmont/Dracula||Voice only|
Music videos 
|2002||Oasis||"Little By Little"|
Audio books 
|2008||The Cutting Room||Narrator|
- "Robert Carlyle Biography". FilmReference. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- "Born Equal: Robert Carlyle". BBC Press Office. BBC. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- Pendreigh, Brian (29 January 2006). "Father's death causes Carlyle to quit movie". Scotsman.com News. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- Smith, Andrew (28 March 1999). "Method man". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- Armstrong, Stephen (20 May 2007). "On the Move: Robert Carlyle". Timesonline. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Sumner, Darren (15 December 2008). "Robert Carlyle cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- Sumner, Darren (15 January 2009). "Brian J. Smith cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
- Sumner, Darren (15 December 2008). "Robert Carlyle cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- HLA AND BBH GO WALKING WITH ROBERT CARLYLE, Shots, 6 August 2009
- Armstrong, Stephen (20 May 2007). "On the Move: Robert Carlyle". Times Online. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- Time Out New York, 14–21 August 1997.
- "School For Life Romania". Retrieved 2008-12-30.
- "The Man Who Walked Around the World". Retrieved 2009-10-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Robert Carlyle|
- Robert Carlyle at the Internet Movie Database
- Robert Carlyle biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- An onstage video interview with Robert Carlyle at BAFTA