2 December 1963 |
Corby, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Brendan Coyle (born 2 December 1963) is an English actor who played Nicholas Higgins in the miniseries North & South, Robert Timmins in the first three series of Lark Rise to Candleford, and John Bates, the valet, in Downton Abbey. The last role earned him a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Coyle was born in Corby, Northamptonshire, to an Irish father and Scottish mother. He reportedly holds dual British/Irish citizenship. He is a greatnephew of football manager Sir Matt Busby.
Brendan Coyle received a Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 for his performance in Conor McPherson's The Weir and won a New York Critics Theater World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut for the same play in its New York production. In 2001, Coyle appeared in the film Conspiracy as Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller. He played Kaz Sweeney in the British drama, True Dare Kiss, and Nicholas Higgins in North & South for the BBC.
Since 2008, he has played Robert Timmins in three BBC series based on the Lark Rise to Candleford novels, written by Flora Thompson. In 2010, he began playing John Bates, valet and former British Army batman to the Earl of Grantham in Julian Fellowes's period drama series, Downton Abbey. Fellowes wrote the part for Coyle, and it won him nominations for a BAFTA and IFTA, as well as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2012. Coyle also played the character of Terry Starling in the short-lived Sky comedy series Starlings.
|1992||Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery||Det Sgt Benwell||TV movie|
|1992||The Bill||Chris Bailey||TV series (1 episode: "Radio Waves")|
|1995||The Glass Virgin||Manuel Mendoza||TV mini-series|
|1995||Dangerfield||David Walsh||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1996||Silent Witness||Liam Slattery||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1996||Thief Takers||D.S Bob "Bingo" Tate||TV series (16 episodes)|
|1997||The Last Bus Home||Steve Burkett|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Leading Seaman - HMS Bedford|
|1998||Soft Sand, Blue Sea||Gerry|
|1998||The General||UVF Leader|
|1998||Happy Birthday To Me||short|
|1999||I Could Read the Sky||Francie|
|2000||McCready and Daughter||Donal McCready||TV movie|
|2000||Paths to Freedom||Jeremy Fitzgerald||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2001||Rebel Heart||Michael Collins||TV mini-series|
|2001||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Richard Tey||TV series (1 episode: "A Great Deliverance")|
|2001||The Bombmaker||George McEvoy||TV movie|
|2001||Conspiracy||SS Maj Gen Heinrich Müller||TV movie|
|2002||Rockface||Douglas McLanaghan||TV series (7 episodes)|
|2003||Waking the Dead||Martin Corgan||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2004||Amnesia||D.C Ian Reid||TV movie|
|2004||Omagh||D.S John White||TV movie|
|2004||North & South||Nicholas Higgins||TV mini-series (4 episodes)|
|2005||Shameless||Father Polish||TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.4")|
|2005||Jericho||Christie||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2005||The Ghost Squad||Sgt Ralph Allan||TV series (1 episode: "Heroes")|
|2006||The Commander: Blacklight||Carl Dirkwood||TV movie|
|2006||Soundproof||D.I. Dave Cox||TV movie|
|2006||Prime Suspect: The Final Act||D.C.S Mitchell||TV movie|
|2006||Perfect Parents||Ed||TV movie|
|2007||The Mark of Cain||Davey Gulliver|
|2007||Wedding Belles||Priest||TV movie|
|2007||The Good Samaritan||Lewis Farrell||TV movie|
|2007||Damage||Aidan Cahill||TV movie|
|2007||True Dare Kiss||Kaz Sweeney||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2008||Lark Rise to Candleford||Robert Timmins||TV series (31 episodes: 2008-2010)|
|2009||Inspector George Gently||Patrick Donovan||TV series(1 episode: "Gently in the Night")|
|2009||Blue Murder||Derek Jowell||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2010–present||Downton Abbey||John Bates||TV series (25 episodes: 2010–present)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated - BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
|2012–2013||Starlings||Terry Starling||TV series|
|2014||Noble||Gerry Shaw||Feature Film|
|2015||Spotless||Nelson Clay||TV series|
|2016||The Rising||Augustine Birrell|
|2016||Me Before You|
Anderson Shelter Productions
In July 2014, Brendan Coyle and Joy Harrison formed Anderson Shelter Productions Limited. On 14 September 2014, Coyle announced via Twitter the production company's mission as an "Organisation for the next generation of artists" and his involvement with Council Child Production's short film, "Starcross."
|1||Starcross (short film, Council Child Productions)||2014||Associate Producer|||
|2||The Loneliest Time (short film, Time Bomb Pictures Ltd.)||2015||Associate Producer|||
|3||Close (feature film, Council Child Productions)||2016||Associate Producer|||
|4||Emerald City (feature film, Colin Broderick)||2016||Associate Producer|||
- Paddock, Terri (16 January 2006). "20 Questions With…Brendan Coyle". Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "True Dare Kiss: Brendan Coyle interview" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
- "Downton Abbey characters at PBS". Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- "Anderson Shelter Productions Limited". Endole UK Company Insights. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Brendan Coyle on Twitter (14 September 2014)". Twitter. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Starcross". British Films Directory. British Council. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "The Loneliest Time Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Brendan Coyle on Twitter (20 May 2015)". Twitter. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Close". British Films Directory. British Council. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Hollywood Shows Its Support for Emerald City". Kickstarter. Retrieved 12 September 2015.