2 December 1963
Corby, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Brendan Coyle (born David Coyle; 2 December 1963) is a British actor. He won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for The Weir in 1999. He also played Nicholas Higgins in the miniseries North & South, Robert Timmins in the first three series of Lark Rise to Candleford, and more recently Mr Bates, the valet, in Downton Abbey, which 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. Due to his English birth and Irish parentage, he holds dual British and Irish citizenship. He is a great-nephew 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.
Coyle has had issues with alcohol and has described himself as a recovering alcoholic. In February 2016 he was banned from driving for 4 years after being found to be at almost 3 times the legal drink-drive limit. This was on his drive home from the airport after arriving back in the UK from a month's rehab in Thailand (he was drinking heavily on the flight home from Bangkok). He had been convicted of drink-driving before, in 2011.
|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)|
|2010–2015||Downton Abbey||John Bates||TV series (52 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)
|2012–13||Starlings||Terry Starling||TV series|
|2014||Noble||Gerry Shaw||Feature Film|
|2015||Spotless||Nelson Clay||TV series|
|2015||Murdoch Mysteries||Mr. Rankin||TV series (1 episode: "A Merry Murdoch Christmas")|
|2016||12 Monkeys||Dr. Benjamin Kalman||TV series (1 episode: "Year of the Monkey")|
|2016||Me Before You||Bernard Clark||Feature film|
|2016||The Rising||Augustine Birrell||Announced|
|2016||Bare||Mick "The Irish Hammer"||Short|
Anderson Shelter Productions
In July 2014, Brendan Coyle and Joy Harrison formed Anderson Shelter Productions Limited. with the mission to "find talented young filmmakers and then helps fund their short films." On 14 September 2014, Coyle announced via Twitter 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||Bare (short film, Council Child Productions)||2016||Executive Producer|||
|3||Margie's Garden (short film, Council Child Productions)||2016||Executive 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.
- "Olivier Winners 1999". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "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.
- Greenwood, Carl (2016-02-11). "Downton's alcoholic Brendan Coyle banned from driving after relapsing on plane". mirror. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- "Anderson Shelter Productions Limited". Endole UK Company Insights. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Brendan Coyle: Farewell Downton Abbey, Hello Spotless and More!". Parade. Retrieved 10 December 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.
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- "Bare (2016) - Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- "Bare - Our Supporters". Margie's Garden. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- "Margie's Garden (2016) - Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Margie's Garden - Thank you to our backers!". Margie's Garden. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- "Hollywood Shows Its Support for Emerald City". Kickstarter. Retrieved 12 September 2015.