Robert Carlyle


Date Of Birth

April 14, 1961


Robert Carlyle is a Scottish film actor known for his acting style, which has won him awards from BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 14, 1961, he trained as an actor at age 21, before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. His breakthrough role was in an episode of the British crime drama Cracker, which starred Robbie Coltrane; he played murderer Albie Kinsella, who killed Eddie Fitzgerald’s colleage David Billborough (Christopher Eccleston). This performance earned him a BAFTA TV Award nomination, and led him to the title role in the 1995 BBC television adaptation Hamish Macbeth. That performance gave him his second BAFTA Scotland Award nomination.

Carlyle is known for his utmost commitment to roles. He is known to study the character he will play comprehensively, and even changes his lifestyle and physical appearance to better understand a character. His approach led him to acclaimed high-profile performances in the 1996 cult hit Trainspotting, as psychopathic Francis Begbie, and in the 1997 comedy The Full Monty, as Gaz, one of six steel workers who form a male striptease act to earn extra cash. His performance in the latter was nominated for a BAFTA, while the latter gave him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.

Robert Carlyle has also appeared in films such as Safe, with Julianne Moore; Angela’s Ashes, as Malachy McCourt; The World Is Not Enough, as the villain Renard; Face, with Ray Winstone; and the film sequel 28 Weeks Later, opposite Catherine McCormack. He has also played the role of Adolf Hitler in the television movie Adolf Hitler: The Rise of Evil. His performance in the 2005 miniseries Human Trafficking earned him an Emmy nomination. Other movies he was seen on include The Unloved and Born Equal. He continued to appear on television, starring in episodes of The Last Enemy, 24: Redemption, Stargate Universe and the 2011 series Once Upon a Time.

Place of Birth

Glasgow, Scotland

Birth Name

Robert Carlyle


2012: California Solo - Lachlan MacAldonich
2011: Once Upon a Time (TV series) - Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin
2009-2011: SGU Stargate Universe (TV series) - Dr. Nicholas Rush
2010: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Video Game) - Gabriel Belmont (voice)
2009: The Tournament - Father MacAvoy
2009: The Unloved (TV movie) - Lucy's Father
2009: Zig Zag Love (TV movie) - Jacko
2008: 24: Redemption (TV movie) - Carl Benton
2008: Summer - Shaun
2008: Stone of Destiny - John MacCormick
2008: The Last Enemy (TV mini-series) - David Russell/Russell
2008: I Know You Know - Charlie
2007: 28 Weeks Later - Don
2007: Flood - Rob Morrison
2006: Eragon - Durza
2006: Born Equal (TV movie) - Robert
2006: Eragon (Video Game) - Durza (voice)
2005: Human Trafficking (TV movie) - Sergei Karpovich
2005: Dead Fish - Danny Devine
2005: Class of '76 (TV movie) - DI Tom Monroe
2005: The Mighty Celt - O
2005: Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School - Frank Keane
2004: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (TV movie) - King James I
2003: Hitler: The Rise of Evil (TV movie) - Adolf Hitler
2002: Black and White - David O'Sullivan
2002: Once Upon a Time in the Midlands - Jimmy
2001: Formula 51 - Felix DeSouza
2001: To End All Wars - Maj. Ian Campbell
2000: There's Only One Jimmy Grimble - Eric Wirral
2000: The Beach - Daffy
1999: Angela's Ashes - Malachy (Dad)
1999: The World Is Not Enough - Renard
1999: Ravenous - Col. Ives/F.W. Colqhoun
1999: Plunkett & Macleane - Plunkett
1998: Looking After Jo Jo (TV series) - John Joe 'Jo Jo' McCann
1997: Face - Ray
1997: The Full Monty - Gaz
1995-1997: Hamish Macbeth (TV series) - Hamish Macbeth
1996: Carla's Song - George Lennox
1996: Trainspotting - Begbie
1995: Go Now - Nick Cameron
1994: Marooned (short) - Peter
1994: Cracker (TV series) - Albie Kinsella
1994: Priest - Graham
1994: Being Human - Priest
1993-1994: 99-1 (TV series) - Detective Constable Trevor Prescott
1993: Screenplay (TV series) - Nosty
1992: Advocates II (TV movie) - DC Murray
1992: Tender Blue Eyes (video) - Richard Fascetti
1991: Riff-Raff - Stevie
1991: The Bill (TV series) - Tom Ward
1990: Silent Scream - Big Woodsy
1990: Taggart (TV series) - Gordon Inglis

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