Brendan Coyle

An English-born actor with Irish and Scottish roots, Brendan Coyle got his start in a slew of theatrical productions. He quietly rose through the ranks of U.K. screen actors with small roles in everything from "The ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1963 in Corby, Northamptonshire, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Downton Abbey 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Noble 2015 (Movie)

Gerry Shaw (Actor)

The Raven 2012 (Movie)

Reagan (Actor)

Perrier's Bounty 2010 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

Jericho 2 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mark of Cain 2007 (Movie)

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Offside 2006 (Movie)

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Soundproof 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

North & South (UK) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jacket 2005 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Rockface 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Could Read the Sky 1999 (Movie)

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The General 1998 (Movie)

UVF Leader (Actor)

The Last Bus Home 1996 (Movie)

Steve Burkett (Actor)

Ailsa 1994 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Amnesia (Movie)

DC Ian Reid (Actor)

Amnesia (TV Show)

Actor

Conspiracy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An English-born actor with Irish and Scottish roots, Brendan Coyle got his start in a slew of theatrical productions. He quietly rose through the ranks of U.K. screen actors with small roles in everything from "The Glass Virgin" (ITV, 1995) to the James Bond adventure "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), but earned acclaim for his stage work, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for his work in "The Weir." Continuing to work steadily in British-made productions like "North & South" (BBC One, 2004) and "Lark Rise to Candleford" (BBC One, 2008-11), Coyle appeared in such international fare as "The Jacket" (2005) with Adrien Brody and "The Raven" (2012) with John Cusack. His international breakthrough came as the physically impaired but passionate John Bates, valet to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) on the global smash "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010- ). Grounding his ill-fated character in humanity and compassion, Coyle stood out in the enormously talented ensemble, earning widespread praise. As his fame increased around the world, Coyle left many fans and critics alike hoping to see much more of him on stage and screen.

Milestones

2012

Appeared opposite John Cusack in the Edgar Allen Poe-themed thriller "The Raven"

2010

Landed breakthrough role as the valet and former Boer War batman to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) on "Downton Abbey" (ITV, PBS)

2005

Portrayed Irish politician Michael Collins in "Allegiance"

2005

Cast in the time travel thriller "The Jacket" (2005), starring Keira Knightley and Adrien Brody

2001

Played Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller in the Nazi historical drama "Conspiracy" (BBC, HBO)

1999

Earned raves for his performance in "The Weir," which he played in London and Broadway

1997

Landed minor role as a seaman in the James Bond thriller "Tomorrow Never Dies"

1992

Made screen debut with small roles in the made-for-TV movie "Fool’s Gold: The Story of the Brink’s-Mat Robbery" and on the ITV series "The Bill"

Moved to the Emerald Isle with cousin, a theater director, to train in acting

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