Robert Carlyle

Actor, Director, Painter
Despite a warm, genial personality, actor Robert Carlyle made a career out of playing dark, crazed and often brutally violent characters, but none more vivid and visceral than the sociopathic Begbie in his breakout ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1961 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (42)

Once Upon a Time 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Barney Thomson 2015 (Movie)

Barney Thomson (Actor)

Kings X 2014 (Movie)

Colin Manks (Actor)

Saying Goodbye to Mr. Welcome 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

California Solo 2012 (Movie)

Lachlan (Actor)

SGU: Stargate Universe 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tournament 2009 (Movie)

Joseph Macavoy (Actor)

The Unloved 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Know You Know 2008 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Stone of Destiny 2008 (Movie)

John MacCormick (Actor)

Summer 2008 (Movie)

Shaun (Actor)

28 Weeks Later 2007 (Movie)

Don Harris (Actor)

The Flood 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Fish 2006 (Movie)

Danny Devine (Actor)

Eragon 2006 (Movie)

Durza (Actor)

Human Trafficking 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Frank Keane (Actor)

Face 2005 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

The Mighty Celt 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black and White 2004 (Movie)

David O'Sullivan (Actor)

Once Upon a Time In the Midlands 2003 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Formula 51 2002 (Movie)

Felix DeSouza (Actor)

To End All Wars 2002 (Movie)

Campbell (Actor)

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

Daffy (Actor)

There's Only One Jimmy Grimble 2000 (Movie)

Eric Wirral (Actor)

Angela's Ashes 1999 (Movie)

Dad--Malachy McCourt Sr (Actor)

Born in the USSR: 14 Up 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Plunkett & Macleane 1999 (Movie)

Will Plunkett (Actor)

Ravenous 1999 (Movie)

Colqhoun (Actor)

The World Is Not Enough 1999 (Movie)

Victor 'Renard' Zokas (Actor)

Carla's Song 1998 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Go Now 1998 (Movie)

Nick Carlyle (Actor)

The Full Monty 1997 (Movie)

Gaz (Actor)

Citizen Ken Loach 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

Begbie (Actor)

Cracker: To Be a Somebody 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Priest 1995 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

Riff Raff 1993 (Movie)

Stevie (Actor)

Silent Scream 1986 (Movie)

Big Woodsy (Actor)

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

Hitler: The Rise of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Riff-Raff (Movie)

Stevie (Actor)
Director (1)

The Legend of Barney Thomson 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Despite a warm, genial personality, actor Robert Carlyle made a career out of playing dark, crazed and often brutally violent characters, but none more vivid and visceral than the sociopathic Begbie in his breakout film, "Trainspotting" (1996). Prior to his international breakthrough, Carlyle spent three seasons as the star of the police series "Hamish Macbeth" (BBC Scotland, 1995-98), while appearing in a number of British-made films. After "Trainspotting," however, Carlyle did an about-face to play a down-and-out steelworker who marshals his fellow out-of-work mates to earn cash by staging an all-male strip review in the critically heralded comedy "The Full Monty" (1997). Following a sympathetic turn in "Angela's Ashes" (1999), he was arch-villain Renard to Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "The World is Not Enough" (1999) and a crazed man ranting about a hidden paradise in Danny Boyle's "The Beach" (2000). He went on to brilliantly portray the Führer in "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" (2003) and a powerful sex trafficker in "Human Trafficking" (Lifetime Television, 2005). On the small screen, he continued delivering the goods as a mad scientist on "Stargate Universe" (Syfy, 2009-2011) and the Machiavellian Rumpelstiltskin on "Once Upon a Time" (ABC, 2011- ). No matter what type of role he played, Carlyle fully inhabited each character with such force and conviction that he developed a solid reputation for being one of the most electrifying performers on either side of the Atlantic.

Relationships

Ava

Daughter
Born July 4, 2002; mother, Anastasia Shirley

Harvey

Son
Born April 2004; mother, Anastasia Shirley

Pearce

Son
Born April 2006; mother, Anastasia Shirley

Joe Carlyle

Father
Moved with son to a hippie commune on a Glasgow estate when his wife abandoned the family c. 1965 Carlyle was estranged from him for eight years (c. 1982-90) Died Jan. 7, 2006

Elizabeth McDonald

Mother
Left home when her son was four (c. 1965); Carlyle had no relationship with her

Caroline Patterson Production Assistant

Companion
Dated in the early 1990s

Anastasia Shirley Makeup Assistant

Wife
Married Dec. 28, 1997 in Scotland

EDUCATION

attended night school in the early 1980s

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

dropped out of school at age

Milestones

2012

Played a former Britpop rocker facing deportation from the U.S. in "California Solo"

2011

Joined the cast of ABC fairy tale-inspired series "Once Upon A Time" as Rumplestiltskin

2009

Starred on the Syfy adventure series "SGU Stargate Universe"

2008

Acted in the Fox TV-movie "24: Redemption"

2007

Co-starred in "28 Weeks Later," the sequel to Danny Boyle’s 2002 film "28 Days Later"

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "Human Trafficking"

2006

Cast in "Eragon" a fantasy/adventure movie based on the novel of the same name

2003

Cast as Jimmy in the action fature "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"

2002

Co-starred in "Formula 51" aka "The 51st State"

2000

Landed a featured cameo in "The Beach," helmed by Danny Boyle

1999

Reteamed with Antonia Bird (when she replaced Milcho Manchevski as director) on "Ravenous"

1999

Portrayed the villain to Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "The World Is Not Enough"

1999

Co-starred with Emily Watson in "Angela's Ashes"

1998

Co-starred with Jonny Lee Miller in the period drama "Plunkett and Macleane"

1997

Made third film with director Antonia Bird, playing a gangster in "Face"

1997

Starred in the Oscar-nominated sleeper hit "The Full Monty," playing an unemployed steelworker who hits on the idea for a ragtag group to perform a strip show

1996

Won critical appreciation for his turn as the psychopathic Begbie in Danny Boyle's acclaimed film "Trainspotting"

1996

Reteamed with Ken Loach for "Carla's Song" (released in the U.S. in 1998)

1995

Played a man stricken with multiple sclerosis on the TV drama "Go Now"; released theatrically in 1998

1995

Made his U.S. TV debut as a villain in "Cracker: To Be a Somebody" (A&E)

1995

Starred in popular Scottish TV series "Hamish Macbeth"

1994

Co-starred in Bird's controversial film "Priest"

1993

Made first collaboration with director Antonia Bird, the BBC-2 TV-movie "Safe"

1990

Acted in first starring role in Ken Loach's "Riff-Raff"

1990

Appeared as a political candidate in the British TV production "Taggart"

1989

Made film debut in "Silent Scream"

1976

Began acting at age 15 (date approximate)

Merged his film company Raindog into 4way Pictures, a partnership with Bird and Mark Cousins

Originally cast as Alex Law in "Shallow Grave"; dropped out of project and replaced by Ewan McGregor

Made rofessional stage debut as Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Appeared in stage prodcutions at the Glasgow Arts Centre

Co-founded Raindog Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Carlyle was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998.

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