Robert Carlyle

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Robert Carlyle
OBE
Robert Carlyle 2011 cropped.jpg
Robert Carlyle at a location shoot for Once Upon a Time, 2011.
Born(1961-04-14) 14 April 1961 (age 53)
Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Anastasia Shirley (m. 1997)[1]
Children3
 
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For those of a similar name, see Robert Carlisle (disambiguation).
Robert Carlyle
OBE
Robert Carlyle 2011 cropped.jpg
Robert Carlyle at a location shoot for Once Upon a Time, 2011.
Born(1961-04-14) 14 April 1961 (age 53)
Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Anastasia Shirley (m. 1997)[1]
Children3

Robert Carlyle, OBE[2][3] (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. His film work includes Trainspotting (1996), The Full Monty (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Angela's Ashes (1999), The 51st State (2001), and 28 Weeks Later (2007). He has been in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe, and Once Upon a Time. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for The Full Monty and a Gemini Award for Stargate Universe.

Early life[edit]

Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, the son of Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator.[4][5] He was brought up by his father after his mother left when Carlyle was four years old.[6][7] He left school at the age of 16 without any qualifications and worked for his father as a painter and decorator; however, he continued his education by attending night classes at Cardonald College in Glasgow.[8]

Career[edit]

Carlyle became involved in drama at the Glasgow Arts Centre at the age of 21 (having been inspired by reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible), and subsequently graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 1991, he and four friends founded a theatre company, Raindog (which is now primarily involved in television and film work), and guest starred in The Bill. The same year he starred in his first movie, Riff-Raff, directed by Ken Loach.

In 1994, he played the gay lover of Father Greg in the film Priest. Carlyle's first high-profile role came as murderer Albert "Albie" Kinsella in an October 1994 episode of Cracker opposite Robbie Coltrane (in which Kinsella killed five people, including Christopher Eccleston's DCI David Bilborough). This highly acclaimed role showcased Carlyle's "pure intensity".[9] Shortly after his appearance in Cracker, he landed the role of Highland policeman Hamish Macbeth in the BBC comedy-drama Hamish Macbeth. The series ran for three seasons from 1995 to 1997.

In 1996 and 1997, he appeared in the two highest-profile roles of his career to date: as the psychopathic Francis Begbie in Trainspotting and Gaz, the leader of a group of amateur male strippers, in The Full Monty, the latter earning Carlyle a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He also starred with Ray Winstone in the 1997 film Face. Carlyle played the senior Malachy McCourt (father of author Frank McCourt) in the 1999 film adaptation of McCourt's first memoir, Angela's Ashes, the arch villain Renard in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, and a cannibalistic soldier in the 1999 Ravenous.

Robert Carlyle in July 2009.

Carlyle appeared in the 2002 Oasis music video for "Little By Little". He played Adolf Hitler in the 2003 miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In 2006 he played the villain Durza in Eragon. In 2007 Carlyle played one of the main characters in the film 28 Weeks Later. He also played the lead role as a marine engineer, attempting to save London from total devastation in the disaster film Flood. That year he also portrayed Father Joseph Macavoy in the film The Tournament.

In 2008 Carlyle narrated a BBC audiobook version of The Cutting Room. In 2008, Carlyle was cast as Dr. Nicholas Rush in the television series Stargate Universe.[10][11] His involvement has been described thus, "As [the team fights] to survive, Dr. Rush (Carlyle) works to unlock the mysteries of the ship and return the group home, but evidence of his ulterior motives soon arises." Carlyle was touted by the studio as the "leading role" in Universe.[12]

In December 2008, Carlyle appeared in 24: Redemption, a television movie of the popular series 24, starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland.

In 2009, Carlyle appeared in a long-form commercial for Johnnie Walker whisky, titled "The Man Who Walked Around The World", that showed Carlyle walking down a path and talking for six minutes in a single long take. The ad took two days to film. The director, Jamie Rafn, afterwards referred to Carlyle as an "utter genius".[13] He voices the character of Gabriel Belmont, and his counterpart, Dracula in the video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, as well as its sequels Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2.

Beginning in October 2011 Carlyle portrays Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin) in the fantasy-drama series Once Upon A Time. The character is a wizard, deal-maker, and master manipulator.

Acting style[edit]

Known for his commitment to authenticity in roles, Carlyle has often altered his lifestyle and physical appearance to better understand a character—much akin to method acting; before playing a homeless character in Antonia Bird's Safe, he went to live in the Waterloo area of London where the film was set. For his role as a bus driver in Ken Loach's Carla's Song, he passed the test for a PSV licence (a licence to drive a bus with passengers) in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus.[14] Writing of Carlyle's performance in The Full Monty, Andrew Johnston stated: "Carlyle was brilliant as the savage psycho Begbie in Trainspotting; here, he proves he can be almost as good when kept on a short leash. We don't know much about Gaz, but he's the most interesting character in the movie, largely because of Carlyle's down-to-earth warmth."[15]

Personal life[edit]

Carlyle is married to make-up artist Anastasia Shirley, with whom he has three children: Ava (born 2002), Harvey (born 2004), and Pearce Joseph (born 2006). The family lives in Glasgow. Carlyle is a patron of School For Life in Romania.[16] He is a fan of Partick Thistle.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Silent ScreamBig Woodsy
Riff-RaffSteve
1993
Being HumanPrehistoric Shaman
1994PriestGraham
MaroonedPeter
1995Go NowNick CameronSant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
1996TrainspottingFrancis "Franco" BegbieNominated – BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Carla's SongGeorge LennoxEvening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year
1997The Full MontyGary "Gaz" SchofieldBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
FaceRayEvening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year
1999Plunkett & MacleaneWill Plunkett
RavenousCol. Ives / F.W. Colqhoun
The World Is Not EnoughRenard
Angela's AshesMalachy McCourtNominated – Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated – IFTA Award for Best Actor
2000The BeachDaffy
There's Only One Jimmy GrimbleEric Wirral
2001To End All WarsMajor Ian Campbell
The 51st StateFelix DeSouza
2002Once Upon a Time in the MidlandsJimmy
Black and WhiteDavid O'Sullivan
2004Dead FishDanny Devine
2005The Mighty CeltO
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm SchoolFrank Keane
Human TraffickingSergei Karpovich
2006EragonDurza
200728 Weeks LaterDon Harris
FloodRobert Morrison
2008Stone of DestinyJohn MacCormick
SummerShaunNominated – BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor
I Know You KnowCharlie
2009The TournamentJoseph Macavoy
The UnlovedFather
2012California SoloLachlan MacAldonich

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990TaggartGordon Inglis1 episode
1991The BillTom Ward
1993Screenplay (episode "Safe")Nosty
199499-1Detective Constable Trevor Prescott
CrackerAlbie Kinsella3 episodes
BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – TV
1995–1998Hamish MacbethHamish Macbeth20 episodes
RTS Television Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated – BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – TV
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1998Looking After Jo JoJohn Joe "Jo Jo" McCannNominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
2003Hitler: The Rise of EvilAdolf HitlerNominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2004Gunpowder, Treason & PlotKing James I
2005Human TraffickingSergei KarpovichNominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Class of '76DI Tom Monroe
2006Born EqualRobert
2008The Last EnemyDavid Russell5 episodes
24: RedemptionCarl Benton
2009The UnlovedFatherScottish BAFTA for Best TV Actor
The Man Who Walked Around the WorldHimselfAdvert for Johnnie Walker[18]
Zig Zag LoveJackoTV Film
2009–2011Stargate UniverseDr. Nicholas Rush40 episodes
Gemini Award Winner for Continuing Leading Dramatic Role 2010
2011–Once Upon a TimeRumplestiltskin/ Mr. Gold58 episodes through three seasons

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006EragonShade DurzaVoice only
2010Castlevania: Lords of ShadowGabriel BelmontVoice only
2013Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of FateGabriel Belmont/DraculaVoice only
2014Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2Gabriel Belmont/DraculaVoice only

Music videos[edit]

YearArtistSong
2002Oasis"Little By Little"

Audio books[edit]

YearTitleRole
2008The Cutting RoomNarrator

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skibo: The Full Monty". BBC News (BBC). 19 December 2000. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Robert Carlyle OBE". Once Upon A Time FAns. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Robert Carlyle OBE". Google sites. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Robert Carlyle Biography". FilmReference. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Born Equal: Robert Carlyle". BBC Press Office. BBC. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Pendreigh, Brian (29 January 2006). "Father's death causes Carlyle to quit movie". Scotsman.com News. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  7. ^ Smith, Andrew (28 March 1999). "Method man". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  8. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (20 May 2007). "On the Move: Robert Carlyle". Timesonline. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Sumner, Darren (15 December 2008). "Robert Carlyle cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. p. 1. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  11. ^ Sumner, Darren (15 January 2009). "Brian J. Smith cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. p. 1. Retrieved 15 January 2009. 
  12. ^ Sumner, Darren (15 December 2008). "Robert Carlyle cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. p. 2. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  13. ^ HLA AND BBH GO WALKING WITH ROBERT CARLYLE, Shots, 6 August 2009
  14. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (20 May 2007). "On the Move: Robert Carlyle". Times Online. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  15. ^ Time Out New York, 14–21 August 1997.
  16. ^ "School For Life Romania". Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  17. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/robert-carlyle-i-get-more-thrills-watching-1001665
  18. ^ "The Man Who Walked Around the World". Retrieved 11 October 2009. 

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