Robert Carlyle


Robert Carlyle, OBE (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. He is known for a variety of roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. In addition to his film work, he is also known for his roles in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe, and Once Upon a Time.

Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, the son of Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was brought up by his father after his mother left when Carlyle was four years old. 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.

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. 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."
(from wikipedia)


Silent Scream (1990)
Riff Raff (1990)
Being Human (1993)
Priest (1994)
Marooned (1994)
Go Now (1995)
Trainspotting (1996)
Carla's Song (1996)
The Full Monty (1997)
Face (1997)
Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
Ravenous (1999)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Angela's Ashes (1999)
The Beach (2000)
There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)
To End All Wars (2001)
51st State (2001)
Once Upon A Time In The Midlands (2002)
Black and White (2002)
Dead Fish (2004)
The Mighty Celt (2005)
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)
Eragon (2006)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Flood (2007)
Stone of Destiny (2008)
Summer (2008)
I Know You Know (2008)
The Tournament (2009)
California Solo (2010)
The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson (2015)
Trainspotting 2 (2017 in production)


Taggart (1990)
The Bill (1991)
Screenplay (1993)
99-1 (1994)
Cracker (1994)
Hamish McBeth (1995-1998)
Looking After Jo Jo (1998)
Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot (2004)
Human Trafficking (2005)
Class of '76 (2005)
Born Equal (2006)
The Last Enemy (2008)
24:Redemption (2008)
The Unloved (2009)
The Man Who Walked Around the World (2009)
Zig Zag Love (2009)
Stargate Universe (2009-2011)
Once Upon A Time (2011-2016)