Robert Carlyle biography

T2 Trainspotting

Robert Carlyle

Date of Birth: April 14, 1961

The son of a "bohemian" house painter, Carlyle got the acting bug at the age of 21 when he began hanging out at the Glasgow Arts Centre "on the promise of some attractive women." But picking up babes wasn't the only arena where he lucked out; his first gig as an actor was to play Orestes in the Centre's production of The Golden Mask of Agamemnon.

Robert then studied theater at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and, after three years, took to the stage in a variety of repertory companies before becoming bored with performing "the same old Chekhov and Ibsen." In 1990 he met up with Ken Loach who gave Carlyle his big-screen break in Riff Raff.

Before he shot to fame with his portrayal of Begbie in Trainspotting , Robert was perhaps best known for the BBC series Hamish MacBeth, where he played a dope-smoking Highlands village police constable. After adding The Full Monty on his list of credits, Robert was on the way to becoming one of Scotland's sexiest exports since Sean Connery.

Recently, Robert played a man fighting deportation in the drama California Solo (2013). He also enjoys a recurring role as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold on the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time.

In 2015, Robert made his directorial film debut with The Legend of Barney Thomson (2016), also starring in the title role of a Scottish barber who accidentally kills someone. Emma Thompson, despite being only two years older than Robert, plays his mother in the comedy.

His latest film is the sequel T2 Trainspotting (2017) with Ewan McGregor.

Robert Carlyle Filmography


T2 Trainspotting

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date:
March 17, 2017 - Toronto
March 24, 2017 - Montréal, Vancouver
DVD: June 27, 2017
Blu-ray: June 27, 2017
Digital: June 13, 2017

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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Anjela Nedyalkova, Kelly Macdonald