Robert Carlyle

Last updated on the 31 March 2024 by Maeve

Robert Carlyle

Mini Biography

Born: 14 April 1961, Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Carlyle began his acting career in the 1980s, appearing in various theater productions before transitioning to television and film.

Robert Carlyle’s breakthrough role came in 1996 when he portrayed the volatile and unpredictable Begbie in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel “Trainspotting.” The role earned him critical acclaim and established him as a rising star in the industry.

Since then, Robert Carlyle has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including “The Full Monty,” “Angela’s Ashes,” “28 Weeks Later,” and “Once Upon a Time.” He has also received multiple awards and nominations for his performances, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “The Full Monty.”

In addition to his acting career, Carlyle is also a director and producer. He made his directorial debut with the film “The Legend of Barney Thomson” in 2015, in which he also starred. The film received positive reviews and earned Carlyle a nomination for Best Director at the British Academy Scotland Awards.

Off-screen, Carlyle is married to makeup artist Anastasia Shirley, and the couple have three children together. He is also actively involved in various charitable causes, including the Scottish Youth Theatre and the World Wildlife Fund.


Suggested viewing


Hamish Macbeth (1995)

Hamish Macbeth poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

In the quaint Scottish village of Lochdubh, Hamish Macbeth, a jovial and observant constable, keeps the peace with his trusty dog, Wee Jock. Despite a reputation for laziness, Hamish’s keen eye and deep understanding of his community allow him to unravel the mysteries that plague his peaceful town. Through his charmingly unorthodox methods and unwavering dedication, Hamish upholds justice and brings tranquility to the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Top cast: Robert Carlyle, Stuart McGugan, Barbara Rafferty, Stuart David’s, Brian Pettifer, Ralph Riach, Anne Lacey, Duncan Duff, Billy Riddoch.

28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.9

Six months after the devastating Rage virus wiped out nearly the entire population of England, a semblance of order is restored as American troops establish a safe zone in London. Amidst the rebuilding efforts, two young siblings, Tammy and Andy, sneak out to retrieve a cherished family photograph, inadvertently unleashing the dormant Rage virus and plunging the safe zone into chaos. As the infected relentlessly pursue them, a group of survivors must find a way to escape the city or face the inevitable consequences of the raging virus.

Top cast: Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton, Idris Elba, Amanda Walker.

Trainspotting (1996)

Trainspotting poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

In the gritty underbelly of Edinburgh, a group of friends navigates the depths of heroin addiction, their lives a chaotic tapestry of highs and lows. Mark Renton, the introspective narrator, struggles with his dependence on the drug, while his friends, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud, each grapple with their own demons. Amidst the intense physical and emotional turmoil, they find fleeting moments of joy and camaraderie, their friendship a beacon of hope amidst their destructive choices.

Top cast: Ewan Mcgregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Peter Mullans, James Cosmo, Eileen Nicholas.

The Full Monty (1997)

The Full Monty poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.2

In the face of economic hardship and personal struggles, a group of unemployed steelworkers in Sheffield, England, find solace and camaraderie in a peculiar endeavour – forming a male striptease act. Guided by their charismatic leader, Gaz, the men embark on a journey of self-discovery, overcoming their insecurities and physical limitations to entertain their fellow townswomen, even if it means baring all. Their hilarious escapades and heartwarming bond offer a poignant commentary on resilience, friendship, and the pursuit of dreams amidst adversity.

Top cast: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, Hugo Speed, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof, Wim Snape, Steve Huison.

Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

Hitler: The Rise of Evil poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.2

Set against the backdrop of post-World War I Germany, the miniseries delves into the political and social turmoil that fueled Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power. From his early days as a frustrated artist and a disillusioned soldier to his fiery speeches and calculated manipulation of the masses, the film paints a vivid portrait of Hitler’s meteoric rise, exposing the factors that enabled a man of such malevolent ambition to seize control of a nation and unleash a devastating war.

Top cast: Robert Carlyle, Zoe Telford, Justin Salinger, James Babson, Stockard Channing, Peter Stormare, Peter O’Toole, Terence Harvey, Jena Malone.

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