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Overview (3)

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Nickname Bobby
Height 5' 6¾" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting classes at the Glasgow Arts Centre. In 1991, together with four other actors, he founded the Raindog theatre company (named after Tom Waits' album "Rain Dog," one of Carlyle's favorites), a company dedicated to innovative work. Danny Boyle's film Trainspotting (1996) marked his breakthrough.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John M Doyle

Family (3)

Spouse Anastasia Shirley (28 December 1997 - present)  (3 children)
Children Carlyle, Harvey
Carlyle, Ava
Carlyle, Pearce Joseph
Parents Carlyle, Elizabeth
Carlyle, Joseph

Trade Mark (2)

Thin frame
Strong Scottish accent

Trivia (27)

He was awarded the degree of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1999 New Years Honours List for his services to drama.
Founded a Theatre Company in 1991.
Ranked seventh in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
His wife gave birth to a daughter, Ava Carlyle of Clan Bruce (b. 2002).
Owns the Rain Dog Theatre Company, named after the album "Rain Dogs" by Tom Waits.
A partner in the British film production company 4 Ways along with Antonia Bird, Irvine Welsh and Mark Cousins.
His wife gave birth to a son, Harvey Carlyle of Clan Bruce (b. March 2004).
Has not seen his estranged mother, Elizabeth "Liz" McDonald of Clan Donald, since he was four years old.
His father, Joseph "Joe" Carlyle of Clan Bruce, died aged 76 on 7 January 2006 and was buried in Maryhill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, on 14 January 2006.
His wife gave birth to a son, Pearce Joseph Carlyle of Clan Bruce (b. Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, April 2006).
Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland [RCS] in 2011) and formed his own Theatre Company, Rain Dog, in 1991.
Turned down a role in 28 Days Later... (2002) before taking a role in 28 Weeks Later (2007).
At age 17 he once worked as a butcher.
Featured in the music video for the Oasis song "Little by Little".
Turned down a major role in Flight of the Phoenix (2004).
He was given the Special Acting Recognition Award by the Tallgrass Film Festival for his work in California Solo.
He is of both Scottish and Irish ancestry.
Good friends with Ewan McGregor who he worked with on Trainspotting (1996) and its sequel T2 Trainspotting (2017)..
He missed out on Christopher Eccleston's roles in Shallow Grave (1994) and 28 Days Later... (2002), both of which were directed by Danny Boyle. They did appear together in the Cracker (1993) storyline "To Be A Somebody".
He was originally offered David Thewlis' role in Divorcing Jack (1998), but he had to drop out when the shoot dates were changed and he became unavailable.
He was considered to replace David Tennant in Doctor Who (2005). He ultimately appeared in Stargate Universe (2009).
He is a Patron of School For Life in Romania.
He supports Glasgow Rangers Football Club.
He was considered for Willem Dafoe's role in Go Go Tales (2007).
Brother-in-law of Paul Shirley.
He was considered for Matthew Modine's role in If... Dog... Rabbit (1999).
Of Clan Bruce.

Personal Quotes (76)

I hate that term, "Method". It's definitely been given to me over the years, but I don't know if it's true. My belief is that every actor's got their own "method", and as long as it works, that's OK.
People like Jim Jarmusch or Spike Jonze make the kind of American cinema that really interests me. And working with them has, so far, been the only thing I haven't been able to do. But other than that I'm perfectly happy with where I am.
I owe my father everything.
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a very patriotic guy, in terms of my Scottishness and my roots.
I'd totally be attracted to a geek girl!
I feel like I'm the luckiest man on the planet.
Most of the time, you find that the smaller the budget, the more the project is about something substantive.
I rant and rave about noise pollution.
My first love is art, and I see a lot of things in an artistic way.
I've really enjoyed my work in television, but the problem for me is the turnover of directors every week.
I love sci-fi because it leads in the imagination, and I always say it has the most intelligent fans in the world.
Bullying is a terrible, terrible thing.
I'm not someone who believes in wasting my vote.
I do tend to divide my childhood into darkness and light, and the first seven years were certainly the darkness.
The quality of TV drama nowadays is getting better and better. They've had to invent a new term for it: 'high-end television.'
Acting, the arts in general, is a magnet for the wounded of society.
Of course, I love chats with various actors about the process and how they do it. To me, if it's not on the camera, if it's not there, it's not worth it. It really just isn't worth it.
The first thing you should know about me is when I was three years old my mother left me and my father. And that was traumatic obviously for my father - he suffered a nervous breakdown at that time in his life.
A lot of Scots have settled in Canada over the years and it's a very easy place for Scots - they understand us, we understand them.
There are a lot of things that make up a performance, a lot of technical things. It isn't always just about pulling it up from the darkest recesses of your mind or your heart. It's your experience and your observation.
Each performance and each film is what it is. It's right and belongs within that moment. You look at it and try to make it fit your particular part of your character and your particular film.
I loved cinema while growing up and, for the longest time, wanted to be a director.
Guys, particularly in the West, go to the gym and train for hours and hours to pick up something that is heavier than them. Why would you want to do that?
People in Scotland appreciate homegrown talent, but it's getting harder and harder to get films made in Britain.
I've always taken my love of children from my father. He was a children magnet. Suddenly, having my first child hit home what my dad went through.
In troubled times the last thing you want to do is to stick your money into a film. It's such a gamble.
I never rehearse. Never! I think it's a waste of time.
I used to be a rabid reader, but now it's scripts or nothing - network television is quite relentless, and you can't drop the ball.
I never go anywhere without my iPod.
The more people know about an actor the less convincing they become. A bit of mystery's a good thing.
It depends who the director is you know, I mean Ken Loach for instance. I've done up to 32 takes with him.
The darker the character, the more interesting.
My wife was a make-up artist, and she's a total product junkie. Our bathroom is packed full of lotions and potions so I end up trying them out.
Acting is a really insular thing.
I'd work with Danny Boyle every day of the week. No matter what he was doing I would do that.
I think you should only wear jewellery if it has a story behind it.
The thing I miss the most about Scotland is the football.
I often have scripts sent to me with allegedly Scottish characters where I end up telling them, 'You're going to have to rethink this whole thing!'
The U.K. and the U.S. are very different countries, and it really shows in the television.
A lot of my work is with children and there's a reason for that, because they really level you.
If there's anything you want to ask your parents, ask them before they go, because once they go, they're gone.
When I look back at it now, my past and the way I grew up, I grew up on communes.
Acting is probably the greatest therapy in the world. You can get a lot stuff out of you on the set so you don't have to take it home with you at night. It's the stuff between the lines, the empty space between those lines which is interesting.
I hate the word 'hippy.'
Hunger's a great spur.
I don't take a great deal of interest in party politics. Social politics interests me a great deal more.
I just don't like the whole Hollywood thing.
Biologically, I'm lucky - an angular face and dark coloring which shows up well on camera.
I'd love to do a Columbo-type detective character in a series.
It took a long time for me to accept I was an actor, a professional actor, and that, actually, I make a living out of this.
In the late '70s, maybe just before I started, there was still an attitude that if you did film you didn't do TV and vice versa, but that's gone now.
I was 16 when I was in a band, for about 10 minutes. I went off and did acting after that. So it was a wee moment for me when I sang.
I'd love to play some kind of fop.
My dad was rubbish at all other aspects of his financial life, but he's pretty good at paying the rent.
Anyone that knows me knows what I'm about, and I'm very much a British actor, a European actor.
People go to the movies to watch a film and all they're thinking about is the actress's cellulite they saw in a magazine.
To be honest I don't think I was any great shakes as a theatre actor because everything I was doing was really small in size - intimate.
Vancouver's a very child friendly city, there's... no doubt about that.
I like to be working and moving - the worst thing you can do to me is stick me in a room all day while you're lighting a shot. That just kills me.
The script will point you in certain directions and I go the opposite if I can. I try to do one thing and tell a different story with my eyes. I believe what's more interesting is always what's not being said.
I think I have a natural, if I can say that, got a kind of natural ability in comedy.
A lot of the characters I play have problems, they are marginalized, they have serious psychological problems, problems with relationships, with childhood. These are big subjects, big subjects. You can't balk at work like that. As an actor, that's as good as it gets.
I want to keep audiences off balance, so they don't know who I am or how to take me. If I duck and weave, as Frank Bruno might say, I'll have a longer shelf life.
To pursue a career in Hollywood you have to have a personality bypass. Look at the top 20 stars in the world - there's probably only two actors among them. Hollywood's not about you as an actor. It's about your currency, what you 'bring to the table'. And I've never been one to jump through hoops for anyone.
I'm in four different films this year, and I have four different accents. I sound different in every film. You have to love a character to play it well, and change in my work is what I want.
On his wife: We met in Cracker (1993). I played a maniac fan who murders a policeman and she did my makeup. I thought anyone interested in me looking like that must have genuinely liked me.
I have a reputation for being an improvisational actor, which is true, but I also know what I'm doing so that if the improvisational strand doesn't work I can go back to what I know is already there.
Every actor I think has got their own number of takes that they like, you know. Some actors like to go all day, you know on the one scene and some actors want to take two takes. I personally like four.
Although people always cite that role as an example of my dark side, I'm not so sure. Really, Trainspotting (1996) is a black comedy and in many ways Begbie's the funniest one in it.
On his father: Back in the Sixties, when I was growing up, the notion of a one-parent family - especially of a single father - didn't really exist. And for him to have walked that road and lived that life and still managed to raise me and love me as he did, was just incredible.
On filming in his native Glasgow: At times it was incredibly emotional. Very close to the bone. It affected me in ways that I hadn't bargained for when I agreed to do it.
The backdrop of my childhood seemed to be the back streets, the dark alleys and the rainy streets of those cities. I know every beat and rhythm of that life, which could be another reason for why I'm drawn often to dark gritty roles and why I wanted to show the gritty side of Glasgow in my movie. It's a landscape I know.
One of the odd and the weird things about filming was the number of people who came up and said, 'I knew your auntie', or 'I'm your cousin on your mother's side'. And I didn't know these people existed, because I only ever knew my father's side of the family.
(On making The Full Monty (1997)): I thought it was a load of fucking pish, to be honest.
Smoking is my biggest vice. I've been smoking now for longer than I haven't and that's really shocking.
If you don't have honesty you don't have anything.

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