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Brendan Coyle Biography

Birth Name:
David Coyle
Birth Place:
Corby, Northamptonshire, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • The great-nephew of legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby (1909-94)
  • Trained to be a butcher after leaving school at age 16
  • Decided to pursue his acting dream at age 18, a year after his father unexpectedly died
  • Learned to act at his cousin's Dublin theatre
  • Honored with the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for the London production of Irish playwright Conor McPherson's The Weir
  • Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the role of Mr
  • Bates with him in mind, having seen him in the 2004 BBC series North and South
  • A patron of Lakelands Hospice in Corby, Northamptonshire; also supports Workwise, which helps young people find jobs

Awards

  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner

Relationships

  • Shaun Coyle -- Brother
  • Helen King -- Cousin
  • Mary-Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy -- Cousin
  • Delia Coyle -- Mother