Robert Carlyle

  • Birth Name: Robert Carlyle
  • Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • After his mother left the family when Carlyle was 4 years old, he and his father frequently moved, living in various communes.
  • Dropped out of school at the age of 16, but was inspired to study acting after reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible when he was 21.
  • Made professional stage debut as Oberon in a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Landed his first lead film role with Ken Loach's 1990 dramedy Riff-Raff; worked with the director again on 1996's Carla's Song.
  • In 1991, cofounded, with actors Caroline Patterson and Stuart Davies, the award-winning Raindog theater company, named for one of Carlyle's favorite albums: Tom Waits' Rain Dogs; has directed the group's productions of Macbeth and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, among others.
  • Won Best Actor at the BAFTAs and British Actor of the Year at the London Film Critics Awards and was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award, all for his role in 1997's The Full Monty.
  • Voiced the characters Gabriel Belmont and Count Dracula on the 2010 video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.


  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee


  • Ava Carlyle — Daughter
  • Harvey Carlyle — Son
  • Liz McDonald — Mother
  • Anastasia Shirley — Wife
  • Caroline Patterson — Ex-significant Other
  • Joseph Carlyle — Father
  • Pearce Joseph Carlyle — Son


  • Attended Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland