Robert Carlyle

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.

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Cast Credits

Once Upon a Time (2011)
Starring as Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold / Weaver (122 episodes)
Stargate Universe (2009)
Starring as Dr. Nicholas Rush (39 episodes)
The Last Enemy (2008)
Starring as Russell (5 episodes)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Guest starring as Robert Carlyle
24 (2001)
Guest starring as Carl Benton
  • Episode S07 Special: Redemption (Nov 23, 2008) [Special Guest Star]
Hamish Macbeth (1995)
Starring as Hamish Macbeth (20 episodes)
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as Robert Carlyle
The War of the Worlds ()
Starring as Ogilvy