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Robert Carlyle Biography:
Robert Carlyle is a Scottish actor. He acts in both television and film roles. The actor whose trademark is showing his teeth when irritated slightly was born on April 14, 1961. He is best known for the roles he played in films like Transpotting (1996), The Full Monty (1997), Priest (1994), The World Is Not Enough (1999), among others. Carlyle’s emphatic acting style is legendary. He is known to literally fit in the shoes of the characters whose roles he plays. For instance, in preparation for the film Carla’s Song where he took the role of a bus driver, Carlyle took driving tests and got a PSV license. The time he was given the role of a homeless tramp in the film Safe, he actually went to London’s waterloo area, the place where the film would be set, and lived there! He is known to alter and modify his physical appearance totally and drastically if a certain film requires him to do so.

Robert Carlyle was born to Elizabeth MacDonald and Joseph Carlyle in Maryhill, Glasgow. His mother was the employee of a bus company while his father was a painter and decorator. His mother left when he was just 4, leaving Joseph the task of bringing their son up on his own. Joseph therefore brought little Carlyle up on his own, and it is of no wonder that the father and son share such a tight bond. Carlyle has often been quoted saying he owes his father everything he has and he is. He is now over fifty and has never seen his mother, Elizabeth since the day she walked out on him and his dad in 1965. At 16 years of age, Carlyle dropped out of school and instead went to work for his dad. During this time, he attended evening classes at Cardanold College in Glasgow.

Robert Carlyle’s Career:
When he hit 21, Carlyle started attending drama classes at Glasgow Arts Center where he discovered his interests and talent in acting. His father attended his graduation at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Full of vigor and zest, he and his four buddies established a theatre called Raindog. He played the starring role in his very own first movie, Riff-Raff. The company is used for television and filming.

Three years later, he played the role of father Greg’s lover in the film Priest after which he played the role of Albie Kinsella, a murderer in Cracker. It was through this episode that Carlyle’s intensity and ability to fit into a character’s lives in acting was portrayed. He later played Harish (1995) in Harish Macbeth series that went for two years into 1997. While he was still playing Harish, he got a role in two films that have had great effect on his career life to date; Transpotting as Francis Begbie, and as Gaz in the Full Monty. He later had a role in James Bond’s The World Is Not Full (1999) and also Ravenous in the same year.

The coming of the millennium also saw Robert Carlyle play major roles in films like The Rise Of Evil (2003) where he played Adolf Hitler, the infamous Nazi leader; Flood (2007); 28 Weeks Later (2007), among others. He also featured in the television series 24 in December 2008. Carlyle’s voice was used by Gabriel Belmont in Castlevania, a video game.

Robert Carlyle’s Personal Life:
Robert Carlyle is married to Anastasia Shirley, a makeup artist, with whom he has 3 children— Ava, Harvey and Pearce Joseph, born 2002, 2004 and 2006 respectively. The Carlyle family lives in Glasgow, Scotland where Carlyle tends to do his theatre work as well as continues to nurture his acting career. Robert Carlyle is a great fan and supporter of Rangers football club based in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more on Robert Carlyle, please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001015/
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