Richard Coyle

Richard Coyle


2/27/1972, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Birth Name

Richard Coyle


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Contrary to popular belief Richard Coyle is not a Welshman but was born and raised in Sheffield to Irish parents. Richard has four brothers.

He began his career when, studying politics York University (1991 - 1994), he got interested in amateur dramatics and travelled the Edinburgh festival twice.

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    • (on Strange's motivations).
      Richard Coyle: So he's quite a gentle guy. A wounded soul, I think, is the best description. He's got quite a lot of physical and emotional darkness about him.

    • (on doing drama while studying at York).
      Richard Coyle: I only had one lecture and one seminar a week, so I had a lot of time on my hands. And there's only so many drugs and so much booze you can take. So I joined the drama society. It was either that or the beer society, and for health reasons I chose drama.

    • (on his first meeting with Dean Lennox Kelly).
      Richard Coyle: We first met in a dank locker room at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. I was surrounded by a lot of hairy arses and I noticed this guy with a lot of hair everywhere except his arse - and that was Dean. He came over and made some wisecrack about me looking like Leo Sayer, and I thought: "Aye aye, I'd better keep an eye on this guy." He was loud and hairy, but he had a certain charm about him.

    • (on his friendship with actor Dean Lennox Kelly).
      Richard Coyle: We started out as friends who were actors, but now we're friends and the acting is almost irrelevant. We're like an old married couple. We've been through everything together and bicker over trivial things -but, essentially, we love each other.

    • (on Jeff in "Coupling").
      Richard Coyle: I have a lot of fun with the role. It really is silly. I play such a weirdo. I like that, because I think I'm a bit of a geek as well. Jeff is a pubescent boy trapped inside the body of a man, still obsessed about his relationship with his mother.

    • (on working with Tom Baker in "Strange").
      Richard Coyle: Tom Baker guest stars in one episode and when I met him, I couldn�t speak! I didn't know what to say to him for the first day he was on set because he's my Doctor Who - we all have a Doctor Who, like we have our favourite James Bond, and Tom is mine. I just didn't know what to say to him!

    • (on getting together with his wife on the set of "Up Rising")
      Richard: We played a couple who get together at the same time that we got together in real life. It's great. Whenever we need a potted history of our relationship, we have something to watch on the video.

    • (on his dreams as "Strange").
      Richard Coyle: I spent a lot of time immersing myself in the occult and reading about demonology, myths, legends and folklore and there's an incredible bank of work about it all. I spooked myself so much that I found it difficult to sleep much during the shoot because I was having these vivid nightmares and dreams! I was reading the books during the daytime and then when I fell off to sleep, I would have these really vivid dreams inspired by these fantastic stories.

    • (on his late father).
      Richard Coyle: He died just when I started filming "Coupling", and I really wished he'd been able to see "Dalziel and Pascoe" which I told him I was going to be doing. That was the moment when he thought his son was going to be all right. That series was something he recognised.

    • (on playing Jimmy Porter in "Look Back in Anger).
      Richard Coyle: It's one of those parts that all ambitious actors want to do, I figured that this was my first chance to play Jimmy Porter and maybe my last. By the time the next revival comes along in about 10 years' time, I will be too old for the part.

    • (on playing Jeff in "Coupling").
      Richard Coyle: All of us have that child inside us, and I can let that out when I play Jeff.

    • (on playing all aspects of "Strange").
      Richard Coyle: I think when you play a part like this you accept that there are going to be moments of out-and-out horror and there are going to be moments of comedy and a hundred different shades of things inbetween. You just have to get on with it, play each one as if it's like eating your breakfast, really.

    • (Richard on playing "Strange").
      Richard Coyle: Just that it was different. It's very dark and I love dark things anyway. There are sinister undertones, things that are disturbing, and I found all of those when I read the script. And I hadn't seen anything else like this so that's really why I wanted to do it. I enjoy doing science fiction and I haven't had a chance to do a great deal.

    • (Richard on his perfect part).
      Richard Coyle: I don't have one particular part, but I always like characters that are a little dark and twisted - parts that are slightly sinister. It is more interesting.

    • (Richard on working with Ian Richardson).
      Richard Coyle: They are the best parts of the job, to get to work with people like that, people you've admired for years. He's brilliant to watch and you just learn so much from people like Ian.

  • Richard Coyle is an incredibly adaptable, highly talented actor that just doesn't get enough screen time.

    I saw Richard in the BBCs Christmas drama “Lorna Doone” in 2000. At the time I was impressed and very moved by his portrayal of John Ridd, Lorna’s destined love. Earlier that same year I had become a big fan of the British sitcom “Coupling” mainly due to the quirky character Jeff, a socially inept Welshman. His performance in this was so lively and convincing that when I saw the very serious and very English John Ridd in “Lorna Doone” I didn’t even recognise him! To me this is the sign of a gifted actor, he truly takes on the essence of his roles in much the same way that Gary Oldman does. You never notice the celebrity above the character he’s playing.

    Personally I was very disappointed when Richard left the cast of “Coupling.” I think it was a wise move though, and avoided type-casting which was very possible whilst this was the most high profile role of his career to date. Without him the show lost its heart and I soon lost interest.

    I really hope we will see more of him in the near future. Britain could really use a few more gems like him.moreless
  • Extremely talented

    Richard Coyle is a very talented man who as Jeff in BBC's Coupling made me laugh so hard at times that I nearly lost control of myself. Had the lines been delivered by someone else I do nto think they would have had the same impact as he has this way of delivering them that makes you believe that his character is for real.

    I was disappointed when he left Coupling and personally think it was a big mistake on his part as Coupling was going to be his stepping stone to great things. Rochard Coyle is someone who I would watch in just about anything. While I have never seen him in a drama series, I believe this talented actor could pull it off and hopefully we will be seeing more of him on our TV's in the coming yearsmoreless