Robert Carlyle

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  • Trivia

    • Robert was ranked seventh in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.

    • Robert worked as a butcher when he was 17.

    • His height is 5' 8" (1.73 m).

    • His nickname is Bobby.

    • Robert bought a copy of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, with a birthday gift voucher at the age of 21 and was entranced. He traces his choice of the acting profession from that moment.

    • To prepare for the role of a bus driver in Ken Loach's Carla's Song, Robert studied for and passed the test for a PSV license (Public Service Vehicle) in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus.

    • Robert won the following Sant Jordi Awards, Best Foreign Actor in 1998 for The Full Monty and Best Foreign Actor in 1995 for Go Now.

    • Robert was nominated for the following Satellite Awards, Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television in 2004 for Hitler The Rise of Evil, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical in 1998 for The Full Monty and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Drama in 1997 for Trainspotting.

    • In June 2008, Robert was invited to be a patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival by Sean Connery - and he accepted.

    • In June 2008, Robert let it be known that he would be voting for the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) as he had become disillusioned with Labour.

    • Robert narrates the audio version of Louise Welsh's The Cutting Room.

    • When his son Pearce was just seven months old, he needed life-saving surgery that he only had a 50% chance of surviving. Robert almost quit acting in the aftermath, as his son recovered, as family was all that was important to him then.

    • Robert is patron of the charity "School for Life", which helps children left in orphanages in Romania.

    • Following the death of his father Joe, in 2006, Robert pulled out of the film he was making (Dragnet).

    • Robert is a co-founder of the Raindog Theatre company, based in Glasgow.

    • Robert won a BAFTA for Best Actor for his role in The Full Monty (1997). For the same movie, he also won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.

    • Robert was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Napier University in Edinburgh, in 2002.

    • Robert was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1999.

    • Robert Carlyle is a staunch Glasgow Rangers Supporter.

  • Quotes

    • Robert: (when asked for acting tips) Remember your lines and don't fall over the furniture.

    • Robert: I owe my father everything.

    • Robert: People like Jim Jarmusch or Spike Jonze make the kind of American cinema that really interests me. And working with them has, so far, been the only thing I haven't been able to do. But other than that I'm perfectly happy with where I am.

    • Robert: I hate that term, "Method". It's definitely been given to me over the years, but I don't know if it's true. My belief is that every actor's got their own "method", and as long as it works, that's OK.

    • (About his upbringing in Maryhill, Glasgow)
      Robert: I was poorer than poor - I will never forget that. I don't know a lot of people from that time these days, but I've seen them through the years and I've seen what life has done to them. I've seen how it's affected them, good or bad, but generally the downside.

    • (Answering a question asking him if he would like to work in Hollywood)
      Robert: Anyone that knows me knows what I'm about, and I'm very much a British actor, a European actor, it's what I love doing, but that's not to say that I wouldn't consider something else, I'd be stupid not to.

    • (On how he would like the role of The Doctor in "Doctor Who")
      Robert: This has followed me for two years. But no one has ever approached me about it and I never wanted to talk about it because you can't talk about another actor's part. I would treat it with respect and regard it properly, but I would have to be approached about it first.

    • (on how he likes to unwind)
      Robert: There is nothing like the Scottish Highlands in winter. It's isolated – there's just nothing there, and the landscape is spectacular. When I feel like I need to get away, the first thing that comes to mind is spending a few weeks up in the hills.

    • (on his nerves before starting a new role)
      Robert: It's funny with acting, because I've worked with people who spend the whole time pissed and don't give a shit, and with others who pace their trailer worrying every night, and you wouldn't necessarily be able to guess which was which. I'm more confident now, but my approach is instinctive – and the next one could always be the one where I fall on my arse.

    • Robert: I get sent a lot of head-case scripts. But I always try to look for a bit of light in there. Maybe a bit of tenderness. Because, in the movies, I always love the baddie. And I want to do it right.

    • (on his career)
      Robert: I'm absolutely delighted with the career I have. I feel like I'm the luckiest man on the planet. If I can continue doing it for the next 25 years, I'll be more than happy.

    • (on the parts he usually plays)
      Robert: A lot of the characters I play come from the working-class. It's a background I'm familiar with. It's not about being hard. It's just knowing how that society works and what the rules are. I grew up in a working-class area of Glasgow and that experience has stood me in good stead.

    • (on working on big budget films such as "Eragon" and "The World is Not Enough")
      Robert: I go into that world every so often, the big-budget world, and then I run away to get my head back together again.

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