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Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 14, 1961, Robert Carlyle studied at the Glasgow Arts Centre and the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama before co-founding the Raindog Theatre in 1991. He received acclaim for his performance in Ken Loach's 1990 comedy Riff-Raff and for his leading role as police constable Hamish Macbeth in the eponymous BBC series.

Known for playing both sensitive working-class blokes and vicious psychotics, Carlyle gained greater recognition for his starring roles as a knife-wielding sociopath in Trainspotting and as a laid-off factory worker who persuades his friends to put on a male strip show in the Oscar-nominated sleeper hit The Full Monty.

Other notable films include Priest, Carla's Song, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. In 2005, Carlyle earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the miniseries "Human Trafficking."

Robert Carlyle in Barney Thomson

Barney Thomson

2016 NR

Glaswegian barber Barney Thomson is leading a humdrum existence until the moment he accidentally offs his boss and plunges into the world of a serial killer. When Barney looks to his devious mum to help cover his tracks, she leaps to the challenge.

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