Photo of Robert Carlyle Robert Carlyle

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 Trainspotting


1996 R

Renton and his mates cope with the highs, lows and gritty realities of heroin addiction. But when Renton finally gets clean, he can't get away from his friends' nasty habits -- especially after they pull him into a lucrative but dangerous drug deal.

  • Robert Carlyle in Barney Thomson Barney Thomson
  • Robert Carlyle in Once Upon a Time Once Upon a Time
  • Robert Carlyle in 24: Redemption 24: Redemption
  • Robert Carlyle in Eragon Eragon
  • Robert Carlyle in Face Face
  • Robert Carlyle in The Full Monty The Full Monty
  • Robert Carlyle in Stone of Destiny Stone of Destiny
  • Robert Carlyle in 28 Weeks Later 28 Weeks Later
  • Robert Carlyle in Marilyn Hotchkiss's Ballroom Dancing... Marilyn Hotchkiss's Ballroom Dancing...
  • Robert Carlyle in Hamish Macbeth Hamish Macbeth
  • Robert Carlyle in Formula 51 Formula 51
  • Robert Carlyle in The Mighty Celt The Mighty Celt
  • Robert Carlyle in Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
  • Robert Carlyle in California Solo California Solo
  • Robert Carlyle in Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
  • Robert Carlyle in Human Trafficking Human Trafficking
  • Robert Carlyle in Monroe: Class of '76 Monroe: Class of '76
  • Robert Carlyle in Dead Fish Dead Fish
  • Robert Carlyle in Flood Flood
  • Robert Carlyle in The Tournament The Tournament
  • Robert Carlyle in The Unloved The Unloved
  • Robert Carlyle in Stargate Universe Stargate Universe