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Scottish actor, who gained fame after roles in the films “On the needle,” “Male striptease” and “And the whole world is not enough.” BAFTA Award Winner.

Robert Carlile was born in Maryhill, in one of the oldest districts of Glasgow, in a Scots family – Elizabeth and Joseph Carlisle. Mother left her son in the upbringing of his father, the artist-decorator, when Robert was three years old. Joseph earned from time to time, and he and his son lived on the verge of poverty. When Robert was about seven years old, his father joined him in a hippie commune, which did not have a permanent place of residence, preferring squatting. For a few years they occupied an abandoned house in Chelsea, and then lived for 18 months under the pier on Brighton Beach.

At 16, he dropped out of school to help his father arrange windows, worked as a laborer and turned into a “difficult teenager.” But in time he realized that he was slipping into nowhere, the young man began to attend evening classes at Cardonald College.

Prior to his acting career, by his own admission on Twitter, he wanted to become a footballer.

Thanks to the plays of Arthur Miller, Carlile was carried away by the theater, which led him at the age of 21 to an acting studio at the Glasgow Center for the Arts. Subsequently, in 1983, he entered the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (English Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), from which he left in 1986, disillusioned with his studies.

Until the early 1990s, he predominantly participated in various theater productions. Together with four friends and actors, he founded the theater group Raindog Theater Company, which released its first performance in 1991 – the stage version of the novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. The first notable film role was the film “Riff Ruff” by British director Ken Loach. World fame brought him the movies “On the needle” (1996) and “Male striptease” (1997), for which Robert won the BAFTA award. He also took part in the “Bondian”, starring in the nineteenth picture of the cycle – “There Is Not A Whole World” (1999).

Critics have repeatedly noted the versatility of Carlisle’s acting skills and the diversity of his roles (from priest to cannibal). He scrupulously studies the character of his characters, achieving the greatest realism and imagery: for example, he once slept five nights in London’s streets near Waterloo Station, working on the role of the homeless in the Safe television movie (BBC, 1993).

The list of his significant television works includes the police series Hamish Macbeth (1995-1997, BBC), the Canadian mini-series Hitler: The Devil’s Ascension (2003, CBC Television), The Living Goods (2005, Lifetime), fantastic TV series “Stargate: The Universe” (2009-2011, Syfy) and “Once Upon a Time” (2011—2014, ABC).

At the beginning of June 2014, Robert Carlisle, as a director, began filming his first full-length film “The Legend of Barney Thomson” in the genre of black comedy based on Douglas Lindsey’s novel Long Midnight by Thomson. He also plays the main role – Barney the Barber, by the will of absurd accidents made a serial killer. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Ray Winston and Tom Courtney.

Since December 1997, Robert Carlyle has been married to makeup artist Anastasia Shirley; They have three children: a daughter – Ava (born 2002), sons – Harvey (born 2004) and Percy Joseph (born 2006). He met Anastasia on the set of the series “The Cracker Method”. The family lives in Glasgow. Favorite football team – the Rangers.

In early January 2006, Robert’s father died, with whom he was very close; the actor temporarily ceased any public activity and left the film “Real North”, in which he began starring in the main role (Peter Mullan replaced him).

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