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Robert Carlyle
Starring Cast Member
Biographical Information
Gender: Male
Birthdate: April 14, 1961[1]
Birthplace: Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland[2]
Show Information
Portrays: Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold
Status: Starring
First appearance: "Pilot"
Latest appearance: "Heroes and Villains"

Robert Carlyle is the Scottish actor who portrays Rumplestiltskin and Mr. Gold on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Robert Carlyle was born on April 14, 1961[1] in Maryhill, Glasgow to bus employee Elizabeth and painter and decorator Joseph Carlyle. His mother left when he was just four years old, so Robert was brought up by his father. He left school at the age of sixteen without any qualifications and worked for his father as a painter and decorator. However, Robert continued his education by attending night classes at Cardonald College in Glasgow. At the age of twenty-one, after reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible, he enrolled in acting classes at the Glasgow Arts Centre.[2]

In 1991, together with four other actors, including Caroline Paterson[3], Robert founded the Raindog Theatre Company, a company dedicated to innovative work.

His breakthrough role was in Ken Loach's 1990 building site drama Riff Raff. Unforgettable performances in popular 1994 television thriller Cracker and as psychotic thug Begbie in 1996's Trainspotting followed, along with gentler roles as the BBC's dope-smoking cop Hamish MacBeth and Sheffield stripper Gaz in The Full Monty, one of the most successful British films ever made.[2] In 1999, he played the villain Renard in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough, after which he starred for two seasons in the television series Stargate Universe.

Robert is married to make-up artist Anastasia Shirley, who he met on the set of Cracker. They have three children, Ava, Harvey and Pearce.[4]



Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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  • The Dark One's Dagger and Death?

    18 messages
    • I think we've seen what happens when the Dark One uses the dagger on himself.  When Rumple Killed Pan/Malcolm, he stabbed the dagger through ...
    • I've though of it a little, and I've concluded that the power would be lose, BUT, it could be regained. I think the dagger works kinda like ...
  • Mr. Gold's ring

    3 messages
    • I read something about the ring, It's Carlyle's wedding ring, He forgot to take it off before they started shooting.
    • I think it looks good on him, and congrats to him!

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