Character Profile – Once Upon A Time – Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold – Robert Carlyle

Name: Robert Carlyle

Character on Once Upon A Time: Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold

Debut Season: Season 1 Episode 1

A Scottish actor, born in Maryhill, Glasgow, he is known for a variety of roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela’s Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. In addition to his film work, he is also known for his roles in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe and Once Upon A Time.  Robert Carlyle has repeatedly amazed audiences with his chameleon-like ability to inhabit a range of characters. Before playing a homeless man, he went to live in the Waterloo area of London where the film was set. For a role as a bus driver, he passed the test for a PCV license in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus.

Carlyle broke into the international eye in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film, Trainspotting. However it was his role in The Full Monty that brought him fully into the spotlight. The film won both box-office millions and Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Carlyle himself won the BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance.  Other notable works include Antonia Bird’s Priest, with Tom Wilkinson, and the Emmy-nominated television movie Hitler: The Rise of Evil, in the title role of Hitler. In 2005 Carlyle was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Human Trafficking, and he starred as Dr. Nicholas Rush on the SyFy series SGU Stargate Universe, a performance for which he won the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Carlyle recently completed production on the independent film California Solo.

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