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Robert Carlyle starred as the anarchist Renard in the latest 007 adventure, The World Is Not Enough.

Probably best known internationally for his outstanding performances in The Full Monty and Trainspotting, Carlyle trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he won the Duncan Macrae Memorial Prize for Scots Verse.

For his own Glasgow-based Rain Dog Theatre Company, Carlyle has directed Wasted, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Conquest of the South Pole and Macbeth. As an actor, he worked with the Traverse Theatre (for whom he played Alex in Dead Dad Dog), TAG (playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Rodrigo in Othello) and 7:84 in Nae Problem and No Mean City.

On British television, Carlyle appeared in episodes of The Bill, Taggart and Cracker. Playing the title role in the series Hamish MacBeth made him a household name. He also appeared in Safe, directed by Antonia Bird, and the BBC Screen One film Go Now, directed by Michael Winterbottom, about a man coming to terms with multiple sclerosis.

Carlyle's feature film debut was in a film school production, Apprentices, while his first appearance in a major film was as Big Woodsy in the Berlin Festival prize-winner Silent Scream, directed by David Hayman. Carlyle starred as Stevie in Ken Loach's widely praised Riff-Raff in 1991. He also appeared in Bill Forsyth's Being Human and as Graham, the title character's lover, in Antonia Bird's controversial film Priest.

His next role was in Trainspotting, which led to his internationally acclaimed performance in The Full Monty, for which he won the BAFTA Award as Best Leading Actor (1998). He subsequently played George in Ken Loach's Carla's Song, and has since starred in Face, Plunkett & MacLeane, Ravenous and, most recently, Angela's Ashes, directed by Alan Parker.

Bio courtesy Fox (01-Jan-2000)