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ROBERT CARLYLE (Durza) was born in Glasgow, Scotland and enrolled in acting classes at the Glasgow Arts Centre after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible.” Following his movie debut as Big Woodsy in "Silent Scream” (1990), Carlyle appeared in several films, but it was his performance in the title role of the TV series "Hamish Macbeth” (1995) that brought him to the attention of British audiences. And it was the role of Begbie in "Trainspotting” (1996) that introduced him to American audiences. This was followed by his BAFTA-winning role of Gaz in "The Full Monty” (1997).

After playing Plunkett in "Plunkett & Macleane” and Col. Ives in "Ravenous” (both 1999), he played the villain, Renard, in the James Bond adventure "The World Is Not Enough” (1999), followed by the roles of Malachy in "Angela's Ashes” (1999) and Daffy in "The Beach” (2000).

More recently, he has been seen in "There's Only One Jimmy Grimble” (2000), "To End All Wars,” "The 51st State” (both 2001), "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands,” "Black and White” (both 2002), "Dead Fish” (2004), "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School” and "The Mighty Celt” (both 2005).

His recent TV appearances have been the title role in "Hitler: The Rise of Evil” (2003) and King James 1 in "Gunpowder, Treason and Plot” (2004). He portrayed the role of Sergei Karpovich in the TV miniseries "Human Trafficking” (2005).

Carlyle founded the Raindog theatre company in 1991, together with four other actors, and is a partner in the British film production company 4 Ways. He was awarded an OBE in the 1999 New Year's Honours List.

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