Robert Carlyle, b. 1961. Actor (9 March 2000)
About this artwork
Born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Carlyle was brought up by his father after his mother walked out when he was four. He left school aged sixteen and began working for his father as a painter and decorator. However, when he was twenty-one his interest in drama ignited and he went to study at the city’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). His career was launched following his acclaimed performance as a murderer in the ITV drama ‘Cracker’ (1994). Two years later he was cast as a psychopath in the cult Scottish film ‘Trainspotting’ (1996). In 1997 he won a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in ‘The Full Monty’. In 1999 Carlyle was awarded an OBE for his services to drama.
- title: Robert Carlyle, b. 1961. Actor
- accession number: PGP 284.3
- artist: Donald MaclellanScottish (born 1967)
- depicted: Robert Carlyle
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Stage and Screen
- materials: Silver gelatine bromide toned print
- date created: 9 March 2000
- measurements: 42.00 x 35.50 cm
- credit line: Purchased 2002
- copyright: © Donald Maclellan photographer
Donald MacLellan was born in the West Highlands in 1967. He is a leading portrait photographer whose first solo exhibition 'Black Power' showed at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 1998. Empire magazine commissioned MacLellan to create a portfolio of Scotland's best actors in 2000. It was mounted as an exhibition first at the Cannes Film Festival (May 2000), then in London, finally coming to Edinburgh in 2001/2. MacLellan's work appears regularly in current newspapers and magazines.