->''"Acting is probably the greatest therapy in the world. You can get a lot stuff out of you on the set so you don't have to take it home with you at night. It's the stuff between the lines, the empty space between those lines which is interesting."''

Dr. Robert Carlyle (born 14 April 1961), OBE, actually, although he doesn't use the Doctor title.

Robert is an actor born in Glasgow, and he frequently plays ViolentGlaswegian characters as well as villains in general. Despite this, his co-stars on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' have noted that it's really hard to be scared of him/act as such because he's a [[MeanCharacterNiceActor really nice guy]] in real life. His best known roles include ''Film/TheFullMonty'', ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', and the aforementioned ''Once Upon a Time''. He also appears in the video for the Music/{{Oasis}} song "Little by Little".

* ''Film/AngelasAshes'': Malachy [=McCourt=] Sr.
* ''Film/TheFullMonty'': Gary "Gaz" Schofield
* ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane'': Plunkett
* ''Film/Ravenous1999'': Colonel Ives / F.W. Colqhoun
* ''Film/TheBeach'': Daffy
* ''Film/The51stState'': Felix [=DeSouza=]
* ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'' and ''Film/T2Trainspotting'': Francis Begbie
* ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'': Don Harris
* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': Renard
* ''Film/{{Eragon}}'': Durza
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24: Redemption]]'': Carl Benton
* ''Series/HamishMacbeth''
* ''Series/HitlerTheRiseOfEvil''; UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Nicholas Rush
* ''Film/TheTournament'': Father Joseph MacAvoy
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'': Gabriel Belmont/[[spoiler:Dracula]]
* DyeingForYourArt: He had shoulder length hair when the ''Trainspotting'' sequel was put in production, which he cut off for it. As a result, Rumpelstiltskin has short hair in Season 6 of ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* FakeBrit: He's played English characters in ''Film/TheFullMonty'', ''The 51st State'' and ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater''.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Some of his characters like Begbie, Renard and Mr Gold are rotten and/or evil. He's known to be one of the nicest people on the projects he works on.
* ProductionPosse: With Creator/DannyBoyle - in ''{{Film/Trainspotting}}'' (and its eventual sequel), ''Film/TheBeach'', ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'' (though he was a producer on that one). He was once quoted as saying "I'd work with Danny Boyle any day of the week."
* TypeCasting: Usually an unlucky ButtMonkey, but he does have quite a bit of range.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He turned down a role in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', but was cast in the sequel.