Brendan Coyle Biography
Brendan Coyle (birth name David Coyle) is an English actor born on 2nd December 1962 in Corby, United Kingdom, to an Irish father and Scottish mother. He is popularly known for his role as John Bates in the TV Show ‘Downton Abbey’.
He holds dual British and Irish citizenship due to his British birth and Irish parentage. He studied drama in Dublin in 1981 and received a scholarship to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in the United Kingdom in 1983.
From 2008 he played Robert Timmins in three BBC series based on the Lark Rise to Candleford novels, written by Flora Thompson. In 2010, he began playing John Bates, valet and former British Army batman to the Earl of Grantham in Julian Fellowes’s period drama series, Downton Abbey. Fellowes wrote the part for Coyle, and it won him nominations for a BAFTA and IFTA, as well as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2012.He also won three Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013-16. Coyle also played the character of Terry Starling in the short-lived Sky comedy series Starlings.
Brendan Coyle Age
He was born on 2nd December 1962 in Corby, United Kingdom, to an Irish father and Scottish mother.
Brendan Coyle Net worth
He has an estimated net worth of $5 million
Brendan Coyle Wife
He keeps his personal life private and no information about his wife is found.
Brendan Coyle and Joy Harrison
In December 2012 he was spotted with Joy Harrison, who was a leading light at a
London theatre school. They were seen together at the basketball game in the
As per sources, the pair knew each other for almost two-and-half years. Joy even spent her birthday weekend at Brendan’s house in Norfolk in April 2010. The couple attended several events together, which glittered the rumors about their relationship. However, neither of them confirmed their speculated affair.
Brendan Coyle Gay
Brendan Coyle has been rumored to be gay because little is known about his love life. He is also a gay supporter and posts on his social sites in favor of gay community. In September 2014, he made a tweet supporting LGBT community along with a song dedicated to them.
Brendan Coyle Alcoholic
In February 2016 he was banned from driving for four years after admitting drunk driving. He admitted that he was nearly three times over the legal limit when caught on New Year’s Day. He was returning home after undergoing four weeks of alcohol rehabilitation at a clinic in Thailand, he had spent a month at the clinic but had been drinking on the flight back.
Brendan Coyle Downton Abbey/ John Bates
He plays John Bates in Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey is a TV drama drama series which follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family’s classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey’s future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham – his cousin James, and James’ son, Patrick – die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham’s children are daughters – Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff – also a highly regimented world – have fascinating story lines.
Brendan Coyle Movies and TV Shows
Brendan Coyle Movies
- 2016: Me Before You
- 2014: Noble
- 2005: The Jacket
- 1997: Tomorrow Never Dies
- 2009: Perrier’s Bounty
- 2012: The Raven
- 2007: The Mark of Cain
- 2006: Perfect Parents
- 2001: Mapmaker
- 2006: Soundproof
- 1999: I Could Read the Sky
- 2006: Offside
- 2004: Omagh
- 1998: The General
- 2009: A Short Stay in Switzerland
- 2016: Unless
- 2018: Mary Queen of Scots
- 2004: Amnesia
- 1998: Happy Birthday To Me
- 1997: The Last Bus Home
- 1994: Ailsa
- 2007: Damage
Brendan Coyle TV Shows
- 2010 – 2015: Downton Abbey
- Since 2015: Spotless
- 2004: North & South
- 2008 – 2011: Lark Rise to Candleford
- 1995: The Glass Virgin
- 2012 – 2013: Starlings
- 2000: Paths to Freedom
- 2002 – 2003: Rockface
- 2001: Rebel Heart
- 2007: True Dare Kiss
- 1995 – 1997: Thief Takers
- 2004: Amnesia
- Since 2017: Requiem
- Since 2000: McCready and Daughter
Brendan Coyle Awards
Brendan Coyle received a Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 for his performance in Conor McPherson’s The Weir and won a New York Critics Theater World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut for the same play in its New York production.
Brendan Coyle Twitter
Brendan Coyle Interview
Source: BBC UK
What drew you to Requiem?
Brendan Coyle: The scripts were terrific. The moment I read them, my curiosity was piqued. There is a very strong mystery at the heart of it. It’s genuinely spooky and mystifying. There was a real buzz going around the industry about these scripts, and I can see why. There is so much going on in them. Kris writes in such a bold, original way. You have to back that. I thought, “Even if I don’t get the part, it’s been great to read these wonderful scripts!”
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Talk us through your character.
Brendan Coyle: The idea of haunting and being haunted is a strong theme in Requiem. Matilda is haunted, and Kendrick is haunted. He is haunted by the disappearance of a child in an old case. He was under duress at the time and faced a power greater than him. He still behaves in a way that is haunted. Ostensibly we think that it’s because he didn’t solve that case, but there is actually more going on…
He is haunted by a lot of internal stuff. I love the subtext of this drama. We’re never quite sure who anyone is at any particular moment.
How does the drama create such a spooky atmosphere?
Brendan Coyle: It doesn’t have a world-shattering budget for CGI, so a lot of the spooky elements are conjured up through suggestion. It’s all about the power of the unseen.
What were the rural locations like to shoot in?
Brendan Coyle: Fantastic. Wales is wild. We saw many stunning parts of the country, and I was filming with delightful people. I loved the whole experience. It was a real treat.
How did you find it working with Mahalia?
Brendan Coyle: She’s an extraordinary director. She has great taste and a wonderful visual style. Her ethos is very cinematic and poetic. On set, she’d very calm and focused. She has tremendous certainty without being aggressive. She’d give you very selective notes, but they were always spot-on. I don’t know what ‘it’ is, but when you meet someone who has ‘it’, you recognise it immediately. Mahalia definitely has ‘it’.
Do you think audiences will be compelled by this drama?
Brendan Coyle: Absolutely. I can’t think of anything else like it. This is a project close to all our hearts. Kris’s storytelling is brilliant. I think audiences will really take to it. It poses those eternal questions: Is there anything else? Are we alone?
Do you also think viewers will be chilled by Requiem?
Brendan Coyle: Definitely. We like to be scared. It’s a visceral experience, venturing beyond our comfort zone. Stepping into that dangerous territory is a thrill. Requiem is like a classic movie such as The Omen. It preys on our faith. This is beautifully done. I watched the first episode in the dark, and I was terrified! I hope we scare the bejesus out of viewers!