Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle

Dec. 2nd, 1963
Born in
Corby, Northamptonshire, England, UK
6' 2

Brendan Coyle's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Downton Abbey (UK) TV Show
Downton Abbey (UK)
Lark Rise To Candleford (UK) TV Show
Lark Rise To Candleford (UK)
North and South (UK) TV Show
North and South (UK)
Requiem TV Show
Spotless (FR) TV Show
Spotless (FR)
Starlings (UK) TV Show
Starlings (UK)
True Dare Kiss (UK) TV Show
True Dare Kiss (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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David Coyle (later to take the stage name of Brendan Coyle) was born in Corby, Northamptonshire to an Irish father and Scottish mother; his parents moved to Corby from County Tyrone, Ireland. Brendan holds Irish citizenship and has previously lived in Dublin and London. However, according to a video clip from the site for "Rockface" he currently resides in Norfolk.

Brendan is also the great nephew of footballing (ie soccer) legend Sir Matt Busby of Manchester United fame. His father was a butcher, and he worked in his dad's shop for a year after he left school, and he had no real plans to become an actor. His father died when Brendan was a young man, and he says, "When my father died, I became disillusioned and needed something in my life. Although I'd never acted at school, I had been impressed by going to see Richard III on stage while I was doing my '0' Levels. I got turned on by the thought of acting and heard about this aunt in Dublin who ran a theatre there. I rang her up and finished up at drama school".

This drama school in Dublin, founded in the late 1960s as the Focus Theatre, was co-founded by his aunt Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy. Brendan started there in 1981 and then received a scholarship to Mountview Theatre School in England in 1983. He has directed at least two plays at Mountview since graduating from there.

Coyle has done a number of stage, television, and movie productions, including the play "The Weir" for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance award for his part as the bartender, Brendan. He continues to work on stage, in film and on television.

  • He was awarded the 1999 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for best supporting performance for his role in The Weir in the 1998 season.
  • Brendan is the great nephew of footballing (soccer) legend Sir Matt Busby of Manchester United fame.

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