Brendan Coyle

Active - 1992 - 2021  |   Born - Dec 2, 1963 in Corby, Northamptonshire, England  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Crime

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  • The great-nephew of legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby (1909-94).
  • Trained to be a butcher after leaving school at age 16.
  • Decided to pursue his acting dream at age 18, a year after his father unexpectedly died.
  • Learned to act at his cousin's Dublin theatre.
  • Honored with the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for the London production of Irish playwright Conor McPherson's The Weir.
  • Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the role of Mr. Bates with him in mind, having seen him in the 2004 BBC series North and South.
  • A patron of Lakelands Hospice in Corby, Northamptonshire; also supports Workwise, which helps young people find jobs.