Robert Carlyle 'glad to be away' from Brexit Britain as country was 'ripped apart'


The Scottish actor, 60, is most famous for his role as Begbie in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-nominated film ‘Trainspotting’. He was also in ‘The Full Monty’ and has taken on a number of TV roles in recent years, including on the BBC’s ‘The War Of The Worlds’. One of his most recent small-screen parts is as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland on Sky Max’s ‘COBRA’. The political thriller, which centres around the Government’s crisis committee, has just returned for a second season.

Robert will discuss his and the show’s return for another run as he appears on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this morning.

Hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer will also welcome Jessica Knappett, Big Narstie and James Martin.

Meanwhile, pop diva Self Esteem, will perform her new single ‘Moody’.

While Robert is typically charming in his interviews, the actor has also been known to air his strongly worded political views in the past.

Speaking to the Big Issue last year, the actor said the division in the wake of Brexit was “very sad”.

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The star, who emigrated to Canada, was asked how he viewed the current situation UK from afar.

Speaking before Brexit finally became reality at the end of January 2020, he told the publication: “I think it is very sad.

“I miss it at times, but I’m glad to be away, the way things are politically.

“I am back and forwards, so it is like I get postcards sent to me and see this thing deteriorating.

“The saddest thing I have witnessed is the division that has happened.

However, the actor has now been tipped to appear as Begbie again in a TV version of Irvine Welsh’s book, ‘The Blade Artist’.

Alison asked Robert about the likelihood of the series, in which he will reportedly star and be an executive producer.

He said: “Yes! Well there is a book called The Blade Artist and that really is Begbie’s story after the Trainspotting bit is over.

“When you pick up the book, he’s living in California, he’s married his therapist from prison and he’s got a life over there now.

“And he’s become some sort of celeb because he’s learnt to sculpt in prison.

“And his form of sculpture is with a knife and clay so he slashes away at clay and he does likenesses of like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or whoever and of course the celebs of the day are buying this stuff.”

Sunday Brunch airs on Channel 4 today from 9.30am – 12.30pm.



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