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Also Known As: David Coyle Died:
Born: December 2, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Corby, Northamptonshire, GB Profession:

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An English-born actor with Irish and Scottish roots, Brendan Coyle got his start in a slew of theatrical productions. He quietly rose through the ranks of U.K. screen actors with small roles in everything from "The Glass Virgin" (ITV, 1995) to the James Bond adventure "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), but earned acclaim for his stage work, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for his work in "The Weir." Continuing to work steadily in British-made productions like "North & South" (BBC One, 2004) and "Lark Rise to Candleford" (BBC One, 2008-11), Coyle appeared in such international fare as "The Jacket" (2005) with Adrien Brody and "The Raven" (2012) with John Cusack. His international breakthrough came as the physically impaired but passionate John Bates, valet to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) on the global smash "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010- ). Grounding his ill-fated character in humanity and compassion, Coyle stood out in the enormously talented ensemble, earning widespread praise. As his fame increased around the world, Coyle left many fans and critics alike hoping to see much more of him on stage and screen.

An English-born actor with Irish and Scottish roots, Brendan Coyle got his start in a slew of theatrical productions. He quietly rose through the ranks of U.K. screen actors with small roles in everything from "The Glass Virgin" (ITV, 1995) to the James Bond adventure "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), but earned acclaim for his stage work, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for his work in "The Weir." Continuing to work steadily in British-made productions like "North & South" (BBC One, 2004) and "Lark Rise to Candleford" (BBC One, 2008-11), Coyle appeared in such international fare as "The Jacket" (2005) with Adrien Brody and "The Raven" (2012) with John Cusack. His international breakthrough came as the physically impaired but passionate John Bates, valet to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) on the global smash "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010- ). Grounding his ill-fated character in humanity and compassion, Coyle stood out in the enormously talented ensemble, earning widespread praise. As his fame increased around the world, Coyle left many fans and critics alike hoping to see much more of him on stage and screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Perrier's Bounty (2009)
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 Offside (2006)
4.
 Jacket, The (2005)
5.
 North & South (2004)
6.
 Conspiracy (2001) Heinrich Muller
7.
 I Could Read the Sky (1999) Francie
8.
 General, The (1998) Uvf Leader
9.
 Last Bus Home, The (1997) Steve Burkett
10.
 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Leading Seaman
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Moved to the Emerald Isle with cousin, a theater director, to train in acting
1992:
Made screen debut with small roles in the made-for-TV movie "Fool¿s Gold: The Story of the Brink¿s-Mat Robbery" and on the ITV series "The Bill"
1997:
Landed minor role as a seaman in the James Bond thriller "Tomorrow Never Dies"
1999:
Earned raves for his performance in "The Weir," which he played in London and Broadway
2001:
Played Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller in the Nazi historical drama "Conspiracy" (BBC, HBO)
2005:
Portrayed Irish politician Michael Collins in "Allegiance"
2005:
Cast in the time travel thriller "The Jacket" (2005), starring Keira Knightley and Adrien Brody
2010:
Landed breakthrough role as the valet and former Boer War batman to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) on "Downton Abbey" (ITV, PBS)
2012:
Appeared opposite John Cusack in the Edgar Allen Poe-themed thriller "The Raven"
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