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Richard Coyle

Richard Coyle
Born (1972-02-27) 27 February 1972 (age 44)
Sheffield, England[1]
Years active 1998- present
Spouse(s) Georgia Mackenzie (2003-10); divorced
Children 1

Richard Coyle (born 27 February, 1972) is an English actor.[2]

Early and personal life

Coyle was born in Sheffield,[1][3] England. Coyle is the second youngest of 5 sons. Their father was a builder.[3] He began his acting career after a stint working on a ferry entertaining passengers, where he was told by a theatre director that he had a talent and should pursue it further. He graduated in Languages and Philosophy from the University of York in 1995[4] and was then accepted into Bristol's prestigious Old Vic Theatre[1] school, graduating in 1998, the same year as his close friends Dean Lennox Kelly and Oded Fehr.

Coyle was married to actress Georgia Mackenzie with whom he has a daughter, Purdy (b. 2008).[3] He has been in a relationship with actress Ruth Bradley since early 2011.[5]

Film and television work

He began by appearing in such television programmes as Lorna Doone, as John Ridd and Evelyn Waugh's wartime saga Sword of Honour, and in Mike Leigh's film Topsy-Turvy. He played Mr. Coxe in 1999's BBC version of Wives and Daughters. In 2000, Coyle's big break arrived in the form of the character Jeff Murdock in the comedy Coupling. In 2003 he chose not to return to Coupling for its fourth series, and refused requests to return for a "goodbye episode".[6] In a 2005 interview, Coyle stated this was to avoid typecasting:

I'm very proud to have been part of Coupling and very grateful for the chance to play Jeff but I was very keen that that character didn’t stick with me forever. I’m an actor and I want to be an actor when I’m 60. It’s a lifelong process; why cut it off by boxing yourself into a little pigeonhole early on?[7]

He also starred in the short-lived 2002-2003 BBC show Strange, and had roles in the films Human Traffic, Franklyn, and A Good Year. He appeared in the new special episode of Cracker: Nine Eleven in October 2006 (TV) and starred in The Whistleblowers on ITV 1. He also starred in the 2001 version of Othello as Michael Cassio.

In 2004, Coyle played the role of Alcock, body servant to John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, in The Libertine alongside Johnny Depp. He appeared in Mike Newell's 2010 movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, playing Jake Gyllenhaal's older brother, the ambiguous Crown Prince Tus.

He was cast as the lead role, Moist von Lipwig, in the film Going Postal, based on the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett.[8] This was broadcast on television in May 2010.

Coyle had a leading role in Renny Harlin's movie Georgia, a.k.a. 5 Days of War, about the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia over the territory of South Ossetia. In September 2011, Coyle appeared as William Winthrop, in Madonna's feature-directorial debut W.E. about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. He appeared as Garda Ciarán O'Shea in Grabbers, the Irish comedy monster movie. Coyle also plays Wallace in Outpost: Black Sun, the sequel to the 2008 British horror film Outpost,[citation needed] and the lead of drug pusher Frank in the English-language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 cult classic Pusher.[citation needed]

In 2012, Coyle joined the cast of the USA Network show Covert Affairs as Simon Fischer, an FSB agent and love interest for Piper Perabo's Annie Walker.[9] His character recurred until halfway through season three.[10]

In 2014, NBC began airing the series Crossbones, with Coyle as Tom Lowe, who is assigned to kill the pirate Blackbeard (played by John Malkovich).[11]

Stage roles

He was cast as the lead in Peter Gill's 2002 stage premiere of The York Realist, and later in the Donmar Warehouse production of the play Proof, in London, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, and on the success of this he was cast in Patrick Marber's reworking of August Strindberg's play After Miss Julie with Kelly Reilly and Helen Baxendale. From September to November 2004, Coyle played the title role in Michael Grandage's production of Friedrich Schiller's Don Carlos which then transferred to the West End from January to April 2005. The cast also included Derek Jacobi, Peter Eyre and Una Stubbs. The V&A theatre archive has a copy of a film of the production which can be privately viewed. He was in Peter Gill's production of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger at the Theatre Royal, Bath from August to September 2006. In 2008 Richard starred in Harold Pinter's The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre in London, alongside Charlie Cox and Gina McKee.

In 2010 he played John in Mark Haddon's play Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse.

His own theatre company was scheduled to debut at the refurbished Arcola Theatre in Dalston, London in March 2013,[citation needed] with Coyle starring alongside his friend and co-founder Rafe Spall in Simon Bent's play The Associate.[citation needed]

In 2014 he played MacDuff in the Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford directed Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory.

Other media

Coyle played Keats in the game Folklore and has also narrated the following audio books: At The Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft, Resistance by Owen Sheers, and the H.I.V.E. series of novels by Mark Walden.


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Macbeth Loon TV movie
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Dr. Miles Miller TV series (1 episode: "A Minor Operation")
The Life and Crimes of William Palmer John Parsons Cook TV movie
What Rats Won't Do Journalist
1999 Greenstone Sir Geoffrey Halford TV series
Up Rising Martin Marr TV mini-series
Human Traffic Andy Feature film
Topsy-Turvy Mr. Hammond Feature film
Wives and Daughters Mr. Coxe TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2000 Hearts and Bones Will Stenner TV movie
Dalziel and Pascoe Martin Hallingsworth TV series (1 episode: "A Sweeter Lazarus")
Lorna Doone John Ridd TV movie
Coupling Jeffrey "Jeff" Murdock TV series (22 episodes: 2000-2002)
2001 Sword of Honour Trimmer McTavish TV movie
Young Blades Count Morlas
Happy Now Joe Jones
Othello Michael Cass TV movie
2002 Strange John Strange TV movie
2003 Blight John Blight Cornish language short
Friday Night In Ben short
Strange John Strange TV series (6 episode)
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Catesby TV movie
The Libertine Alcock Feature Film
2006 Ultra Cryptic Man TV movie
The Best Man Michael Sheldrake TV movie
Cracker D.I. Walters TV series
A Good Year Amis Feature film
2007 The History of Mr. Polly Jim TV movie
Folklore Keats (voice: English version) video game
The Whistleblowers Ben Graham TV series (6 episodes)
2008 Franklyn Dan Feature film
Blight John Blight Cornish-language Short
The Pro Tony Kirby Short
2009 Octavia Gareth Llewellyn TV movie
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Tus Feature Film
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Moist Von Lipwig TV movie
Fable III Petitioner (voice) Video game
2011 5 Days of War Sebastian Ganz Feature film
W.E. William Feature film
2012 Grabbers Garda Ciarán O'Shea Feature film
Outpost 2: Black Sun Wallace Feature film
Pusher Frank Feature film
Life of Crime Detective Inspector Lead Role
Covert Affairs Simon Fischer Recurring role
2013 The Food Guide to Love Oliver Byrne Feature film
2014 Crossbones Tom Lowe TV series
2015 A.D.: The Bible Continues Caiaphas TV miniseries


  1. ^ a b c North, Madeleine (16 November 2003). "Richard Coyle: Grounded, centred, earthy... it's just a northern thing". The Independent (UK). Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Richard Coyle". BFI. 
  3. ^ a b c "Interview: Richard Coyle, actor - News". 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Man in Tights". Grapevine (Alumni Office, University of York) (Autumn/Winter 2004): 7. 
  5. ^ Georgina Littlejohn (12 January 2012). "By royal appointment: Princess Beatrice parties with the Queen of Pop as she attends Madonna's film premiere after-party". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Steven Moffat (Writer/ Creator of Coupling)". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  7. ^ "The Big Interview: Richard Coyle | The Official London Theatre Guide". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Looking Ahead: Coming to Sky1 HD in 2010!". British Sky Broadcasting. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  9. ^ Joyce Eng (3 April 2012). "Covert Affairs exclusive: meet Annie's new assignment - a KGB spy!". TV Guide. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Vlada Gelman (4 September 2012). "Covert Affairs post mortem: show bosses on Lena's betrayal and Annie/Auggie's future". Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Richard Coyle To Star In NBC’s ‘Crossbones’". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 

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