Robert Carlyle’s dad saved money in case he never made it


ROBERT Carlyle has revealed that his father saved money in case his acting career flopped.

Joseph Carlyle had 800 pounds in the bank to give to his son to help re-launch his career as a painter and decorator, according to the star.

In an interview with Glasgow-based children’s charity With Kids, Carlyle revealed that his father produced the bank book around ten years ago.

He said:

“By this point I had done quite a lot by then. My da’ was sitting one day and he says,

“you’re doing alright now son eh’? and he pulls out this wee bank book and he says

“look, I don’t want you to think that I dinnae think you were going to make it but when you said you were going to be an actor I put a bit of money away.”

“And I was starting to cry already, I was like what? He didn’t have any money. And he brings out this bank book. I can’t even remember how much was in it, about 800 or something like that.

“He says

“I’ve just been sticking it away. I thought if it didn’t work out it would get you a wee van and a wee set of ladders or something and get back into the painting again. “

Carlyle added:

“My da’s the man. “

The Trainspotting actor lost his father, Joseph, about five years ago.

His father brought him up single-handedly after his mother left when he was only four-years-old.

In the interview he said that his father was the one person who inspired him in life.

He added: “My dad comes from the 30’s and he came from a family of ten in one room in Anderston.

“So he came from that, absolute squalor that we can’t even imagine, and he managed to pull himself out of that, he managed to take responsibility.

“God bless him, he passed away about five years ago now and I miss him every day, but he inspired be greatly.

“He gave me so much confidence, he was the only one. “

Robert Carlyle is just about to head to Vancouver to film TV show

“Once Upon a Time’ from the creators of Lost.

He recently became an ambassador of the children’s charity With Kids which helps disadvantaged children and families in the east end of Glasgow.

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