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Robert Carlyle Is Rumpelstiltskin In ABC’s Once Upon A Time

Stargate Universe star Robert Carlyle will play Rumpelstiltskin in Once Upon a Time, the ABC pilot from Lost producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Deadline reports.

As revealed last month, the drama centers on a young boy in Storybrooke, Maine, where everything isn’t as it seems and we’re introduced to dual plots unfolding in separate realities — our world and a fairy-tale land. To that Deadline adds a woman “drawn into a town where the magic and mystery of fairy tales may be real and hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her troubled past.”

Carlyle’s Rumpelstiltskin is an expert in black magic who agrees to help Snow White and Prince Charming counteract the Evil Queen’s spells … for a price.

Perhaps best known for his roles in Trainspotting, The Full Monty and 28 Weeks Later, Carlyle played Dr. Nicholas Rush on the now-canceled Stargate Universe.

Once Upon a Time is being shepherded to television by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, who’s serving as a consultant. The pilot is being directed by Entourage veteran Mark Mylod.


  • Farson89

    Sounds interesting, I’m a fan of Carlyle’s and I’d love to see him playing a creepy, seedy Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Nutaris

    I am so sad SGU is cancelled… I love that dang show…

  • Guest

    This show looks like it definitely has potential… my main concern is the network it’s going to be airing on which means it could be absolutely watered down and lame.

  • Courtney

    It’s beyond lame. The only redeeming thing about the show is 
    Robert Carlyle.

  • Rivercrock

    he is scathingly brilliant.

  • Lilly Tn 37375

    Robert is great.
    Makes the show worth watching.
    Without his character and his talent,
    the show would fall flat.

  • Tmgriesman

    Robert Carlyle is amazing on the show, and Ive really enjoying the storyline, but im confused… is his character as rumplestiltskin good or bad?

  • Scrubteach42

    Carlyle plays an excellent Rumpelstiltskin, he is my favorite.  I hope that Once Upon A Time has a large following, my family and I love it.

  • Elspeth

    Carlyle is absolutely brilliant.  The scenes with girlfriend Belle, are amazing. It’s as if he plays at least 3
    characters, Gold, Rumpel and the kind man with Belle, and previously the loving
    father before he had the magic dagger.

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  • Jessedragonheart

    my exact words. i just started watching the series online, to catch up to season 3. carlyle is awesome; all the other characters are about as engaging as your average turnip.