The Full Monty’s Robert Carlyle, 61, shoots new scenes for Disney+ series revival


The Full Monty’s Robert Carlyle, 61, shoots new scenes for Disney+ series revival at a pub in Manchester 25 years on from the original

Robert Carlyle was spotted filming for the Disney+ revival of The Full Monty in Manchester on Wednesday following the movie’s original release 25 years ago.

The film’s leading man, 61, who played Gaz in the 1997 hit, could be seen leaving a pub called the Junction Inn, before shooting further scenes on a residential street in Mossley. 

The actor wore a red T-shirt layered over a black top, completing the casual look with blue jeans and comfy Adidas trainers. 

Back in action: Robert Carlyle was spotted filming for the Disney+ revival of The Full Monty in Manchester on Wednesday

Strip: The film's leading man, 61, played Gaz in the 1997 hit movie (pictured in the film)

Back in action: Robert Carlyle was spotted filming for the Disney+ revival of The Full Monty in Manchester on Wednesday (L) following the movie’s original release 25 years ago (R)

Choosing to lose Gaz’s blond mullet from the original film, Robert’s long grey hair was combed back.

The beloved character appeared to be having a high spirited conversation with himself after leaving the tavern.

Between scenes, the actor chatted with the crew as they loaded a flat bed truck with cameras which would later follow the action. 

The cast will feature many of its original stars including Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Leslie Sharp and Hugo Speer. 

In character: During the scenes the beloved character appeared to be having a high spirited conversation with himself after leaving the tavern

Low-key: The actor wore a red T-shirt layered over a black top, completing the casual look with blue jeans and comfy Adidas trainers

In character: The film’s leading man, 61, who played Gaz in the 1997 hit, could be seen leaving a pub called the Junction Inn, before shooting further scenes on a residential street

Filming: The character filmed scenes outside the venue in the Mossley area of Manchester

Filming: The character filmed scenes outside the venue in the Mossley area of Manchester

The British comedy was released in 1997 to critical acclaim. For a time it was the highest grossing film in the UK until it was later outsold by Titanic.

The film follows a group of unemployed men in Sheffield during the 1990s as they decide to form a male striptease act in an attempt to make some money.

The series will follow the original band of brothers as they navigate the post-industrial city of Sheffield and society’s crumbling healthcare, education and employment sectors.

The series will explore the brighter, sillier and more humane way forward where communal effort can still triumph over adversity.

The new series will feature the original group of friends over eight episodes, as they navigate post-industrial Sheffield and the struggles faced by crumbling healthcare, education and employment systems.

Downtime: Between scenes, the actor chatted with the crew as they loaded a flat bed truck with cameras which would later follow the action

Downtime: Between scenes, the actor chatted with the crew as they loaded a flat bed truck with cameras which would later follow the action

It will also introduce a whole host of new cast members including children and grandchildren of the returning characters.

Simon Beaufoy, creator, writer, and executive producer, said: ‘We’re chuffed to bits to get all the Monty Men back together again – now with a chaotic entourage of children, grandchildren, pets and assorted hangers on – to see what life in Sheffield is like twenty-five years on.’

Lee Mason, director of scripted content EMEA, Disney added: ’25 years ago Simon introduced us to a group of funny, fearless and resilient unemployed working-class men from Sheffield and the world fell in love with them.

Original: The film follows a group of unemployed men in Sheffield during the 1990s as they decide to form a male striptease act in an attempt to make some money (pictured)

Original: The film follows a group of unemployed men in Sheffield during the 1990s as they decide to form a male striptease act in an attempt to make some money (pictured)

‘We’re delighted to reunite the original cast for this brand-new series on Disney+ to catch up with these iconic characters and what they’ve been up to since we last saw them on stage in all their glory, and we can’t wait to introduce a host of exciting new faces and characters.’

The episodes are directed by Andrew Chaplin and Catherine Morshead, and co-written by Alice Nutter with Simon Lewis as Series Producer.

The UK Original series will premiere on Disney+ globally, Star+ in Latin America and Hulu in the US.

The original film is available to stream on Disney+ in the UK. An official release date for the new series is yet to be announced.

Back on stage? The UK Ooiginal series will premiere on Disney+ globally, Star+ in Latin America and Hulu in the US

Back on stage? The UK Ooiginal series will premiere on Disney+ globally, Star+ in Latin America and Hulu in the US

As The Full Monty is set to be rebooted after 25 years FEMAIL reveals where the stars of the unlikely male stripper hit are now – including an Oscar nominee, a trainee counsellor, and a painter

Where are the cheerful would-be Chippendales now? 

The new series will follow the original group of friends over eight episodes, as they navigate post-industrial Sheffield and the struggles faced by crumbling healthcare, education and employment systems. 

In the 25 years since the film was released, the stars have split paths with some rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers picking up Baftas and Oscar nominations, while others have pursued roles outside of acting including counselling and painting. 

While some stars – including Robert Carlyle were household names before the film – it was a launching pad for many others who have gone on to star in British dramas, Hollywood films and more.

Here FEMAIL reveals where the original cast of the Full Monty are now…  

ROBERT CARLYLE: GAZ

Already a big name thanks to Danny Boyle’s television series Hamish Macbeth and another Boyle production, Trainspotting, Robert Carlyle took the lead role in The Full Monty, persuading his very cynical mates to try their hand at some Chippendale-style thrusts.

The movie kicked off a purple patch for the Glaswegian; roles in The Beach (also Danny Boyle), hit television show 24, and 28 Weeks Later followed.

More recently he’s been a regular in US show Once Upon a Time as Rumpelstiltskin and in 2017 starred in the Trainspotting sequel, T2. 

Already a big name thanks to Danny Boyle's television series Hamish Macbeth and another Boyle production, Trainspotting, Robert Carlyle, now 60, took the lead role in The Full Monty, persuading his very cynical mates to try their hand at some Chippendale-style thrusts

Robert Carlyle is pictured in 2020

Already a big name thanks to Danny Boyle’s television series Hamish Macbeth and another Boyle production, Trainspotting, Robert Carlyle, now 60, took the lead role in The Full Monty, persuading his very cynical mates to try their hand at some Chippendale-style thrusts. Left in the film, right in 2020

Currently he's starring in hit Sky One series Cobra as Robert Sutherland, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party

Currently he’s starring in hit Sky One series Cobra as Robert Sutherland, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party

Then: The cockle-warming film saw out-of-work Gaz (Robert Carlyle pictured) persuade his newly unemployed friends to disrobe in front of an audience of women

Now: He won a BAFTA for his role and went on to star in the Trainspotting sequel (Robert in 2017)

Then: The cockle-warming film saw out-of-work Gaz (Robert Carlyle pictured) persuade his newly unemployed friends to disrobe in front of an audience of women

He’s set to reprise his role as psychotic hard man Francis Begbie again next year a six-part television spin-off series based on Irvine Welsh’s 2016 book, The Blade Artist. 

Teasing details of the project, Robert revealed that his character starts off the movie having just left HMP Edinburgh, where he served a 25-year prison sentence for his multitude of crimes. 

Currently he’s starring in hit Sky One series Cobra as Robert Sutherland, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party.

In his 32-year career on the big and small screen he’s become known for his commitment to authenticity in roles, often losing or gaining weight and changing his lifestyle to fit a character including moving house to live where it is set.

He’s kept a relatively quiet private life. In 1997 he married make-up artist Anastasia Shirley, with whom he shares a daughter and two sons.

MARK ADDY: DAVE 

Then: Mark Addy starred as body-conscious Dave in the film; he's since enjoyed plenty of work across the pond in the US and in recent cult series Game of Thrones

Now: He's since enjoyed plenty of work across the pond in the US and in recent cult series Game of Thrones (Mark in White Farm in 2020)

Then: Mark Addy starred as body-conscious Dave in the film; he’s since enjoyed plenty of work across the pond in the US and in recent cult series Game of Thrones 

The portly Dave is perhaps the least keen on disrobing in The Full Monty, but somehow managed to be the most charming of all the Sheffield strippers.

High profile television roles have followed for Mark Addy, now 58, who was already well known for his work on television comedy The Thin Blue Line.

The portly Dave is perhaps the least keen on disrobing in The Full Monty, but somehow managed to be the most charming of all the Sheffield strippers.

The portly Dave is perhaps the least keen on disrobing in The Full Monty, but somehow managed to be the most charming of all the Sheffield strippers.

High profile television roles have followed for Mark Addy, now 58, who was already well known for his work on television comedy The Thin Blue Line.

He found worldwide fame once again starring as Tyrant King Robert Baratheon in the first season of global smash hit Game of Thrones in 2011 – with showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss singing his praises saying he was ‘easiest actor to cast for the show’.

Addy has since become a stalwart of British TV, with roles in Doctor Who, White House Farm and The Salisbury Poisonings in recent years.

He’s been married to Kelly Biggs since 1996 and has three children.

STEVE HUISON: LOMPER

Flame-haired Lomper couldn't have looked less like a Chippendale but was brought into the group after trying to take his own life, fearing decades on the dole following the closure of the steelworks.

Actor Steve Huison, now 59, headed west from Sheffield to the cobbles of Manchester, starring as Eddie Windass in Coronation Street from 2008 to 2011.

Flame-haired Lomper couldn’t have looked less like a Chippendale but was brought into the group after trying to take his own life, fearing decades on the dole following the closure of the steelworks. Left in the film, right in 2017

Flame-haired Lomper couldn’t have looked less like a Chippendale but was brought into the group after trying to take his own life, fearing decades on the dole following the closure of the steelworks.

Actor Steve Huison, now 59, headed west from Sheffield to the cobbles of Manchester, starring as Eddie Windass in Coronation Street from 2008 to 2011. 

More fleeting television roles have followed in recent years, including stints in UK television dramas Doctors and Scott and Bailey.  

Pictured: Robert Carlyle as Gaz, Tom Wilkinson as Gerald, Steve Huison as Lomper, Hugo Speer as Guy and Paul Barber as Horse

Pictured: Robert Carlyle as Gaz, Tom Wilkinson as Gerald, Steve Huison as Lomper, Hugo Speer as Guy and Paul Barber as Horse

Born in Leeds, he still lives in Yorkshire, in the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay in the Moors with his wife Theresa. He added to Great British Life: 'I moved here knowing absolutely nobody, and I've been fascinated at how easy it is to create new networks of friends in such a short space of time'. Pictured in 2011

Born in Leeds, he still lives in Yorkshire, in the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay in the Moors with his wife Theresa. He added to Great British Life: ‘I moved here knowing absolutely nobody, and I’ve been fascinated at how easy it is to create new networks of friends in such a short space of time’. Pictured in 2011

Despite impressive credentials, Huison admits he nearly gave up his acting career, after a bad interaction with a top casting director for a blockbuster film.

Speaking about the director to Great British Life magazine he said: ‘He was lying on a red leather chaise longue and didn’t make eye contact. I was in the waiting room beforehand and Billy Connolly came out and he was shouting at this bloke and I thought: ‘Wow – he’s even managed to p*** off Billy Connolly’.

He nearly packed it all in, but shortly after his hero British director Ken Loach, cast him in a film called The Navigators. 

A talented artist in more ways that one Huison also creates portraits for a living and recently had an exhibition at the Pyramid Gallery in York, 

Speaking in 2020, he explained how he   looks for character in the faces of his subjects and invites them to sit for him in the shed at the bottom of his garden.

Born in Leeds, he still lives in Yorkshire, in the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay in the Moors with his wife Theresa.

He added to Great British Life:  ‘I moved here knowing absolutely nobody, and I’ve been fascinated at how easy it is to create new networks of friends in such a short space of time’. 

WILLIAM SNAPE: NATHAN

Then: Snape won hearts as Nathan, Gaz's super-cute young son who is less than impressed by his father's latest money-making idea.

Then: Snape won hearts as Nathan, Gaz’s super-cute young son who is less than impressed by his father’s latest money-making idea.

Now: He now lives in Manchester with his wife Natasha James and their one-year-old daughter Marla

Now: He now lives in Manchester with his wife Natasha James and their one-year-old daughter Marla

Snape won hearts as Nathan, Gaz’s super-cute young son who is less than impressed by his father’s latest money-making idea.

Of all the actors appearing in The Full Monty, Snape looks the most different – because he grew up. 

Now 36, he’s had a string of acting roles in the likes of Holby City, Emmerdale and Heartbeat.

Going by the name of ‘Wim’ he’ trained at Royal Central School London and but after the pandemic hit and acting jobs halted, he trained to be counsellor at Manchester College.

Going by the name of 'Wim' he' trained at Royal Central School London and but after the pandemic hit and acting jobs halted, he trained to be counsellor at Manchester College.

Going by the name of ‘Wim’ he’ trained at Royal Central School London and but after the pandemic hit and acting jobs halted, he trained to be counsellor at Manchester College.

And despite a thriving acting career, he revealed in 2017 that he only auditioned for the role because it meant he would get time off school.

He told the Daily Star: ‘They said they wanted someone to play the boy in this film called The Full Monty,’

‘About 20 lads put their hands up but I didn’t bother. I wasn’t interested in drama. Then they dropped the bomb: you got six weeks off school. My hand was straight up.’

He now lives in Manchester with his wife Natasha James and their one-year-old daughter Marla.

TOM WILKINSON – GERALD

Remember grumbling factory foreman Gerald? Who ended up in the dole queue too and eventually won over film fans with his enthusiastic attempts at racy dance moves.

Wilkinson, now 74, had Hollywood firmly in his sights and has starred in a slew of big name pictures including Shakespeare in Love, Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Remember grumbling factory foreman Gerald? Who ended up in the dole queue too and eventually won over film fans with his enthusiastic attempts at racy dance moves. Wilkinson, now 74, had Hollywood firmly in his sights and has starred in a slew of big name pictures including Shakespeare in Love, Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Diana and  Tom are pictured in 2017

Diana and Tom are pictured in 2013

With a knack for playing historical figures he’s also starred as JFK’s Dad, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr opposite his real-life wife Diana Hardcastle (pictured left and right) playing Rose Kennedy in 2017 American sitcom The Kennedys: After Camelot starring Katie Holmes and Matthew Perry.

Remember grumbling factory foreman Gerald? Who ended up in the dole queue too and eventually won over film fans with his enthusiastic attempts at racy dance moves.

Wilkinson, now 74, had Hollywood firmly in his sights and has starred in a slew of big name pictures including Shakespeare in Love, Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Arguably the most successful of the Full Monty Set, he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Benjamin Franklin in US mini-series John Adams, while his 2007 performance as Arthur Edens in Michael Clayton alongside George Clooney and Tilda Swinton earned him an Oscar and BAFTA nomination.  He also scored a Best Actor nomination in 2001 for his role in In The Bedroom.

With a knack for playing historical figures he’s also starred as JFK’s Dad, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr opposite his real-life wife Diana Hardcastle playing Rose Kennedy in 2017 American sitcom The Kennedys: After Camelot starring Katie Holmes and Matthew Perry.

Most recently, he’s starred in 19th century ITV drama Belgravia as Peregrine Bellasis, Earl of Brockenhurst. In the show, Diana plays his sister-in-law.

The couple have collaborated many times, they both had roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, If Only, A Good Woman, Good People, and Jenny’s Wedding .

The pair, who live in north London and have daughters Alice, 34, and Molly, 31,  In the 2005 New Year Honours, he was appointed an OBE for services to Drama 

HUGO SPEER: GUY

Speer, now 54, has been ever present on screens since, starring in television dramas Bleak House, Midsomer Murders and The Musketeers. On film, he's had roles in Vera and the controversial Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1. He is pictured in The Full Monty[

Speer is pictured in the Full Monty

Speer, now 54, has been ever present on screens since, starring in television dramas Bleak House, Midsomer Murders and The Musketeers. On film, he’s had roles in Vera and the controversial Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1. He is pictured in The Full Monty

The character of Guy can’t dance, but he’s very easy on the eye, and that’s enough for stripping leader Gaz to give him the green light to join.

Speer, now 54, has been ever present on screens since, starring in television dramas Bleak House, Midsomer Murders and The Musketeers. On film, he’s had roles in Vera and the controversial Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1.  

More recently he’s had roles in  Netflix series Shadow and Bone, US series London Kills, and ITV smash hit Marcella.

While most of the cast have kept their personal lives out of the press, Speer made headline in 2009 when he was banned from the roads today after he drove home from a friend's wake while twice the legal drink-drive limit. - He is pictured in 2021

While most of the cast have kept their personal lives out of the press, Speer made headline in 2009 when he was banned from the roads today after he drove home from a friend’s wake while twice the legal drink-drive limit. – He is pictured in 2021

While most of the cast have kept their personal lives out of the press, Speer made headline in 2009 when he was banned from the roads today after he drove home from a friend’s wake while twice the legal drink-drive limit. –

The star drove his BMW into a traffic island after he decided to drive the short distance. He admitted drink-driving when he appeared before magistrates and was disqualified for 18 months and fined £350 with £45 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He is married to  Glaswegian actress, writer and director Vivienne Harvey who is known for writing episodes of Harlot and Clink. 

LESLEY SHARP: JEAN

The role of Jean scooped Sharp, now 61, a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress and has seen her become one of the UK's most recognisable actresses.

Sharp is pictured in 2014 at the  Laurence Olivier

The role of Jean scooped Sharp, now 61, a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress and has seen her become one of the UK’s most recognisable actresses. Right in 1997, left in 2014 at the Laurence Olivier

The role of Jean scooped Sharp, now 61, a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress and has seen her become one of the UK’s most recognisable actresses.

Roles in Bob and Rose, Vera Drake, the long-running hit Scott and Bailey and Netflix series Paranoid have kept Sharp’s career firmly on track.

In 2021, she’s been in an impressive four projects, including Netflix fantasy hit Fate: The Winx Saga, Channel 4’s Before We Die and as a narrator on BBC documentary Heaven Made.

Roles in Bob and Rose, Vera Drake, the long-running hit Scott and Bailey and Netflix series Paranoid have kept Sharp's career firmly on track. She is pictured in 2021

Roles in Bob and Rose, Vera Drake, the long-running hit Scott and Bailey and Netflix series Paranoid have kept Sharp’s career firmly on track. She is pictured in 2021

In the same year she took the took the lead role in Kae Tempest’s Philoctetes at the National Theatre.

Other projects include her role as DC Margaret Oliver in BBC One’s Three Girls about Rochdale child sex abuse ring and After Life, which one her a Royal Television Society for Best Actress.

She’s married to fellow English actor Nicholas Gleaves and have two sons, the couple live in London.  

PAUL BARBER: HORSE

For many, Paul Barber, now 71, will only ever be Denzil from Only Fools and Horses. But his role as Horse, so-called for rather X-rated reasons, has seen a steady string of roles come his way ever since.

For many, Paul Barber, now 71, will only ever be Denzil from Only Fools and Horses. But his role as Horse, so-called for rather X-rated reasons, has seen a steady string of roles come his way ever since.

Since his role in the Full Monty, he's appeared in Death in Paradise and One Night in Istanbul.

Paul is pictured in 2014

Since his role in the Full Monty, he’s appeared in Death in Paradise and One Night in Istanbul. He’s also proven his chops in Hollywood, starring alongside Samuel L Jackson and Meat Loaf in The 51st State. He is pictured in 2014

For many, Paul Barber, now 71, will only ever be Denzil from Only Fools and Horses. 

But his role as Horse, so-called for rather X-rated reasons, has seen a steady string of roles come his way ever since.

Since his role in the Full Monty, he’s appeared in Death in Paradise and One Night in Istanbul.

He’s also proven his chops in Hollywood, starring alongside Samuel L Jackson and Meat Loaf in The 51st State.

Other TV roles have also occurred, including a small part Coronation Street playing a club owner, Nelson, as well as the role of Captain in Sky 1’s Sinbad.

 The actor also guest-starred in two episodes of the CBBC Tracy Beaker spin-off series The Dumping Ground as a homeless man, George. A poignant role for the veteran actor – who himself was placed in care after the death of his mother from tuberculous when he was just seven. 

EMILY WOOFMANDY

Author and actor Emily Woof played Mandy in the 1997 cult classic, in which she starred as the troublesome ex-wife of Gaz.

Her last role appears to be in 2015 - where she starred in Inspector George Gently. She is pictured in 2017

Author and actor Emily Woof played Mandy in the 1997 cult classic, in which she starred as the troublesome ex-wife of Gaz.  Her last role appears to be in 2015 – where she starred in Inspector George Gently. Left in 1997, right in 2017

Author and actor Emily Woof played Mandy in the 1997 cult classic, in which she starred as the troublesome ex-wife of Gaz. 

Her demands for child support were the catalyst for his decision to form the strip act.

Since the film finished, she has gone on to star as Nancy in the 1999 mini-series Oliver Twist and thief Paula in Daylight Robbery. Emily has also written two novels.

Her last role appears to be in 2015 – where she starred in Inspector George Gently.

She is married to screenwriter Hamish McColl – who is known for his work with Rowan Atkinson having written  Mr. Bean’s Holiday and Johnny English Reborn. They have two children.  

DEIRDRE COSTELLO: LINDA

 

Deirdre Costello played the wife of Gerald, who is fooled into thinking that he still has a job and goes to the office everyday.

Deirdre Costello played the wife of Gerald, who is fooled into thinking that he still has a job and goes to the office everyday.

Deirdre Costello played the wife of Gerald, who is fooled into thinking that he still has a job and goes to the office everyday.

Before that, she appeared in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and later went on to have small parts in Doctors and Coronation Street.

She’s starred in a few roles since including 12 episodes of Coronation Street in three different roles. 

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