RumplestiltskinPlayed by Robert Carlyle
After bringing magic to Storybrooke, Mr. Gold sought his revenge on Regina for imprisoning Belle, but wound up stranding Emma and Mary Margaret in The Enchanted Forest instead. Undeterred, he focused on his mission to find his long-lost son, Baelfire, wherever he may be. But after Emma and Mary Margaret returned, so did his former student, Cora, and his old enemy, Captain Hook. Hook struck at the person in Storybrooke whom Gold loved most, shooting Belle in the back and sending her falling over the town line, stealing her memories of her true self. Hook later poisoned Gold as well, but The Dark One is not so easily killed. With Emma’s help, Mr. Gold finally found his son, who also turned out to be Emma’s former boyfriend and Henry’s father, Neal. Gold suddenly realized that the boy prophesized to be his undoing was also his grandson. Could he really kill Henry to save his own life or, in turn, could he become the person who Belle and Baelfire wanted him to be? But now, Henry has been taken to Neverland by agents of Peter Pan, and unlike most of the others going after him, Mr. Gold knows exactly how dangerous Pan is. Will he find a way to do what’s right, even if it costs him his life? Can a villain be the one who can save Henry?
He is the Dark One, the greatest deceiver in a land where things are rarely what they seem. If you’ve found yourself in a deal with Rumplestiltskin, your luck has just run out. Magic always comes at a cost, and everyone foolish or desperate enough to make a deal with him finds this out the hard way. Even after the curse, he continued to lord over the people of Storybrooke as the enigmatic Mr. Gold. However, Rumplestiltskin was not born with such power. Once a simple man of meager means, his love for his son Baelfire drove him down the path toward darkness. Still, love may yet prove to be Rumple’s redemption—his feelings for Belle have begun to reawaken the man he used to be. Someone who has always made the wrong choices, Rumplestiltskin may still have a chance to set things right.
Gnomish, intense, and crazy, he’s the malevolent trickster who can spin straw into gold and prefers his payment in the form of firstborn children. An expert on black magic and the dark arts, this creature has wizardly powers to make him a fair match for anyone in the land... even the Evil Queen.
In spite of all this, Snow White and Prince Charming have managed to capture him and to keep him imprisoned in their dungeon. He agrees to help Snow and Charming counteract the Evil Queen’s curse-to-end-all-curses, but in return he wants to know the name of their unborn child. And Snow and Charming are just desperate enough to give it to him.
Almost every small town has a wealthy resident whose influence seems to know no limit. In Storybrooke, that guy is Mr. Gold. From real estate to politics and even into the personal lives of his neighbors, Gold’s knowledge and involvement is virtually infinite. In fact, he’s got his hands in so many goings-on about town that it’s downright creepy. According to the local Innkeeper, Gold “owns the town”. A number of the citizens of Storybrooke actually appear to be more intimidated by him than they are by Regina.
Gold also owns and operates the local pawnshop, where he spends most of his days curating the various items he has collected over the years and making deals with the townsfolk. Always cool and attired with a cosmopolitan sartorial flair, Mr. Gold exudes the kind of confidence that only comes from knowing you are the master of your domain. But how much does he know?
Robert Carlyle on playing Rumplestiltskin:
"Rumplestiltskin is fun to play... it takes me back to my childhood."
Born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scottish actor Robert Carlyle has repeatedly amazed audiences with his chameleon-like ability to inhabit a range of characters. Known for his commitment to roles, Carlyle has often altered his lifestyle and physical appearance to better understand a character. Before playing a homeless man, he went to live in the Waterloo area of London where the film was set. For a role as a bus driver, he passed the test for a PCV license in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus.
Carlyle broke into the international eye in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film, Trainspotting. However it was his turn as the down-and-out Gaz in Peter Cattaneo’s The Full Monty that brought him fully into the spotlight. The film was a sleeper hit, winning both box-office millions and Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Carlyle himself won the BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance, and the cast won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. The film was also nominated for Best Dance Sequence at the MTV Movie Awards.
Other notable works include Antonia Bird’s Priest, with Tom Wilkinson, Alan Parker’s adaptation of Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer-winning autobiography, Angela’s Ashes, with Emily Watson, the James Bond film The World is Not Enough, with Pierce Brosnan, 28 Weeks Later, the independent film California Solo, opposite Danny Masterson, and the Emmy-nominated television movie Hitler: The Rise of Evil, in the title role of Hitler. In 2005 Carlyle was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Human Trafficking, and he starred as Dr. Nicholas Rush on the SyFy series SGU Stargate Universe, a performance for which he won the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.