AS SOON as he sits down, the reason for Robert Carlyle’s good spirits becomes apparent. He and his wife, the make-up artist Anastasia Shirley, have just had their first child.
"Aye. That’s why I’m so good. It’s a wee girl, Ava. Born six weeks ago."
Having spent the past decade establishing himself as one of Britain’s very best actors, parenthood seems to be the catalyst for Carlyle finally coming to terms with his achievements - and enjoying his success for the first time.
"Suddenly I’m thinking: I’m 41, my daughter’s just born, and if I’m lucky I’ll get another 40 years out of this, of being a father," he says in a still-broad and expletive- laden Glaswegian accent. "It’s also given me an excuse to kinda look over my shoulder for the first time. I’m not a reflective person. But now I’m looking back and thinking - man, you’ve fucking come a long way for this wee boy in Maryhill. "
- The Telegraph, 12 September 2002
Bobby’s very special girl has chosen a very special day to be born 12 years ago. Today Ava has become a lovely young lady!