|Born||25 September 1971|
|Died|| (aged 47)|
|Alma mater||Gaiety School of Acting|
|Henry IV, Part 1|
The Spanish Tragedy
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shadow of a Gunman
This Lime Tree Bower
|Television||Fair City (2014–2019)|
Into the Badlands
Titanic: Blood and Steel
|Awards||Best Actor |
Dublin Theatre Festival 1999
Judge's Special Prize
The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013
Karl Shiels (15 September 1971– 15 July 2019) was an Irish actor of both stage and screen.
His stage roles included Henry IV, Part 1, Penelope, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Spanish Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, The Shadow of a Gunman and This Lime Tree Bower. His screen roles included Fair City, Peaky Blinders and Batman Begins.
Among his stage theatre credits were Henry IV, Part 1, Beauty in a Broken Place, At Swim-Two-Birds and The Barbaric Comedies (those four for the Abbey), The Spanish Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, The Shadow of a Gunman, Conor McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower and Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie, as well as the Druid Theatre Company production of Enda Walsh's Penelope.
Among his screen credits were the films Batman Begins and Veronica Guerin, as well as the television series Peaky Blinders, The Tudors, Into the Badlands, Titanic: Blood and Steel, The Clinic and Doctors. He played Robbie Quinn in the soap opera Fair City between 2014 and his death in 2019. As Quinn he held many high-profile storylines alongside the actress Aisling O'Neill, who portrayed his on-screen lover Carol Foley. Quinn appeared on screen the night before his death in scenes with Carol, and also became embroiled in disputes with the characters Nora and Ray in the same episode. He had worked on set up to two days before dying, the break only coming about due to the arrival of the weekend. He had also been expected to play a leading role in the 30th anniversary episode, scheduled for September 2019.
Awards and nominations
In 1999, Shiels won Best Actor at the Dublin Theatre Festival for his performance in Comedians. In 2004, he was nominated in the Best Actor category at the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) awards for his performance in Capital Letters. In 2010, he was nominated in the Best Actor category at The Stage Awards. In 2011, he was nominated in the Best Actor category at The Irish Times Theatre Awards. In 2013, The Irish Times Theatre Awards presented him with the Judge's Special Prize for his theatre work and involvement in developing fresh stage talent. In 2016, he was nominated in the Best Actor category at the IFTAs.
Shiels was from Chapelizod in Dublin. He was a cousin of Twin Peaks actress Amy Shiels. He worked as an electrician until he turned to acting. In addition, Shiels directed the play Bullfight on Third Avenue, which was running at the Bewley's Cafe Theatre when he died and was scheduled to run throughout the month.
Karl Shiels died suddenly of natural causes on 15 July 2019, aged 47. His colleagues in Fair City were informed of his death that morning and the news was relayed to the public that lunchtime. Shiels was the second actor on the soap opera to die in less than a month, following the death of Tom Jordan a little over two weeks earlier in June.
|2003||Veronica Guerin||Gilligan Gang Member #1|
|2005||Batman Begins||Arkham Thug #3|
|2007||Waiting for Dublin||Vito|
|2012||Shadow Dancer||Mulville's Driver / Gunman|
|2015||The Hit Producer||John 'The Elk|
- "Fair City actor Karl Shiels dies suddenly". Irish Independent. 16 July 2019.
- "Death notice of Karl Shiels". 16 July 2019.
- "Fair City actor Karl Shiels has died, aged 47". RTÉ News. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
- O'Riordan, Ellen (15 July 2019). "Tributes paid to 'force of nature' Fair City actor Karl Shiels (47) following death: Shiels, best-known for role as Robbie Quinn, was founding member of Theatre Upstairs". The Irish Times.
- "Karl Shiels: Irish TV and theatre star dies at 47". BBC News. 15 July 2019.
- "Karl Shiels' final hours unveiled as he filmed Fair City days before tragic death: The Peaky Blinders star had been filming scenes for Fair City just hours before he tragically died". 16 July 2019.
The actor, who played Robbie Quinn in the show, was working on the soap on Friday, just two days before he died. Close pals of the star have revealed that Karl worked right up to the weekend as they denied reports he had been falling asleep on the set, reports Mirror Online.
- Blake Knox, Kirtsy (17 July 2019). "Writers want to pay tribute to Shiels in rejig of 'Fair City' plot". Irish Independent.
- "Sleep well, cousin. You were born to shock us, in all the best ways". 15 July 2019.
- "Fair City actor Karl Shiels has died, aged 47". RTÉ. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
- Karl Shiels at the British Film Institute
- Karl Shiels at IMDb
- In Pictures: Karl Shiels' Fair City timeline
- In Pictures: Karl Shiels as Robbie on Fair City over the years
- Crawley, Peter. "Karl Shiels: remembering a singular figure on stage and screen – A passionate advocate for originality, he knew that theatre could be electrifying". The Irish Times. 16 July 2019.