Begbie spotted in Glasgow for Trainspotting 2 filming

HE IS Scotland's most famous fictional hard man, known for his violent tendencies and trademark moustache.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 11:34 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2016, 12:47 pm
Robert Carlyle has reprised his role as Leith hard man Francis Begbie in Trainspotting 2, which is due for release in January. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL
Robert Carlyle has reprised his role as Leith hard man Francis Begbie in Trainspotting 2, which is due for release in January. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Resisdents in Glasgow’s up-market Pollokshields district could be forgiven for locking their doors yesterday as Francis Begbie was spotted prowling the tree-lined boulevards.

The character, played by Robert Carlyle, was filming scenes at a large detached sandstone villa for the long-awaited sequel to Trainspotting.

Dressed in one of the distinctive Pringle jerseys he wore in the original 1996 feature, Begbie’s hair may have been streaked with grey but he remained instantly recognisable to fans.

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Trainspotting 2 director Danny Boyle makes his way on set. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Director Danny Boyle was also seen making his way to the house on Wednesday. It is understood the villa is being used as the home of Begbie’s lawyer in Trainspotting 2, which will be released in January.

The long-awaited film is loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno, which was written as a sequel to Trainspotting.

Carlyle has said the script for the new film is “absolutely fantastic” and stronger than the first film.

The actor joined Welsh at the Usher Hall in March to mark 20 years since the release of the original movie, where he said that filming will take place “pretty much 50-50” between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The actor makes his way inside the house in Pollokshields. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

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Trainspotting 2 director Danny Boyle makes his way on set. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL
The actor makes his way inside the house in Pollokshields. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL
Begbie, played by Robert Caryle, will return in the long-awaited sequel to Trainspotting. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL