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|Born||Rafe Joseph Spall
10 March 1983
Camberwell, London, England
|Residence||West Kensington, London, England|
|Spouse(s)||Elize du Toit (2010–present)|
Rafe Joseph Spall (born 10 March 1983) is an English actor on both stage and screen. He is perhaps best known for his roles in BBC's The Shadow Line, Channel 4's Pete versus Life, One Day, Anonymous, and the Ridley Scott film Prometheus. He played writer Yann Martel in the 2012 film Life of Pi.
Spall was born in King's College Hospital, Camberwell, London, and is the son of actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane Spall, the second of three children. Unlike his two sisters, who are a primary school teacher and a textile designer respectively, Spall followed in his father's footsteps. Named after the protagonist in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a role his father played in the Royal Shakespeare Company and he would later play himself, Rafe always had ambitions to act. Having done badly at his school Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, he left to become an actor having joined the National Youth Theatre but after failing to get into his chosen drama schools he began his career at the bottom.
Spall is a patron of the Actors' Centre.
Spall has frequently collaborated with Edgar Wright, appearing in his films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Spall was also featured in Wright's segment in the 2007 Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez film Grindhouse'.
Spall claims to have always struggled with his weight, going up to 18 stone (114 kilograms), but he claimed to have been given so many character parts that he attempted to slim down, losing over five stone (32 kilograms). He is 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.
Like his father Rafe is a very keen supporter of his local football team, Crystal Palace Football Club.
On 1 February 2008, he met actress Elize du Toit through friends in a bar in London. The couple married on 14 August 2010, and live in West Kensington, London. Their first child, a daughter called Lena was born in 2011, and in November 2012 their second child, a son called Rex, was born.
- Betrayal by Harold Pinter at the Ethel Barrymore Theater as Jerry (2013)
- Constellations by Nick Payne at the Royal Court Theatre as Roland (2012)
- If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet by Nick Payne at the Bush Theatre as Terry (2009)
- Hello and Goodbye by Athol Fugard with the English Touring Theatre as Johnny (2008)
- Alaska by DC Moore at the Royal Court Theatre as Frank (2007)
- John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen at the Donmar Warehouse as Erhart Borkman (2007)
- The Knight of the Burning Pestle' by Francis Beaumont at the Young Vic Theatre/Barbican Theatre as Rafe (2005)
- Just A Bloke by David Watson at the Royal Court Theatre as Nathan (2002)
- A Prayer For Owen Meany by Simon Bent at the National Theatre as Harold Crosby/Coach Chickering/Larry Lish (2002)
|2014||Kill Your Friends||Pre-production|
|2014||Son of the South||Bob Zellner||Pre-production|
|2013||The F Word||Ben|
|2013||The World's End||House Buyer|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Josh|
|2012||Life of Pi||Yann Martel||Replaced Tobey Maguire in post-production|
|2009||The Scouting Book For Boys||Steve|
|2007||Grindhouse||Ghost||Featured in the segment "Don't"|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||DC Cartwright|
|2006||A Good Year||Kenny|
|2005||The Last Drop||Pvt Wellings|
|2005||Green Street ||Swill|
|2004||The Calcium Kid||Stan Parlour|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Noel|
|2010||Behind The Door||Bobby|
|2009||Modern Life Is Rubbish||Liam|
|2007||Get Off My Land||Man|
|2010-11||Pete Versus Life||Pete Griffiths|
|2011||The Shadow Line||Jay Wratten|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||William 'Maniac' Hunt|
|2009||Agatha Christie's Marple||Roger Bassington||Series 4
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
|2008||Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me||Dennis Heymer|
|2008||He Kills Coppers||Frank Taylor|
|2007||A Room with a View||George Emerson|
|2006||Wide Sargasso Sea||Edward Rochester|
|2006||The Chatterley Affair||Keith|
|2006||The Romantics||John Clare|
|2005||Twisted Tales||Dominic||Series 1, Episode 5
Death Metal Chronicles
|2005||The Rotters' Club||Sean Harding|
|2004||The Legend of the Tamworth Two||Crustie|
|2003||The Lion in Winter||Prince John|
|2002||Out of Control||Ray|
- The Daily Bacon BBC Radio 5 Live 3 (2010)
- Words and Music: Crushed BBC Radio 3 as a guest reader (2008)
- Hide BBC Radio 3 as the convict (2007)
- The Real Thing BBC Radio 4 as Billy (2006)
- Yahoo! Movies profile
- "Rafe Spall, Patron". actorscentre.co.uk/. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Raphael, Amy (27 October 2007). "Rafe and Timothy Spall joint interview". Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- "I give it a year next year". www.stephenmerchant.com. November 22, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- Babb, Fran (19 August 2011). "Rafe Spall One Day Interview". Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- Hardy, Rebecca (1 February 2013). "Stepping out of my father Timothy's brilliant shadow: How Rafe Spall went from an unhappy 18.5 stone to a romantic lead role set to make him the new Hugh Grant". Daily Mail (London).
- Gilbert, Gerard (20 August 2011), Rafe Spall Profile, Independent (London)
- Rafe Spall My London, Evening Standard, 2009
- "Constellations at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "Hello and Goodbye - Athol Fugard - 2008 - Productions - English Touring Theatre". Ett.org.uk. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "Alaska at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "John Gabriel Borkman". Donmar Warehouse. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "The Knight of the Burning Pestle". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "Just a Bloke at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 17 November 2002. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "A Prayer for Owen Meany - Productions". National Theatre. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "X Plus Y announces cast". 18 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- Rafe Spall at the Internet Movie Database
- I Give It A Year, IMDb, 2013
- Earthbound, IMDb, 2012
- Prometheus, IMDb, 2012
- One Day, IMDb, 2011
- Anonymous, IMDb, 2011
- Sus, IMDb, 2010
- The Scouting Book For Boys, IMDb, 2009
- Grindhouse, IMDb, 2007
- Hot Fuzz, IMDb, 2007
- A Good Year, IMDb, 2006
- Kidulthood, IMDb, 2006
- The Last Drop, IMDb, 2005
- Green Street, IMDb, 2005
- The Calcium Kid, IMDb, 2004
- Shaun of the Dead, IMDb, 2004
- Beginner's Luck, IMDb, 2001
- Behind The Door, IMDb, 2010
- Modern Life Is Rubbish, BBC, 2009
- Close, Pollibee Pictures, 2008
- Get Off My Land, BBC, 2007
- Pete Versus Life, IMDb, 2011
- The Shadow Line, IMDb, 2011
- Desperate Romantics, IMDb, 2009
- Marple, IMDb, 2009
- Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me, IMDb, 2008
- He Kills Coppers, IMDb, 2008
- A Room With A View, IMDb, 2007
- Dracula, IMDb, 2006
- Wide Sargasso Sea, IMDb, 2006
- Cracker, IMDb, 2006
- The Chatterley Affair, IMDb, 2006
- The Romantics, IMDb, 2006
- Twisted Tales, IMDb, 2005
- the Rotters' Club, IMDb, 2005
- The Legend of the Tamworth Two, IMDb, 2004
- The Lion in Winter, IMDb, 2003
- Out of Control, IMDb, 2002
- Rafe Spall at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview about the BBC's The Rotters' Club
- Link to IMDB page