Spall in February 2011
|Born||Timothy Leonard Spall
27 February 1957
Battersea, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Shane Spall (m. 1981)|
|Children||Pascale, Rafe and Mercedes|
Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE (born 27 February 1957) is an English character actor and occasional presenter. Some of his more high-profile roles include Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, Winston Churchill in the The King's Speech (2010), Peter Taylor in The Damned United (2009), Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and his own documentary Timothy Spall: Back at Sea (2010–2012). He also had a lead role in the Palme d'Or winning, five-time Academy Award nominated 1996 film, Secrets & Lies, had a supporting role in The Last Samurai, released in 2003, and played the lead role in Pierrepoint which was released in 2005.
Spall, the third of four sons, was born in Battersea, South London. His mother, Sylvia R. (née Leonard), was a hairdresser, and his father, Joseph L. Spall, was a postal worker. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, where he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor in his year. His brother, Matthew, is studio director of the computer games company Morpheme. Another brother, Richard, is the landlord tenant of the Astolat public house in Guildford.
Spall initially made his mark in theatre performing in productions for Birmingham Rep and, later, the Royal Shakespeare Company including The Merry Wives of Windsor, Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.
Following a film debut in Quadrophenia and wider TV exposure playing the awkward Barry Taylor in all four series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Kevin in Outside Edge and as Aubrey the appalling chef in Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, Spall has since appeared in films such as Crusoe, Secrets & Lies, Shooting the Past, Topsy-Turvy, Vanilla Sky, Rock Star, The Last Samurai, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and The King's Speech. He gained international recognition as Peter Pettigrew ("Wormtail") in the Harry Potter film series. In 1991 he guest-starred in the series 5 Red Dwarf episode Back to Reality. In 1993, Spall was in Rab C. Nesbitt.
Spall played the starring role of Albert Pierrepoint in the 2005 film Pierrepoint, which was released as The Last Hangman in the United States. In the 2006 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Spall voiced Phil Collins' manager, Barry Mickelthwaite. In 2007, he starred as Nathaniel in Disney's Enchanted and Beadle Bamford in Tim Burton's production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He also starred as Georgie Godwin in a one-off television drama The Fattest Man in Britain on ITV 1 which aired on 20 December 2009. The drama also featured Bobby Ball, Frances Barber, Aisling Loftus and Jeremy Kyle.
In 2010, he portrayed Winston Churchill in critically acclaimed film The King's Speech for which as a member of the ensemble he was jointly awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Spall reprised the role at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.
In 2012, Spall filmed Wasteland, with actors Matthew Lewis and Vanessa Kirby. The Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California, will screen Wasteland on Sunday, 28 April 2013 and Monday 29 April 2013. Also in 2012 Spall played Charlie Morgan in the edgy Comes a Bright Day.
In 1996, Spall was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, but has since been in remission. He has said of his illness: "I didn't know what made me ill but stress had something to do with it and the point is now to head off stress at the pass. It made me aware of things and become more selective. I am less worried about employment. I really do my homework so I am not getting stressed on the set because I don't know what I'm doing."
|Quadrophenia||1979||Harry the Projectionist|
|Missionary, TheThe Missionary||1982||Parswell|
|Home Sweet Home||1982||Gordon Leach||Television film; working with Mike Leigh for the first time|
|Oliver Twist||1982||1st Constable||Television film|
|Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||1983–2004||Barry Taylor||Television programme|
|Bride, TheThe Bride||1985||Paulus|
|Dutch Girls||1985||Lyndon Baines Jellicoe|
|Gothic||1986||Dr. John William Polidori|
|To Kill a Priest||1988||Igor|
|White Hunter Black Heart||1990||Hodkins, Bush Pilot|
|Sheltering Sky, TheThe Sheltering Sky||1990||Eric Lyle|
|Red Dwarf||1991||Andy (video game operator)||Television programme, episode "Back to Reality"|
|Life Is Sweet||1991||Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner|
|Frank Stubbs Promotes||1993||Frank Stubbs||Television programme|
|Rab C Nesbitt||1993||Cell Mate||Television programme|
|Outside Edge||1994||Kevin Costello||Television programme|
|Secrets & Lies||1996||Maurice Purley||
|Neville's Island||1998||Gordon||Television programme|
|Our Mutual Friend||1998||Mr. Venus|
|Still Crazy||1998||David 'Beano' Baggot|
|Wisdom of Crocodiles, TheThe Wisdom of Crocodiles||1998||Inspector Healey|
|Shooting the Past||1999||Oswald Bates||Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor|
|The Clandestine Marriage||1999||Sterling|
|Love's Labour's Lost||2000||Don Armado|
|Chucklevision||2000||Hot Dog Man||Television programme|
|Old Man Who Read Love Stories, TheThe Old Man Who Read Love Stories||2001||Mayor Luis Agalla|
|Perfect Strangers||2001||Irving||Television programme|
|Lucky Break||2001||Cliff Gumbell||Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor|
|Vanilla Sky||2001||Thomas Tipp|
|Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise||2001||Tommy Rag||
|Ivor the Invisible||2001||Dad||Television programme|
|All or Nothing||2002||Phil|
|Bodily Harm||2002||Mitchel Greenfield||Television programme|
|Nicholas Nickleby||2002||Charles Cheeryble||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
|When Love Speaks||2002||Shakespeare's||"Sonnet 3"|
|Last Samurai, TheThe Last Samurai||2003||Simon Graham|
|My House in Umbria||2003||Quinty|
|Gettin' Square||2004||Darren 'Dabba' Barrington||Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||2004||Mr. Poe|
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||2004||Peter Pettigrew|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||2005||Peter Pettigrew|
|Cherished||2005||Terry Cannings||Television film|
|Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle||2005||Mr. Harvey||Television film|
|Pierrepoint||2005||Albert Pierrepoint||Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year|
|Street, TheThe Street||2006–09||Eddie McEvoy||Television programme|
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories||2006||Barry Mickelthwaite||Video game|
|Mysterious Creatures||2006||Bill Ainscow||Television film|
|Death Defying Acts||2007||Sugarman|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||2007||Peter Pettigrew||uncredited|
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||2007||Beadle Bamford|
|A Room with a View)A Room with a View||2007||Mr. Emerson||Television programme|
|Oliver Twist||2007||Fagin||Television serial|
|Damned United, TheThe Damned United||2009||Peter Taylor||
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||2009||Peter Pettigrew|
|Desert Flower||2009||Terry Donaldson|
|From Time to Time||2009||Boggis|
|Gunrush||2009||Doug Beckett||Television programme|
|Fattest Man in Britain, TheThe Fattest Man in Britain||2009||Georgie Godwin||Television programme|
|Alice in Wonderland||2010||Bayard Hamar, the Bloodhound||Voice|
|Jackboots on Whitehall||2010||Winston Churchill||Voice|
|Reuniting the Rubins||2010||Lenny Rubins|
|King's Speech, TheThe King's Speech||2010||Winston Churchill|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||2010||Peter Pettigrew|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||2011||Peter Pettigrew||Archive footage
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Cast
Won—People's Choice Award for Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast
|Timothy Spall: Back at Sea||2010–12||Himself||Television series|
|Assassin's Bullet (also Sofia)||2012||Dr. Aaron Kahn|
|Comes A Bright Day||2012||Charlie|
|Upside Down||2012||Bob Boruchowitz|
|Ginger & Rosa||2012||Mark|
|Boy||2012||Man||Internet film, featured on YouTube released for 2012 Olympics|
|Syndicate, TheThe Syndicate||2012||Bob Davies||5 part Drama Series
Nominated – National Television Award for Best Drama Performance
|Sinbad||2012||Anicetus / Death||Television series|
|Wasteland||2012||D.I. West||Feature film|
|Blandings||2013 - 2014||Lord Clarence Emsworth||BBC television series|
|Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun||2013||Narrator||Channel 5 television documentary series|
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- Deborah Ross (12 January 2008). "Timothy Spall: Lucky Tim – Features – Films". The Independent. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "Timothy Spall: Victim of his own success – Profiles – People – The Independent". News.independent.co.uk. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "You'll know the face". www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "timedetectives.co.uk" (PDF). Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "ENTERTAINMENT | Spall and Steadman collect OBEs". BBC News. 13 June 2000. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- liner notes from the 2009 reissue of the Thomas Dolby album The Flat Earth. Dolby composed the score for Gothic.
- ”Wasteland Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings”
- Lynn Barber. "Timothy Spall: Cruise, characters and chemotherapy | Film | The Observer". Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- Stuart Jeffries. "Stuart Jeffries talks to Timothy Spall | Film | The Guardian". Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "Timothy Spall goes down to the sea". Telegraph. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "/ Arts / Film & Television – Nothing to lose, everything to enjoy". Ft.com. 8 April 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "BBC News – Actor Timothy Spall rescued by Sheerness lifeboat". bbc.co.uk. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Timothy Spall.|
- Timothy Spall at the Internet Movie Database
- Timothy Spall at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Amy Raphael, Spall in the Family, (Interview of Timothy Spall and actor son Rafe) The Observer, 28 October 2007
- Stuart Jeffries, I don't always play losers, The Guardian, 5 November 2007