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Spall in 2011
10 March 1983 |
Camberwell, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Elize du Toit (m. 2010)|
Spall was born at King's College Hospital in Camberwell, London, the second of three children of Shane (née Baker) and Timothy Spall. Unlike his two sisters, Mercedes and Pascale, 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 one he would later play himself, he always had ambitions to act. Having achieved poor grades at his school, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, he left to become an actor and joined the National Youth Theatre after failing to get into his chosen drama schools.
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.
In 2012, Spall portrayed Canadian author Yann Martel in the Academy Award winning drama film Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan. The film was a critical and financial success, winning 4 Academy Awards and making over $600 million at the box office. In 2013, he played the newlywed husband in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.
In 2015, Spall played John Hancock in the History Channel three part series, "Sons of Liberty". More recently, Spall has also appeared in the coming-of-age drama X+Y, alongside Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins, and the seasonal family comedy Get Santa, alongside Jim Broadbent. He will next be seen in the biographical drama The Big Short, alongside Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, which is due for release in 2016.
Spall claims to have always struggled with his weight, going up to 114 kg, but said that he was given so many character parts that he attempted to slim down, losing over 32 kg. Like his father, he is a very keen supporter of Crystal Palace FC. He is a patron of the Actors' Centre.
While living in London Fields, he was in a relationship with his The Rotter's Club co-star Alice Eve from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, he dated Alexandra Mann, a designer and stylist. In February 2008, He met actress Elize du Toit through friends at a bar in London. They were married on 14 August 2010 and live in West Kensington, London. They have two children: a daughter named Lena (born 2011) and a son named Rex (born November 2012).
|2016||Swallows and Amazons||Filming|
|2016||The Big Short||Filming|
|2014||X+Y||Mr Humphreys||Nominated - BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|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|
|2010||Behind The Door||Bobby|
|2009||Modern Life Is Rubbish||Liam|
|2009||The Scouting Book For Boys||Steve|
|2007||Grindhouse||Ghost||Featured in the segment "Don't"|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||DC Cartwright|
|2007||Get Off My Land||Man|
|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|
|2015||Sons of Liberty||John Hancock|
|2014||Black Mirror||Joe Potter||Episode: "White Christmas"|
|2010–2011||Pete Versus Life||Pete Griffiths|
|2011||The Shadow Line||Jay Wratten|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||William 'Maniac' Hunt|
|2009||Agatha Christie's Marple||Roger Bassington||Episode: "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||Episode: "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|
- 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)
- 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
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- "I give it a year next year". www.stephenmerchant.com. November 22, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- Blanket, Jo (27 August 2015). "Rafe Spall to star in new ITV drama Harry Price: Ghost Hunter". ITV. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- Babb, Fran (19 August 2011). "Rafe Spall One Day Interview". Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- "Rafe Spall, Patron". actorscentre.co.uk/. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- 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
- "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
- "Behind The Door", IMDb, 2010
- "Sus", IMDb, 2010
- "Modern Life Is Rubbish", BBC, 2009
- "The Scouting Book For Boys", IMDb, 2009
- "Close", Pollibee Pictures, 2008
- "Grindhouse", IMDb, 2007
- "Hot Fuzz", IMDb, 2007
- "Get Off My Land", BBC, 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
- "‘Mad Men’ Star Jon Hamm Joins ‘Black Mirror’", Variety, 2004
- "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
- "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.
- Rafe Spall at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview about the BBC's The Rotters' Club
- Link to IMDB page