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Spall in 2011
|Born||Rafe Joseph Spall
10 March 1983
Camberwell, London, England
|Residence||West Kensington, London|
|Years active||2001 - Present|
|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 actor 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 four 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 2014, Spall appeared in the coming-of-age drama X+Y, alongside Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins, and the seasonal family comedy Get Santa. In 2015, he played John Hancock in the History Channel three-part series, Sons of Liberty, alongside Jim Broadbent, and appeared in the Academy Award-winning biographical comedy-drama The Big Short, alongside Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. Also that year, Spall played Harry Price in Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, ITV's adaptation of Neil Spring's debut novel, The Ghost Hunters. The film aired on ITV1 on 27 December.
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. 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).
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Noel|
|2004||The Calcium Kid||Stan Parlour|
|2005||Green Street ||Swill|
|2005||The Last Drop||Pvt. Wellings|
|2006||A Good Year||Kenny|
|2007||Get Off My Land||Man|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||DC Cartwright|
|2007||Grindhouse||Ghost||Featured in the segment "Don't"|
|2009||The Scouting Book For Boys||Steve|
|2009||Modern Life Is Rubbish||Liam|
|2010||Behind the Door||Bobby|
|2012||Life of Pi||Yann Martel||Replaced Tobey Maguire in post-production|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Josh|
|2013||The World's End||House Buyer|
|2013||The F Word||Ben|
|2014||X+Y||Mr. Humphreys||Nominated — BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Indiana Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2015||The Big Short||Danny Moses||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2016||The BFG||Mr. Tibbs|
|2016||Swallows and Amazons||Jim Turner||Filming|
|2002||Out of Control||Ray|
|2003||The Lion in Winter||Prince John|
|2004||The Legend of the Tamworth Two||Crustie|
|2005||The Rotters' Club||Sean Harding|
|2005||Twisted Tales||Dominic||Episode: "Death Metal Chronicles"|
|2006||The Romantics||John Clare|
|2006||The Chatterley Affair||Keith|
|2006||Wide Sargasso Sea||Edward Rochester|
|2007||A Room with a View||George Emerson|
|2008||He Kills Coppers||Frank Taylor|
|2008||Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me||Dennis Heymer|
|2009||Agatha Christie's Marple||Roger Bassington||Episode: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||William 'Maniac' Hunt|
|2011||The Shadow Line||Jay Wratten|
|2010–2011||Pete Versus Life||Pete Griffiths|
|2014||Black Mirror||Joe Potter||Episode: "White Christmas"|
|2015||Sons of Liberty||John Hancock|
- 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
- "Beginner's Luck", IMDb, 2001
- "Shaun of the Dead", IMDb, 2004
- "The Calcium Kid", IMDb, 2004
- "Green Street", IMDb, 2005
- "The Last Drop", IMDb, 2005
- "Kidulthood", IMDb, 2006
- "A Good Year", IMDb, 2006
- "Get Off My Land", BBC, 2007
- "Hot Fuzz", IMDb, 2007
- "Grindhouse", IMDb, 2007
- "Close", Pollibee Pictures, 2008
- "The Scouting Book For Boys", IMDb, 2009
- "Modern Life Is Rubbish", BBC, 2009
- "Behind The Door", IMDb, 2010
- "Sus", IMDb, 2010
- "Anonymous", IMDb, 2011
- "One Day", IMDb, 2011
- "Prometheus", IMDb, 2012
- "Earthbound", IMDb, 2012
- "I Give It A Year", IMDb, 2013
- Rafe Spall at the Internet Movie Database
- "X Plus Y announces cast". 18 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Out of Control", IMDb, 2002
- "The Lion in Winter", IMDb, 2003
- "The Legend of the Tamworth Two", IMDb, 2004
- "the Rotters' Club", IMDb, 2005
- "Twisted Tales", IMDb, 2005
- "The Romantics", IMDb, 2006
- "The Chatterley Affair", IMDb, 2006
- "Cracker", IMDb, 2006
- "Wide Sargasso Sea", IMDb, 2006
- "Dracula", IMDb, 2006
- "A Room With A View", IMDb, 2007
- "He Kills Coppers", IMDb, 2008
- "Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me", IMDb, 2008
- "Marple", IMDb, 2009
- "Desperate Romantics", IMDb, 2009
- "The Shadow Line", IMDb, 2011
- "Pete Versus Life", IMDb, 2011
- "‘Mad Men’ Star Jon Hamm Joins ‘Black Mirror’", Variety, 2004
- "Harry Price: Ghost Hunters", IMDb, 2015
- "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.