Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall

Infobox actor

imagesize = 200
caption = Spall filming "Enchanted" in New York City, March 2007
birthdate = Birth date and age|1957|2|27|df=y
birthname = Timothy Leonard Spall
birthplace = Battersea, London, England
academyawards =
spouse = Shane Spall (1981—)

Timothy Leonard Spall OBE (born 27 February 1957) is an English BAFTA award-nominated film, stage and television actor.


Early life

Spall, third of four sons, [http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article210989.ece Julian Llewellyn Smith, "Timothy Spall: A bloke for all seasons," The Independent, 20 August 2001] was born in Battersea, London; his father, Joe, was a postal worker, and his mother, Sylvia, a hairdresser. [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/features/timothy-spall-lucky-tim-769366.html Timothy Spall: Lucky Tim] ] [http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article354600.ece Nick Duerden, "Timothy Spall victim of his own success," The Independent, 30 March 2006] [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/16/1073878022968.html?from=storyrhs "You'll Know the Face," 17 January 2004] 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.


Initially notable in the UK for playing the gormless Barry Taylor in all four series of "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" he has since starred in films such as "Secrets & Lies", "Shooting the Past", "Rock Star", "The Last Samurai", and "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events". He gained international recognition as Peter Pettigrew ("Wormtail") in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".

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 "", 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".

On 31 December 1999, he was named an Officer of the British Empire. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/pet/barry2.shtml BBC - Drama - Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - Barry (Timothy Spall)] ]

Personal life

Spall is married and has three children: Mercedes, (born 1985), Pascale (born 1976) and Rafe (born 1983), who is also an actor. He lives in a large house in Forest Hill [http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,800979,00.html Lynn Barber, "Spall mercies," The Guardian, 29 September 2002] a suburb of south-east London. [http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,2205425,00.html Stuart Jeffries, "I don't always play losers," The Guardian, 5 November 2007]

In 1996 Spall was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, but has since been in remission. [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/30793f8a-c612-11da-99fa-0000779e2340.html Amy Raphael, "Nothing to lose, everything to enjoy," Financial Times, 8 April 2006] 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) as Harry the Projectionist
*"The Bride" (1985) as Paulus
*"Dutch Girls" (1985) as Lyndon Baines Jellicoe
*"Gothic" (1986) as Dr. Polidori
*"Dream Demon" (1987) as Peck
*"Life Is Sweet" (1990) as Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner
*"The Sheltering Sky" (1990) as Eric Lyle
*" 1871" (1990) as Ramborde
*"Secrets & Lies" (1996) as Maurice Purley
*"Hamlet" (1996) as Rosencrantz
*"Our Mutual Friend" (1996) as Mr. Venus
*"Still Crazy" (1998) as David 'Beano' Baggot
*"Topsy-Turvy" (1999) as Richard Temple
*"Shooting the Past" (1999)" as Oswald Bates
*"Love's Labour's Lost" (2000) as Don Armado
*"Chicken Run" (2000) as Nick (voice)
*"Vanilla Sky" (2001) as Thomas Tipp
*"Intimacy" (2001) as Andy
*"Rock Star" (2001) as Mats
*"Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise" (2001) (TV) as Tommy Rag
*"All or Nothing" (2002) as Phil
*"Nicholas Nickleby" as Charles Cheeryble
*"The Last Samurai" (2003) as Simon Graham
*"My House in Umbria" (2003) as Quinty
*"Gettin' Square" (2004) as Darren 'Dabba' Barrington
*"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) as Peter Pettigrew
*"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (2004) as Mr. Poe
*"Cherished" (2005) (TV) as Terry Cannings
*"Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle" (2005) (TV) as Mr. Harvey
*"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) as Peter Pettigrew
*"Pierrepoint" (2005) as Albert Pierrepoint
*"The Street" (2006 - present) as Eddie McEvoy
*"" (2006) as Barry Mickelthwaite (voice)
*"Death Defying Acts" (2007) as Sugarman
*"Enchanted" (2007) as Nathaniel
*"" (2007) as Beadle Bamford
*"A Room with a View" for ITV1 (2007) as Mr Emerson, father of George Emerson, who was played by Spall's own son Rafe.
*"Oliver Twist" for BBC (2007) as Fagin
*"Appaloosa" (2008) as Phil Olson
*"Jackboots on Whitehall" (2008) as Winston Churchill (voice)
*"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009) as Peter Pettigrew
*"The Damned United" (2009) as Peter Taylor
*"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2010 - 2011) as Peter Pettigrew


External links

*imdb|name=Timothy Spall |id=0001758
* [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,,2197651,00.html Amy Raphael, "Spall in the Family," (Interview of Timothy Spall and actor son Rafe) The Observer, 28 October 2007]
* [http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,2205425,00.html Stuart Jeffries, "I don't always play losers," The Guardian, 5 November 2007]

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