Timothy Spall

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Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE (born 27 February 1957) is an English character actor and occasional presenter.


[edit] Early life

Spall, third of four sons,[1] was born in Battersea, London; his father, Joe, was a postal worker, and his mother, Sylvia, a hairdresser.[2][3][4] 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.

[edit] Career

Initially notable in the United Kingdom for playing the gormless Barry Taylor in all five 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 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In 1991 he guest-starred in the series 5 Red Dwarf episode Back to Reality. In 1993, Spall was in Rab C Nesbitt.

Spall performed lead vocals on the song The Devil Is An Englishman [5] from the Ken Russell film Gothic (1986), in which Spall portrayed John William Polidori.

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 the 20th 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.

On 31 December 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[6]

[edit] Personal life

Spall is married to Shane and has three children: Pascale (born 1976), Rafe (born 1983), who is also an actor, and Mercedes (born 1985). He lives in Forest Hill,[7] a suburb of south-east London.[8][9]

In 1996, Spall was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, but has since been in remission.[10] He has said of his illness: Template:Cquote

[edit] Filmography

Title Year Role Notes
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 Barry Taylor Television programme
Bride, TheThe Bride 1985 Paulus
Dutch Girls 1985 Lyndon Baines Jellicoe
Gothic 1986 Dr. John William Polidori
Body Contact 1987 Paul
Dream Demon 1987 Peck
To Kill a Priest 1988 Igor
Crusoe 1989 Reverend Milne
White Hunter Black Heart 1990 Hodkins, Bush Pilot
Sheltering Sky, TheThe Sheltering Sky 1990 Eric Lyle
1871 1990 Ramborde
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
Hamlet 1996 Rosencrantz
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
Topsy-Turvy 1999 Richard Temple
Shooting the Past 1999 Oswald Bates Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Clandestine Marriage (film), TheThe Clandestine Marriage (film) 1999 Sterling
Love's Labour's Lost 2000 Don Armado
Vatel 2000 Gourville
Chicken Run 2000 Nick Voice
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
Intimacy 2001 Andy Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Rock Star 2001 Mats
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
Enchanted 2007 Nathaniel
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 Beadle Bamford
Room with a View, AA Room with a View 2007 Mr. Emerson Television programme
Oliver Twist 2007 Fagin Television serial
Appaloosa 2008 Phil Olson
Damned United, TheThe Damned United 2009 Peter Taylor
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 Peter Pettigrew
Heartless 2009 George Morgan
Desert Flower 2009 Terry Donaldson
From Time to Time 2009
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
Wake Wood 2010 Arthur
Jackboots on Whitehall 2010 Winston Churchill
Re-Uniting 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 Post-production
Comes A Bright Day 2011 Charlie Post-production

[edit] References

  1. Smith, Julian Llewellyn. "Timothy Spall: A bloke for all seasons." The Independent. 20 August 2001.
  2. Ross, Deborah. "Timothy Spall: Lucky Tim." The Independent. 12 January 2008.
  3. Dureden, Nick. "Timothy Spall victim of his own success." The Independent. 30 March 2006.
  4. "You'll Know the Face." Sydney Morning Herald. 17 January 2004.
  5. liner notes from the 2009 reissue of the Thomas Dolby album The Flat Earth. Dolby composed the score for Gothic.
  6. BBC News
  7. Barber, Lynn. "Spall mercies." The Guardian. 29 September 2002.
  8. Jeffries, Stuart. "I don't always play losers." The Guardian. 5 November 2007.
  9. The Daily TelegraphTimothy Spall goes down to the sea, 24 April 2010
  10. Raphael, Amy. "Nothing to lose, everything to enjoy." Financial Times. 8 April 2006.

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