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Timothy Spall –

Spall in Mr. Turner.

About Timothy Spall (1957 – )

Timothy Leonard Spall, the third of four sons, was born in Battersea, 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 a long term computer game professional, now running a new startup, Invisiplay Ltd. Another brother, Richard, was the landlord 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, All or Nothing, 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.

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

Spall performed lead vocals on the song The Devil is an Englishman 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 in December of 2009. The drama also featured Bobby Ball, Frances Barber, Aisling Loftus and Jeremy Kyle.

In 2010, he portrayed Winston Churchill in the 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 (known as The Rise in England), with actors Matthew Lewis and Vanessa Kirby. The Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California, screened Wasteland in April 2013. Also in 2012 Spall played Charlie Morgan in the edgy Comes a Bright Day.

In 2014 he won the Best Actor Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mr.Turner, a biographical film on J. M. W. Turner directed by Mike Leigh.

Spall and his wife Shane have three children: Pascale (born 1976), Rafe (born 1983), who is also an actor, and Mercedes (born 1985). He lives in Forest Hill, south-east London.

In 1996, Spall was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, 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."

He is the owner of a Dutch barge that he and his wife have been sailing around the British Isles as part of a BBC Four TV series Timothy Spall: Back at Sea.

Timothy Spall's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1979 Quadrophenia Harry the Projectionist
1982 The Missionary Parswell
1982 Home Sweet Home Gordon Leach
1982 Oliver Twist 1st Constable
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Barry Spencer Taylor
1985 The Bride Paulus
1985 Dutch Girls Lyndon Baines Jellicoe
1986 Gothic Dr. John William Polidori
1987 Body Contact Paul
1987 Dream Demon Peck
1988 To Kill a Priest Igor
1989 Crusoe Reverend Milne
1990 White Hunter Black Heart Hodkins, Bush Pilot
1990 The Sheltering Sky Eric Lyle
1990 1871 Ramborde
1991 Red Dwarf Andy (video game operator)
1991 Life Is Sweet Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner
1993 Frank Stubbs Promotes Frank Stubbs
1993 For One Night Only: Margaret Rutherford Margaret Rutherford (in drag)
1993 Rab C Nesbitt Cell Mate
1994 Outside Edge Kevin Costello
1996 Secrets & Lies Maurice Purley
1996 Hamlet Rosencrantz
1998 Neville's Island Gordon
1998 Our Mutual Friend Mr. Venus
1998 Still Crazy David 'Beano' Baggot
1998 The Wisdom of Crocodiles Inspector Healey
1999 Topsy-Turvy Richard Temple
1999 Shooting the Past Oswald Bates
1999 The Clandestine Marriage Sterling
2000 Love's Labours Lost Don Armado
2000 Vatel Gourville
2000 Chicken Run Nick
2000 Chucklevision Hot Dog Man
2001 The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Mayor Luis Agalla
2001 Perfect Strangers Irving
2001 Lucky Break Cliff Gumbell
2001 Vanilla Sky Thomas Tipp
2001 Intimacy Andy
2001 Rock Star Mats
2001 Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise Tommy Rag
2001 Ivor the Invisible Dad
2002 All or Nothing Phil
2002 Bodily Harm Mitchel Greenfield
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Charles Cheeryble
2002 When Love Speaks Shakespeare
2003 The Last Samurai Simon Graham
2003 My House in Umbria Quinty
2004 Gettin' Square Darren 'Dabba' Barrington
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Mr. Poe
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Peter Pettigrew
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Peter Pettigrew
2005 Cherished Terry Cannings
2005 Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle Mr. Harvey
2005 Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint
The Street Eddie McEvoy
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Barry Mickelthwaite
2006 Mysterious Creatures Bill Ainscow
2007 Death Defying Acts Sugarman
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Peter Pettigrew
2007 Enchanted Nathaniel
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Beadle Bamford
2007 A Room with a View Mr. Emerson
2007 Oliver Twist Fagin
2008 Appaloosa Phil Olson
2009 The Damned United Peter Taylor
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Peter Pettigrew
2009 Heartless George Morgan
2009 Desert Flower Terry Donaldson
2009 From Time to Time Boggis
2009 Gunrush Doug Beckett
2009 The Fattest Man in Britain Georgie Godwin
2010 Alice in Wonderland Bayard the Bloodhound
2010 Wake Wood Arthur
2010 Jackboots on Whitehall Winston Churchill
2010 Reuniting the Rubins Lenny Rubins
2010 The King's Speech Winston Churchill
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Peter Pettigrew
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Peter Pettigrew
2011 My Angel Mr. Lambert
Timothy Spall at Sea series Himself
2012 Assassin's Bullet (also Sofia) Dr. Aaron Kahn
2012 Comes A Bright Day Charlie
2012 Upside Down Bob Boruchowitz
2012 The Rise
2012 Ginger & Rosa Mark
2012 Love Bite Sid
2012 Boy Man
2012 The Syndicate Bob Davies
2012 Sinbad Anicetus / Death
2012 Wasteland D.I. West
2012 Room on the Broom Dragon (voice)
2013 -
Blandings Lord Clarence Emsworth
2013 Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun Narrator
2014 The Love Punch Jerry
2014 Mr. Turner J. M. W. Turner
2015 Me and My Guide Dog Narrator
2015 Sucker The Professor
2015 The Enfield Haunting Maurice Grosse
2015 Fungus the Bogeyman Fungus
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Bayard the Bloodhound
2016 Away Joseph
2016 The Journey Ian Paisley
2016 Denial David Irving
2016 Stanley a Man of Variety
2017 The Party Bill

Memorable Quotes by Timothy Spall

[talking about the roles that have made him famous] “What some people take to be losers, I consider to be representative of normal life.”

[on the possibility of an award at Cannes for 'Mr. Turner'] “If it comes up, I'll have a go. Someone's got to win one. Actors always say, 'Oh, competition shouldn't be part of art'. Bollocks. It's a part of everything.”

[on inadvertently assuming the persona of J.M.W. Turner in a pub, while preparing for his role] “I grunted in a Georgian way, 'Are you a provider of wine?' I had to go and lean against a wall and take a deep breath to go back and ask, 'Can I have a glass of Pinot Grigio?' This is the only time in my life when the character bled into me.”

“Obviously I can't paint like Turner. I can paint like he did at nine. If you look at his paintings from when he was nine, they're not bad.”

Things You May Not Know About Timothy Spall

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to drama.

He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996 but is now recovered.

He and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban co-star Gary Oldman have both played the character of Rosencrantz: Oldman in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Spall in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.

Has played a rat in two movies. He provided the voice of Nick the rat in Chicken Run and as Ron Weasley's rat Scabbers in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Played British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in both Jackboots on Whitehall and The King's Speech. This makes him the second actor to play Churchill twice, in two otherwise unrelated productions. The first was Robert Hardy, who played the role in several films over the course of twenty-five years. Spall and Hardy appear together in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The latter also features fellow Churchill portrayer Brendan Gleeson.

Timothy Spall in All or Nothing (2002).
Timothy Spall in Appaloosa (2008).
Spall in Assassin's Bullet (2012).
Spall in Comes a Bright Day (2012).
In Ginger & Rosa (2012).
As Petter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter
movies (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
In Life is Sweet (1991) -- the role
that first brought Spall widespread notice.
Spall as J.M.W. Turner in Mr. Turner (2014).
In My Angel (2011).
In Pierrepoint (2005).
In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)... top
picture with Alan Rickman... middle picture with Johnny Depp
and Sacha Baron Cohen as rival barbers in a public competition.
With Juliet Stevenson and
Matthew Macfadyen in The Enfield Haunting (2015).
As the real-life Georgie Godwin in The Fattest Man in Britain (2009).
Spall in The King's Speech (2010).
Spall in The Love Punch (2014)... with
Tuppence Middleton, Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan.
Center, with his costars in The Syndicate (2012).
Spall with Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky (2001).
Timothy Spall in Wake Wood (2010).