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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...
|1979||Quadrophenia||Harry the Projectionist|
|1982||Home Sweet Home||Gordon Leach|
|1982||Oliver Twist||1st Constable|
|Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||Barry Spencer Taylor|
|1985||Dutch Girls||Lyndon Baines Jellicoe|
|1986||Gothic||Dr. John William Polidori|
|1988||To Kill a Priest||Igor|
|1990||White Hunter Black Heart||Hodkins, Bush Pilot|
|1990||The Sheltering Sky||Eric Lyle|
|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|
|1998||Our Mutual Friend||Mr. Venus|
|1998||Still Crazy||David 'Beano' Baggot|
|1998||The Wisdom of Crocodiles||Inspector Healey|
|1999||Shooting the Past||Oswald Bates|
|1999||The Clandestine Marriage||Sterling|
|2000||Love's Labours Lost||Don Armado|
|2000||Chucklevision||Hot Dog Man|
|2001||The Old Man Who Read Love Stories||Mayor Luis Agalla|
|2001||Lucky Break||Cliff Gumbell|
|2001||Vanilla Sky||Thomas Tipp|
|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||Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle||Mr. Harvey|
|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||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||Beadle Bamford|
|2007||A Room with a View||Mr. Emerson|
|2009||The Damned United||Peter Taylor|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Peter Pettigrew|
|2009||Desert Flower||Terry Donaldson|
|2009||From Time to Time||Boggis|
|2009||The Fattest Man in Britain||Georgie Godwin|
|2010||Alice in Wonderland||Bayard the Bloodhound|
|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||Ginger & Rosa||Mark|
|2012||The Syndicate||Bob Davies|
|2012||Sinbad||Anicetus / Death|
|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||The Enfield Haunting||Maurice Grosse|
|2015||Fungus the Bogeyman||Fungus|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Bayard the Bloodhound|
|2016||The Journey||Ian Paisley|
|2016||Stanley a Man of Variety|
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.