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Date Of BirthFebruary 27, 1957
SpouseShane Spall
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FactThree children: Pascale (born 1976), Rafe Spall (born 1983) and Mercedes (born 1985).

Timothy Leonard Spall OBE (born 27 February 1957) is an English actor and occasional presenter. He became a household name in the UK after appearing in the 1983 ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He has also starred in the films Life is Sweet (1991), Secrets & Lies (1996), Shooting Fish (1997), Saving Grace (2000), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Pierrepoint (2005), Venus (2006), The Damned United (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) and The King’s Speech (2010).

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 was brought up as a Catholic. He attended secondary school at the Salesian School in Chertsey, Surrey, before leaving at the age of 15. He worked as an apprentice for a company making wrought iron gates and fences. He then enrolled at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Sidcup, Kent, on a drama course.

Spall’s acting career began in a 1982 episode of the British sitcom Porridge. He then went on to star in the 1984 film The Bounty, and the 1985 TV miniseries The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. In 1986, he appeared in the lead role of Percy in the British film Gothic, opposite Gabriel Byrne and Julian Sands. In 1987, he played the title role in Mike Newell’s film Maurice. In 1989, he starred in Life is Sweet, directed by Alan Clarke.

In 1991, he appeared in Secrets & Lies, directed by Mike Leigh. In 1993, he played the lead role of Adolf Hitler in the British television film Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In 1996, he starred in Leigh’s film Secrets & Lies. In 1997, he starred in Shooting Fish, directed by Stefan Schwartz. In 2000, he starred in Saving Grace, directed by Nigel Cole.

In 2002, he starred in Nicholas Nickleby, directed by Douglas McGrath. In 2005, he starred in Pierrepoint, directed by Adrian Shergold. In 2006, he starred in Venus, directed by Roger Michell. In 2009, he starred in The Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper. In 2010, he starred in The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper.

Spall has been married to Shane Spall since 1983. They have three children: Pascale (born 1984), Rafe (born 1987), and Mercedes (born 1989).

General Info

Full NameTimothy Spall
Date Of BirthFebruary 27, 1957
Height1.7 m
ProfessionPresenter, Film producer, Voice Actor
EducationNational Youth Theatre, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpouseShane Spall
ChildrenRafe Spall, Pascale Spall, Mercedes Spall
ParentsSylvia R. Spall, Joseph L. Spall
SiblingsMatthew Spall, Richard Spall


AwardsCannes Best Actor Award, European Film Award for Best Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
NominationsBritish Independent Film Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Laurence Olivier Award...
MoviesMr. Turner, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Enchanted, Secrets & Lies, The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Denial, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Last Samurai, Pierrepoint, The Damned United, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate E...
TV ShowsOutside Edge, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Jamie's School Dinners, Oliver Twist, The Street, The Enfield Haunting, The Syndicate, Our Mutual Friend, Nice Day at the Office, Frank Stubbs Promotes, Fungus the Bogeyman

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1I've always said, "There's the funny-looking character actor who plays the same role every time". But I'm the funny-looking character actor who plays many different kinds.
2Obviously 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.
3[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.
4[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.
5[talking about the roles that have made him famous] "What some people take to be losers, I consider to be representative of normal life."
6On his battle with leukemia: "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."


1Regularly works with Mike Leigh.
2Has portrayed Winston Churchill in 2 films, first in Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) and secondly The King's Speech (2010). Both films were released in the same year.
3Played British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in both Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) and The King's Speech (2010). 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 (2004) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). The latter also features fellow Churchill portrayer Brendan Gleeson.
4Has played a rat in two movies. He provided the voice of Nick the rat in Chicken Run (2000) and as Ron Weasley's rat Scabbers in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
5He graduated from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England).
6He became an Associate Member of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England).
7He and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) co-star Gary Oldman have both played the character of Rosencrantz: Oldman in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and Spall in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996).
8Three children: Pascale (born 1976), Rafe Spall (born 1983) and Mercedes (born 1985).
9He was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1996 but is now recovered.
10He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to drama.




Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise2001TV MovieTommy Rag
Perfect Strangers2001TV Mini-SeriesIrving
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories2001Luis Agalla (Mayor)
Rough for Theatre II2000ShortB
The Thing About Vince2000TV Mini-SeriesVince Skinner
Chicken Run2000Nick (voice)
Hands Up!2000ShortMan
Love's Labour's Lost2000Armado
The Clandestine Marriage1999Sterling
Topsy-Turvy1999Richard Temple
Shooting the Past1999TV MovieOswald Bates
Neville's Island1998TV MovieGordon
Immortality1998Inspector Healey
Still Crazy1998David 'Beano' Baggot
Our Mutual Friend1998TV Mini-SeriesMr. Venus
The Hunger1997TV SeriesSalesman
Secrets & Lies1996Maurice
Outside Edge1994-1996TV SeriesKevin Costello
Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex1995Video
Nice Day at the Office1994TV SeriesPhil Bachelor
Frank Stubbs Promotes1993-1994TV SeriesFrank Stubbs
Rab C. Nesbitt1993TV SeriesCell Mate
Without Walls1993TV Series documentaryMargaret Rutherford
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles1992-1993TV SeriesCunningham - Masseur
Spender1993TV SeriesRobert Cunningham
Performance1991-1992TV SeriesJimmy Beales / Chico
Screenplay1991-1992TV SeriesDerek / Francis Meeks
Red Dwarf1992TV SeriesAndy
Murder Most Horrid1991TV SeriesPathologist
Boon1991TV SeriesBill Webster
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson1990TV MoviePig Robinson
Life Is Sweet1990Aubrey
The Sheltering Sky1990Eric Lyle
White Hunter Black Heart1990Hodkins, Bush Pilot
Stolen1990TV SeriesDonald Caudell
Journey's End1988TV MovieLt. Trotter
To Kill a Priest1988Igor
Dream Demon1988Peck
Crusoe1988Reverend Milne (as Tim Spall)
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World1988TV Mini-Series documentaryPorfiry
David Macaulay: Pyramid1988TV MovieKawab / Tomb Robber (voice)
Body Contact1987Paul
The Nihilist's Double Vision1987TV MovieNick Watts
Gothic1986Dr. Polidori
Dutch Girls1985TV MovieLyndon
The Bride1985Paulus (as Tim Spall)
Summer Season1985TV SeriesPte. Postnikov
The Missionary1982Parswell
Oliver Twist1982/ITV Movie1st Constable
Play for Today1980-1982TV SeriesGordon / Detective Sergeant Baxter / Wainwright
The Three Sisters1981TV MovieAndrei
The Cherry Orchard1981TV MovieEpikhodov
Say No to Strangers1981ShortStranger (uncredited)
BBC2 Playhouse1979TV SeriesShorty
S.O.S. Titanic1979TV MovieJim (uncredited)
The Life Story of Baal1978Lupu
The Changeover2017post-productionCarmody Braque
Finding Your Feet2017filmingCharlie
The Party2017post-production
Stanley a Man of Variety2016
Denial2016/IIDavid Irving
The Journey2016/IIIIan Paisley
Alice Through the Looking Glass2016Bayard (voice)
Fungus the Bogeyman2015TV Mini-SeriesFungus
Sucker2015/IThe Professor
Cider with Rosie2015TV MovieLaurie Lee (voice)
The Enfield Haunting2015TV Mini-SeriesMaurice Grosse
Mr. Turner2014JMW Turner
Blandings2013-2014TV SeriesLord Clarence Emsworth
The Love Punch2013Jerry
Room on the Broom2012TV ShortDragon (voice)
Love Bite2012Sid
The Rise2012D I West
Ginger & Rosa2012Mark
Upside Down2012/IBob Boruchowitz
Sinbad2012TV SeriesAnicetus
The Syndicate2012TV SeriesBob Davies
Assassin's Bullet2012/IDr. Kahn
Comes a Bright Day2012Charlie Morgan
My Angel2011Mr. Lambert
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 22011Wormtail
Goldfish2011/IShortNarrator (voice)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Wormtail
The King's Speech2010Winston Churchill
Reuniting the Rubins2010Lenny Rubin
Jackboots on Whitehall2010Churchill (voice)
Alice in Wonderland2010/IBayard (voice)
10 Minute Tales2009TV SeriesMan
The Fattest Man in Britain2009TV MovieGeorgie Godwin
From Time to Time2009Boggis
Wake Wood2009Arthur
Desert Flower2009Terry Donaldson
Heartless2009/IGeorge Morgan
The Street2006-2009TV SeriesEddie McEvoy
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince2009Wormtail
The Damned United2009Peter Taylor
Gunrush2009TV MovieDoug Becket
Appaloosa2008Phil Olson
Oliver Twist2007TV Mini-SeriesFagin
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street2007Beadle
A Room with a View2007TV MovieMr. Emerson
Death Defying Acts2007Sugarman
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Peter Pettigrew (uncredited)
Mysterious Creatures2006TV MovieBill Ainscow
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories2006Video GameBarry Mickelthwaite (voice)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire2005Wormtail (Peter Pettigrew)
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman2005Albert Pierrepoint
Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle2005TV MovieMalcolm Harvey
Cherished2005TV MovieTerry Cannings
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet1983-2004TV SeriesBarry Taylor
A Series of Unfortunate Events2004Mr. Poe
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Peter Pettigrew
Bosom Pals2004TV Movie voice
The Last Samurai2003Simon Graham
Gettin' Square2003Darren 'Dabba' Barrington
Eating for Two2003Short
My House in Umbria2003TV MovieQuinty
Nicholas Nickleby2002Charles Cheeryble
Bodily Harm2002TV Mini-SeriesMitchel Greenfield
Last Rumba in Rochdale2002ShortFrederico Formaggio (voice)
In the Eyes of Kyana2002VideoVictor Monroe
All or Nothing2002Phil
Ivor the Invisible2001TV MovieDad (voice)
Vanilla Sky2001Thomas Tipp
Rock Star2001Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager
Lucky Break2001Cliff Gumbell


Mr. Turner2014performer: "Dido's Lament" from opera "Dido and Aenas"
Blandings2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street2007performer: "Ladies In Their Sensitivities"
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman2005performer: "Makin' Whoopee"
My House in Umbria2003TV Movie performer: "Non Piu Andrai"
Lucky Break2001performer: "Sunny" 1966
Love's Labour's Lost2000performer: "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
Topsy-Turvy1999performer: "This Helmet, I Suppose" 1884, "A More Humane Mikado" 1885, "Mi-Ya-Sa-Ma" 1885
The Sheltering Sky1990lyrics: "Lilli Marlene" - uncredited / performer: "Lilli Marlene" - uncredited


Stanley a Man of Variety2016screenplay


Stanley a Man of Variety2016associate producer


Fungus the Bogeyman: Building Bogeyworld2016Video documentary shortHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: How to Build a Bogeyman2016Video documentary shortHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: Snot Just Any Drama2016Video documentary shortHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Chicken Run' - Voice of Nick
Fungus the Bogeyman: Blame It on the Bogey2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: Excombogeygator General2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: Facefolding2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: From Book to Screen2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: Launch Promo2015TV Movie documentaryFungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: Ooze Ew2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: The Social Contract2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: Timothy Spall Reacts to Farts2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman
Fungus the Bogeyman: VFX Breakdown by DNeg2015TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fungus The Bogeyman (uncredited)
Fungus the Bogeyman: This Christmas on Sky 12015TV Movie documentaryFungus The Bogeyman (uncredited)
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHimself
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors2015TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2014TV SeriesHimself
The 2014 European Film Awards2014TV MovieHimself - Award Recipient
9 Kisses2014ShortHimself
Cinema 32014TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Imagine2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Mr. Turner: The Many Colours of Mr. Turner2014Video shortHimself / JMW Turner
London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony: A Symphony of British Music2012TV MovieWinston Churchill
The Natural World2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Revealed2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The One Show2008-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The King's Speech: An Inspirational Story of an Unlikely Friendship2011Video documentary shortHimself - Winston Churchill
The Many Faces of...2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2010TV SeriesHimself
Timothy Spall Somewhere at Sea2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Ministry of Food2008TV Series documentaryNarrator
A Taste of My Life2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Mike Leigh in Conversation2008VideoHimself Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner Maurice Purley ... (uncredited)
This Morning2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
HBO First Look2008TV Series documentaryHimself
UK Border Force2008TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jamie's Return to School Dinners2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Parkinson2002-2006TV SeriesHimself
Adopt-a-Granny2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Teenage Tourettes Camp2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Planet Voice2005TV SeriesHimself
Inside 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV2005TV SpecialHimself
Top Gear2005TV SeriesHimself
Jamie's School Dinners2005TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Evening Standard British Film Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film - A Woeful World2004Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film - Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises2004Documentary shortHimself - 'Mr. Poe'
Conjuring a Scene2004Video documentary shortHimself
Life and Times2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The South Bank Show2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The British Academy Craft Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
African Footsteps1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Danny Baker Show1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Fungus the Bogeyman: The Fart of Facefolding2016Video documentary shortFungus The Bogeyman (uncredited)
Perfect Night In2007TV Series documentaryBarry Taylor
He Who Must Not Be Named2006Video documentary shortWormtail (uncredited)
Drama Connections2005TV Series documentaryBarry Taylor
Red Dwarf: Heavy Science - Series V2004Video documentaryAndy (uncredited)
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades1999VideoCunningham
Omnibus1997TV Series documentary
Mike Leigh on Secrets and Lies1996Video documentary shortMaurice (uncredited)


Won Awards

2015ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearMr. Turner (2014)
2015NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2015City of Seville AwardSeville European Film Festival
2014Best ActorCannes Film FestivalMr. Turner (2014)
2014Capri Cult AwardCapri, HollywoodMr. Turner (2014)
2014Capri Actor AwardCapri, HollywoodMr. Turner (2014)
2014European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014Best ActorSeville European Film FestivalMr. Turner (2014)
2011Angel Film AwardMonaco International Film FestivalBest ActorMy Angel (2011)
2011Jury AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalBest Motion Picture Ensemble of the YearThe King's Speech (2010)
2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe King's Speech (2010)
2002NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleNicholas Nickleby (2002)
1999Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActorOur Mutual Friend (1998)

Nominated Awards

2015Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActorThe Enfield Haunting (2015)
2015ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearMr. Turner (2014)
2014British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2014VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)
2012Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActorWake Wood (2009)
2010ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearThe Damned United (2009)
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingThe King's Speech (2010)
2009Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Damned United (2009)
2008Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearThe Last Hangman (2005)
2003AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Leading RoleGettin' Square (2003)
2002BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorVacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001)
2002British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorAll or Nothing (2002)
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorIntimacy (2001)
2002European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActorAll or Nothing (2002)
2001British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorLucky Break (2001)
2001ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleTopsy-Turvy (1999)
2000BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorShooting the Past (1999)
1999BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorOur Mutual Friend (1998)
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleSecrets & Lies (1996)
1997ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearSecrets & Lies (1996)

2nd Place Awards

2015ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActorMr. Turner (2014)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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