Timothy Spall Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Battersea, London, England, UK
Birth NameTimothy Leonard Spall
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth" and "Othello." In 1979 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and stayed for approximately two years performing in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Cymbeline," "The Three Sisters" and "Nicholas Nickleby." In the early 80s he moved into TV roles with Leigh's "Home Sweet Home" and later had his own drama series "Frank Stubbs Promotes" in 1993. With Leigh, Timothy's appeared in a number of award-winning features, particularly Life Is Sweet (1990) and Secrets & Lies (1996), for which he earned a BAFTA Award nomination, and the Gilbert & Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy (1999). He also worked for noted directors Ken Russell in Gothic (1986), Clint Eastwood in White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Bernardo Bertolucci in The Sheltering Sky (1990), and Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet (1996) as Rosenkrantz. A chronic illness curtailed his momentum in the mid-90s, coming back resourcefully on stage and TV. On a roll recently with more of his odd characterizations he lent his voice to the popular animated feature Chicken Run (2000) and appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) as Peter Pettigrew, and A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as Mr. Poe.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Shane Spall (1 December 1981 - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Thick english accent

Trivia (11)

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 leukaemia in 1996 but is now recovered.
Three children: Pascale (born 1976), Rafe Spall (born 1983) and Mercedes (born 1985).
He 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).
He became an Associate Member of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England).
He graduated from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England).
Has 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).
Played 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 portrayers Brendan Gleeson and Gary Oldman.
Has 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.
Regularly works with Mike Leigh.
He had a credited appearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), but no lines.

Personal Quotes (6)

On 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."
[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.
I'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.

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