Timothy Spall Biography

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Born: February 27, 1957


Date of Birth: February 27, 1957

Born in the United Kingdom, Timothy Spall worked for years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Some of his stage credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicholas Nickleby, Night of the Burning Pestle, and Suicide. He has also worked at the Royal National Theatre, performing in such plays as Saint Joan, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and Robert Lepage's acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Spall first got into film at the age of 22. He landed a small part in Quadrophenia (1979) as the projectionist. In 1992, he landed a co-starring role on the TV movie, Home Sweet Home, but it wasn't until the multi-award winner Secrets & Lies(1996), that Spall began to be noticed. Spall played the dumpy, weak-willed Maurice who was torn between the love for his sister and wife.

For his role as Mr. Venus in the highly acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens¹ Our Mutual Friend, Spall received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor.

Spall has started out the new millennium with a bang, with a major role in Topsy-Turvy(1999), lending his voice to the animated Chicken Run(2000) and working in Kenneth Branagh¹s latest Shakespeare flick, Love's Labour's Lost (2000). He then went on to land a role in The Last Samurai (2003) with Tom Cruise, played Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and plays Mr. Poe in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He has since starred in numerous films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011), and Mr. Turner (2014), a role for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. More recently, Spall can be seen in the dramas The Journey (2016), and Denial (2016).

He was named an Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth on New Year's Eve, 1999. He and his wife have three children.


Stanley a Man of Variety (2016)
Denial (2016)
The Journey (2016)
Away (2016)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Sucker (2015)
Mr. Turner (2014)
The Love Punch (2013)
Love Bite (2012)
The Rise (2012)
Assassin's Bullet (2012)
My Angel (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010)
From Time to Time (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Heartless (2009)
Jackboots on Whitehall (2008)(voice)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Enchanted (2007)
Death Defying Acts (2007)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Lucky Break (2002)
Rock Star (2001)
Intimacy (2001)
Chicken Run (2000) (voice)
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Vatel (2000)
The Clandestine Marriage (1999)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998)
Still Crazy (1998)
Hamlet (1996)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
1871 (1990)
Life Is Sweet (1990)
To Kill a Priest (1988)
Crusoe (1988)
Dream Demon (1988)
Body Contact (1987)
Gothic (1986)
The Bride (1985/I)
Dutch Girls (1985)
The Missionary (1982)
Remembrance (1982)
Quadrophenia (1979)

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