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Spall, Timothy Biography




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Timothy Leonard Spall
27 February 1957, Battersea, London, England, UK
5' 7"
Timothy Spall is the son of a postal worker and a hairdresser. Raised in London, he 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)_ (qv) and _Secrets & Lies (1996)_ (qv), for which he earned a BAFTA Award nomination, and the Gilbert & Sullivan biopic _Topsy-Turvy (1999)_ (qv). He also worked for noted directors 'Ken Russell (I)' (qv) in _Gothic (1986)_ (qv), 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) in _White Hunter Black Heart (1990)_ (qv), 'Bernardo Bertolucci' (qv) in _The Sheltering Sky (1990)_ (qv), and 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv) in _Hamlet (1996)_ (qv) 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)_ (qv) and appeared in _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv) as Peter Pettigrew, and _Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)_ (qv) as Mr. Poe.
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-   'Shane Spall' (qv) (1 December 1981 - present); 3 children


-   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' (qv) (born 1983) and Mercedes (born 1985).

-   He and _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv) co-star 'Gary Oldman' (qv) have both played the character of Rosencrantz: Oldman in _Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)_ (qv) and Spall in 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv)'s _Hamlet (1996)_ (qv).

-   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)_ (qv) and as Ron Weasley's rat Scabbers in _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv).

-   Played British Prime Minister Sir 'Winston Churchill (I)' (qv) in both _Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)_ (qv) and _The King's Speech (2010)_ (qv). This makes him the second actor to play Churchill twice, in two otherwise unrelated productions. The first was 'Robert Hardy (I)' (qv), 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)_ (qv) and _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)_ (qv). The latter also features fellow Churchill portrayer 'Brendan Gleeson (I)' (qv).

-   Has portrayed Winston Churchill in 2 films, first in Jackoots on Whitehall and secondly The King's Speech. Both films were released in the same year.


-   Appeared in UK Corporate Video on "Coaching Skills" as Robin the manager (circa late 90s)

-   TV commercial (voiceover) for Tesco supermarkets (2004)

-   (1978) He acted in 'David Edgar (I)' (qv)'s play, "Mary Barnes", at the Studio of Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham, West Midlands, England with 'Ann Mitchell (I)' (qv), 'Patti Love' (qv), 'Roger Allam' (qv), 'Simon Callow' (qv) and 'Thelma Whiteley' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Farago (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1978) He acted in 'William Butler Yeats' (qv)' stage adaptation of 'Sophocles' (qv)' play, "King Oedipus", at the Vanbrugh Theatre in a Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts production in London, England with George Fisher, 'Clare Dow' (qv), 'Suzanne Burden' (qv) and 'Michael Simkins (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Geoff Bullens' (qv) was the director.

-   Somewhere at Sea (Working Title)

-   (April 1980) He acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "The Three Sisters", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with 'Janet Dale' (qv), 'Suzanne Bertish' (qv), 'Emily Richard' (qv), 'Edward Petherbridge' (qv), 'Roger Rees' (qv) and 'Bob Peck (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Trevor Nunn' (qv) was the director.

-   (1980) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with 'John Woodvine' (qv), 'Jane Downs (I)' (qv), 'Susan Tracy' (qv), 'Ben Kingsley' (qv) and 'Bob Peck (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Trevor Nunn' (qv) and 'John Caird' (qv) were the directors.

-   (April 1980) He acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "The Three Sisters", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Company Warehouse Theatre in London, England with 'Janet Dale' (qv), 'Suzanne Bertish' (qv), 'Emily Richard' (qv), 'Edward Petherbridge' (qv), 'Roger Rees' (qv) and 'Bob Peck (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Trevor Nunn' (qv) was the director.

-   (1979) He acted in 'Bertolt Brecht' (qv)'s play, "Baal", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Other Place Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Ben Kingsley' (qv), 'Jane Downs (I)' (qv), 'Robert Gwilym' (qv), 'Nicholas Gecks' (qv) and 'Lila Kaye' (qv) in the cast. 'David Hugh Jones' (qv) was the director.

-   (1981) He acted in 'Francis Beaumont' (qv)'s play, "The Knight of the Burning Pestle", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with 'John Woodvine' (qv), 'Timothy Kightley' (qv), 'Margaret Courtenay' (qv), 'Karl Johnson (II)' (qv), 'Heather Canning' (qv), 'Nick Brimble' (qv), 'Stephen Rashbrook' (qv), 'Malcolm Storry' (qv) and 'Teddy Kempner (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Michael Bogdanov' (qv) was the director.

-   (1982) He acted in 'Anne Warner (I)' (qv)'s play, "Aunt Mary", at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with 'Alfred Marks' (qv), 'Barry Jackson (I)' (qv) and 'Ann Way' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1988) He acted in Mike Leigh's play, "Smelling A Rat," at the Hampstead Theatre in Hampstead, London, England with Eric Allan, Brid Brennan, Greg Cruttwell, and Saskia Reeves in the cast.


-   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."


-   (June 2008) London W1P, England


-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 5 January 2004, pg. 13, by: Cassandra Jardine, "'Look like Tom Cruise? No thanks'"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 12 October 2002, Vol. 315, Iss. 4101, pg. 30-32, by: Andrew Duncan, "Spall of fame"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 6 January 1996, Vol. 288, Iss. 3754, pg. 14-17, by: Andrew Duncan, "'I say I'm an oik but that's a joke'"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 11 March 1995, Vol. 284, Iss. 3712, pg. 8, "My Choice"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 6 July 1991, pg. 5, "Underdog's Best Friend"


-   "Radio Times" (UK), 27 April 2002, Vol. 313, Iss. 4077

-   "Fangoria" (USA), May 1988, Vol. 8, Iss. 73

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