Timothy Spall

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Timothy Spall

Born

2/27/1957, Battersea, London, England.

Birth Name

Timothy Leonard Spall

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Timothy Spall was born on February 27th 1957 in Battersea, London. His mother was a hairdresser and his father worked for the Post Office. One of his earliest performances was at the age of 16 when he played the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In February 2008, Tim appeared at Sunday For Sammy in aid of actor Sammy Johnson, also appearing were Christopher Fairbank, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Billy Mitchell and Denise Welch.

    • Spall narrates the television program "Jamie's School Dinners."

    • When Tim appeared on the BBC car show Top Gear, he drove a Suzuki Liana around a test track in 1 minute 51.1 seconds. This was exactly the same time that explorer Randolph Fiennes made it around the track.

    • In 2004, Tim played Peter Pettigrew in the film 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.'

    • For his performance in the BBC's 'Our Mutual Friend', Tim received a Press Guild Award.

    • Tim appeared in the 2003 Tom Cruise film 'The Last Samurai' as Simon Graham.

    • In 2002, he played kind hearted Charles Cheeryble in the film adaptation of Dicken's classic novel 'Nicholas Nickleby.'

    • He was nominated for a Best Actor BAFTA for his perfomance as Mr. Venus in the 1998 BBC adaptation of Dickens' novel 'Our Mutual Friend.'

    • In 1996, he played Maurice Purley in Mike Leigh's Oscar nominated film 'Secrets and LIes.'

    • He played the title role in the 1993-94 popular ITV comedy drama Frank Stubbs Promotes.

    • Tim has performed in National Theatre productions of 'Saint Joan' and Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'

    • Tim plays the projectionist in the 1979 cult film about Mods and Rockers, 'Quadrophenia.'

    • He was nominated for a BAFTA for his perfomance in the BBC's Stephen Poliakoff's 'Shooting The Past.'

    • Tim has perfomed in The Royal Shakespeare productions of Chekov's 'The Three Sisters' and Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor.'

    • In the ITV award winning cricket comedy Outside Edge, Tim played the character Kevin Costello.

    • Tim appears in Clint Eastward's 1990 film 'White Hunter, Black Heart' as a pilot.

    • Tim played Don Armado in Kenneth Branagh's 2000 film 'Loves, Labour's Lost.'

    • In Kenneth Branagh 1996 film adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Tim played the character Rozencrantz.

    • Tim was nominated for a BAFTA in 1999 for his perfomance in Mike Leigh's Gilbert and Sullivan film, 'Topsy Turvey'. He played Richard Temple, 'The Mikado.'

    • He had a cameo role in the 2002 Tom Cruise film 'Vanilla Sky.' He played Thomas Trip, a pilot.

    • In 1982, Tim played Gordon in Mike Leigh's film 'Home Sweet Home.'

    • One of his ealiest stage performances was in a school production of 'The Wizard of Oz.' He played the character of the Cowardly Lion.

    • Tim played the character Terry Channing in Cherished, a BBC drama based on the true story of Angela Channing who was tried for the murder of her two children.

    • In the 2005 drama Mr. Harvey Lights A Candle, Tim plays the title role Malcolm Harvey, a teacher leading a group of pupils on a trip to Saliasbury Cathedral.

    • Timothy became a household name when he played Birmingham born, naive Barry in the ITV hit drama Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

  • Quotes

    • Spall: (On life after Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) I was virtually unemployable for five full years, couldn't get arrested. People thought I was Barry, this foolish buffoon. I wasn't, of course; I was an actor, but nobody seemed to realise this. I remember going for an audition one time, and somebody worrying whether I'd be able to do anything but a Brummie accent. I had to point out to them that I was from London, not Birmingham Anyway, so there I was, 27 years old, married with three kids already, and nobody would give me a job. A horrible, horrible time.

    • Spall: (On his first acting experience) It had a good big audience and they just laughed, and when I came out to do my bow they gave me a big cheer. Something went off in my head then.

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