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Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE (born 27 February 1957) is a BAFTA award-nominated English actor and occasional presenter.

Early life

Spall, third of four sons, was born in Batterseamarker, Londonmarker; his father, Joe, was a postal worker, and his mother, Sylvia, a hairdresser. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, where he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor in his year. His brother, Matthew, is studio director of the computer games company Morpheme.


Initially notable in the UKmarker for playing the gormless Barry Taylor in all four series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet alongside actors such as Jimmy Nail, Kevin Whately, Christopher Fairbank and Christine Garner and Kevin in Outside Edge alongside Robert Daws and Josie Lawrence, he has since starred in films such as Crusoe, Secrets & Lies, Shooting the Past, Rock Star, The Last Samurai, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. He gained international recognition as Peter Pettigrew ("Wormtail") in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In 1991 he guest starred in the series 5 Red Dwarf episode Back to Reality.

Spall played the starring role of Albert Pierrepoint in the 2005 film Pierrepoint, which was released as The Last Hangman in the United States. In the 2006 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Spall voiced Phil Collins' manager, Barry Mickelthwaite. In 2007, he starred as Nathaniel in Disney's Enchanted and Beadle Bamford in Tim Burton's production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

On 31 December 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Personal life

Spall is married and has three children: Mercedes, (born 1985), Pascale (born 1976) and Rafe (born 1983), who is also an actor. He lives in a large house in Forest Hillmarker a suburb of south-east London.

In 1996, Spall was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, but has since been in remission. He has said of his illness:
"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."


Year Movie Role Notes and Awards
1979 Quadrophenia Harry the Projectionist
1981 The Missionary Parswell
1983 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Barry Taylor TV series
1985 The Bride Paulus
Dutch Girls Lyndon Baines Jellicoe
1986 Gothic Dr. Polidori
1987 Dream Demon Peck
1989 Crusoe Reverend Milne
1990 White Hunter Black Heart Hodkins, Bush Pilot
The Sheltering Sky Eric Lyle
1871 Ramborde
1991 Life Is Sweet Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner
1996 Secrets & Lies Maurice Purley Nominated for an ALFS Award
Hamlet Rosencrantz
1998 Our Mutual Friend Mr. Venus Nominated for a BAFTA awardWon a Broadcasting Press Guild Award
Still Crazy David 'Beano' Baggot
The Wisdom of Crocodiles Inspector Healey
1999 Topsy-Turvy Richard Temple Nominated for a BAFTA award
Shooting the Past Oswald Bates Nominated for a BAFTA awardNominated for an ALFS Award
The Clandestine Marriage Sterling
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Don Armado
Vatel Gourville
Chicken Run Nick voice
2001 Lucky Break Cliff Gumbell Nominated for a British Independent Film Award
Vanilla Sky Thomas Tipp
Intimacy Andy Nominated for a Chlotrudis award
Rock Star Mats
Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise Tommy Rag TVNominated for a BAFTA award
2002 All or Nothing Phil Nominated for a British Independent Film AwardNominated for a European Film Award
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Cheeryble
When Love Speaks Shakespeare's "Sonnet 3" ("Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest") EMI Classics
2003 The Last Samurai Simon Graham
My House in Umbria Quinty
2004 Gettin' Square Darren 'Dabba' Barrington Nominated for an AFI award
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Mr. Poe
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Peter Pettigrew
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Peter Pettigrew
Cherished Terry Cannings TV
Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle Mr. Harvey TV
Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint Nominated for an ALFS Award
2006 The Street Eddie McEvoy TV (2006 - Present)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Barry Mickelthwaite voice
2007 Death Defying Acts Sugarman
Enchanted Nathaniel
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Beadle Bamford
A Room with a View Mr Emerson, father of George Emerson, who was played by Spall's own son Rafe. for ITV1
Oliver Twist Fagin for BBC
2008 Appaloosa Phil Olson
2009 The Damned United Peter Taylor
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Peter Pettigrew
From Time to Time
Gunrush Doug Beckett TV Series
Re-Uniting the Rubins Lenny Rubins
2010 Alice in Wonderland Bloodhound
Jackboots on Whitehall Winston Churchill voice
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Peter Pettigrew Filming
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Peter Pettigrew Filming


  1. Smith, Julian Llewellyn. "Timothy Spall: A bloke for all seasons." The Independent. 20 August 2001.
  2. Ross, Deborah. "Timothy Spall: Lucky Tim." The Independent. 12 January 2008.
  3. Dureden, Nick. "Timothy Spall victim of his own success." The Independent. 30 March 2006.
  4. "You'll Know the Face." Sydney Morning Herald. 17 January 2004.
  5. Had a break from acting when she became pregnant with her daughter Catherine Reidy, also daughter of 1st assistant director Francesco Reidy. Both Christine and Francesco have known Timothy for a long time.
  6. BBC News
  7. Barber, Lynn. "Spall mercies." The Guardian. 29 September 2002.
  8. Jeffries, Stuart. "I don't always play losers." The Guardian. 5 November 2007.
  9. Raphael, Amy. "Nothing to lose, everything to enjoy." Financial Times. 8 April 2006.

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