Spall, Timothy 1957–

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SPALL, Timothy 1957–

(Tim Spall)


Full name, Timothy Leonard Spall; born February 27, 1957, in Battersea, London, England; father, a postal worker; mother, a hairdresser; married Shane (some sources cite Mary–Jane), 1981; children: Pascale, Rafe (an actor), Mercedes. Education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduated.


Agent—Pippa Markham, Markham and Froggatt Agency, 4 Windmill St., London W1T 2H2, England (some sources cite 4 Windmill St., London W1P 1HF). Manager—Hofflund/Polone, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 890, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actor. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, associate member; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, England, member of company, c. 1979–81; former member of National Youth Theatre, London. Appeared in commercials. Archie and Gwen Smith Memorial Trust Fund, honorary vice chair.


Royal Society of Arts (fellow), Colony Club, Dean Street Soho Club.

Awards, Honors:

British Comedy Award, 1994, for Outside Edge; London Critics Circle Film Award nomination, British actor of the year, 1997, for Secrets & Lies; Broadcasting Press Guild Award, and Television Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, both best actor, 1999, for Our Mutual Friend; decorated officer, Order of the British Empire, 1999; Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2000, Shooting the Past; Film Award nomination, best supporting actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2000, and London Critics Circle Film Award nomination, British supporting actor of the year, 2001, both for Topsy–Turvy; British Independent Film Award nomination, best actor, 2001, for Lucky Break; National Board of Review Award (with others), best acting by an ensemble, 2002, for Nicholas Nickleby; Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2002, for Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise; British Independent Film Award nomination and European Film Award nomination, both best actor, 2002, for All or Nothing; Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best actor in a leading role, 2003, for Gettin' Square.


Film Appearances:

Lupu, The Life Story of Baal, 1978.

Harry, Quadrophenia (also known as Quadrophenia: A Way of Life), World Northal, 1979.

Douglas, Remembrance, Mainline Releasing, 1982.

Parswell, The Missionary, Columbia, 1982.

Paulus (Tim), The Bride, Columbia, 1985.

Dr. John Polidori, Gothic, Vestron Pictures, 1986.

Igor, To Kill a Priest (also known as Le complot, Popieluszko, and Zabic ksiedza), Columbia, 1988.

Peck, Dream Demon, Spectrafilm, 1988.

(As Tim Spall) Reverend Milne, Crusoe, Island Films, 1988.

Aubrey, Life Is Sweet, October Films, 1990.

Eric Lyle, The Sheltering Sky (also known as Il te nel deserto), Warner Bros., 1990.

Hodkins, White Hunter, Black Heart, Warner Bros., 1990.

Ramborde, 1871, 1990.

Maurice Purley, Secrets & Lies (also known as Secrets et mensonges), October Films, 1996.

Rosencrantz, Hamlet (also known as William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"), Columbia, 1996.

(In archive footage) Whatever Happened to … Clement and La Frenais?, 1997.

David "Beano" Baggot, Still Crazy, Columbia, 1998.

Inspector Healey, The Wisdom of Crocodiles (also known as Immortality), Miramax, 1998.

Richard "Dickie" Temple (The Mikado), Topsy–Turvy, October Films/USA Films, 1999.

Sterling, The Clandestine Marriage, United International Pictures, 1999.

Don Armado, Love's Labour's Lost (also known as Peines d'amour perdues), Miramax, 2000.

Gourville, Vatel, Miramax, 2000.

Voice of Nick, Chicken Run (animated; also known as C:R–1), DreamWorks, 2000.

Andy, Intimacy (also known as Intimidad and Intimite), Empire Pictures, 2001.

Luis Agalla, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (also known as El viejo que leia novelas de amor and Le vieux qui lisait des romans d'amour), Pandora Films, 2001.

Mats, Rock Star (also known as Metal God), Warner Bros., 2001.

Thomas Tipp, Vanilla Sky, Paramount, 2001.

Cliff Gumbell, Lucky Break (also known as Rein oder raus), Paramount, c. 2001.

Charles Cheeryble, Nicholas Nickleby, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2002.

Phil Bassett, All or Nothing, United Artists, 2002.

Victor Monroe, In the Eyes of Kyana, 2002.

Darren "Dabba" Barrington, Gettin' Square, Universal, 2003.

Frederico Formaggio, Last Rumble in Rochdale (short film), 2003.

Simon Graham, The Last Samurai (also known as The Last Samurai: Bushido), Warner Bros., 2003.

Mr. Poe, Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (also known as Lemony Snicket and Lemony Snicket—Raetselhafte Ereignisse), Paramount, 2004.

Peter Pettigrew, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Warner Bros., 2004, also released as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience..

Peter Pettigrew, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (also known as Wormtail), Warner Bros., 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Barry Taylor, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Central Television, 1983–84 and 1986.

Robert Cunningham, Spender, BBC, 1991–93.

Frank Stubbs, Frank Stubbs Promotes, Carlton Television, 1993.

Title role, Frank Stubbs, Carlton Television, 1994.

Phil Bachelor, Nice Day at the Office, BBC, beginning 1994.

Kevin Costello, Outside Edge, Central Independent Television, 1994, Central Independent Television and Carlton Television, 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mr. Venus, Our Mutual Friend (also known as Our Mutual Friend—by Charles Dickens), BBC, 1998, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1999.

Oswald Bates, Shooting the Past, BBC, 1999, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1999.

Vince Skinner, The Thing about Vince, Carlton Television, 2000.

Irving, Perfect Strangers (also known as Almost Strangers), BBC, 2001.

Mitchel Greenfield, Bodily Harm, [Great Britain], 2002.

Voice, Bosom Pals (animated), BBC, 2004.

Narrator, Jamie's School Dinners, Channel 4 (England) and Food Network Canada, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jim, SOS Titanic, ABC, 1979.

First constable, Oliver Twist, CBS, 1982.

Lyndon, Dutch Girls, London Weekend Television, 1985.

Paul, Body Contact, BBC, 1987.

Francis Meakes, Broke, BBC, 1990.

Nona, BBC, 1991.

B, Rough for Theatre II, RTE (Ireland), then PBS, 2000.

Tommy Rag, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, BBC, 2001, BBC America, 2002.

Quinty, My House in Umbria, HBO, 2003.

Albert Pierrepont, The Last Hangman (also known as Pierrepont), Granada Television, 2005.

Mr. Harvey, Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, BBC, 2005.

Terry Cannings, Cherished, BBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Wainwright, "The Vanishing Army," Play for Today (also known as Play for Today: The Vanishing Army), BBC, 1980.

Gordon Leach, "Home Sweet Home," Play for Today (also known as Play for Today: Home Sweet Home), BBC, 1982.

Sergeant Baxter, "A Cotswold Death," Play for Today (also known as Play for Today: A Cotswold Death), BBC, 1982.

Lieutenant Hibbert, Journey's End, 1988.

Donald Caudell, Stolen, London Weekend Television, 1990.

Gordon, Neville's Island, Yorkshire Television, 1998.

Appeared as Yepikhodov, The Cherry Orchard, BBC; as Hawkins, Guest of the Nation, BBC; and as Andrei, Three Sisters.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Evening Standard British Film Awards, ITV–3 (England), 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Title role, "John Burnett," The South Bank Show, London Weekend Television, 1989.

Pathologist, "The Case of the Missing," Murder Most Horrid, BBC–2, 1991.

Andy, "Back to Reality," Red Dwarf, BBC–2, 1992.

Bill Webster, "Pillow Talk," Boon, Central Television, 1992.

Cunningham, "Barcelona, May 1917," The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, ABC, 1992.

Pilot, Tracey Ullman: A Class Act, [Great Britain], c. 1992, HBO, 1993.

Cell mate, "Cell," Rab C. Nesbitt, BBC, 1993.

Guest, The Danny Baker Show, BBC, 1994.

Salesperson, "The Swords," The Hunger, Showtime, 1997.

Himself, "A Man for All Stages: The Life and Times of Christopher Plummer," Life and Times, CBC, 2002.

Guest, Parkinson, BBC, 2002.

Himself, Top Gear (also known as Top Gear Xtra), BBC, 2005.

Appeared as Clevor Trevor, "Night Moves," Arena (also known as Arena—Night Moves), BBC–2.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appeared as Shorty, The Brylcreem Boys, BBC; as Porfiry, Great Writers—Dostoevsky; as Chico, La Nona, BBC; as Nick Watt, The Nihilist's Double Vision; as Jimmy Beales, Roots, BBC; and as Little Pig Robinson, The Tale of Little Pig Robinson. Also appeared in Dread Poets Society, BBC; and African Footsteps.

Stage Appearances:

Vic Maggot, Smelling a Rat, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1988.

Appeared as Andrei, Three Sisters, as Mech, Baal, as Rafe, Knight of the Burning Pestle, as Simple, The Merry Wives of Windsor, as Wackford Spears and Mr. Folair, Nicholas Nickleby, and in Cymbeline, all Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, England; as Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, as the dauphin,Saint Joan, as Ligurio, Mandragola, and in Le bourgeois gentilhomme, all Royal National Theatre, London; as Boucicault, Heavenly Bodies, as Gratiano, The Merchant of Venice, and as Harry Trevor and Baptista, Kiss Me Kate, all Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England; as Lawrence, Mary Barns, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, London; as Martin, Aunt Mary, Warehouse Theatre, London; as Khelstakov, The Government Inspector, Greenwich Theatre, London; as Derek, Screamers, Playhouse Studio Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland; and as Ivan, Suicide.



Robin, Coaching Skills (corporate video), late 1990s.



Daily Telegraph, January 5, 2004, p. 13.

Radio Times, July 6, 1991, p. 5; March 11, 1995, p. 8; January 6, 1996, pp. 14–17; October 12, 2002, pp. 30–32.