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Also Known As: Tim Spall, Timothy Leonard Spall Died:
Born: February 27, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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A slightly paunched British actor of stage, television, and films, Timothy Spall has played a wide array of character parts, but his career has been most enhanced through his work with writer-director Mike Leigh. He first teamed with Leigh on the television drama "Home Sweet Home" (BBC, 1981), playing one of a trio of postmen, then on-stage in "Smelling a Rat" (1988). Feature collaborations between the two include "Life Is Sweet" (1991), in which Spall played an inept restaurateur, and the acclaimed "Secrets & Lies" (1996), where he played Maurice, a gentle photographer who possesses secret knowledge about his family.

A slightly paunched British actor of stage, television, and films, Timothy Spall has played a wide array of character parts, but his career has been most enhanced through his work with writer-director Mike Leigh. He first teamed with Leigh on the television drama "Home Sweet Home" (BBC, 1981), playing one of a trio of postmen, then on-stage in "Smelling a Rat" (1988). Feature collaborations between the two include "Life Is Sweet" (1991), in which Spall played an inept restaurateur, and the acclaimed "Secrets & Lies" (1996), where he played Maurice, a gentle photographer who possesses secret knowledge about his family.

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 Love Punch (2014)
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 Wasteland (2013)
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 Ginger & Rosa (2012)
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 Love Bite (2012)
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 Heartless (2010)
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1978:
Made early film appearance in "The Life of Baal"
1979:
Joined Royal Shakespeare Company; appeared in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Cymbeline," "The Three Sisters," and "Nicholas Nickleby"
1979:
Appeared in rock opera "Quadrophenia"
1981:
First collaboration with director Mike Leigh, BBC film "Home Sweet Home"
1983:
Was part of ensemble cast of hit British sitcom "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" (ITV) as awkward and bashful Barry
1988:
Had featured role in stage play "Smelling a Rat," directed by Leigh
1990:
Appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Sheltering Sky"
1991:
First feature collaboration with Leigh, "Life Is Sweet"
1992:
Made U.S. debut as guest star on episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (ABC)
1993:
Played title role on British sitcom "Frank Stubbs Promotes" (ITV)
1993:
Appeared as comedy player on HBO Special "Tracey Ullman: A Class Act"
1994:
Co-starred with Brenda Blethyn on ITV comedy series "Outside Edge"
1996:
Received international recognition for starring role in Leigh's "Secrets & Lies"
1996:
Briefly retired from acting while undergoing treatment for leukemia
1999:
Cast in featured role as D'Oyly-Carte performer Richard Temple in Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy"
2000:
Co-starred as Kerry Fox's cab driver husband in "Intimacy"
2001:
Cast as the road manager of a heavy metal band in "Rock Star"
2001:
Appeared in "Vanilla Sky," starring Tom Cruise
2001:
Co-starred in Peter Cattaneo's film "Lucky Break"
2002:
Reunited with Mike Leigh as co-star of "All or Nothing"
2003:
Portrayed Simon Graham, Tom Cruise's British Interpreter in "The Last Samurai"
2004:
Cast as Death Eater Peter 'Wormtail' Pettigrew in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third installment of hit series
2004:
Starred as Mr. Poe in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," an adaptation of Daniel Handler's beloved children's book series
2005:
Again portrayed Wormtail in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," directed by Mike Newell
2007:
Portrayed British executioner Albert Pierrepoint in "Pierrepoint," directed by Adrian Shergold
2007:
Played Beadle Bamford in Tim Burton's production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
2009:
Reprised role in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," directed by David Yates
2010:
Voiced Bayard the Bloodhound in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"
2010:
Cast as Winston Churchill in "The King's Speech"; later reprised Churchill in Summer Olympic Games Closing Ceremony (2012)
2010:
Reprised Wormtail for two-part finale of series "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
2012:
Helped Jim Sturgess find his soulmate Kirsten Dunst in futuristic love story "Upside Down"
2012:
Cast opposite Elle Fanning and Alice Englert in 1960s drama "Ginger & Rosa"
2013:
Starred as Lord Emsworth on BBC comedy series "Blandings"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

Created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 1999

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wife:
Shane Spall.

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daughter:
Pascale Spall.
daughter:
Mercedes Spall.
son:
Rafe Spall. Actor. Born c. 1983; appeared in revival of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby".

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