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Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall has been a familiar face to TV and film audiences across the globe for over 20 years since he first shot to fame as the hapless Barry in BBC TV's Auf Wiedersehen Pet. He has gone on to star feature in over 30 films including Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies and Topsy Turvy both of which received BAFTA and London Film Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. He received further nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the London Film Critics Circle as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break and again Best Actor nominations by the British Industry Film Awards and Europe Film Awards for Leigh's All or Nothing.

Other notable film credits include Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky; Kenneth Branagh's Love Labour's Lost and Hamlet; Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet; Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky; Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart; Richard Longcrane's My House in Umbria; Doug McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby; Tony Jaffe's Rock Star; Christopher Miles' The Clandestine Marriage; Brian Gibson's Still Crazy and Simon Wincer's Young Indie.

Spall is also highly respected in the world of television drama. He received a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor for Julian Farino's Our Mutual Friend and also won the Broacasting Press Guild TV Award again for Best Actor. He also won Best Actor Awards from both the Cinema Tout Ecran and Prix d'Italie Awards for his role in Stephen Poliakoff's Shooting the Past as well as further Bafta nominations both for Shooting the Past and Danny Boyle's Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise.

In addition to his film and television career, Spall is a revered stage actor with many performances including Stephen Daldry's This is a Chair at the Royal Court, Robert LePage's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the National Theatre, Mike Leigh's Smelling a Rat, Trevor Nunn's The Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby and Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company and David Jones' Baal again for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Timothy Spall Facts

Birth Name Timothy Leonard Spall
BirthdayFebruary 27, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Timothy Spall compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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