Timothy Spall

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Timothy Spall OBE (born February 27, 1957) is an English actor from Battersea, London who trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA.


Initially famous in the U.K. for playing the gormless Barry in the first two series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, he has starred in films such as Secrets & Lies, Shooting the Past, Rock Star,The Last Samurai, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (in which he played Mr. Poe) most often playing good guys. He recently appeared as the slimy Peter Pettigrew ("Wormtail") in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

More recently he has been in the return of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and the moving BBC drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle.

In 1996 Spall was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, but has been in remission for 10 years as of 2006. Spall also had a memorable performance as Nick in the claymation film Chicken Run. He appeared in an episode of Red Dwarf entitled "Back to Reality". He is married and has three children: Mercedes, Pascale and Rafe, who is also an actor.


  • Quadrophenia (1979) as Harry the Projectionist
  • Gothic (1986) as Dr. John William Polidori
  • Life Is Sweet (1990) as Aubrey, Regret Rien Owner
  • The Sheltering Sky (1990) as Eric Lyle
  • Secrets & Lies (1996) as Maurice Purley
  • Hamlet (1996) as Rosencrantz
  • Still Crazy (1998) as David 'Beano' Baggot
  • Topsy-Turvy (1999) as Richard Temple
  • Chicken Run (2000) as Nick
  • Vanilla Sky (2001) as Thomas Tipp
  • Rock Star (2001) as band manager
  • Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise (2001, TV) as Tommy Rag
  • All or Nothing (2002) as Phil
  • The Last Samurai (2003) as Simon Graham
  • Pierrepoint (2004) as Albert Pierrepoint
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) as Peter Pettigrew
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as Mr. Poe
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) as Peter Pettigrew
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories as Barry Mickelthwaite
  • Enchanted (2007) as Nathaniel
  • Sweeney Todd (2007) as Beadle Bamford
  • Jackboots on Whitehall as Churchill

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