Timothy Spall Biography

Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

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Released: January 3, 2003
Director: Douglas McGrath
Producer: John N. Hart, Jeff Sharp, Simon Channing Williams
Studio: United Artists Films
Cast: Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, Romola Garai, Anne Hathaway, Barry Humphries, Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson
Genre: Drama
Length: 138 minutes
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Timothy Spall Biography


Date of Birth: February 27, 1957

Born in the United Kingdom, Timothy Spall worked for years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Some of his stage credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicholas Nickleby, Night of the Burning Pestle, and Suicide. He has also worked at the Royal National Theatre, performing in such plays as Saint Joan, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and Robert Lepage's acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Timothy first got into film at the age of 22. He landed a small part in Quadrophenia (1979) as the projectionist. In 1992, he landed a co-starring role on the TV movie, Home Sweet Home, but it wasn't until the multi-award winner Secrets & Lies(1996), that Timothy began to be noticed. Timothy played the dumpy, weak-willed Maurice who was torn between the love for his sister and wife.

For his role as Mr. Venus in the highly acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, Timothy received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor.

Timothy started out the new millennium with a bang, with a major role in Topsy-Turvy (1999), lending his voice to the animated Chicken Run (2000) and working in Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespeare flick, Love's Labour's Lost (2000).

He then went on to land a role in The Last Samurai (2003) with Tom Cruise, played Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and played Mr. Poe in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).

Other films include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011), and Mr. Turner (2014), a role for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. More recently, Timothy was seen in the dramas Denial (2016), The Journey (2017), The Party (2018) and Finding Your Feet (2018).

He was named an Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth on New Year's Eve, 1999. He and his wife Shane have three children.


Early Man(2018)
Finding Your Feet (2018)
The Party (2018)
The Journey (2017)
Stanley a Man of Variety (2016)
Denial (2016)
Away (2016)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Sucker (2015)
Mr. Turner (2014)
The Love Punch (2013)
Ginger & Rosa (2013)
Love Bite (2012)
The Rise (2012)
Assassin's Bullet (2012)
My Angel (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010)
From Time to Time (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Heartless (2009)
Jackboots on Whitehall (2008)(voice)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Enchanted (2007)
Death Defying Acts (2007)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Lucky Break (2002)
Rock Star (2001)
Intimacy (2001)
Chicken Run (2000) (voice)
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Vatel (2000)
The Clandestine Marriage (1999)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998)
Still Crazy (1998)
Hamlet (1996)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
1871 (1990)
Life Is Sweet (1990)
To Kill a Priest (1988)
Crusoe (1988)
Dream Demon (1988)
Body Contact (1987)
Gothic (1986)
The Bride (1985/I)
Dutch Girls (1985)
The Missionary (1982)
Remembrance (1982)
Quadrophenia (1979)


Actor The Corrupted (2020)
Actor Finding Your Feet (2018)
Actor The Party (2018)
Actor Early Man (2017)
Actor The Journey (2017)
Actor Denial (2016)
Actor The Love Punch (2014)
Actor Mr. Turner (2014)
Actor Room on the Broom (2014)
Actor Assassin's Bullet (2013)
Actor Ginger & Rosa (2013)
Actor Upside Down (2013)
Actor Heartless (2011)
Actor The King's Speech (2010)
Actor The Damned United (2009)
Actor From Time to Time (2009)
Actor Enchanted (2007)
Actor The Last Samurai (2003)
Actor A Child's Garden (2002)
Actor All or Nothing (2002)
Actor Lucky Break (2002)
Actor Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Actor Intimacy (2001)
Actor Hamlet (1996) (2000)
Actor Rock Star (2000)
Actor Vatel (2000)
Actor Topsy Turvy (1999)