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Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall

A TV drama regular for over 25 years, Timothy’s best known for roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and a number of Mike Leigh productions.

What’s he been in?

Timothy made his name in the 1980s as Brummie Barry in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, a part he returned to when the show was revived in 2002.

Other credits include several Mike Leigh films, Frank Stubbs Promotes, The Street, Mr Harvey Lights A Candle and Cherished.

Timothy's career began when a teacher saw him play a cowardly lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. He impressed her so much, she persuaded him to go into acting.

In 1982, Timothy starred in Mike Leigh’s TV movie Home Sweet Home. It began a collaboration that has lasted over 20 years. "I’ve been married to Mike for as long as I’ve been married to my wife!" he jokes.

Did you know?

Timothy had a cameo role in the Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky.

He appeared alongside Friends star Jennifer Aniston in the film Rock Star

When he’s not away filming, Tim lives in South London, where he grew up, with his wife

Shane and their three children. Son Rafe is also an actor, and starred in The Rotters' Club.

Despite being accepted by RADA, Timothy nearly signed up with the Army instead. On his first day at RADA he was mistaken for a window cleaner!

Personal Details

Timothy was born on 27 February, 1957.

He was given the OBE by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999.

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