Rafe Spall

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Rafe Spall
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Rafe Spall (2011)
Born(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 32)
Camberwell, London, England
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Elize du Toit
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Rafe Spall
Рейф Сполл.jpg
Rafe Spall (2011)
Born(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 32)
Camberwell, London, England
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Elize du Toit

Rafe Joseph Spall (born 10 March 1983)[1] is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in The Shadow Line, Pete versus Life, One Day, Anonymous, Prometheus, and Life of Pi.

Early life[edit]

Spall was born at King's College Hospital in Camberwell, London, the second of three children of Shane (née Baker) and Timothy Spall.[2] Unlike his two sisters, Mercedes and Pascale, a primary school teacher and a textile designer respectively, Spall followed in his father's footsteps. Named after the protagonist in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a role his father played in the Royal Shakespeare Company and one he would later play himself, he always had ambitions to act. Having achieved poor grades at his school, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, he left to become an actor and joined the National Youth Theatre after failing to get into his chosen drama schools.


Spall has frequently collaborated with Edgar Wright, appearing in his films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Spall was also featured in Wright's segment in the 2007 Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez film Grindhouse.

In 2007 he performed for the first time with his father in the ITV adaption of A Room with a View playing father and son.[3]

In 2013, he played the newlywed husband in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.[4]

In 2015, Spall played John Hancock in the History Channel 3 part series, "Sons of Liberty"

Personal life[edit]

Spall claims to have always struggled with his weight, going up to 114 kg, but said that he was given so many character parts that he attempted to slim down, losing over 32 kg.[5] Like his father, he is a very keen supporter of Crystal Palace FC. He is a patron of the Actors' Centre.[6]

While living in London Fields, he was in a relationship with his The Rotter's Club co-star Alice Eve from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, he dated Alexandra Mann, a designer and stylist. In February 2008, He met actress Elize du Toit through friends at a bar in London.[7] They were married on 14 August 2010[8][9] and live in West Kensington, London.[10] They have two children: a daughter called Lena (born 2011) and a son called Rex (born November 2012).[9]



2014Get Santa
2014X+Y[11]Mr HumphreysNominated - BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014Kill Your Friends[12]Pre-production
2014Son of the South[12]Bob ZellnerPre-production
2013The F WordBen
2013The World's End[12]House Buyer
2013I Give It a Year[13]Josh
2012Earthbound[14]Joe Norman
2012Life of PiYann MartelReplaced Tobey Maguire in post-production
2011One Day[16]Ian
2011Anonymous[17]William Shakespeare
2010Behind The Door[18]Bobby
2010Sus[19]D.C. Wilby
2009Modern Life Is Rubbish[20]Liam
2009The Scouting Book For Boys[21]Steve
2007Grindhouse[23]GhostFeatured in the segment "Don't"
2007Hot Fuzz[24]DC Cartwright
2007Get Off My Land[25]Man
2006A Good Year[26]Kenny
2005The Last Drop[28]Pvt Wellings
2005Green Street [29]Swill
2004The Calcium Kid[30]Stan Parlour
2004Shaun of the Dead[31]Noel
2001Beginner's Luck[32]


2015Sons of LibertyJohn Hancock
2014Black Mirror[33]Joe PotterEpisode: "White Christmas"
2010–2011Pete Versus Life[34]Pete Griffiths
2011The Shadow Line[35]Jay Wratten
2009Desperate Romantics[36]William 'Maniac' Hunt
2009Agatha Christie's Marple[37]Roger BassingtonEpisode: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
2008Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me[38]Dennis Heymer
2008He Kills Coppers[39]Frank Taylor
2007A Room with a View[40]George Emerson
2006Dracula[41]Jonathan Harker
2006Wide Sargasso Sea[42]Edward Rochester
2006Cracker[43]DS McAllister
2006The Chatterley Affair[44]Keith
2006The Romantics[45]John Clare
2005Twisted Tales[46]DominicEpisode: "Death Metal Chronicles"
2005The Rotters' Club[47]Sean Harding
2004The Legend of the Tamworth Two[48]Crustie
2003The Lion in Winter[49]Prince John
2002Out of Control[50]Ray




  1. ^ Yahoo! Movies profile
  2. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2105122/Timothy-Spalls-wife-Shane-husband-overcame-terminal-cancer.html
  3. ^ Raphael, Amy (27 October 2007). "Rafe and Timothy Spall joint interview". Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  4. ^ "I give it a year next year". www.stephenmerchant.com. November 22, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ Babb, Fran (19 August 2011). "Rafe Spall One Day Interview". Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Rafe Spall, Patron". actorscentre.co.uk/. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (1 February 2013). "Stepping out of my father Timothy's brilliant shadow: How Rafe Spall went from an unhappy 18.5 stone to a romantic lead role set to make him the new Hugh Grant". Daily Mail (London). 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1245863/bio#trivia
  9. ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (20 August 2011), "Rafe Spall Profile", Independent (London) 
  10. ^ "Rafe Spall My London", Evening Standard, 2009 
  11. ^ "X Plus Y announces cast". 18 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Rafe Spall at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ "I Give It A Year", IMDb, 2013 
  14. ^ "Earthbound", IMDb, 2012 
  15. ^ "Prometheus", IMDb, 2012 
  16. ^ "One Day", IMDb, 2011 
  17. ^ "Anonymous", IMDb, 2011 
  18. ^ "Behind The Door", IMDb, 2010 
  19. ^ "Sus", IMDb, 2010 
  20. ^ "Modern Life Is Rubbish", BBC, 2009 
  21. ^ "The Scouting Book For Boys", IMDb, 2009 
  22. ^ "Close", Pollibee Pictures, 2008 
  23. ^ "Grindhouse", IMDb, 2007 
  24. ^ "Hot Fuzz", IMDb, 2007 
  25. ^ "Get Off My Land", BBC, 2007 
  26. ^ "A Good Year", IMDb, 2006 
  27. ^ "Kidulthood", IMDb, 2006 
  28. ^ "The Last Drop", IMDb, 2005 
  29. ^ "Green Street", IMDb, 2005 
  30. ^ "The Calcium Kid", IMDb, 2004 
  31. ^ "Shaun of the Dead", IMDb, 2004 
  32. ^ "Beginner's Luck", IMDb, 2001 
  33. ^ "‘Mad Men’ Star Jon Hamm Joins ‘Black Mirror’", Variety, 2004 
  34. ^ "Pete Versus Life", IMDb, 2011 
  35. ^ "The Shadow Line", IMDb, 2011 
  36. ^ "Desperate Romantics", IMDb, 2009 
  37. ^ "Marple", IMDb, 2009 
  38. ^ "Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me", IMDb, 2008 
  39. ^ "He Kills Coppers", IMDb, 2008 
  40. ^ "A Room With A View", IMDb, 2007 
  41. ^ "Dracula", IMDb, 2006 
  42. ^ "Wide Sargasso Sea", IMDb, 2006 
  43. ^ "Cracker", IMDb, 2006 
  44. ^ "The Chatterley Affair", IMDb, 2006 
  45. ^ "The Romantics", IMDb, 2006 
  46. ^ "Twisted Tales", IMDb, 2005 
  47. ^ "the Rotters' Club", IMDb, 2005 
  48. ^ "The Legend of the Tamworth Two", IMDb, 2004 
  49. ^ "The Lion in Winter", IMDb, 2003 
  50. ^ "Out of Control", IMDb, 2002 
  51. ^ "Constellations at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  52. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  53. ^ "Hello and Goodbye - Athol Fugard - 2008 - Productions - English Touring Theatre". Ett.org.uk. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  54. ^ "Alaska at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  55. ^ "John Gabriel Borkman". Donmar Warehouse. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  56. ^ "The Knight of the Burning Pestle". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  57. ^ "Just a Bloke at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 17 November 2002. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  58. ^ "A Prayer for Owen Meany - Productions". National Theatre. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 

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