Rafe Spall

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Rafe Spall
BornRafe Joseph Spall
(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 31)
Camberwell, London, England
ResidenceWest Kensington, London, England
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Elize du Toit (2010–present)
ChildrenLena Spall
Rex Spall
ParentsTimothy Spall
Shane Spall
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Rafe Spall
BornRafe Joseph Spall
(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 31)
Camberwell, London, England
ResidenceWest Kensington, London, England
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Elize du Toit (2010–present)
ChildrenLena Spall
Rex Spall
ParentsTimothy Spall
Shane Spall

Rafe Joseph Spall (born 10 March 1983)[1] is an English actor on both stage and screen. He is perhaps best known for his roles in BBC's The Shadow Line, Channel 4's Pete versus Life, One Day, Anonymous, and the Ridley Scott film Prometheus. He played writer Yann Martel in the 2012 film Life of Pi.


Spall was born in King's College Hospital, Camberwell, London, and is the son of actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane Spall, the second of three children. Unlike his two sisters, who are 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 he would later play himself, Rafe always had ambitions to act. Having done badly at his school Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College, he left to become an actor having joined the National Youth Theatre but after failing to get into his chosen drama schools he began his career at the bottom.

Spall is a patron of the Actors' Centre.[2]


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]

Personal life[edit]

Spall claims to have always struggled with his weight, going up to 18 stone (114 kilograms), but he claimed to have been given so many character parts that he attempted to slim down, losing over five stone (32 kilograms).[5] He is 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.[6]

While resident in London Fields, from 2004 to 2006 he was in a relationship with his The Rotter's Club co-star Alice Eve. In 2007 he dated Alexandra Mann, a designer and stylist.

Like his father Rafe is a very keen supporter of his local football team, Crystal Palace Football Club.

On 1 February 2008, he met actress Elize du Toit through friends in a bar in London.[7] The couple married on 14 August[8] 2010,[9] and live in West Kensington, London.[10] Their first child, a daughter called Lena was born in 2011, and in November 2012 their second child, a son called Rex, was born.[9]




2014Get SantaFilming
2014X+Y[19]Mr Humphreys
2014Kill Your Friends[20]Pre-production
2014Son of the South[20]Bob ZellnerPre-production
2013The F WordBen
2013The World's End[20]House Buyer
2013I Give It a Year[21]Josh
2012Earthbound[22]Joe Norman
2012Life of PiYann MartelReplaced Tobey Maguire in post-production
2011One Day[24]Ian
2011Anonymous[25]William Shakespeare
2010Sus[26]D.C. Wilby
2009The Scouting Book For Boys[27]Steve
2007Grindhouse[28]GhostFeatured in the segment "Don't"
2007Hot Fuzz[29]DC Cartwright
2006A Good Year[30]Kenny
2005The Last Drop[32]Pvt Wellings
2005Green Street [33]Swill
2004The Calcium Kid[34]Stan Parlour
2004Shaun of the Dead[35]Noel
2001Beginner's Luck[36]

Short films[edit]

2010Behind The Door[37]Bobby
2009Modern Life Is Rubbish[38]Liam
2007Get Off My Land[40]Man


2010-11Pete Versus Life[41]Pete Griffiths
2011The Shadow Line[42]Jay Wratten
2009Desperate Romantics[43]William 'Maniac' Hunt
2009Agatha Christie's Marple[44]Roger BassingtonSeries 4
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
2008Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me[45]Dennis Heymer
2008He Kills Coppers[46]Frank Taylor
2007A Room with a View[47]George Emerson
2006Dracula[48]Jonathan Harker
2006Wide Sargasso Sea[49]Edward Rochester
2006Cracker[50]DS McAllister
2006The Chatterley Affair[51]Keith
2006The Romantics[52]John Clare
2005Twisted Tales[53]DominicSeries 1, Episode 5
Death Metal Chronicles
2005The Rotters' Club[54]Sean Harding
2004The Legend of the Tamworth Two[55]Crustie
2003The Lion in Winter[56]Prince John
2002Out of Control[57]Ray



  1. ^ Yahoo! Movies profile
  2. ^ "Rafe Spall, Patron". actorscentre.co.uk/. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  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. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rafe_Spall&action=edit&section=3&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro
  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. ^ "Constellations at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  12. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  13. ^ "Hello and Goodbye - Athol Fugard - 2008 - Productions - English Touring Theatre". Ett.org.uk. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  14. ^ "Alaska at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  15. ^ "John Gabriel Borkman". Donmar Warehouse. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  16. ^ "The Knight of the Burning Pestle". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  17. ^ "Just a Bloke at The Royal Court Theatre". royalcourttheatre.com. 17 November 2002. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  18. ^ "A Prayer for Owen Meany - Productions". National Theatre. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  19. ^ "X Plus Y announces cast". 18 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c Rafe Spall at the Internet Movie Database
  21. ^ "I Give It A Year", IMDb, 2013 
  22. ^ "Earthbound", IMDb, 2012 
  23. ^ "Prometheus", IMDb, 2012 
  24. ^ "One Day", IMDb, 2011 
  25. ^ "Anonymous", IMDb, 2011 
  26. ^ "Sus", IMDb, 2010 
  27. ^ "The Scouting Book For Boys", IMDb, 2009 
  28. ^ "Grindhouse", IMDb, 2007 
  29. ^ "Hot Fuzz", IMDb, 2007 
  30. ^ "A Good Year", IMDb, 2006 
  31. ^ "Kidulthood", IMDb, 2006 
  32. ^ "The Last Drop", IMDb, 2005 
  33. ^ "Green Street", IMDb, 2005 
  34. ^ "The Calcium Kid", IMDb, 2004 
  35. ^ "Shaun of the Dead", IMDb, 2004 
  36. ^ "Beginner's Luck", IMDb, 2001 
  37. ^ "Behind The Door", IMDb, 2010 
  38. ^ "Modern Life Is Rubbish", BBC, 2009 
  39. ^ "Close", Pollibee Pictures, 2008 
  40. ^ "Get Off My Land", BBC, 2007 
  41. ^ "Pete Versus Life", IMDb, 2011 
  42. ^ "The Shadow Line", IMDb, 2011 
  43. ^ "Desperate Romantics", IMDb, 2009 
  44. ^ "Marple", IMDb, 2009 
  45. ^ "Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me", IMDb, 2008 
  46. ^ "He Kills Coppers", IMDb, 2008 
  47. ^ "A Room With A View", IMDb, 2007 
  48. ^ "Dracula", IMDb, 2006 
  49. ^ "Wide Sargasso Sea", IMDb, 2006 
  50. ^ "Cracker", IMDb, 2006 
  51. ^ "The Chatterley Affair", IMDb, 2006 
  52. ^ "The Romantics", IMDb, 2006 
  53. ^ "Twisted Tales", IMDb, 2005 
  54. ^ "the Rotters' Club", IMDb, 2005 
  55. ^ "The Legend of the Tamworth Two", IMDb, 2004 
  56. ^ "The Lion in Winter", IMDb, 2003 
  57. ^ "Out of Control", IMDb, 2002 

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