Tim Roth

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Tim Roth
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BornTimothy Simon Roth
(1961-05-14) 14 May 1961 (age 53)
Dulwich, London, England
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Niki Butler
Children3 sons
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For the metal guitarist, see Tim Roth (musician).
Tim Roth
Tim Roth Cannes 2014.jpg
BornTimothy Simon Roth
(1961-05-14) 14 May 1961 (age 53)
Dulwich, London, England
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Niki Butler
Children3 sons

Timothy Simon "Tim" Roth[1][2] (born 14 May 1961) is an English actor and director.

Roth made his debut in the 1982 film Made in Britain and the 1984 film The Hit, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award. He gained more attention for his performances in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Vincent & Theo, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. He later earned international recognition for appearing in Quentin Tarantino films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Four Rooms. He starred in the 1995 film Rob Roy, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and made his directional debut with The War Zone, for which he won numerous awards.

Roth's other films include Captives, Little Odessa, Everyone Says I Love You, Gridlock'd, Legend of 1900, Deceiver, Planet of the Apes, Invincible, Funny Games, The Incredible Hulk, Arbitrage, and Broken. He also starred as Cal Lightman on the Fox series Lie to Me.

Early life[edit]

Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and member of the British Communist Party until the 1970s.[3][4][5] His father was born with the surname Smith in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry; he changed his surname to Roth in the 1940s, "partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him".[2][5][6] Roth attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell College of Art.[7]


Roth at the Cannes film festival in 2012

Roth made his acting debut at the age of 21, playing a white power skinhead in a 1983 TV film titled Made in Britain. He played an East End character in King of the Ghetto, a controversial drama based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy set in Brick Lane and broadcast by the BBC in 1986. He played a mentally disabled young man in the 1983 Mike Leigh film Meantime. In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors. He played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit, earning an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He appeared in several other films towards the end of the decade and in 1989 he had a supporting role as the buffoonish lackey Mitchell in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. In 1990, he began to enjoy international attention with starring roles as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Roth and other young British actors of the time, such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann, were dubbed the Brit Pack,[8][9] a nickname based on the Brat Pack. Roth was cast as "Mr. Orange" in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in Pulp Fiction. They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played Ted. His role as Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination and won him a BAFTA for the same performance.

In 1996, he starred in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as "Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900" in The Legend of 1900, and in the same year, he co-starred in the film Gridlock'd. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with The War Zone, a film version of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, but he turned it down for Planet of the Apes.[10] He was considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins returned to reclaim the role. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, then starred as Emil Blonsky / Abomination in The Incredible Hulk.

From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a series on Fox called Lie To Me. He played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organisations in the investigations of crimes. His character was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions.[11] In 2010, Roth appeared on the cover to Manic Street Preachers' 2010 studio album, Postcards from a Young Man. In 2012, he was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[12] He starred as FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a film about football's governing body, released in 2014 to coincide with FIFA's 110th anniversary and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Roth has a son, Jack, born to Lori Baker in 1984.[14] Jack is also an actor.[15] Roth married Nikki Butler in 1993; they have two sons, Timothy Hunter (born 1995) and Michael Cormac (born 1996). Roth is a supporter of the Green Party of England and Wales.[16]



1983Made in BritainTrevor
1983Not Necessarily the NewsGay Man
1984The HitMyronNominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1985Murder with MirrorsEdgar Lawson
1985Return to WaterlooBoy Punk
1986King of the GhettoMatthew Long
1987MetamorphosisGregor SamsaTelevision film
1988A World ApartHarold
1988To Kill a PriestFeliks
1988Twice Upon a Time
1989The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her LoverMitchel
1990Vincent & TheoVincent van Gogh
1990Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadGuildenstern
1991BackslidingTom Whitton
1992Reservoir DogsFreddy Newendyke ("Mr. Orange")
1992Jumpin' at the BoneyardManny
1993Bodies, Rest & MotionNick
1993El Marido perfectoMilan
1993Murder in the HeartlandCharles Starkweather
1993Heart of DarknessMarlow
1994CaptivesPhilip Chaney
1994Little OdessaJoshua ShapiraNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1994Pulp Fiction"Ringo" ("Pumpkin")
1995Rob RoyArchibald CunninghamBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995Four RoomsTed
1996No Way HomeJoey
1996Everyone Says I Love YouCharles Ferry
1996Mocking the CosmosMyrodemnon / Myron
1997Gridlock'dAlexander "Stretch" Rawland
1997HoodlumDutch Schultz
1997DeceiverJames Walter Wayland
1997Animals with the TollkeeperHenry
1998Legend of 1900Danny Boodman TD Lemon 1900
1999The War ZoneDirector
C.I.C.A.E. Award
Valladolid International Film Festival Silver Spike
European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year
Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best New British Feature
Tróia Award – First Works Section
Jury Award for Best Director & Best First Feature
Nominated – Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film
2000The Million Dollar HotelIzzy Goldkiss
2000VatelMarquis de Lauzun
2000Lucky NumbersGig
2001Planet of the ApesThadeNominated – Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001InvincibleHersche Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
2001The MusketeerFebre
2002Emmett's MarkJohn Harrett / Frank DwyerNominated – DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie
2003Whatever We DoJoeShort film
2003To Kill a KingOliver Cromwell
2004Nouvelle-FranceWilliam Pitt
2004The Beautiful CountryCaptain Oh
2004With It"Chicken Louis" Farnatelli
2004Silver CityMitch Paine
2005Don't Come KnockingSutter
2005Dark WaterJeff Platzer
2006Tsunami: The AftermathNick Fraser
2007Even MoneyVictor
2007Youth Without YouthDominic
2007Virgin TerritoryGerbino
2008Funny GamesGeorge
2008The Incredible HulkEmil Blonsky / Abomination
2009King ConquerorKing Pedro II of Aragon
2009SkelligSkelligTelevision film
2010Pete Smalls is DeadPete Smalls
2012ArbitrageDetective Michael Bryer
2012BrokenArchieStockholm International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2013The LiabilityRoy
2014Grace of MonacoPrince Rainier of Monaco
2014United PassionsSepp Blatter
2014SelmaGeorge Wallace
2015Fall from GraceDetective Tabb
2015The Hateful EightOswaldo Mobray
2015Mr. RightHopperFilming


2009–2010Lie to MeDr. Cal LightmanPeople's Choice Award for Favourite TV Crime Fighter[17]
2010Sea WolfDeath Larsen2 episodes
2014KlondikeThe Count


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.
  2. ^ a b "Tim Roth – Biography". TalkTalk. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Tim Roth Biography (1961–), Film Reference 
  4. ^ Raphael, Amy, Tim Roth interview, UK: Esquire 
  5. ^ a b Simon, Alex (5 March 2009). "Tim Roth: The Hollywood Interview". The Hollywood Interview. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Shoard, Catherine (20 May 2012). "Tim Roth: who's the daddy?". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ Geoff Pevere. "Tim Roth treats actors with care". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Stern, Marlow. "Gary Oldman Talks 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'Batman' Retirement". The Daily Beast. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  9. ^ The Brit Pack. Brucepayne.de. Retrieved on 14 January 2011.
  10. ^ What Would 'Potter' Have Been Like With Tim Roth As Snape? » MTV Movies Blog. Moviesblog.mtv.com (7 December 2007). Retrieved on 14 January 2011.
  11. ^ Lie to Me, USFCA 
  12. ^ "Tim Roth to lead Cannes Un Certain Regard jury". BBC News. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tim Roth to play Fifa president Sepp Blatter on film" . BBC. Retrieved 4 December 2013
  14. ^ Andrew Smith (28 March 1997). "Look back in anger". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  15. ^ IMDB on Jack Roth
  16. ^ Craig McLean (3 April 2008). "Tim Roth: touching evil in Michael Haneke's Funny Games". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  17. ^ WINNERS' LIST: People's Choice Awards 2011

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