Tim Roth

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Tim Roth
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BornTimothy Simon Roth[1][2]
(1961-05-14) 14 May 1961 (age 53)
Dulwich, London, England
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Niki Butler (1993–present)
Children3 sons
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For the metal guitarist, see Tim Roth (musician).
Tim Roth
Tim Roth Cannes 2014.jpg
BornTimothy Simon Roth[1][2]
(1961-05-14) 14 May 1961 (age 53)
Dulwich, London, England
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Niki Butler (1993–present)
Children3 sons

Timothy Simon "Tim" Roth (born 14 May 1961) is an English actor and film director. He made his film debut in Made in Britain in 1982 and has since appeared in a number of Quentin Tarantino films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms. Some other notable films include Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk and 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. He also starred as Cal Lightman in the TV series Lie to Me.

Early life[edit]

Tim Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and (until the 1970s) a member of the British Communist Party.[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 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. In contrast to his Made in Britain role, Roth played a mentally disabled young man in the 1983 Mike Leigh film, Meantime. In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors opposite Bette Davis, John Mills and Helen Hayes. He played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit with Terence Stamp and John Hurt, 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 as 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 of the US.

Roth was cast as Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 ensemble film Reservoir Dogs. This paved the way for more work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in Pulp Fiction. They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played the role of Ted the Bellhop. His role as Archibald Cunningham opposite Liam Neeson 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.

Roth at the Cannes film festival in 2012

In 1996 he starred with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900 (or just "1900") in The Legend of 1900 and in the same year he co-starred with Tupac Shakur in the film Gridlock'd. He made his debut as a director 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 the Planet of the Apes role. [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 opposite Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk as Emil Blonsky.

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] Roth is to star as FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a film about football's governing body, which is due for release in 2014 to coincide with FIFA's 110th anniversary and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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


As actor[edit]

1983Made in BritainTrevor
Not Necessarily the NewsGay Man
1984The HitMyronNominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1985Murder with MirrorsEdgar Lawson
Return to WaterlooBoy punk
1986King of the GhettoMatthew Long
1987MetamorphosisGregor Samsa
1988A World ApartHarold
To Kill a PriestFeliks
Twice Upon a Time
1989The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her LoverMitchel
1990Vincent & TheoVincent van Gogh
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadGuildenstern
1991BackslidingTom Whitton
1992Reservoir DogsFreddy Newendyke (Mr. Orange)
Jumpin' at the BoneyardManny
1993Bodies, Rest & MotionNick
El Marido perfectoMilan
Murder in the HeartlandCharles Starkweather
Heart of DarknessMarlow
1994CaptivesPhilip Chaney
Little OdessaJoshua ShapiraNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Pulp FictionRingo (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
Four RoomsTed the bellhop
1996No Way HomeJoey
Everyone Says I Love YouCharles Ferry точка удару
Mocking the CosmosMyrodemnon / Myron
1997Gridlock'dAlexander "Stretch" Rawland
HoodlumDutch Schultz
DeceiverJames Walter Wayland
Animals with the TollkeeperHenry
1998Legend of 1900Danny Boodman TD Lemon 1900
1999The War ZoneDirector only
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
Nominated—Golden Spike
2000The Million Dollar HotelIzzy Goldkiss
VatelMarquis de Lauzun
Lucky 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
InvincibleHersche Steinschneider (Erik Jan Hanussen)
The MusketeerFebre
2002Emmett's MarkJohn Harrett / Frank DwyerNominated – DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie
2003Whatever We DoJoeShort
To Kill a KingOliver Cromwell
2004Nouvelle-FranceWilliam Pitt
The Beautiful CountryCaptain Oh
With It"Chicken Louis" Farnatelli
Silver CityMitch Paine
2005Don't Come KnockingSutter
Dark WaterJeff Platzer
2006Tsunami: The AftermathNick Fraser
2007Even MoneyVictor
Youth Without YouthDominic
Virgin TerritoryGerbino
2008Funny GamesGeorge
The Incredible HulkEmil Blonsky / Abomination
2009King ConquerorKing Pedro II of Aragon
2009–2011Lie to MeDr. Cal LightmanPeople's Choice Awards for Favourite TV Crime Fighter[17]
2010Sea WolfDeath Larsen2 episodes
Pete Smalls is DeadPete Smalls
2012ArbitrageDetective Michael Bryer
BrokenArchieStockholm International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2013The LiabilityRoy
2014Fall from GraceDetective TabbPost-production
Grace of MonacoPrince Rainier of Monaco
United PassionsSepp BlatterCompleted, awaiting release
KlondikeThe Count
2015SelmaGeorge WallaceFilming
The Hateful EightUnknownPre-Production


  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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