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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, Life of Pi, and The Big Short.

Rafe Spall
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Spall in 2011
Born Rafe Joseph Spall
(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 34)
Camberwell, London, England
Residence West Kensington, London
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Elize du Toit (m. 2010)
Children 2


Early lifeEdit

Spall was born at King's College Hospital in Camberwell, London, the second of three children of Shane (née Baker) and actor Timothy Spall. 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 adaptation of A Room with a View playing father and son.[2]

In 2012, Spall portrayed Canadian author Yann Martel in the Academy Award-winning drama film Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan. The film was a critical and financial success, winning four Academy Awards and making over $600 million at the box office. 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.[3]

In 2014, Spall appeared in the coming-of-age drama X+Y, alongside Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins, and the seasonal family comedy Get Santa. In 2015, he played John Hancock in the History Channel three-part series, Sons of Liberty, alongside Jim Broadbent, and appeared in the Academy Award-winning biographical comedy-drama The Big Short, alongside Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. Also that year, Spall played Harry Price in Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, ITV's adaptation of Neil Spring's debut novel, The Ghost Hunters. The film aired on ITV1 on 27 December.[4]

Spall is due to portray a new character in the fifth installment of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park series, which is currently being helmed by The Impossible director J.A. Bayona.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[6] Like his father, he is a very keen supporter of Crystal Palace. He is a patron of the Actors' Centre.[7]

In February 2008, Spall met actress Elize du Toit; they were married on 14 August 2010[8] and live in West Kensington, London.[9] They have two children: a daughter named Lena (born 2011) and a son named Rex (born November 2012).[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Beginner's Luck
2004 Shaun of the Dead Noel
2004 The Calcium Kid Stan Parlour
2005 Green Street Swill
2005 The Last Drop Pvt. David Wellings
2006 Kidulthood Lenny
2006 A Good Year Kenny
2007 Hot Fuzz D.C. Andy Cartwright
2007 Grindhouse Featured Ghost Segment: "Don't"
2008 Close Eric [10]
2009 The Scouting Book For Boys Steve
2009 Modern Life Is Rubbish Liam [11]
2010 Behind the Door Bobby
2010 Sus D.C. Wilby
2011 Anonymous William Shakespeare
2011 One Day Ian Whitehead
2012 Prometheus Millburn
2012 Life of Pi Yann Martel
2012 Earthbound Joe Norman
2013 I Give It a Year Josh Moss
2013 The World's End Young Man
2013 The F Word Ben
2014 X+Y Martin Humphreys Nominated — BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor[12]
2014 Get Santa Steve
2015 The Big Short Danny Moses Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2016 The BFG Mr. Tibbs
2016 Swallows and Amazons Jim Turner / Captain Flint
2016 Mum's List Singe
2017 The Ritual Luke
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mills Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Out of Control Ray Television film
2003 The Lion in Winter Prince John Television film
2004 The Legend of the Tamworth Two Crustie Television film
2005 The Rotters' Club Sean Harding 3 episodes
2005 Twisted Tales Dominic Episode: "Death Metal Chronicles"
2006 The Romantics John Clare Miniseries
2006 The Chatterley Affair Keith Television film
2006 Cracker DS McAllister Television film
2006 Wide Sargasso Sea Edward Rochester Television film
2006 Dracula Jonathan Harker Television film
2007 A Room with a View George Emerson Television film
2008 He Kills Coppers Frank Taylor Television film
2008 Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me Dennis Heymer Television film
2009 Agatha Christie's Marple Roger Bassington Episode: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
2009 Desperate Romantics William Holman Hunt 6 episodes
2011 The Shadow Line Jay Wratten 6 episodes
2010–2011 Pete Versus Life Pete Griffiths 11 episodes
2014 Black Mirror Joe Potter Episode: "White Christmas"[13]
2015 Harry Price: Ghost Hunter Harry Price Television film
2015 Sons of Liberty John Hancock Miniseries
2016 Roadies Reg Whitehead 10 episodes




  1. ^ Yahoo! Movies profile Archived 22 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Raphael, Amy (27 October 2007). "Rafe and Timothy Spall joint interview". Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  3. ^ "I give it a year next year". 22 November 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Blanket, Jo (27 August 2015). "Rafe Spall to star in new ITV drama Harry Price: Ghost Hunter". ITV. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 7, 2016). "Toby Jones and Rafe Spall in Talks to Join Sequel to 'Jurassic World' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  6. ^ Babb, Fran (19 August 2011). "Rafe Spall One Day Interview". Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Rafe Spall, Patron". Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (20 August 2011), "Rafe Spall Profile", Independent, London 
  9. ^ "Rafe Spall My London", Evening Standard, 2009, archived from the original on 25 November 2009 
  10. ^ "Close", Pollibee Pictures, 2008 [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Modern Life Is Rubbish", BBC, 2009, archived from the original on 8 March 2012 
  12. ^ "X Plus Y announces cast". 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Joins 'Black Mirror'", Variety, 2004 
  14. ^ "Constellations at The Royal Court Theatre". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  15. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 21 November 2009. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Hello and Goodbye - Athol Fugard - 2008 - Productions - English Touring Theatre". 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  17. ^ "Alaska at The Royal Court Theatre". 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  18. ^ "John Gabriel Borkman". Donmar Warehouse. 14 April 2007. Archived from the original on 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Knight of the Burning Pestle". British Theatre Guide. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Just a Bloke at The Royal Court Theatre". 17 November 2002. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  21. ^ "A Prayer for Owen Meany - Productions". National Theatre. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 

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