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Rafe Spall Biography

Birth Name:
Rafe Spall
Birth Place:
London, England

Fast Facts

  • Named after the title character in Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, played by his father Timothy Spall in a 1981 Royal Shakespeare Company production, and then by himself in a 2005 revival
  • Encouraged by his father to join the National Youth Theatre at age 15
  • At 19, unhappy with the "fat boy" parts he was being offered, began dieting and exercising and eventually lost nearly 80 pounds
  • Bared it all for his first leading role in 2006's The Chatterley Affair
  • Acted opposite his real-life dad, playing father and son, in a 2007 British television adaptation of E
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  • Forster's A Room With a View
  • Worked out for his role in the romantic comedy I Give It a Year, telling Britain's Daily Mail: "I wanted to look convincing enough that audiences would believe Rose Byrne would fancy me


  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated