- Developed a Cockney accent during his childhood in order to fit in at school.
- First acting role was in a high school musical based on Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Studied sculpting at London's Camberwell College of Arts.
- Breakout role came with Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992); also worked with the director on Pulp Fiction (1994) and Four Rooms (1995).
- Made his feature directing debut with the 1999 drama The War Zone.
- Turned down the part of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series to play the villain in Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes remake.
- Has performed on stage with Glasgow's Citizens Theatre and at London's Oval House Theatre.
- Acted as President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
- 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1999, European Film Awards — European Discovery - Fassbinder Award: Winner
- 1996, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
- 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
- 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 1985, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film: Nominee
- 2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
- 1999, European Film Awards — European Film: Nominee
- 2011, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Crime Fighter: Winner
- Lori Baker — Ex-significant Other
- Nikki Butler — Wife
- Timothy Hunter Roth — Son
- Ann Roth — Mother
- Jack Roth — Son
- Cormac Roth — Son
- Ernie Roth — Father
- Camberwell College of Arts, London, England
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