->''"It doesn't bother me one iota that most of my career has been playing people who are not that - well, let's say that people wouldn't aspire to be like them."''

Timothy Leonard Spall (born 27 February 1957) is an English actor. He first came to prominence playing boring electrician Barry in the successful 1980s comedy-drama series ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet''. He has since appeared in numerous films, and is perhaps best known for playing [[TheGrotesque what most consider repulsive characters]], or otherwise, a {{Gonk}}. These include Peter Pettigrew from the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, Beadle Bamford in ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', Mr. Poe in ''Film/{{A Series of Unfortunate Events|2004}}'' and Nathaniel from Disney's ''{{Film/Enchanted}}''. In ''Film/ShootingThePast'', he played Oswald Bates, a bizarre genius who is more like BunnyEarsLawyer. He played UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', and Simon Graham in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. In the film adaptation of ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'', he played Lt. Trotter.

He won Best Actor at Cannes for his portrayal of [=JMW=] Turner in the biopic ''Film/MrTurner''.

As for his personal life, Spall has been married since 1981 and has three children, the youngest of whom, Creator/{{Rafe|Spall}}, is also an actor; they appeared together [[RealLifeRelative as father and son]] in the 2007 television adaptation of ''Literature/ARoomWithAView''.

* DoingItForTheArt: He studied painting for two full years before shooting even began on ''Mr. Turner'' so that he could knowledgeably portray one of Britain's greatest painters actually practicing his craft on screen. He developed his skills to a point where he can copy [=JMW=] Turner's paintings and have his version be all but indistinguishable from the original.