Timothy Spall is an English actor 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/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' and Nathaniel from Disney's ''{{Film/Enchanted}}''. In ''Film/ShootingThePast'', he played Oswald Bates, a bizarre genius who is more like BunnyEarsLawyer. He played 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, Rafe, is also an actor; they appeared together [[RealLifeRelative as father and son]] in the 2007 television adaptation of ''Literature/ARoomWithAView''.
!!Tropes associated with Timothy Spall
* 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.
* FatherNeptune: Although he is quite self deprecating of his skills as a mariner, he and his wife spent nearly seven years circumnavigating Britain in a barge named after their first grandchild. A significant portion of their trip was chronicled in the BBC series ''Timothy Spall Somewhere At Sea''.