After playing a series of self-described "fat kid" roles early in his career, Rafe Spall decided to permanently change his eating habits and trim down. He began incorporating healthy eating and exerci...
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|The Calcium Kid||Actor||Stan Parlour||1|
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|I Give it a Year||Actor||Josh||1|
|A Room With a View (2006-2007)||Actor||George Emerson||2006||1|
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|The Calcium Kid||Actor||Stan Parlour||1|
|The Lion in Winter (2002-2003)||Actor||John||2002||1|
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|Cracker: A New Terror (2005-2006)||Actor||DS McAllister||2005||1|
|Dracula (2005-2006)||Actor||Jonathan Harker||2005||1|
|A Good Year||Actor||Kenny||1|
|Hot Fuzz||Actor||DC Andy Cartwright||1|
|Green Street Hooligans||Actor||Swill||1|
|The World's End||Actor||Young Man||1|
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|Played a botanist aboard a space mission in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott|
|First role as a leading man in "I Give It a Year."|
|Starred opposite his father, Timothy Spall, for the first time in the British TV drama, "A Room With a View."|
|Portrayed William Shakespeare in Roland Emmerich's period thriller "Anonymous"|
|Made feature debut in British comedy-drama "Beginner's Luck"|
|Reunited with director Edgar Wright, and co-stars Pegg and Frost in "Hot Fuzz"|
|Cast as Prince John opposite Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close in "The Lion in Winter" (Showtime)|
|Cast in Ridley Scott's romantic drama "A Good Year," starring Russell Crowe|
|Appeared in the horror-comedy "Shaun of the Dead," directed by Edgar Wright, and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost|
Arriving at that level of stardom, however, was not easy. Born in London in 1983, Rafe Spall was exposed to acting at a very young age; his father is the BAFTA Award-nominated actor, Timothy Spall. While still in his early teens, Rafe followed his father's footsteps and joined the National Youth Theatre. Then in 1996, Timothy Spall was diagnosed with leukemia. Another setback came after Rafe was rejected from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Refusing to take rejection as a hindrance, Rafe decided to work his way to the very top of the acting food chain. Over the next few years he took small parts in numerous plays and television shows, all of which would ultimately serve as his acting education.
His first major role came in 2004 when he was cast as a chubby shop employee in Edgar Wright's zombie farce, "Shaun of the Dead." The film was both a critical and commercial success, allowing Rafe to appear in more than a dozen television shows and movies over the next three years, including Wright's 2007 follow-up, "Hot Fuzz." That same year, Rafe appeared alongside his father for the first time in the British TV drama, "A Room with a View," which was also one of the very first roles to showcase his brand new look. Rafe's next big break came in 2010 when he was cast as sportswriter Pete Griffiths in the Channel 4 sitcom, "Pete Versus Life."
In 2012 Rafe appeared in two of the year's biggest blockbuster movies: "Prometheus," the sci-fi "Alien" prequel, and director Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning adventure drama, "Life of Pi." However, despite the fact that Spall was now sporting a muscular physique that was a far cry from his early days playing "fat kids," some casting agents still questioned whether he was leading man material. He had to perform four auditions prior to landing the lead in 2013's "I Give It a Year," even giving up wheat, sugar and dairy in order to maintain his chiseled appearance. Rafe ultimately landed the part, and has since begun to firmly cement his status as a leading man on the rise.
|Elize Du Toit||Wife|
|Timothy Spall||Father||Born Feb. 27, 1957|
|National Youth Theatre|
|Lost more than 70 pounds before become a leading man.|
|Was rejected from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).|
|Son of celebrated British character actor, Timothy Spall.|
|"I was a young, fat actor for maybe two years and then I started getting sent parts for very fat people, and I thought I wanted to change this I wanted the parts skinnier boys were playing." -- from The Independent, Aug. 20, 2011|
|"Being kind is the most important thing I've ever been taught. That's what my parents always told me - more important that ambition or success is being kind to people." -- from The Guardian, Jan. 19, 2013|
|"Perhaps earlier in my career I was driven by wanting to prove I wasn't just Timothy Spall's son and that I had something to offer in my own right." -- from The Daily Mail, Feb. 1, 2013|
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