Timothy Leonard Spall is an English actor and occasional presenter. Initially notable in the United Kingdom for playing the gormless Barry Taylor in all five series of ‘Auf Wiedersehen’, ‘Pet’, ‘Kevin in Outside Edge’ and as Aubrey the appalling chef in ‘Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet’, Spall has since appeared in films such as Crusoe, Secrets & Lies, Shooting the Past, Vanilla Sky, Rock Star, The Last Samurai, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and The King's Speech.
He gained international recognition as Peter Pettigrew ("Wormtail") in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. In 1991 he guest starred in the series ‘5 Red Dwarf’ episode ‘Back to Reality’. In 1993, Spall was in Rab C Nesbitt. Spall performed lead vocals on the song ‘The Devil Is An Englishman’ from the Ken Russell film ‘Gothic’ (1986), in which Spall portrayed John William Polidori.
Spall starred in the role of Albert Pierrepoint in the 2005 film ‘Pierrepoint’, which was released as ‘The Last Hangman’ in the United States. In 2007, he starred as Nathaniel in Disney's ‘Enchanted’ and Beadle Bamford in Tim Burton's production of ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. He also starred as Georgie Godwin in a one-off television drama ‘The Fattest Man in Britain’ on ITV 1 which aired on the 20th December 2009. The drama also featured Bobby Ball, Frances Barber, Aisling Loftus, and Jeremy Kyle. On 31 December 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).