Rafe Spall has had an immensely successful stage and screen career to date. He is best known for his film roles in Shaun of the Dead, Kidulthood, Hot Fuzz and most...Read More
Rafe Spall has had an immensely successful stage and screen career to date. His professional acting career started with a performance at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, directed by Paul Roseby. He next appeared at the National Theatre, with its Youth branch’s production of Nicholas Nickleby, and then subsequently in its main production of A Prayer for Owen Meaney. In 2005 he appeared at the Young Vic and Barbican in Knight of the Burning Pestle, and in 2007 performed in John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Warehouse under Michael Grandage’s direction. In 2008, he played Matt in ATG’s production of Hello and Goodbye, and in 2009 was Terry in Josie Rourke’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet at the Bush Theatre. Rafe Spall’s Royal Court Theatre work started back to 2004, when he appeared in One With the Oven; he returned in 2007 as Frank in Alaska, and then in 2011 in Constellations, which he goes with in its transfer to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre.
Rafe Spall’s television work includes The Lion in Winter (2003), The Romantics and The Chatterley Affair (BBC, 2006), Wide Sargasso Sea (BBC, 2007), ITV’s Marple (2008, as Bassington), Desperate Romantics (2009), Channel 4’s Pete vs. Life (2010 and 2011), and The Shadow Line (in 2011).
In film, Spall played Stan in Working Title’s The Calcium Kid (2002), John in Lion in Winter (2003), and Noel in Shaun of the Dead (2004). In 2005, he appeared as Lenny in Kidulthood, in Green St (Hooligans), in Comfortably Dumb, and as Kenny in A Good Year. 2006 saw him play Wainwright in Hot Fuzz, and in 2011 he played alongside Anne Hathaway as Ian in One Day (the film based on David Nicholls’ best-selling novel). After playing Joe Norman in Earthbound (2011), he then played Millburn in Prometheus (2012).
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