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Probably the actor most closely associated with Mike Leigh, TIMOTHY SPALL marks his fifth collaboration with the writer/director in Topsy-Turvy, following the stage play "Smelling A Rat"; the BBC television film "Home Sweet Home"; and, most notably, the films "Life is Sweet" and "Secrets and Lies." His work in the latter film earned him a BAFTA Award nomination and a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination.

Spall's film credits also include Franc Roddam's "Quadrophenia," Clint Eastwood's "Black Hunter, White Heart," Bernardo Bertloucci's "The Sheltering Sky," Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet," and Brian Gibson's "Still Crazy." He has recently finished filming Kenneth Branagh's musicalized adaptation of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost"; Roland Joffe's "Vatel," starring Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, and Tim Roth; and Christopher Miles' "The Clandestine Marriage," starring Joan Collins and Nigel Hawthorne.

For his role as Mr. Venus in the highly acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend," Spall received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor. His U.K. television credits also include the role of Barry in the popular series "Auf Wiedersehn Pet"; "Outside Edge"; and Stephen Poliakoff's "Shooting the Past."

Spall has acted extensively on the stage for the Royal Shakespeare Company (in productions of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Nicholas Nickleby," "Night of the Burning Pestle," and "Suicide," among others) and the Royal National Theatre (in productions of "Saint Joan," "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme," and Robert Lepage's acclaimed production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," among others).

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