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TIMOTHY SPALL (Simon Graham) recently appeared in Douglas McGrath's film retelling of the Charles Dickens classic Nicholas Nickleby. Frequently featured in Mike Leigh's films, Spall made his sixth appearance in the director's most recent offering, All or Nothing. Other collaborations with Mike Leigh include the play Smelling Like A Rat; the BBC film Home Sweet Home; Secrets and Lies, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination and a London Film Critics nomination; and the critically acclaimed story of Gilbert & Sullivan, Topsy Turvy.

He will next star in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azbakan, currently in production and set for a 2004 release.

Spall's extensive film credits include Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of Love's Labours Lost and Branagh's Hamlet; Franc Roddam's Quadrophenia, Clint Eastwood's White Hunter, Black Heart, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky, Roland Joffe's Vatel, Stephen Herek's Rock Star, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (Spall's first association with Tom Cruise), and Brian Gibson's tale of a 1970s band reunion, Still Crazy, which also starred his Last Samurai colleague Billy Connolly. He also lent his voice to the animated feature Chicken Run.

For his role as Mr. Venus in the highly acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Our Mutual Friend, Spall received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor. His UK television credits include the role of Barry in the popular series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Outside Edge. Recent TV credits include Stephen Poliakoff's Shooting the Past, Danny Boyle's Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination, and the revival of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Spall has performed extensively on stage for The Royal Shakespeare Company, in productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicholas Nickleby and Knight and the Burning Pestle. Royal National Theatre productions include St. Joan, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Robert LePage's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream.

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