Who is Rafe Spall? Wiki Bio
Rafe Joseph Spall was born in Camberwell, London, England, on 10 March 1983, so his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he holds British nationality. He is an actor, who gained recognition through starring in the film trilogy “Three Flavours Cornetto”, as well as in the horror comedy film “Shaun of the Dead”.
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Early life and education
Rafe was raised alongside his two siblings in Camberwell by their father, Timothy Spall who is an actor best known for portraying Barry Spencer Taylor in the series “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet”, and their mother Shane who was a nurse. Rafe became interested in acting at the age of seven thanks to his father but when he turned 12, doctors discovered that Timothy had leukemia and he had to spend the next year and a half in hospital which was not easy for Rafe.
Rafe gained a lot of weight due to his problems and dropped out of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College due to having poor grades, and so focused on his acting career. He was only 15 when he quit school and became a member of the National Youth Theatre and at the age of 17 – he tried enrolling at several drama schools but was not accepted, however, he won several roles in plays all of which portrayed him as ‘a fat kid’, which encouraged him to lose weight and become a recognized actor.
He eventually began studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre 2008.
Appearances in movies
Rafe made his debut film appearance in “Beginner’s Luck” in 2001, and gained recognition in 2004 after starring as Noel in the horror comedy movie “Shaun of the Dead”, which follows the story of Shaun and Ed who are living in London during a zombie apocalypse. In the same year, he appeared in “The Calcium Kid”, while the year 2005 saw him star in “Green Street Hooligans” and “The Last Drop”.
He portrayed Lenny in “Kidulthood” in 2006, and was praised for his performance as Kenny in the romantic comedy movie “A Good Year” in the same year, which starred Russell Crowe who is a lawyer, and who falls in love with a village girl, choosing to quit his job after finally becoming a partner at the company.
Some of Rafe’s following roles were in “Hot Fuzz” and “Grindhouse” in 2007, and “Close” in 2008.
Rafe was invited to star as Steve in the thriller film “The Scouting Book for Boys” in 2009, while he also appeared in “Modern Life is Rubbish” in the same year and in “Behind the Door” and “Sus” in 2010. The year 2011 saw him star as William Shakespeare in “Anonymous”, as well as Ian Whitehead in the critically acclaimed romantic film “One Day”, which starred Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Rafe was a writer in the film “Life of Pi” in 2012, based on the eponymous book written by Yan Martel, and he went on to appear in “I Give It a Year” and “The World’s End” in 2013.
Rafe was nominated for a BIFA Award for the Best Supporting Actor in 2014 for his performance in the film “X+Y”, and was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his performance in “The Big Short” in 2015. The following years saw him star in several movies, some of which are “Swallows and Amazons” in 2016, “The Ritual” in 2017, and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” in 2018. Some of his latest roles in movies have been in “Men in Black: International”, “Just Mercy”, and “Denmark” in 2019.
Roles in TV series
Rafe made his debut TV series appearance in 2005, when he appeared in three episodes of “The Rotter’s Club” portraying Sean Harding and then went on to guest star in the episode “Death Metal Chronicles” of the series “Twisted Tales” in 2005.
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White Christmas – Black Mirror, Temporada 2 ( 2013 ): capítulo dirigido por Carl Tibbetts, de la serie creada por Charlie Booker, y protagonizado por Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalia Tena, Janet Montgomery, Robin Weaver y Ken Drury. Si me preguntas por Black Mirror, te daré la referencia de este capítulo, que redacta justamente lo que quiere transmitir la serie. Impactante y simplemente brillante. Análisis: Jon Hamm y Rafe Spall hacen de este capítulo una obra maestra actual, donde vemos una crítica brutal a la tortura, al acoso, a la obsesión, al adulterio, a los celos, a la desconfianza, etc… Es un capítulo impactante porque desde un principio te prenden en un "interrogatorio" o "charla" entre ambos personajes que intentan aclarar como las nuevas tecnologías afectaron sus vidas. Es tan bien planteada la trama que el capítulo de 1 hora y 13 minutos aproximadamente pasa como una flecha por todo lo que nos envuelve. El mejor de la segunda temporada en cuanto a todo lo que genera y consiste. Nota personal: 9 #WhiteChristmas #BlackMirror #CharlieBrooker #CarlTibbetts #JonHamm #RafeSpall #OonaChaplin #NataliaTena #RasmusHardiker #JanetMontgomery #RobinWeaver #KenDrury #serie #instagram #Netflix #PCReviewBlackMirror #PCReviewWhiteChristmas #UnitedKingdom
His next role in a TV series was in a single episode of “Agatha Christie’s Marple” in 2009, after which he portrayed William Holman Hunt in six episodes of the drama series “Desperate Romantics”, as well as Jay Wratten in six episodes of “The Shadow Line” in 2011. He was invited to portray his first main character Pete Griffiths in the sitcom “Pete versus Life” in 2011, before appearing in a single episode of the science fiction series “Black Mirror” in 2014. Some of Rafe’s most recent appearances in TV series have been in “Sons of Liberty” in 2015, “Roadies” in 2016 (10 episodes), and “The War of the Worlds” in 2019 (three episodes).
Roles in theatre plays and radio appearances
Rafe’s first notable appearance in a theatre play was in 2002, when he portrayed Harold Crosby, Coach Chickering, and Larry Lish in “A Prayer for Owen Meany” performed at the National Theatre, and in the same year appeared in “Just a Bloke” as Nathan. The year 2005 saw him portray Rafe (named after him) in “The Knight of the Burning Pestle”, and then starred as Erhart Borkman in “John Gabriel Borkman” and as Frank in “Alaska” in 2007.
Rafe was praised for his portrayal of Johnny in “Hello and Goodbye”, performed with the English Touring Theatre in 2008, which was followed by his role in “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” in 2009.
Some of his latest roles in theatre plays have been in “Betrayal” performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2013, “Hedda Gabler” at the Royal National Theatre in 2016, and in “Death of England” at the Royal National Theatre as well in 2020.
He made his debut radio appearance in 2006, portraying Billy in “The Real Thing” airing on BBC Radio 4, while he portrayed a convict in “Hide” which aired on BBC Radio 3 in 2007. Three of his latest radio appearances have been in “Words and Music: Crushed” (BBC Radio 3) in 2008, “Capital” in 2012, and “Amok” (Audible.co.uk) in 2015.
Love life and wife Elize du Toit
Rafe met his future other half Elize du Toit, a British actress, in February 2008, and the two soon began dating shortly.
They married on 14 August 2010 after two years in a relationship, and are currently living together with their three children in West Kensington in London. Elize gave birth to their only daughter Lena in 2011 while their two sons Rex and the other whose name is not known were born in November 2012 and 2015.
Elize du Toit was born in Grahamstown, South Africa on 21 February 1980, so her zodiac sign is Pisces and she now holds British nationality. She is an actress, best known for portraying Izzy Davies in the soap opera “Hollyoaks”. Elize moved to Berkshire, England at the age of 14 together with her three siblings and her parents, and after matriculating from a public high school, she enrolled at Wellington College, graduating with all A’s in English and French in 2002.
She continued her education at the University of Edinburgh where she studied history. Elize is also known for appearing in TV series “Waking the Dead” and “Coronation Street’ in 2011.
Hobbies and other interests
Rafe has been struggling with his weight since he was a teenager, but found comfort in acting because most of his roles require him to lose or gain weight, which motivates him to lose or to gain weight deliberately. He has been physically active since he began acting, having several training sessions at the gym each week, thus his somewhat muscular body.
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His main hobby is travelling, and he has been to the US on several occasions, visiting states such as California, Florida, and New York while he has travelled to nearly all European countries, with some of his favorites being Greece, Italy and Spain.
Rafe has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert de Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Natalie Portman, while his favorite movies include “Taxi Driver”, “Shutter Island”, and “No Strings Attached”. Two of his favorite TV series are “Breaking Bad” and “The Witcher”.
Appearance and net worth
Rafe is 37 years old. He has medium long brown hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 1ins (1.85m) tall, and (currently) weighs around 172lbs (78kgs). As of March 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $3 million.