• Rafe Spall is a British actor best known for films such as “Three Flavours Cornetto”, “Shaun of the Dead”, and “Kidulthood”.
• He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has appeared in numerous films and TV series.
• He is married to British actress Elize du Toit, with whom he has three children.
• He has been physically active and travels frequently.
• He is 37 years old and has a net worth of over $3 million.

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Date Of BirthMarch 10, 1983
SpouseElize du Toit
FactHis children were born in 2011, 2012 and late 2015.

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”.

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.

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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

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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.

Rafe Spall

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.

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.

General Info

Full NameRafe Spall
Date Of BirthMarch 10, 1983
Height1.85 m
EducationHaberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College


SpouseElize du Toit
ChildrenLena Spall, Rex Spall
ParentsShane Spall, Timothy Spall
SiblingsPascale Spall, Mercedes Spall


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
MoviesLife of Pi, I Give It a Year, Prometheus, X+Y, The Big Short, The BFG, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Get Santa, One Day, Swallows and Amazons, What If, A Good Year, Green Street, The Chatterley Affair, The Calcium Kid, The Scouting Book for Boys, Kidulthood, Agatha Christie's Marple: Why Didn't They ...
TV ShowsPete versus Life, The Shadow Line, Desperate Romantics, He Kills Coppers, Black Mirror, The Rotters' Club, The Romantics

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1His children were born in 2011, 2012 and late 2015.
2Son of Timothy Spall.




Untitled Jurassic World Sequel2018filming
The Ritual2016/IIpost-production
Mum's List2016Singe
Roadies2016TV SeriesReg Whitehead
Swallows and Amazons2016Captain Flint
The BFG2016Mr. Tibbs
Harry Price: Ghost Hunter2015TV MovieHarry Price
The Big Short2015Danny Moses
Sons of Liberty2015TV Mini-SeriesJohn Hancock
Black Mirror2014TV SeriesPotter
Get Santa2014Steve
Off the Page: Death of England2014ShortSon
A Brilliant Young Mind2014Martin Humphreys
What If2013/IBen
The World's End2013Young Man
I Give It a Year2013Josh
How to Behave2012ShortEdwardian Man
Life of Pi2012Writer
Earthbound2012Joe Norman
Pete Versus Life2010-2011TV SeriesPete Griffiths
Anonymous2011/IWilliam Shakespeare
One Day2011Ian
The Shadow Line2011TV Mini-SeriesJay Wratten
Sus2010/ID.C. Wilby
Behind the Door2010ShortBobby
Modern Life Is Rubbish2009ShortLiam
The Scouting Book for Boys2009Steve
Desperate Romantics2009TV SeriesWilliam Holman Hunt
Agatha Christie's Marple2009TV SeriesRoger Bassington
Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me2008TV MovieDennis Heymer
He Kills Coppers2008TV MovieFrank Taylor
A Room with a View2007TV MovieGeorge Emerson
Get Off My Land2007ShortMan
Hot Fuzz: Hot Funk: The TV Version2007Video shortDC Andy Cartwright (uncredited)
Hot Fuzz: Outtakes2007Video shortHimselfDC Andy Cartwright (uncredited)
Grindhouse2007Featured Ghost (segment "Don't") (uncredited)
Hot Fuzz2007DC Andy Cartwright
Dracula2006TV MovieJonathan Harker
Wide Sargasso Sea2006TV MovieEdward Rochester
A Good Year2006Kenny
Cracker2006TV MovieDS McAllister
The Last Drop2006Pvt. David Wellings
The Chatterley Affair2006TV MovieKeith
The Romantics2006TV Mini-SeriesJohn Clare
Green Street Hooligans2005Swill
Twisted Tales2005TV SeriesDominic
The Rotters' Club2005TV SeriesSean Harding
The Calcium Kid2004Stan Parlour
The Legend of the Tamworth Two2004TV MovieCrustie
Shaun of the Dead2004Noel
The Lion in Winter2003TV MoviePrince John
Out of Control2002TV MovieRay
Beginner's Luck2001


22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (credit only)
Choreography of War: Creating the Battles and Special Effects of Sons of Liberty2015Video shortHimself
Lensing Liberty: The Making of Sons of Liberty2015Video shortHimself
Men of Independence: The Historical Figures of Sons of Liberty2015Video shortHimself
Lorraine2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2014TV SeriesHimself
The BRIT Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself
EE British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet Show2013TV SpecialHimself
The Last Leg2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Breakfast2010-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
Sunday Brunch2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Something for the Weekend2009TV SeriesHimself
A Taste of My Life2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Play's the Thing2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Cast Member
Tracking 'The Lion in Winter'2004TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

The Wright Stuff2015TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2016Ensemble Cast AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalThe Big Short (2015)
2011DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Supporting ActorThe Shadow Line (2011)

Nominated Awards

2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Big Short (2015)
2016ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Big Short (2015)
2015EmmyInternational Emmy AwardsBest Performance by an ActorBlack Mirror (2011)
2014British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorX+Y (2014)
2013Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Male NewcomerLife of Pi (2012)
2009RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor (Male)He Kills Coppers (2008)

2nd Place Awards

2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Big Short (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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