Rafe Spall
British actor
Rafe Spall
Rafe Joseph Spall is an English actor on both stage and screen. He is perhaps best known for his titular role in Channel 4's Pete Versus Life and his roles in One Day, Anonymous, and the Ridley Scott film Prometheus. He recently played in the 2012 film Life of Pi.
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First Listen: Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'
NPR - about 3 years
Alynda Lee Segarra might have the mellowest, kindest voice that's ever told us to rip up what we know and start again. Her clear-eyed, street-level portrait of New Orleans demonstrates exactly what's most valuable and remarkable about Hurray for the Riff Raff's music: its commitment to truth-telling. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Rachel Maddow and More This n'That in Manhattan
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"There is nothing like a good negative review to sell a book," wrote Hugh Barbour. The funniest thing in politics where nothing is funny anymore was the MSNBC coverage of Tea Party Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky quoting twice -- as if they were his own words - speeches using word for word from Wikipedia. Hilarious! Thank you, Rachel Maddow. Our readers are so smart. For instance, I said the other day that when the brief run of Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" ends that maybe Mike Nichols would have his fabulous stars (Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Rafe Spall) repeat it all for a movie. Now reader Ronald Kaplan adds: "There has already been a film made of Pinter's play. In 1983 there was a movie version with Jeremy Irons, Patricia Hodge and Ben Kingsley." Yes, but not a Mike Nichols version. If you are one of those people who don't recognize most of the new ...
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The Sizzling Broadway <i>Betrayal</i> of Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"There's nothing like the love of a good man!" said Julia Roberts over her shoulder to me after I'd commented on how young and beautiful the actress looks these days. This -- after she'd come all the way across the Barrymore Theater auditorium to give me a great hug before Mike Nichols' opening night of the celebrated Harold Pinter's "Betrayal." (Julia did indeed look spiffy in a sleek black dress and we had a brief chat about life, husband, children and everything except whatever she is doing next. She is a real star and one of my favorites.) • The VIP crowd included the de la Rentas, the Diller-von Furstenbergs, the Graydon Carters, Elaine May and Stanley Donen, Nick Pileggi, Candice and Marshall Rose, to name just a few. But in its own way, the night was understated. No red carpet, no mercy for the paparazzi -- everybody calm, cool and collected. Mr. Nichols I didn't see, but his bride, Diane Sawyer, was there cheering him on. • You probably already know how hard it will b ...
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First Nighter: Craig, Weisz, Spall in Nichols's Angle on Pinter's "Betrayal"
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Something Mike Nichols chose to do when directing the final moments of Harold Pinter's Betrayal--now at the Ethel Barrymore and starring the well-publicized Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall--annoyed me so I had to remind myself that up until then, the revered director had brought unusual insight and vitality to the nine-scene intermissionless play. I had to restrain myself from concluding that Nichols had just added another betrayal to the ones covered in the action. Betrayal is, of course, the play that for the most part moves backward in time from 1977 to 1968 and unravels the affair that Jerry (Spall) carries on with Emma (Weisz), supposedly without the knowledge of her husband and his best friend Robert (Craig). It's Pinter's stage confession--not that he ever boasted about it publicly--of the seven-year liaison he had with television personality Joan "The Thinking Man's Crumpet" Bakewell behind her television-producer husband Michael Bakewell's back. (For awhile anyw ...
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'I Don't Think We Don't Love Each Other': <i>Betrayal</i> on Broadway, 2013
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Harold Pinter, portrait by Joe Hill (2006), via haroldpinter.org The new revival of Harold Pinter's great late play Betrayal (1978), currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore theater in New York, has received much attention and sold many tickets already because of its cast and director: Daniel Craig, a fine stage actor better known to audiences as the current James Bond on film; his real-life wife Rachel Weisz, also better known for her work in movies than onstage; Rafe Spall, making his Broadway debut after earning a name for himself in London's West End and on film; and, directing, Mike Nichols. Craig and Weisz are Pinter's married couple, Robert and Emma, and Spall plays Jerry, Robert's best friend -- and Emma's lover for seven years. Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, and Rafe Spall, © Brigitte Lacombe for Betrayal on Broadway Betrayal begins in 1977 and mostly goes backward for a decade, apart from some forward motion through the critical year 1973. If you section Betrayal i ...
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Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz: 'Betrayal' First Preview Performance
Just Jared - over 3 years
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz hold hands while taking a bow after a preview performance of their new show Betrayal on Tuesday (October 1) in New York City. The 45-year-old actor and the 43-year-old actress was joined for the performance by co-star Rafe Spall. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Daniel Craig A few weeks ago, Daniel was spotted heading out for a workout in the Big Apple. Betrayal is set to open on Sunday, November 3 and run through January 5, 2014. Don’t miss it! 15+ pictures inside of Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz performing in a preview for Betrayal…
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The New Season: Two’s Company, Three’s a Show
NYTimes - over 3 years
Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall discover plans for a Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” with fewer pauses and “more animal.”     
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DealBook: In N.Y. Mayoral Race, Small Checks From Hedge Fund Giants
NYTimes - over 3 years
New York law caps individual contributions to mayoral candidates, but records for 2013 are notable for their paucity of donations from hedge fund managers.     
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Movie Review: ‘I Give It a Year,’ a Comedy by Dan Mazer
NYTimes - over 3 years
In the comedy “I Give It a Year,” Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall are newlyweds whose family and friends are convinced that they won’t last.     
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Sophia Stuart: Love, Eventually
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance." Jane Austen In Pride &amp; Prejudice, Jane Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet has few choices in life, while the world is Mr. Darcy's oyster. How times have changed. Where once people longed for love and settled for security, now modern day heroines can pick and choose. But is the outcome any different? According to the movie I Give It a Year, perhaps it is. Unlike Jane Austen's novels, which always end with the marriage ceremony, I Give It a Year starts with the orange blossom, embarrassing best man's speech and the groom's ill-advised novelty dance. It all goes downhill from there -- until the last few moments when Love Conquers All and we leave the cinema with a smile and a sigh and a sense of contentment. Which is just how it should be. The four central characters re-align into the proper formation (this is not a plot spoiler, but it's sweetly done when it happens). Super-smooth American businessman Guy (p ...
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India Ink: After the Delhi Rape, Small Victories for Women in India’s Popular Culture
NYTimes - over 3 years
Seven months after the Delhi rape, India’s popular culture continues to fail the gender test.     
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'I Give It A Year' Takes Humorous Look At Marital Troubles
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Your own marriage problems may not be so funny, but that doesn't mean you can't laugh at somebody else's. In "I Give It A Year," a new British comedy that will be released on iTunes and On Demand on July 3 and hits American theaters on August 9, Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall star as a couple who gets married after seven months and has trouble settling in to married life. Check out the preview above, and let us know if you plan to see the film in the comments section. Then, click through the slideshow below to see divorced actors who have portrayed divorced characters on screen. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter.
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Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Rafe Spall to Star in 'Betrayal' on Broadway - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - almost 4 years
Hollywood Reporter Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Rafe Spall to Star in 'Betrayal' on Broadway Hollywood Reporter Ten-time Tony Award winner Mike Nichols will direct the revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 drama, being produced by Scott Rudin in a limited engagement this year. NEW YORK -- Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall will star on Broadway in Harold ... "Betrayal" on Broadway: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz in love triangleReuters Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz to star together on BroadwayLos Angeles Times Confirmed! Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz Costarring in Betrayal on BroadwayE! Online USA TODAY -Just Jared -Telegraph.co.uk all 57 news articles »
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The Oscar Favorite?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES — In mathematical terms, divide the circumference of the world by its diameter, and you have pi. In Hollywood terms, add a United Nations mix of ingredients and you have the blockbuster "Life of Pi." With 11 Academy Awards nominations – second only to "Lincoln" with 12 – and the sort of global box-office receipts normally reserved for superheroes, "Life of Pi" is one of the most unusual megahits ever to hit the big-screen. Approaching $600 million at the box office worldwide, the film is by far the top-grosser among the nine best-picture nominees – with $200 million more than "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained," its closest rivals. "Life of Pi" has action, suspense and spectacle, but it's a thoughtful, contemplative, internalized film, a philosophical and even cryptic story that touched something in the worldwide psyche resulting in business in the realm of more traditional Hollywood hits such as "The Hunger Games," "Men in Black 3" and "Brave." ...
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Celebrity interview: Rafe Spall
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 4 years
Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne are starring in the brilliant new anti-romantic comedy I Give It A Year.
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Headed To SXSW
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Before Midnight," "Don Jon's Addiction," "Upstream Color," Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and news from John Sayles, Joe Swanberg, David Gordon Green and Jeff Nichols will screen at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival. Those films join the previously announced premieres of the Steve Carell comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and the horror reboot "Evil Dead" on the SXSW lineup. “It’s an incredible privilege to sift through so much exciting work, and every year brings new surprises. Though trends emerge after the fact, not consciously while we’re programming, much of this year’s program embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection,” Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer, said in a statement. “Many films reflect importantly on our culture and include intimate looks at iconic figures, and we’re lucky to have a plethora of hugely entertaining and audience pleasing films. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to support so m ...
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Quentin Tarantino Knocks 'Prometheus'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Quentin Tarantino has used the "Django Unchained" press tour to hold court on a variety of issues, from John Ford to critical writers to dream collaborators to even his thoughts on "Prometheus." The non-prequel prequel to "Alien" from director Ridley Scott was one of 2012's most discussed and debated films, with fans and detractors alike being left to scratch their heads about the blockbuster's more questionable plot turns. "I saw 'Prometheus.' I loved it and I was disappointed at the same time," Tarantino told Colin Ferguson during a recent sit down with the late night host. "On one hand, I was a little disappointed about it. On the other hand, it was actually kind of cool to see such a big deal serious science-fiction epic by a director like Ridley Scott. There was part of it I actually did like, and overall the experience was really cool, having been in it ... there was also a lot of dumb stuff in it, though." Tarantino went on to cite an oft-mocked scene when a sc ...
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Jonathan Kim: ReThink Review: Life of Pi -- Of Gods and Tigers
Huffington Post - about 4 years
If you didn't believe in God, what would it take to convince you He exists? In Ang Lee's film Life of Pi, the main character Pi (played as an adult by Irrfan Khan) tells a struggling writer that Pi's tale of how he survived for 227 days aboard a lifeboat in the company of a Bengal tiger will make the writer believe in God. As an atheist who hasn't seen any compelling evidence to date, I was curious to see how this unusual tale of survival on the high seas would make that argument. I didn't expect to come out of the theater a converted believer, but considering that the book of Life of Pi was a best-seller that won literary awards around the world (and even received direct praise from Barack Obama), I figured that people were finding something within to explain how such an unconventional story could become such a critical and commercial success. Watch my ReThink Review of Life of Pi below (transcript following). Transcript: The film Life of Pi is directed by Ang Lee a ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rafe Spall
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 31
    In 2015, he played John Hancock in the History Channel three-part series, Sons of Liberty, alongside Jim Broadbent, and appeared in the Academy Award-winning biographical comedy-drama The Big Short, alongside Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, Spall played Harry Price in Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, ITV's adaptation of Neil Spring's debut novel, The Ghost Hunters. The film aired on ITV1 on 27 December. Spall claims to have always struggled with his weight, going up to 114 kg, but said that he was given so many character parts that he attempted to slim down, losing over 32 kg. Like his father, he is a very keen supporter of Crystal Palace. He is a patron of the Actors' Centre.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    In 2014, Spall appeared in the coming-of-age drama X+Y, alongside Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins, and the seasonal family comedy Get Santa.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    In 2013, he played the newlywed husband in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    In 2012, Spall portrayed Canadian author Yann Martel in the Academy Award-winning drama film Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical and financial success, winning four Academy Awards and making over $600 million at the box office.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    In 2007, he dated Alexandra Mann, a designer and stylist. In February 2008, he met actress Elize du Toit through friends at a bar in London. They were married on 14 August 2010 and live in West Kensington, London.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children: a daughter named Lena (born 2011) and a son named Rex (born November 2012).
    In 2007 he performed for the first time with his father in the ITV adaptation of A Room with a View playing father and son.
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    Spall has frequently collaborated with Edgar Wright, appearing in his films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Spall was also featured in Wright's segment in the 2007 Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez film Grindhouse.
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  • 2004
    Age 20
    While living in London Fields, he was in a relationship with his The Rotter's Club co-star Alice Eve from 2004 to 2006.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Born on March 10, 1983.
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