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Simon Timothy Roth (born 14 May 1961) is an English actor and director. He made his debut role in the television film Made in Britain (1982). He garnered critical acclaim for his role as Myron in the film The Hit (1984), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Among a group of prominent British actors of the era, the “Brit Pack”, Roth gained more attention for his performances in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Vincent & Theo (1990) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). He later earned international recognition for appearing in Quentin Tarantino's films, such as Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs
(1992), Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction
(1994), Four Rooms
Four Rooms
(1995) and The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
(2015). For the historical drama Rob Roy (1995), Roth won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He made his directorial debut with The War Zone (1999), for which he received numerous accolades. Roth's other notable films include Captives (1994), Little Odessa (1994), Everyone Says I Love You
Everyone Says I Love You
(1996), Gridlock'd
(1997), Deceiver (1997), The Legend of 1900
The Legend of 1900
(1998), Planet of the Apes (2001), Invincible (2001), Funny Games (2007), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Arbitrage (2012), Broken (2012), Selma (2014) and 600 Miles
600 Miles
(2016). He also starred as Cal Lightman on the Fox series Lie to Me
Lie to Me
and the Sky Atlantic series Tin Star.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street
Fleet Street
journalist, painter, and member of the British Communist Party
British Communist Party
until the 1970s.[2][3][4] His father was born with the surname "Smith"; having changed his surname to the often German/Jewish "Roth" in the 1940s, "partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him".[4][5] Roth attended the Strand School
Strand School
in Tulse Hill. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell College of Arts.[6] Career[edit]

Roth ( Emil Blonsky
Emil Blonsky
/ Abomination in The Incredible Hulk) at a 2008 Marvel booth signing

Roth made his acting début at the age of 21, playing a white power skinhead named Trevor in a 1982 TV film titled Made in Britain. He played an East End character in King of the Ghetto, a controversial drama based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy set in Brick Lane
Brick Lane
and broadcast by the BBC in 1986. He played a shy young man in the 1984 Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
film Meantime. In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors. He played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit, earning an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 1989 he had a supporting role as the buffoonish lackey Mitchell in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. In 1990, he starred as Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh
in Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Roth at the Cannes film festival
Cannes film festival
in 2012

Roth and other young British actors of the late 1980s, such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann, were dubbed the Brit Pack.[7][8] Roth was cast as "Mr. Orange" in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in Pulp Fiction. They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played Ted. His role as Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
nomination.[9] In 1996, he starred in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as "Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900" in The Legend of 1900, and in the same year, he co-starred in the film Gridlock'd. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with The War Zone, a film version of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape
Severus Snape
in the Harry Potter film series, but he turned it down for Planet of the Apes.[10]

Roth in Cannes, 2014

He was considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter
Hannibal Lecter
in the 2001 film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
returned to reclaim the role. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, then starred as Emil Blonsky
Emil Blonsky
/ Abomination, a Russian-born officer in the United Kingdom's Royal Marines Commandos, in The Incredible Hulk. Hulk director Louis Leterrier
Louis Leterrier
was a fan of Roth's work, and felt "it's great watching a normal Cockney
boy become a superhero!".[11] From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a series on Fox called Lie To Me. He played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organisations in the investigations of crimes. His character was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions.[12] In 2010, Roth appeared on the cover of Manic Street Preachers' 2010 studio album, Postcards from a Young Man. In 2012, he was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[13] He starred as FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter
in United Passions, a film about football's governing body, released in 2014, to coincide with FIFA's 110th anniversary, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[14] In 2015, he starred in the film Chronic which received a limited release in 2016. He later received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead nomination. Roth reunited with Tarantino in The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
(2015), playing Oswaldo Mobray/English Pete Hicox.[15] Personal life[edit] Roth has a son, Jack, born to Lori Baker in 1984.[16] Jack is also an actor.[17] Roth married Nikki Butler in 1993; they have two sons, Timothy Hunter (born 1995) and Michael Cormac (born 1996). Politically, Roth is a supporter of the Green Party of England
and Wales.[18] Roth is a survivor of child sexual abuse, committed by his paternal grandfather, who he has stated sexually abused him from childhood until his early teen years. He first revealed that he was a victim of sexual abuse during press for his 1999 directorial debut, The War Zone (which dealt with the topics of incest and sexual violence within a family), but declined to name the perpetrator at that time. In December 2016, he gave an interview to the British newspaper The Guardian in which he revealed that his abuser was his grandfather, who had also sexually abused Roth's own father when he was a child.[19] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1984 The Hit Myron Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer

1985 Return to Waterloo Boy Punk

1988 A World Apart Harold

To Kill a Priest Feliks

Twice Upon a Time

1989 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Mitchel

1990 Vincent & Theo Vincent van Gogh

Farendj Anton

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Guildenstern

1991 Backsliding Tom Whitton

1992 Reservoir Dogs Freddy Newendyke ("Mr. Orange")

Jumpin' at the Boneyard Manny

1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Nick

El Marido perfecto Milan

1994 Captives Philip Chaney

Little Odessa Joshua Shapira Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead

Pulp Fiction "Ringo" ("Pumpkin")

1995 Rob Roy Archibald Cunningham BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated – Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Four Rooms Ted

1996 No Way Home Joey

Everyone Says I Love You Charles Ferry

Mocking the Cosmos Myrodemnon / Myron

1997 Gridlock'd Alexander "Stretch" Rawland

Hoodlum Dutch Schultz

Deceiver James Walter Wayland

Animals with the Tollkeeper Henry

1998 Legend of 1900 Danny Boodman TD Lemon 1900

1999 The War Zone

Director C.I.C.A.E. Award Valladolid International Film Festival
Valladolid International Film Festival
Silver Spike European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year Edinburgh International Film Festival for Best New British Feature Tróia Award – First Works Section Jury Award for Best Director & Best First Feature Nominated – Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film

2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Izzy Goldkiss

Vatel Marquis de Lauzun

Lucky Numbers Gig

2001 Planet of the Apes Thade Nominated – Empire Award for Best British Actor Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Invincible Hersche Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen

The Musketeer Febre

2002 Emmett's Mark John Harrett / Frank Dwyer Nominated – DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie

2003 Whatever We Do Joe Short film

To Kill a King Oliver Cromwell

2004 Battle of the Brave
Battle of the Brave
(Nouvelle-France) William Pitt

The Beautiful Country Captain Oh

With It "Chicken Louis" Farnatelli

Silver City Mitch Paine

2005 Don't Come Knocking Sutter

Dark Water Jeff Platzer

2007 Even Money Victor

Youth Without Youth Dominic

Virgin Territory Gerbino

2008 Funny Games George

The Incredible Hulk Emil Blonsky/Abomination

2009 King Conqueror King Pedro II of Aragon

2010 Pete Smalls Is Dead Pete Smalls

2012 Arbitrage Detective Michael Bryer

Broken Archie Stockholm International Film Festival Award for Best Actor

Möbius Rostovski

2013 The Liability Roy

2014 Grace of Monaco Prince Rainier of Monaco

United Passions Sepp Blatter

Selma George Wallace

October Gale Tom

2015 A Fall from Grace Detective Tabb

600 Miles Hank Harris

Chronic David Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead

Hardcore Henry Henry's Father

Mr. Right Hopper

The Hateful Eight Oswaldo Mobray/English Pete Hicox

2017 1 Mile to You Jarhead

2018 The Brits Are Coming Peter Fox Post-production

The Padre The Padre Post-production


Year Title Role Notes

1982 Made in Britain Trevor Television film

1983 Meantime Colin Pollock Television film

Not Necessarily the News Gay Man Episode: "Road Trip"

1985 Murder with Mirrors Edgar Lawson Television film

1986 King of the Ghetto Matthew Long 4 episodes

1987 Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa Television film

1991 Tales from the Crypt Jack Craig Episode: "Easel Kill Ya"

1993 Murder in the Heartland Charles Starkweather 2 episodes

Heart of Darkness Marlow Television film

2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath Nick Fraser Television film

2009 Skellig Skellig Television film

2009–2011 Lie to Me Dr. Cal Lightman 48 episodes People's Choice Award
People's Choice Award
for Favorite TV Crime Fighter[20]

2010 Sea Wolf Death Larsen 2 episodes

2014 Klondike The Count 6 episodes

Robot Chicken The Doctor (voice) Episode: "Walking Dead Lobster"

2016 Reg[21] Reg Keys Television film

Rillington Place John Christie 3 episodes

2017 Twin Peaks Gary "Hutch" Hutchens 5 episodes

2017–present Tin Star Jim Worth / Jack Devlin 10 episodes[22]


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and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008" — FamilySearch.org".  ^ Tim Roth
Tim Roth
Biography (1961–), Film Reference  ^ Raphael, Amy, Tim Roth
Tim Roth
interview, UK: Esquire  ^ a b Simon, Alex (5 March 2009). "Tim Roth: The Hollywood Interview". The Hollywood Interview. Retrieved 5 March 2009.  ^ Shoard, Catherine (20 May 2012). "Tim Roth: who's the daddy?". The Guardian. London.  ^ “Low morale devastates art colleges”. The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2018 ^ Stern, Marlow. " Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
Talks 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'Batman' Retirement". The Daily Beast. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012. ^ The Brit Pack. Brucepayne.de. Retrieved on 14 January 2011. ^ "Film in 1996". BAFTA. 22 February 2017.  ^ What Would 'Potter' Have Been Like With Tim Roth
Tim Roth
As Snape? » MTV Movies Blog. Moviesblog.mtv.com (7 December 2007). Retrieved on 14 January 2011. ^ “News Etc". ‘’Empire’’. April 2008. pp. 15–16 ^ Lie to Me, USFCA, archived from the original on 16 June 2009  ^ " Tim Roth
Tim Roth
to lead Cannes Un Certain Regard jury". BBC News. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.  ^ " Tim Roth
Tim Roth
to play Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter
on film" . BBC. Retrieved 4 December 2013 ^ “ Tim Roth
Tim Roth
on Finding Quentin Tarantino’s Rhythm 20 Years Later in ‘The Hateful Eight’ “. Variety. Retrieved 4 March 2018 ^ Andrew Smith (28 March 1997). "Look back in anger". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 27 February 2011.  ^ "Jack Roth". IMDb.  ^ Craig McLean (3 April 2008). "Tim Roth: touching evil in Michael Haneke's Funny Games". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 27 February 2011.  ^ Shoard, Catherine (5 December 2016). "Tim Roth: my father and I were abused by my grandfather". The Guardian. London.  ^ WINNERS' LIST: People's Choice Awards 2011 Archived 9 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "BBC One: Reg". BBC Online. Retrieved 7 June 2016.  ^ Barraclough, Leo (20 April 2016). "Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Confirmed as Stars of Western 'Tin Star'". Variety. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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(1973) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1974) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1975) Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
(1976) Edward Fox (1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1981) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
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Denholm Elliott
(1983) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1984) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1985) Ray McAnally (1986) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1987) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(1988) Ray McAnally (1989) Salvatore Cascio (1990) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1993) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1994) Tim Roth
Tim Roth
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(1997) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1998) Jude Law
Jude Law
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2002) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Dev Patel
Dev Patel
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

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