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Tim Roth was born on May 14, 1961 in London. At birth, the baby received the name Timothy Simon Smith. However, his father, a journalist by profession and an Irish descent, decided to take the name Roth to hide his national roots. It seemed to him that it was easier to travel to countries that were hostile to Britain.

Short biography

Tim initially wanted to become a sculptor and even attended classes at the Cambridge School of Art in London. However, he later changed his mind about his future profession, declaring that he would be an actor. The debut in the world of cinema took place when Rota was 21 years old. His role was not easy, and he had to play skinhead in the film "Made in Britain." In the film "Snitch", which was the next work of Tim, the actor appeared in the image of a hit man.

The 90s turned out to be more fruitful. Vincent and Theo and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. They are followed by filming in "Crazy Dogs" by Quentin Tarantino. Here Tim Roth plays Mr. Orange. It is from this work that the road opens to the actor leading to Hollywood. Tarantino invites him again to his projects. So, first Roth plays in the cult film “Pulp Fiction”, and then in the film “Four Rooms”. Well, the real success covers the actor with his head after he plays Archibald Cunningham in the film "Rob Roy". For this role he was even nominated for an Oscar.

In 1996, Tim Roth took part in the musical comedy “Everyone Says I Love You” by Woody Allen. The film's partner was Drew Barrymore. Here he revealed himself as a brilliant comedian, and also showed a good vocal talent. In 1999, his directorial project, “The Zone of Military Operations,” was released. Viewers know the actor from films such as Planet of the Apes, Funny Games, The Incredible Hulk, Sea Wolf, Skelig, as well as from the series Deceive Me, which was successfully broadcast on Channel One.

Tim Roth is married. He has three children. He and his wife Nikki named the younger sons in honor of their favorite writers - Cormack McCarthy and Hunter Thompson.

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Tim Roth

Timothy Simon Smith

Born May 14, 1961 in London, UK in the family of a journalist and landscape designer.

Real name and surname is Timothy Simon Smith.

The mouth is the pseudonym taken by the actor’s father, journalist Ernie Smith.
Grew up in London. He studied at high school, at the same time studied sculpture at the Cambridge Art School.

He made his debut on TV in 1982 playing the role of skinhead Trevor in
made in Britain. Killer Myron, the actor played in the drama directed by Stephen Frears "Snitch" (1984). Starting with the first roles, Tim Roth proved to be an actor who is subject to complex and contradictory images and characters. In 1989, he played the role of Mitchell in the famous film by Peter Greenaway "Cook, Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."

Tim Roth showed a high acting level by creating the image of Vincent Van Gogh in the movie drama directed by Robert Altman "Vincent
and Theo "(1990). In the film" Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead "(1990) by Tom Stoppard, the actor played the role of Guildenstern.

The actor filled the roles in the action films of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994) with precise psychological characteristics.

Tim Roth's comedic talent appeared in the film "Four Rooms" (1995), Roth demonstrated excellent vocal performance in the film "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996)

For playing the role of Archibald Keeneham in the film "Rob Roy" (1995), the actor received the British Academy Award, was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe.

One of the best roles of Tim Roth in the movie is considered Denis Lemmon in
The Legend of the Pianist (1998).

In 2001, the actor played the role of General Tade in the film "Planet of the Apes" and Hanussen in the film "Invincible."

In 1999, he directed the feature film "War Zone".

Actor career

After the release of the film, Roth admitted that he himself was a victim of sexual violence, but refused to name the offender. In late 2016, in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, the actor finally said that his grandfather mocked him from early childhood to adolescence.

In 2001, the actor played General Teide in the fantastic film "Planet of the Apes" by Tim Burton. For the sake of this project, Roth refused the offer to star in the role of Professor Severus Snape in a series of films about the wizard Harry Potter. And he was right: both the film and his game received the highest ratings and the love of the audience.


Timothy Simon Smith, known to the audience as Tim Roth - a British actor who made a brilliant career in Hollywood. In his youth, nothing foreshadowed that a shy guy would soon become an artist of the first magnitude. He will be invited to his projects by Mike Lee and Peter Greenaway, but Quentin Tarantino's films will bring real popularity to him. Today, fans and critics call him the "great chameleon" of world cinema, and Tim Roth jokingly calls himself a "professional liar."

Childhood and youth

A native of London, Tim Roth appeared in the family of a journalist and artist on May 14, 1961. In fact, the name of the actor is Timothy Simon Smith. In the postwar years, the last name Smith, clearly indicating English origin, Ernie, the father of the boy, decided to change the German-Jewish Mouth.

Actor Tim Roth (frame from the movie "Steel Star")

Two reasons prompted him to take this step: firstly, solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, and secondly, concern for the safety of his family, because not in all the countries in which he had to be on duty, the British welcomed.

School years were not easy for Tim. Because of his surname and appearance, he repeatedly had conflicts with peers, and teachers did not hesitate to apply corporal punishment to students, which are still allowed in English schools. For their part, the parents, who by that time were divorced, tried with all their might to instill in their son a love for the beautiful. His mother taught Tim sculpture and painting, his father introduced him to music and theater.

Despite frequent visits to theaters and exhibitions, Roth was a teenager-marginal. Once, for bad behavior, he even had to spend the night in a police station. Nevertheless, the talent made itself felt - the young man was great at drawing, sculpting, and mimicking adults.

Once, being a high school student, complexing because of his appearance and growth, which by that time had barely reached 170 cm, Tim Roth agreed to participate in a school play. He got the role of Dracula.

The fear so possessed the guy that he described himself right on the stage. Tim had to finish the role with wet pants, after which he firmly decided that acting was not his element. Then Roth entered the sculptural department of the Cumberwell School of Art. Having studied not so much, he seriously became interested in theater and decided to become an actor. His father advised him to attend classes at a theater studio at Oval House.


The debut for Tim Roth’s creative biography was the work in the film “Made in Britain” (1982), the actor managed to get a role in the film Alan Clark by chance. In his youth, he worked part-time as an advertising agent in the publication Health and Safety. One day, while driving around on a bicycle, Tim had to call on friends from the Oval House Theater to ask for a pump for a suddenly flat tire.

One of the TV men noticed a guy with a shaved head (Roth then played Cassio in Othello) and invited him to audition for the role of skinhead. So Tim unexpectedly began his career as an actor. The hero performed by the artist turned out to be a bright, memorable character. Thanks to the fallen popularity, the timid young man began to feel more confident in society.

The first appearance of Tim Roth on large screens took place in 1984 in the crime drama Stephen Frears "The Snitch", where the actor appeared in the guise of a mercenary killer. Then new roles followed in which Tim was able to embody conflicting images. Among them - “Return to Waterloo” (1985), “Kill the priest” (1988), “Cook, thief, his wife and lover” (1989).

Rota's dream remained an impregnable Hollywood. At home, his film career stopped, there were not enough fees for the maintenance of the family, and friends - Gary Oldman and Daniel Day-Lewis - were already filming in America with might and main, and where their families moved. In this difficult time, luck again smiled at the artist.

Tim Roth as Vincent Van Gogh (frame from the movie "Vincent and Theo")

In 1990, films important for the actor’s career were released, such as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “Vincent and Theo” about the life of the great Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. The artist was happy to embody the image of the beloved painter of his father on the screen. But Ernie did not have time to fully rejoice for his son: he died when Tim was on the next set. Thanks to these works, Roth became recognizable in the cinema environment.

The Briton was noticed by Quentin Tarantino, who entrusted the artist with the role in Mad Dogs (1992). In the career of an actor, a new period began. Collaboration with Tarantino continued filming in “Pulp Fiction” (1994), the cult picture helped Tim Roth once again make himself known. In the same year, he appeared in the role of Philip Cheney in the love drama “Prisoners” paired with Julia Ormond.

Tim Roth (frame from the Pulp Fiction movie)

The non-standard comedy “Four Rooms” (1995) also became successful for the actor, although it was not understood by everyone. After roles in Tarantino films, Roth became the face of alternative cinema.

He managed to consolidate his position in the Hollywood star thanks to his role in the film "Rob Roy" (1995). The British performer appeared in the image of an illegitimate aristocrat who entered the service of a nobleman. Thanks to his stamina, a fit figure (with an average growth of his weight did not exceed 67 kg) and a bright appearance, the young actor easily coped with the loads on the set.

Tim Roth (frame from the movie "Rob Roy")

For the game in the picture of Michael Caiton-Jones, he received the British Academy Award, and was also nominated for an Oscar. The company on screen Tim Roth was Liam Neeson, Jessica Lang and John Hurt.

In 1996, Roth revealed himself as a comedian and a great vocalist, playing in Woody Allen's musical film "Everyone Says I Love You." In 1998, the movie “Legend of the Pianist” by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore was released, which was in the top 250 best films of all time.

Tim played the role of the foundling Danny, who spent his whole life on the ship and eventually became a famous self-taught pianist. After the ship was decided to be sent to the bottom of the ocean, Danny refused to go down to earth and died with his house.

Tim Roth (frame from the movie "Planet of the Apes")

In "Planet of the Apes" by Tim Burton (2001), the actor played General Tade. For the sake of this film, he abandoned the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. In addition, Roth had the opportunity to play instead of Anthony Hopkins in the continuation of the legendary thriller Silence of the Lambs.

At the turn of the century, Tim Roth made his debut as a director of a full-length film, releasing the drama "War Zone." Later, he took up another work - the adaptation of the work of William Shakespeare "King Lear", but did not finish the picture.

Tim Roth (frame from the series "Lie to Me")

Among the brightest works of the star in the second half of the 2000s are “Territory of the Virgin”, “Youth without Youth” (2007), “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “Pete Smals is Dead” (2010) and others. In 2009, Tim Roth starred in the drama series directed by Robert Schwentke, “Lie to Me,” in which he talked about the work of the FBI special department that deals with the detection of lies. Service employees work not only with government agencies, but also with private individuals.

In 2015, with the participation of the actor, the next Western Quentin Tarantino's “The Abominable Eight” was released, as well as Michelle Franco's drama Chronicle about the life of a social worker, David, who takes care of terminally ill people. In the 2016 crime drama Rillington Place, the actor played the main character - maniac John Christie, who traded in London during World War II.

Tim Roth (frame from the movie "The Abominable Eight")

In 2017, Tim Roth took part in the filming of the sequel to the Twin Peaks series by American directors Mark Frost and David Lynch. The broadcast of the new season of the mystical serial film began in late spring of 2017 on Showtime TV channel, the premiere took place as part of the Cannes Film Festival program.

Along with the leading performers known for the first seasons, led by Kyle McLachlan (FBI agent Dale Cooper), new artists played in the film - Balthazar Getty, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, James Belushi, Amanda Seyfried. To create the musical accompaniment, the composer of the first seasons of the series Angelo Badalamenti was again invited.

Tim Roth (frame from the series "Twin Peaks")

In the same year, the sports drama “Life at these speeds” was released by the American director Leif Tilden, in which he talked about a young man who lost two close friends overnight. To overcome the pain of loss, Kevin started long-distance running. Tim Roth played in the picture of the hero of Jared.

Another series of the year, in the filming of which Tim took part, is the criminal drama Steel Star, where the actor appeared in the image of the head of the police department of the provincial town Jim Worth. He moved to this place with his family from London, hiding from the past. But here, the hero had to defend his right to life. The film was met with interest by the public, therefore, extended for the 2nd season.

Personal life

In England, Tim Roth lived with Laurie Baker. In 1984, she bore him a son, Jack. Divorced when he decided to move to live in the USA. He later took Jack to him. Jack Roth played Tim Staffel in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody.

At the Sundance Film Festival in 1992, Tim met designer Nikki Butler. January 25, 1993 they got married. Tim and Nikki have two sons: Timothy Hunter, born in 1995, and Michael Cormack, who was born in 1996.

The younger sons are named after the beloved writers Tim and Nikki: Hunter Thompson and Cormack McCarthy.


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