Tim Roth is one of Britain’s most respected actors, who achieved phenomenal success after he moved to the United States. He carved a niche for himself with his performances in movies like, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Rob Roy’ ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Made in Britain’, ‘Skellig’, and ‘Planet of the Apes’. Apart from films, he has also starred in the popular television series, ‘Lie to Me’. He gained international acclaim and recognition after he caught the eye of director Quentin Tarantino, who played a crucial role in shaping his acting career and cast him in films like, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Four Rooms’. He is known for his screen presence, dialogue-delivery and brilliant performances in character roles. His portrayal of gripping raw characters etches an image that effectively permeates into realistic, convincing performances. This actor can play any genre of film with a touch of brilliance and realism. Roth dreamt of becoming a sculptor, but dropped out of an arts college in order to pursue an acting career. He has a net worth of $7 million and earns an average salary of $275 thousand per episode for television shows. To learn more interesting facts about his personal life and professional achievements, scroll down and continue to read this biography.
Childhood & Early Life
Tim Roth was born in Dulwich, London and studied at the Strand School in the True Hill area of South London.
He developed an interest in sculpting as a young boy and studied at London’s Camberwell College of Art, before he dropped out to pursue acting.
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At the age of 21, he began his acting career with the television film, ‘Made in Britain’, for which he played the role of a ‘white power skinhead’.
In 1984, he was cast in Mike Leigh’s film, ‘Meantime’, where he played a shy and timid person.
He delivered an award-winning performance in Stephen Frears 1984 drama film, ‘The Hit’, for which he won the Evening Standard Award.
He starred in the 1985 television film, ‘Murder with Mirrors’, which was based on Agatha Christie’s mystery novel, ‘They Do it With Mirrors’, along with Bette Davis and Helen Hayes.
In 1986, he appeared on the BBC channel, in the ‘King of the Ghetto’, a drama about the racial tensions in London’s east end, inspired by Farukh Dhondy’s novel.
In the 1989 romantic crime drama, ‘The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover’, he played the role of Mitchel, a dim-witted goon.
In 1990, he gained international acclaim after he appeared in Robert Altman’s, ‘Vincent and Theo’ and Tom Stoppard's ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’.
He bagged more roles in Hollywood after he played the role of, ‘Mr Orange’ in Quentin Tarantino’s debut film, ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Tarantino also cast him in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Four Rooms’.
In 1995, he delivered an award-winning performance in the adventure film, ‘Rob Roy’, where he played the role of the villain, ‘Archibald Cunningham’.
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In 1996, he featured in Woody Allen’s musical film, ‘Everyone Says I Love You’. He also starred in ‘The Legend of 1900’ and ‘Gridlock’d’, the same year.
He made his directorial debut in 1999, with ‘The War Zone’, based on Alexander Stuart’s novel of the same title. Two years later, he was cast in ‘Planet of the Apes’, a science fiction film.
He starred in the Fox series, ‘Lie To Me’ that ran from 2009 to 2011. His character Dr. Cal Lightman was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a well-known psychologist and body language decoder.
He starred in the 1995 adventure film, ‘Rob Roy’, which was ranked number two at the box office, had a wide theatrical release and earned a gross revenue of thirty two million dollars in the United States and Canada alone.
In 1999, he directed the critically acclaimed film, ‘The War Zone’. The film earned numerous critics’ awards like the CICAE Award at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival, the Award for the Best new British Feature at the European Film Awards and the Award for the Best Director at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Awards & Achievements
He received the ‘Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer’, for his role in Stephen Frears’s, ‘The Hit’.
He also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actor and a Golden Globe nomination and received the BAFTA Award for his role as ‘Archibald Cunningham’, in the 1995 adventure film, ‘Rob Roy’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Tim Roth married Nikki Butler on January 25, 1993 and they have two children.
He also has a son with former girlfriend, Lori Baker.
This English actor and BAFTA Award-winner, sports a collection of tattoos on his right arm.
This ‘Rob Roy’ star is often mistaken as an American because he can imitate accents impeccably.
This British actor has an unusual style of walking in a stiff-legged gait.