Timothy Simon Roth (born May 14, 1961) is an English actor and director. He was among a group of prominent British actors of the 1980s era, the “Brit Pack” (which included Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Spencer Leigh, Paul McGann, Bruce Payne, and Gary Oldman). He made his debut in Alan Clarke’s TV film Made in Britain (1982), followed by Mike Leigh’s TV film Meantime (1983), with Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Alfred Molina, and Oldman. He gained critical acclaim for his role as Myron in Stephen Frears’s The Hit (1984), with John Hurt, Terence Stamp, and Laura del Sol; for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Other films in the 1980s include Ray Davies’s Return to Waterloo (1985), with Joan Blackman, Kenneth Colley, and Roy Evans; A World Apart (1988), with Barbara Hershey, David Suchet, Jeroen Krabbé, Paul Freeman, and Jodhi May; Agnieszka Holland’s To Kill a Priest (1988), with Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris, Joss Aackland, Timothy Spall, Pete Postlethwaite, and Joanne Whalley; and Peter Greenway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), with Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, and Ciarán Hinds.
Films in the early 1990s include Robert Altman’s Vincent & Theo (1990), with Paul Rhys; Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), with Oldman, Richard Dreyfuss, Iain Glen, Ian Richardson, Donald Sumpter, Joanna Miles, and Joanna Roth; Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), with Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Tarantino, Edward Bunker, Kirk Baltz, Randy Brooks, and the voice of Steven Wright; Jumpin’ at the Boneyard (1992), with Alexis Arquette, Danitra Vance, and Samuel L. Jackson; Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993), with Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, and Eric Stoltz; James Gray’s Little Odessa (1994), with Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly, Maximilian Schell, and Vanessa Redgrave; and Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), with John Travolta, Jackson, Uma Thurman, Keitel, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, and Bruce Willis.
Roth won the BAFTA Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Michael Caton-Jones’s Rob Roy (1995), with Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Hurt, Stoltz, Brian Cox, and Jason Flemyng. Other films in the mid to late 1990s include Captives (1995), with Julia Ormond and Keith Allen; the Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino anthology comedy Four Rooms (1995), with Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Beals, Paul Calderon, Sammi Davis, Valeria Golino, Madonna, David Proval, Ione Skye, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Tamlyn Tomita, and Alicia Witt; No Way Home (1996), with Deborah Kara Unger, James Russo, and Catherine Kellner; and Everyone Says I Love You (1996), with Woody Allen (who also directed) Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Gaby Hoffmann, Goldie Hawn, Natasha Lyonne, and Natalie Portman.
More films in the late 1900s include Gridlock’d (1997), with Tupac Shakur, Lucy Liu, and Thandiwe Newton; Bill Duke’s Hoodlum (1997), with Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa Williams, Andy García, Cicely Tyson, Chi McBride, Richard Bradford, and Clarence Williams III; Deceiver (1997), with Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Burstyn and Rosanna Arquette; Animals with the Tollkeeper (1998), with Mili Avital, Rod Steiger, Mickey Rooney, John Turturro, Jacques Herlin, Lothaire Bluteau, and Barbara Bain; and Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Legend of 1900 (1998), with Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn, Peter Vaughan, Niall O’Brien, Gabriele Lavia, Alberto Vazquez, and Williams III. He also made his directorial debut with The War Zone (1999), with Ray Winstone, Tilda Swinton, Lara Belmont and Colin Farrell.
Films in the early 2000s include Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers (2000), with Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Ed O’Neill, Michael Rapaport, and Bill Pullman; Roland Joffé’s Vatel (2000), with Gérard Depardieu, Thurman, Spall, Julian Glover and Julian Sands; an uncredited appearance in Wim Wenders’s The Million Dollar Hotel (2001), with Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, Mel Gibson, Jimmy Smits, Peter Stormare, and Bud Cort; Werner Herzog’s Invincible (2001), with Jouko Ahola, Anna Gourari, and Max Raabe; Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001), with Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella Warren; The Musketeer (2001), with Catherine Deneuve, Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, and Justin Chambers; Emmett’s Mark (2002), with Scott Wolf, Khandi Alexander, Talia Balsam, Sarah Clarke, John Doman, and Gabriel Byrne; To Kill a King (2003), with Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam, and Everett; Battle of the Brave (2004), with Juliette Gosselin, Sébastien Huberdeau, Depardieu, Irène Jacob, Vincent Pérez, Jason Isaacs, and Colm Meaney; and John Sayles’s Silver City (2004), with Chris Cooper, Dreyfuss, Danny Huston, Michael Murphy, Maria Bello, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Kay Place, Thora Birch, Billy Zane, and Daryl Hannah.
Films in the mid to late 2000s include The Last Sign (2005), with Andie MacDowell, Samuel Le Bihan, and Margot Kidder; Wenders’s Don’t Come Knocking (2005), with Sam Shepard, Lange, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, and Eva Marie Saint; Dark Water (2005), with Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Postlethwaite, Perla Haney-Jardine, Scott, and Ariel Gade; Mark Rydell’s Even Money (2006), with Forest Whitaker, Nick Cannon, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Carla Gugino, Jay Mohr, and Ray Liotta; Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth (2007), with Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, André Hennicke, Marcel Iureș, Adrian Pintea, and Andrei Gheorghe; Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2008), with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, and Brady Corbet; and the Marvel film The Incredible Hulk (2008), with Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell, and William Hurt.
Films in the 2010s include Pete Smalls Is Dead (2011), with Mark Boone Junior, Peter Dinklage, Seymour Cassel, Todd Barry, Buscemi, and Rosie Perez; Arbitrage (2012), with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, and Nate Parker; Broken (2013), with Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanović, Denis Lawson, and Eloise Laurence; Möbius (2013), with Jean Dujardin and Cécile de France; The Liability (2013), with Talulah Riley, Jack O’Connell, and Peter Mullan; Grace of Monaco (2014), with Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Paz Vega, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, and Milo Ventimiglia; and Selma (2014), with David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Oprah Winfrey.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include October Gale (2015), with Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman; United Passions (2015), with Depardieu and Sam Neill; Chronic (2015), with Bitsie Tulloch, David Dastmalchian, Tate Ellington, Claire van der Boom, Maribeth Monroe, Robin Bartlett, and Sarah Sutherland; Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015), with Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, and Channing Tatum; Mr. Right (2016), with Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, and RZA; Hardcore Henry (2016), with Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, and Haley Bennett; 1 Mile to You (2017), with Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers, Liana Liberato, Stefanie Scott, and Melanie Lynskey; The Con Is It n (2018), with Thurman, Alice Eve, Sofía Vergara and Maggie Q; The Padre (2018), with Nick Nolte, Luis Guzman, Valeria Henríquez; and Luce (2019), with Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.; and François Girard’s The Song of Names (2019), with Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Saul Rubinek, and Eddie Izzard.
Roth played played Cal Lightman in the Fox series Lie to Me (2009 – 2011), with Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund, Hayley McFarland, and Mekhi Phifer; and Jim Worth/Jack Devlan in the Sky Atlantic series Tin Star (2017 – 2020), with Genevieve O’Reilly, Abigail Lawrie, Oliver Coopersmith, and Christina Hendricks. He also appeared in the David Lynch/Mark Foster series Twin Peaks (2017), with Kyle MacLachlan; and is set to appear in She-Hulk (2022), with Tatiana Maslany. Mark Ruffalo, Ginger Gonzaga, and Renée Elise Goldsberry; reprising his role from Incredible Hulk.
TV movies and miniseries include Murder with Mirrors (1985), with Helen Hayes, Bette Davis, John Mills, Leo McKern, and Dorothy Tutin; Kong of the Ghetto (1986), with Zia Mohyeddin, Gwyneth Strong, Ian Dury, and Aftab Sachak; Knuckle (1989), with Emma Thompson and Bernard Hepton; Metamorphosis (1989), with Steven Berkoff, Linda Marlowe, Gary Olsen, and Saskia Reeves; Nicolas Roeg’s Heart of Darkness (1993), with John Malkovich, Isaach De Bankolé, and James Fox: Tsunami: Murder in the Heartland (1993), with Fairuza Balk, Brian Dennehy, Randy Quaid, Renée Zellweger, Kate Reid, Milo O’Shea, and Rondi Reed.
More TV movies and miniseries include Aftermath (2006), with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Samrit Machielsen, and Toni Collette; Skellig (2009), with Bill Milner, Skye Bennett, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Jermaine Allen; Sea Wolf (2010), with Sebastian Koch, Neve Campbell, and Stephen Campbell Moore; Klondike (2014), with Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart, Greg Lawson, Conor Leslie, Richard Madden, Nelson, Augustus Prew, Johnny Simmons, and Shepard; Reg (2016), with Anna Maxwell Martin, Elliott Tittensor, and Ralph Brown; and Rillington Place (2016), with Samantha Morton, Nico Mirallegro, and Jodie Comer.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Made in Britain (1982) – directed by Alan Clarke – TV movie
- Meantime (1983) – directed by Mike Leigh – TV movie
- The Hit (1984) – directed by Stephen Frears
- A Class of His Own (1984) – directed by Jeremy Ancock – TV movie
- Return to Waterloo (1984) – directed by Ray Davies
- Murder with Mirrors (1985) – directed by Dick Lowry – TV movie
- A World Apart (1988) – directed by Chris Menges
- To Kill a Priest (1988) – directed by Agnieszka Holland
- Coppers (1988) – directed by Ted Clisby – TV movie
- Twice Upon a Time (1988) – directed by Nathaniel Gutman
- Knuckle (1989) – directed by Moira Armstrong – TV movie
- Metamorphosis (1989) – directed by Jim Goddard – TV movie
- The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) – directed by Peter Greenaway
- Vincent & Theo (1990) – directed by Robert Altman – edited down from a 4 part miniseries
- Farendj (1990) – directed by Sabine Prenczina
- Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) – directed by Tom Stoppard
- Backsliding (1992) – directed by Simon Target
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)** – directed by Quentin Tarantino
- Common Pursuit (1992) – directed by Christopher Morahan – TV movie
- Jumpin’ at the Boneyard (1992) – directed by Jeff Stanzler
- Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993) – directed by Michael Steinberg
- The Perfect Husband (1993) – directed by Beda Docampo Feijóo
- Heart of Darkness (1993) – directed by Nicolas Roeg – TV movie
- Murder in the Heartland (1993) – directed by Robert Markowitz – miniseries
- Little Odessa (1994) – directed by James Gray
- Pulp Fiction (1994)** – directed by Quentin Tarantino
- Rob Roy (1995) – directed by Michael Caton-Jones
- Captives (1995) – directed by Angela Pope
- Four Rooms (1995) – directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, & Quentin Tarantino – anthology
- 1996 No Way Home (1996) – directed by Buddy Giovinazzo
- Everyone Says I Love You (1996) – directed by Woody Allen
- Mocking the Cosmos (1996) – directed by Jeff Stanzler – short
- Gridlock’d (1997) – directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
- Hoodlum (1997) – directed by Bill Duke
- Deceiver (1997) – directed by Jonas Pate
- Animals with the Tollkeeper (1998) – directed by Michael Di Jiacomo
- Legend of 1900 (1998) – directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
- The War Zone (1999) – director only
- Lucky Numbers (2000) – directed by Nora Ephron
- Vatel (2000) – directed by Roland Joffé
- The Million Dollar Hotel (2001) – directed by Wim Wenders – uncredited
- Invincible (2001) – directed by Werner Herzog
- Planet of the Apes (2001)* – directed by Tim Burton
- The Musketeer (2001) – directed by Peter Hyams
- Emmett’s Mark (2002) – directed by Keith Snyder
- Whatever We Do (2003) – directed by Kevin Connolly – short
- To Kill a King (2003) – directed by Mike Barker
- Battle of the Brave (2004) – directed by Jean Beaudin
- With It Louis (2004) – directed by Hunter Carson – short
- Silver City (2004) – directed by John Sayles
- The Last Sign (2005) – directed by Douglas Law
- Don’t Come Knocking (2005) – directed by Wim Wenders
- The Beautiful Country (2005) – directed by Hans Petter Moland
- Dark Water (2005) – directed by Walter Salles
- Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) – directed by Bharat Nalluri – miniseries
- Even Money (2007) – directed by Mark Rydell
- Youth Without Youth (2007) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- Virgin Territory (2007) – directed by David Leland
- Funny Games (2008) – directed by Michael Haneke
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)* – directed by Louis Leterrier
- Skellig: The Owl Man (2009) – directed by Annabel Jankel – TV movie
- Sea Wolf (2009) – directed by Mike Barker – miniseries
- Brostitute (2010) – directed by Oz Rodriguez & Matt Villines – short
- Pete Smalls Is Dead (2011) – directed by Alexandre Rockwell
- Arbitrage (2012) – directed by Nicholas Jarecki
- Broken (2013) – directed by Rufus Norris
- Möbius (2013) – directed by Éric Rochant
- The Liability (2013) – directed by Craig Viveiros
- Grace of Monaco (2014) – directed by Olivier Dahan
- Selma (2014) – directed by Ava DuVernay
- October Gale (2015) – directed by Ruba Nadda
- United Passions (2015) – directed by Frédéric Auburtin
- Chronic (2015) – directed by Michel Franco – also executive producer
- The Hateful Eight (2015)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino
- Mr. Right (2016) – directed by Paco Cabezas
- Hardcore Henry (2016)* – directed by Ilya Naishuller
- Reg (2016) – directed by David Blair – TV movie
- Rillington Place (2016) – directed by Craig Viveiros – miniseries
- 600 Miles (2016) – directed by Gabriel Ripstein – also executive producer
- 1 Mile to You (2017) – directed by Leif Tilden
- The Con Is On (2018) – directed by James Oakley
- The Padre (2018) – directed by Jonathan Sobol
- Luce (2019) – by Julius Onah
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)* – directed by Quentin Tarantino – scenes cut
- The Song of Names (2019) – directed by François Girard
- QT8: The First Eight (2019) – directed by Tara Wood – himself – documentary
- Bergman Island (202-) – directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
- Punch (202-) – directed by Welby Ings