Named after the title character in Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, played by his father Timothy Spall in a 1981 Royal Shakespeare Company production, and then by himself in a 2005 revival.
Encouraged by his father to join the National Youth Theatre at age 15.
At 19, unhappy with the "fat boy" parts he was being offered, began dieting and exercising and eventually lost nearly 80 pounds.
Bared it all for his first leading role in 2006's The Chatterley Affair.
Acted opposite his real-life dad, playing father and son, in a 2007 British television adaptation of E. M. Forster's A Room With a View.
Worked out for his role in the romantic comedy I Give It a Year, telling Britain's Daily Mail: "I wanted to look convincing enough that audiences would believe Rose Byrne would fancy me."