Timothy Spall sees 'certain parallels' with William Turner

October 29th, 2014

Timothy Spall sees ''certain parallels'' between himself and William Turner.

Spall, 57, plays the influential painter in his new film 'Mr. Turner', for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the actor says that in some ways, he can relate to his on-screen character.

He told The Guardian newspaper: ''I don't want to associate myself with Turner, but there are certain parallels.

''I'm working-class and he was from trade. I went to a comprehensive and I wasn't academic. So everything I've learned that has increased my understanding of literature and art has all been through my work. And Turner was the same. He never intellectualised. Any response from what he learned was always going to be direct and unguarded.''

Spall - who's also appeared in the 'Harry Potter' films and 'The King's Speech' - suggested that in order to do well as an actor, it's helpful to come from an affluent background.

He remarked: ''I don't want to generalise and say that working-class actors can never do well. I mean, look at someone like Danny Mays. Normal background, very fine actor.

''I was going to say my son, but then I suppose he's just the son of a working-class actor. So I can't say my son. Yeah, maybe these days you simply need to be posh. If that's the case, it's a bloody shame.''