Timothy Spall returns to the silver screen to play the loathsome figure that is David Irving, a notorious Holocaust denier, and adversary to Deborah Lipstadt in the seminal court-case that Mick Jackson’s latest endeavour is based upon.

Timothy Spall - Denial

We had the pleasure to sit down with the talented, venerable actor to discuss the role, and whether he believes he needs to find a semblance of empathy for the role in order to embody him. He also tells us why he had apprehensions before getting involved in the project, and whether there was any point he felt compelled to meet the man himself. Finally, he briefly discusses his role in the forthcoming Sally Potter feature The Party, which is to receive its premiere in Berlin next month.


When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

Denial is released on January 27th, and you can read our review here.