David Schaal (actor)

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David Schaal
Born David Schaal
(1963-05-27) 27 May 1963 (age 55)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, US[1]
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer
Years active 1992–present
Home town Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England [1]

David Schaal (born 27 May 1963) is an American-English actor best known for his roles in the English sitcoms The Office (as Taffy) and The Inbetweeners (as Terry Cartwright).

Schaal was born on an air force base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of a Dutch-American father and an English mother.[1] The family relocated to England when Schaal was young and he grew up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.[1]

Schaal studied Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama (1985–1988) and has worked in television, film and theatre. His television credits include Missing, Casualty, The Wrong Door, Beautiful People, Hancock and Joan, Ashes To Ashes, The IT Crowd, Deceit, Doc Martin, Peak Practice, Silent Witness, Hustle, Lead Balloon and Dangerfield. His film credits include Kidulthood, Mr. Nobody, Clubbed and Dirty Weekend. In 2008, Schaal provided the voice for Mad-dog 'The Strangler' McGraw in the action role-playing open world video game Fable II, developed by Lionhead Studios.

Schaal also appeared as "Norm", Shirley Carter's seedy landlord, in EastEnders and played troubled father "Tom Hargreaves" in Grange Hill. Other notable credits include playing "DS Bevan" in Paul Greengrass' The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, playing opposite William Baldwin in the film Relative Values, and appearing in Philip Davis' English football hooligan film I.D. Schaal also played "Eric" in Ben Wheatley's domestic British gangster film Down Terrace.

Schaal wrote the short films Poppy's Present (directed by Chris Jury) and Half Time (directed by Duncan Roe[2]). He also co-wrote the play Reality Chokes and appeared in it as "Rob" in London and directed a production of the play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010.[3] Other writing credits include the plays Shame, No Hiding Place, The Legacy of Colonel Ash and Baby Blue’’.

In 2012 Schaal wrote and directed “Brotherly Love” for The Real London Ensemble starring Eva Gray, Edward Law, and Math Sams[4]

Schaal appeared in British soap Hollyoaks in September 2013, playing the role of Ken who is falsely accused of sexually interfering with Robbie Roscoe (Charlie Wernham).


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