ACTOR Timothy Spall made a surprise visit to Arbroath at the weekend when he sailed into the marina on his seagoing barge, ‘The Princess Matilda’.
He and his wife, Shane, are currently touring the British coastline and have had part of the journey filmed for a television documentary.
Timothy said that anyone can follow their progress by looking at their blog, ‘Spalls at sea’.
While in Arbroath, the actor and his wife walked up to Arbroath Abbey, scene of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1320, window shopped at the (mostly closed) premises on High Street, visited the Abbeygate car boot sale and of course enjoyed sampling the town’s world famous delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie.
Timothy is a veteran actor having taken part in over 50 films, most recently in the Harry Potter series.
He is still remembered for his performance as bumbling Barry in the 1980s cult television series ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’.
He played Winston Churchill in the recent movie ‘The King’s Speech’ which won several Oscars and Baftas. Timothy himself was critically acclaimed for his performance in the film, winning a Screen Actors’ Guild Award for an outstanding performance by a cast member in a motion picture. He was also nominated twice for the same movie for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast.
‘Princess Matilda’ departed Arbroath with the Sunday afternoon tide heading for Anstruther on the next part of their sea-going adventure.