1. He made his debut role in the 1982 television film Made in Britain.
2. He garnered critical notice for his role as Myron in the 1984 film The Hit, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award.
3. Roth gained more attention for his performances in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Vincent & Theo and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
4. He later earned international recognition for appearing in Quentin Tarantino films, such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms.
5. For the historical drama Rob Roy , Roth won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
6. He made his directorial debut with The War Zone , for which he received numerous accolades.
7. He also starred as Cal Lightman on the Fox series Lie to Me.
8. Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and member of the British Communist Party until the 1970s.
9. His father was born with the surname “Smith” in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry; he changed his surname to the often German/Jewish “Roth” in the 1940s, “partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him”.
10. Roth made his acting début at the age of 21, playing a white power skinhead named Trevor in a 1982 TV film titled Made in Britain.
11. He played an East End character in King of the Ghetto, a controversial drama based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy set in Brick Lane and broadcast by the BBC in 1986.
12. He played a shy young man in the 1983 Mike Leigh film Meantime.
13. Roth and other young British actors of the time, such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann, were dubbed the Brit Pack, a nickname based on the Brat Pack.
14. They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played Ted.
15. His role as Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination and won him a BAFTA for the same performance.