Simon Callow Biography (1949-)

Full name, Simon Phillip Hugh Callow; born June 15, 1949, in London, England;son of Neil Francis (a businessman) and Yvonne Mary (a secretary; maiden name, Guise) Callow. Addresses: Agent: (Acting) Marina Martin Associates,12-13 Poland St., London W1V 3DE, England; Clifford Stevens, Paradigm, 200 West 57th St., Suite 900, New York, NY 10019; (directing) Harriet Cruickshank,97 Old South Lambeth Rd., London SW8 1XU, England; (writing) Maggie Hanbury,27 Walcot St., London SE11 4UB, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, writer
Birth Details
June 15, 1949
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Debut) The Thrie Estates, Assembly Hall Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1973
  • Crown Prince Maximilian, Schippel, Open Space Theatre, London, then Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 1974
  • Passing By, Gay Sweatshop, 1975
  • Redpenny, The Doctor's Dilemma, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1975
  • Crown Prince Maximilian, Plumber's Progress (previously known as Schippel), Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1975
  • Mrs. Grabowski's Academy, Theatre Upstairs, London, 1975
  • Pieter de Groot, Soul of the White Ant, Bush Theatre, London, 1976
  • Oliver, Jack, Putter, and Rider, Blood Sports, Bush Theatre, 1976
  • Juvenalia (one-man show), Bush Theatre, 1976
  • Kutchevski, Devil's Island, Joint Stock Company, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1977
  • Sayers, A Mad World, My Masters, Joint Stock Company, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1977
  • Sandy, Epsom Downs, Joint Stock Company, Round House Theatre, London, 1977
  • Title role, Titus Andronicus, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, England, 1978
  • Boyd, Flying Blind, Royal Court Theatre, 1978
  • Title role, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Half Moon Theatre, London, 1978
  • Ure, the old reaper, and a drunk, The Machine Wreckers, Half MoonTheatre, 1978
  • Eddie, Mary Barnes, Birmingham Repertory Studio, Birmingham, England, then Royal Court Theatre, both 1978
  • Orlando, As You Like It, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1979
  • Mozart, Amadeus, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, 1979
  • Stafford, Sisterly Feelings, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, 1979
  • Beefy, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B., Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1981, then Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1982
  • Verlaine, Total Eclipse, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, London, 1982
  • Lord Are, Restoration, Royal Court Theatre, 1982
  • Lord Foppington, The Relapse, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, 1983
  • Perelli, On the Spot, Albery Theatre, 1984
  • Rousseau, Melancholy Jacques, Bush Theatre, 1984
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bush Theatre, 1985
  • Title role, Faust, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, 1988
  • Guy Burgess, "An Englishman Abroad," Single Spies, National Theatre Company, Queen's Theatre, London, 1988-1989
  • Ned, The Destiny of Me, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 1993
  • Face, Tthe Alchemist, Birmingham and Royal National Theater, 1996
  • The Importance of Being Oscar (one-man show), Savoy Theatre, London, 1997
  • Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight, 1998
  • The Mystery of Charles Dickens, London, 2000-2001, then Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Also appeared in repertory in Lincoln, England, 1973-74.
  • Stage Director
  • Loving Reno, Bush Theatre, London, 1983
  • The Passport, Offstage Downstairs Theatre, London, 1985
  • Nicholson Fights Croydon, Offstage Downstairs Theatre, 1986
  • The Infernal Machine, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, London, 1986
  • Cosi fan tutte, Lucerne Theatre, 1987
  • Jacques and His Master, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1987
  • Shirley Valentine, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1988
  • Die Fledermaus, Scottish Opera, 1988
  • Facades, Lyric Theatre-Hammersmith, 1988
  • (With Alan Bennett) "An Englishman Abroad," Single Spies, NationalTheatre Company, Queen's Theatre, 1988-1989
  • Shirley Valentine, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Die Fledermaus, Scottish Opera, 1989-1990
  • Stevie Wants to Play the Blues, Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1990
  • Carmen Jones, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1991
  • Shades, Albery Theatre, 1992
  • The Destiny of Me, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 1993
  • Il trittico, Broomhill Opera, 1995
  • Les enfants du paradis, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, 1996
  • Il turco in italia, Broomhill Opera, 1997
  • HRH, Playhouse Theatre, 1997
  • The Pajama Game, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1999
  • The Consul, Holland Park Opera, 1999
  • Major Tours
  • as Director
  • My Fair Lady, U.K. cities, 1992
  • Carmen Jones, U.K. and Japanese cities, 1994
  • Film Appearances
  • Gossip, Boyd's Company, 1983
  • Emanuel Schikaneder, Amadeus, Orion, 1984
  • Handel, Honor, Profit, and Pleasure, Spectre Productions, 1985
  • Mark Varner, The Good Father, Skouras, 1986
  • Reverend Arthur Beebe, A Room with a View, Cinecom, 1986
  • Mr. Ducie, Maurice, Cinecom, 1987
  • Police Chief Hunt, Manifesto (also known as For a Night of Love and Pour une nuit d'amour), Cannon, 1988
  • Dr. Alexis Sauer, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Miramax, 1990
  • Simon Asquith, Postcards from the Edge, Columbia, 1990
  • (Uncredited) Music lecturer, Howards End, Sony Pictures Classics,1992
  • Eddie Cherdowski, Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, 1992
  • Gareth, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gramercy, 1994
  • A.N. Official, Street Fighter (also known as Street Fighter: The Battle for Shadaloo, Street Fighter: The Movie, and Street Fighter: The Ultimate Battle), Universal, 1994
  • Charles II, England, My England, 1995
  • Richard Cosway, Jefferson in Paris, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Vincent Cadby, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (also known as Ace Ventura Goes to Africa), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Voice of Grasshopper, James and the Giant Peach (animated), BuenaVista, 1996
  • Captain John Fairfax, The Scarlet Tunic, Marie Hoy Film & Television, 1997
  • San Giacomo, Victory, Miramax, 1997
  • Keith, Bedrooms and Hallways, ARP Selection, 1998
  • Tilney--Master of the Revels, Shakespeare in Love, Miramax, 1998
  • Junk, 1999
  • (Uncredited) Notting Hill, 1999
  • Colonel Soft, No Man's Land (also known as Nicija zemlja and Nikogarsnja zemlja), United Artists, 2001
  • Voice of Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas Carol: The Movie, Planeta 2010 S.L., 2001
  • Sir John Osgood, Thunderpants (also known as Donderbroek and L'incroyable histoire de Patrick Smash), United Artists, 2002
  • Bob, Merci Docteur Rey (also known as Merci ... Dr. Rey!),Pierre Grise, 2002
  • Mr. Wroth, Sex & Violence, Sneak Preview, 2002
  • King Edgar, George and the Dragon, Central Partnership, 2003
  • Bright Young Things, Icon, 2003
  • Film Director
  • Director, Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor (documentary), 1988
  • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Angelika, 1991
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Tom Chance, Chance in a Million, Thames, 1984
  • Hugo, Dead Head, BBC, 1984
  • Mr. Micawber, David Copperfield, BBC, 1986, then broadcast as segments of Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1988
  • Little Napoleons, BBC, 1994
  • Mr. Halliday, Trial & Retribution II, YTV, 1998
  • Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson: My Life as a Fairy Tale,Hallmark Channel, 2001
  • Prior 2, Angels in America, HBO, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Detective Sergeant, "Down to You, Brother," The Sweeney, 1976
  • Wings of Song, Granada, 1977
  • Instant Enlightenment, BBC, 1979
  • The poet, La ronda, BBC, 1980
  • Man of Destiny, BBC, 1982
  • Haddy Kemp, "The Times They Are a Changin'," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1984
  • Dr. Theodore Kemp, "The Wolvercote Tongue," Inspector Morse, Series II, Granada, then broadcast in the United States on Mystery!, PBS, 1988
  • Politically Incorrect, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Voice of Menephtah ("Moses"), Testament: The Bible in Animation, HBO, 1997
  • Brunch, 1997
  • Parkinson, BBC, 1999
  • Galileo Galilei, "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens," Nova, PBS, 2002
  • Also appeared as voice of the Dragon, "The Reluctant Dragon," Long Agoand Far Away, PBS; Giacomo Puccini, Great Composers; in All the World's a Stage and The Dybbuk.
  • Specials
  • Count Fosco, The Woman in White, PBS, 1998
  • Voice of title role, Don Quixote, HBO, 2000
  • Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute, BBC, 2002
  • Series
  • Fox & Bear, Don't Eat the Neighbours (also known as Big Teeth, Bad Breath), YTV, 2001
  • Movies
  • Title role, Handel, Channel 4 Film, 1985
  • Jacob, The Christmas Tree, 1986
  • Raimondi, Cariani and the Courtesans, BBC Film, 1987
  • Nathaniel Quass, Old Flames, BBC Film, 1989
  • Franciscus Palloy, "The Patriot," Revolutionary Witness, BBC, 1989
  • John Mortimer, Trials of Oz, BBC, 1991
  • Inspector Lestrade, Crucifer of Blood, TNT, 1991
  • Friar Morcheno, Bye Bye Columbus, Greenpoint, 1992
  • Vicar Ronnie, Femme Fatale, BBC Film, 1993
  • Major Owens, Le passager clandestin (also known as El pasajeroclandestino and El passatger clandesti), 1994
  • Rick Spencer, Deadly Appearances (also known as Criminal Instincts: Deadly Appearances), Lifetime, 2000
  • Florestan/Eusebius, Robert's Rescue, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Director
  • Charles Laughton (documentary), BBC, 1987
  • Radio Appearances
  • Michael MacLiammoir (documentary), BBC, 1991
  • Dr. Johnson, Poonsh, BBC, 1994
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets, BBC, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • (Translator) Jacques and His Master (based on the play Jacquesle fataliste by Denis Diderot), produced at Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1987, published by Faber, 1986
  • (Adapter) Les enfants du paradis (based on Jacques Prevert's screenplay), produced at Barbican Theatre, London, 1996
  • Also translator of The Infernal Machine, 1986.
  • Other
  • Being an Actor (autobiography), Methuen, 1984, St. Martin's, 1986
  • (With Adam Godley and Mark McGlynn) Zero Hour, 1986
  • Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor (biography), Methuen, 1987, Grove, 1988
  • (With Dusan Makavejev) Shooting the Actor; or, The Choreography of Confusion (nonfiction), Hern, 1990
  • Acting in Restoration Comedy (nonfiction), Applause Theatre Book Publishers, 1991
  • (Author of foreword) The Great Stage Directors: One-Hundred Distinguished Careers of the Theatre, Facts on File, New York, 1994
  • Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu, two volumes, J. Cape, 1995, Viking, 1996
  • (Introduction) Snowdon on Stage: A Personal View of the British Theatre, Pavilion, 1996
  • Love Is Where It Falls: The Story of a Passionate Friendship (memoir), Fromm International, 1999
  • Also contributor of book reviews to periodicals, including Times (London), Sunday Times, Observer, and Evening Standard.

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