33 Facts About Simon Callow


Simon Phillip Hugh Callow was born on 15 June 1949 and is a British actor, director, musician, narrator, singer and writer.


Simon Callow was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to acting by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.


Simon Callow joined the Milos Forman 1984 film adaptation this time portraying Emanuel Schikaneder.


Simon Callow portrayed Napoleon in The Man of Destiny, and Charles Dickens in numerous television projects.


Simon Callow was born on 15 June 1949 in Streatham, south London, the son of Yvonne Mary, a secretary and Neil Francis Simon Callow, a businessman.


Simon Callow's father was of French descent and his mother was of Danish and German ancestry.


Simon Callow was a student at the London Oratory School in west Brompton, and then went on to study briefly at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, where he was active in the Gay liberation movement.


Simon Callow gave up his degree course after a year to take a three-year acting course at the Drama Centre London.


Simon Callow made his stage debut in 1973, appearing in The Three Estates at the Assembly Rooms Theatre, Edinburgh.


Simon Callow appeared as Verlaine in Total Eclipse, Lord Foppington in The Relapse and the title role in Faust at the Lyric Hammersmith, where he directed The Infernal Machine in 1986.


Simon Callow played Mozart in the premiere of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus at the National Theatre, appearing in the 1983 BBC original cast radio production.


Simon Callow appeared with Saeed Jaffrey in the 1994 British television drama series Little Napoleons, playing a scheming Conservative councillor in local government.


In 1996, Simon Callow directed Cantabile in three musical pieces composed by his friend Stephen Oliver.


Simon Callow voice-acted the sly and traitorous Wolfgang in Shoebox Zoo.


Simon Callow has starred as Count Fosco, the villain of Wilkie Collins's novel The Woman in White, in film and on stage.


Simon Callow starred in the three-part original Gold comedy The Rebel in 2016.


From 11 July to 3 August 2008, Simon Callow appeared at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada in There Reigns Love, a performance of the sonnets of William Shakespeare.


In October 2014, Simon Callow appeared in a comedy sketch made for Channel 4's The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night to raise awareness of testicular cancer.


Simon Callow made his first film appearance in 1984 as Schikaneder in Amadeus.


Simon Callow starred in several series of the Channel 4 situation comedy Chance in a Million, as Tom Chance, an eccentric individual to whom coincidences happened regularly.


Simon Callow portrayed Pliny the Elder in CBBC's 2007 children's drama series, Roman Mysteries in the episode "The Secrets of Vesuvius".


Simon Callow played Armand Duquesne in Marvel's Hawkeye on Disney+.


Simon Callow directed plays and wrote: his Being An Actor was a critique of 'director dominated' theatre, in addition to containing autobiographical sections relating to his early career as an actor.


Simon Callow directed Carmen Jones at the Old Vic, London in 1991, with Wilhelmenia Fernandez in the title role.


Simon Callow has written extensively about Charles Dickens, whom he has played several times: in a one-man show, The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd; in the films Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale, and Christmas Carol: The Movie; and on television several times including An Audience with Charles Dickens and in "The Unquiet Dead", a 2005 episode of the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who.


Simon Callow returned to Doctor Who for the 2011 season finale, again taking the role of Dickens.


Simon Callow is currently one of the patrons of the Michael Chekhov Studio London.


Simon Callow reprised his role as Wolfgang in Shoebox Zoo and voice-acted the wild and action-seeking Hunter, as well.


Simon Callow has written biographies of Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, Orson Welles, and Richard Wagner.


Simon Callow has written an anthology of Shakespeare passages, Shakespeare on Love, and contributed to Cambridge's Actors on Shakespeare series.


Simon Callow narrated the audiobook of Robert Fagles' 2006 translation of Virgil's The Aeneid.


Simon Callow was listed 28th in The Independent 2007 listing of the most influential gay men and women in the UK.


Simon Callow was one of the first actors to declare their homosexuality publicly, doing so in his 1984 book Being An Actor.