Callow, Simon 1949–

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CALLOW, Simon 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. Education: Attended Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland, 196768; trained for the stage at the London Drama Centre.

Addresses: Agent (Acting) Marina Martin Associates, 1213 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.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. Worked as a box office attendant at a London theatre.

Awards, Honors: Film Award nomination, best supporting actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1987, for A Room with a View; Drama Desk Award nomination, best director, 1989, for Shirley Valentine; Olivier Award, best director, 1991, for Carmen Jones; Film Award nomination, best supporting actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1995, for Four Weddings and a Funeral; Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, 1999, for Shakespeare in Love; outstanding services to the theater, 1999; awarded Commander of the British Empire, 1999; received honorary degrees from Queen's University, Belfast, and University of Birmingham.


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 (oneman 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 Moon Theatre, 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 TheatreHammersmith, London, 1982.

Lord Are, Restoration, Royal Court Theatre, 1982.

Lord Foppington, The Relapse, Lyric TheatreHammersmith, 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 TheatreHammersmith, 1988.

Guy Burgess, "An Englishman Abroad," Single Spies, National Theatre Company, Queen's Theatre, London, 19881989.

Ned, The Destiny of Me, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 1993.

Face, Tthe Alchemist, Birmingham and Royal National Theater, 1996.

The Importance of Being Oscar (oneman show), Savoy Theatre, London, 1997.

Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight, 1998.

The Mystery of Charles Dickens, London, 20002001, then Belasco Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared in repertory in Lincoln, England, 197374.

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 TheatreHammersmith, 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 TheatreHammersmith, 1988.

(With Alan Bennett) "An Englishman Abroad," Single Spies, National Theatre Company, Queen's Theatre, 19881989.

Shirley Valentine, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Die Fledermaus, Scottish Opera, 19891990.

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 Produc-tions, 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), Buena Vista, 1996.

Captain John Fairfax, The Scarlet Tunic, Marie Hoy Film & Television, 1997.

San Giacomo, Victory, Miramax, 1997.

Keith, Bedrooms and Hallways, ARP Selection, 1998.

TilneyMaster 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 Donder-broek 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 Partner-ship, 2003.

Bright Young Things, Icon, 2003.

Film Director:

Director, Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor (documen-tary), 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.

Television Appearances; 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'," Scare-crow and Mrs. King, 1984.

Dr. Theodore Kemp, "The Wolvercote Tongue," Inspec-tor 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 Ago and Far Away, PBS; Giacomo Puc-cini, Great Composers; in All the World's a Stage and The Dybbuk.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Count Fosco, The Woman in White, PBS, 1998.

Voice of title role, Don Quixote, HBO, 2000.

Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute, BBC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Fox & Bear, Don't Eat the Neighbours (also known as Big Teeth, Bad Breath ), YTV, 2001.

Television Appearances; 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 pasajero clandestino 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.



(Translator) Jacques and His Master (based on the play Jacques le 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 Pre-vert's screenplay), produced at Barbican Theatre, London, 1996.

Also translator of The Infernal Machine, 1986.


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), Meth-uen, 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 Friend-ship (memoir), Fromm International, 1999.

Also contributor of book reviews to periodicals, includ-ing Times (London), Sunday Times, Observer, and Evening Standard.