Simon, Josette 1965–

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Simon, Josette 1965–


Born 1965, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England; daughter of Charles (a factory worker) and Eileen (a factory worker; maiden name, Petty) Simon; married Mark Padmore (an actor), October 27, 1996; children: Maisie. Education: Attended Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. Avocational Interests: Learning foreign languages, reading, cinema, music, travel, gardening, cooking.

Addresses: Agent—Conway van Gelder Ltd., 18-21 Jermyn St., London SW1Y 6HP, England.

Career: Actress. Royal Shakespeare Company, member of company, beginning c. 1981.

Awards, Honors: Atlantic Film Festival of Canada Award, 1988, Genie Award nomination, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1989, and Paris Film Festival Award, 1990, all best actress, for Milk and Honey; London Critics Circle Theatre Award and Evening Standard Theatre Award, both best actress, Plays and Players Award, all c. 1990, and London Theatre Award and Laurence Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, both 1991, all for After the Fall; nominated for Prix Futura Award, 1993, for Dictator Gal; honorary M.A., University of Leicester, 1995; Pioneers and Achievers Award, 1998, for services to the arts; decorated officer, Order of the British Empire, 2000.


Television Appearances; Series:

Dayna Melanby, Blake's 7, syndicated, 1980–81.

Various roles, Thompson, PBS, 1988.

Polterguests, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Christine, Somewhere to Run, Thames, 1989.

Nadia, A Child from the South, 1991.

Susie Hazard, Seekers, Central, 1992.

Kate, Henry IV, BBC2, 1995.

Fatima, Bridge of Time, ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Geisla, Harem, ABC, 1986.

Frankie Thompson, Nice Town, BBC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"King," Play for Today, BBC1, 1984.

Jo Hoskins, "Divided Loyalties," Silent Witness, Arts and Entertainment, 1998.

Narrator, Whitney Houston: The True Story, Channel 4, 2002.

Narrator, The Way We Went Wild, BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Javindra Hamad, Bodyguards, 1996.

Dr. Hilary Jameson, "Blood Money," Kavanagh QC, ITV, 1998.

Eileen Anstiss, "Bones and Silence," Dalziel & Pascoe, Arts and Entertainment, 1998.

Dawn, "The Guest," Celeb, BBC, 2002.

Jemma Duvall, "Lofty," The Last Detective, ITV, 2003.

Mirelle Milesi, "The Mystery of the Blue Train," Poirot (also known as Agatha Christie's "Poirot"), PBS, 2005.

Samantha Flint, "Last Year's Model," Midsomer Murders, Arts and Entertainment, 2006.

Stephanie, "Expiation," Lewis, ITV, 2007.

Also appeared in an episode of Pob's Programme, Channel 4.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appeared in Capital City, The Cuckoo Waltz, Here Is the News, 123 Go, The Pyrates, Runaways, The Sharpeville Six, The Squad, Tecx, Triumph of a Prophesy, Two Dogs and Freedom, Umbrella, and When Love Dies.

Film Appearances:

Dayna Mellanby, Aftermath, 1980.

Dr. Ramphele, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987.

Johanna Bell, Milk and Honey, Castle Hill, 1989.

Also appeared in Dardanelle.

Stage Appearances:

Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, c. 1981.

Rosaline, Love's Labour's Lost, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985.

After the Fall, Royal National Theatre, London, 1990.

The Lady from the Sea, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1994.

The Taming of the Shrew, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, 1995.

Our Lady, The Maids, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 1997.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, 1999–2000, then Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY, 2000.

Don Carlos, Harvey Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 2000.

Additional appearances with Royal Shakespeare Company include roles in Anthony and Cleopatra, The Custom of the Country, Golden Girls, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc, The Party, Peer Gynt, The Tempest, and The War Plays; appearances with Royal National Theatre include The White Devil; also performed in concerts.

Radio Appearances:

Performed in radio broadcasts of Cromwell Mansions, Dictator Gal, Gertrude Stein's "Listen to Me," Goldoni's Mirandolina, Medea, Poetry Please, The Roads of Freedom, Sealed with a Kiss, Selections from the Old Testament, Something Understood, and Twelfth Night.



Dayne Mellanby, Warlord, 1981.



Jet, November 25, 1985, p. 61.

New Statesman & Society, June 15, 1990, p. 43.

People Weekly, November 11, 1985, p. 112.