Simon Callow

Simon Callow


6/13/1949, Streatham, London, England

Birth Name

Simon Philip Hugh Callow



Also Known As

Simon Hugh Callow
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Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in Streatham, London, England. He made his stage debut in The Thrie Estates in Edinburgh in 1973. Following his appearance in the stage play of Amadeus, his first film role was in the movie of the same name as Schikaneder.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Simon Callow is currently working on a multi-volume biography of Orson Wells of which two volumes have been published Orson Wells: The road to Xanadu (1995) and Orson Wells: Hello Americans (2007).

    • Simon Callow is one of the Patrons of the Michael Chekov School, London. He established it in 2003 along with Mala Powers.

    • Simon Callow won a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast member for Shakespeare in Love in 1999.

    • Simon Callow was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for The Ballad of the Sad Cafe in 1991.

    • Simon Callow has been nominated for a BAFTA (film) as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for A Room With a View (1987) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1995).

    • Simon Callow performed at the Canadian Stratford Festival in 2008, presenting a new work of his own composition, based on Shakespeare's sonnets entitled There Reigns Love

    • Simon Callow began working at the box office at The Old Vic after a personal invitation from Sir Lawrence Olivier to do so.

    • Simon Callow's first job was as an assistant in a bookstore.

    • Simon Callow made his film directorial début with The Ballad of the Sad Cafe in 1991.

    • Simon Callow made his stage début with The Thrie Estates in 1973 at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Edinburgh.

    • In addition to his work on stage and screen Simon Callow is an author, publishing his first book Being an Actorin 1984.

    • Simon Callow's first television role was to have been in the Carry on Laughing! episode Orgy and Bess. His scene was ultimately cut but his name remains listed in the credits.

    • Simon Callow was awarded the Patricia Rothermel Award in 1999 at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his outstanding services to theatre.

    • Simon Callow was awarded a CBE (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

    • Simon Callow was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1992 for Best Director of a Musical for Carmen Jones.

    • Simon Callow is 5'7" (1.70 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Simon Callow: When the BBC decided to bring Doctor Who back as a feature film a few years ago, one national newspaper ran a poll to ask its readers who should be the new Doctor, and I topped it. Sadly, the producers failed to take note of this highly important statement of public opinion, so I never got my chance!

    • Simon Callow: I wish people who go to the theatre had stronger views - 'you should never have played that scene that way' - that's what you'd hope for from an audience. Like the kind of audience in some ways you get at a football match. They know if that was a good tackle or a bad pass. Too often in the theatre nowadays I don't think people do know what's good acting and what's bad acting

    • Simon Callow: Lots of actors take their clothes off without any comment being made whatever. I just have to take my gloves off and already the diary columns are full of it. It's become such an obsession.

    • Simon Callow: (On being awarded a C.B.E.) Being honoured by one's country is even better than winning a Tony Award. But since it comes from Downing Street, I suppose in a sense it is a Tony.